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Rotary International Gives the Boot to Gun Owners, Cites “Reputation Risk” In New Firearms Ban
NRA-ILA ^ | March 31, 2017

Posted on 04/01/2017 11:53:37 AM PDT by Swordmaker

Anger is mounting over an anti-gun policy adopted in January by the international service and networking organization, Rotary International (RI).

A letter announcing the rules, set to take effect in on July 1, claimed they were a response to “a lack of clarity around RI’s policy … when participating in activities involving guns, weapons, and other armaments, and when interacting with gun companies, including for sponsorship purposes.”

The new rules – codified in Chapter II, Article 2, Section 2.100 of Rotary Code of Policies – unfortunately feature their own ambiguities and contradictions.

But one thing is clear: Those who prize America’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, or who simply appreciate the many benefits of owning firearms, are no longer welcomed within the group’s ranks.

The new policy bans any Rotary entity – including clubs and districts – from selling, raffling, or transferring firearms. It also bans these entities from participating in activities where any sort of firearm raffle or other transfer occurs, whether or not Rotary is the owner of the items. Rotary entities are also prohibited from sponsoring or conducting gun shows or other exhibitions involving guns. 

The new policy even bans Rotary entities from “accept[ing] sponsorship from any entity whose primary business is the sale or manufacturer of guns, weapons or other armaments.” The policy manual goes on to classify such items as “addictive or harmful products and activities.” 

While the policy does not go so far as to completely ban Rotary events involving sport shooting or other handling of firearms, it does state: “In no instance shall any of the Rotary Marks be used in any visual that includes guns, weapons or other armaments.” Further, “The Rotary Marks may not be used in combination with the name or logo of any entity whose primary business is the sale or manufacture of guns, weapons or other armaments.”

Some have pointed out the hypocrisy of the “primary business” clause, which would allow high-volume manufacturers or retailers of firearms to associate with Rotary and participate in its functions, so long as the company made more money from other lines of business. Yet that same language serves to punish and exclude small “mom and pop” type firearms dealerships.

Also, sport shooting events or firearms education are good enough to occur under Rotary’s auspices but they may not be memorialized on film as such. 

Rotary District 5320 has posted frequently asked question sheet (FAQ) about the new policies on its website. 

The FAQ claims the policy arose from inquiries by clubs that wanted to hold a gun show and use a Rotary trademark on a firearm. 

It denies any political or ideology basis for the policy but then goes on to state it was “done strictly to limit Rotary financial and reputational risk,” as if association with lawful firearm-related businesses or activities was somehow a per se harm to the group’s reputation or standing. It also suggests that sponsorship by firearm companies is inconsistent with Rotary’s mission.

The decision itself, according to the document, was made by RI’s 19-member Board of Directors, four of whom are U.S. citizens, and all of whom were elected by RI’s membership. It acknowledges that RI’s constituent clubs were not involved in the decision, but claims that the board has the “basic responsibilit[y]” for RI’s “name and reputation.” 

Among Rotarians who have taken exception to the new policy is Wisconsin State Rep. Bob Gannon (R-West Bend), who announced last month he was taking a leave of absence from RI and considering quitting the organization in response.  Gannon noted that in providing aid to other countries, RI does not dictate political terms to them. “Rotary International is now saying there are conditions on any money collected in the United States,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We're being held to a different standard."  

Gannon’s comments were an apparent reference to the fact that some of RI’s international members do not appreciate the unique role that firearms play in America’s history, culture, and constitutional structure. 

We certainly hope that RI will revisit this unnecessary and ill-conceived policy, which threatens to create a rift between members of an organization that claims to be devoted to the common good.  It’s hard to imagine the 1.2 million members and 35,000+ affiliated clubs of which RI boasts have a monolithic approach to firearms. 

Of course, RI is within its rights to enact the new policy. 

And its many members in the U.S. and elsewhere where firearm ownership is common and respected are just as clearly within their rights to channel their philanthropy and civic engagement into other groups. Some who oppose the RI board’s anti-gun stance may even wish to consider supporting groups that actively promote responsible firearm ownership, America’s constitutional values, and the basic human right of self-defense.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nra; rotary
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To: old gringo

How old is yours???

I’ve had mine since 1976...

21 posted on 04/01/2017 12:59:32 PM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: Swordmaker

Never have had any respect for Rotary.

Its just a Kindergarten for ladder-less climbers.

22 posted on 04/01/2017 1:03:26 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Terry Mross

>> “... preachers who are truly called by God...” <<

There may be a half dozen of them.

23 posted on 04/01/2017 1:08:19 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: old gringo

I have a rotary shaver. If it grabs hold of your beard, that thing is deadly!

24 posted on 04/01/2017 1:14:59 PM PDT by beelzepug (Anybody I attack may rest assured it's personal!)
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To: beelzepug

My bucket list scattergun is a .12 gauge with a rotary magazine called the “Street Sweeper”. Takes out lots of trash.

25 posted on 04/01/2017 1:21:28 PM PDT by VietVet876
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To: VietVet876

The “Mr. Nasty Street Sweeper”. I have one. It’s lots of fun, but it’s heavy as hell and totally impractical.

You’d be better served with a Mossberg 6 shot pump in stainless steel; “the Mariner” model.

26 posted on 04/01/2017 1:49:07 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Sasparilla

Looks like the key way on the Rotary gear is busted.

27 posted on 04/01/2017 3:03:03 PM PDT by ptsal
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To: Alberta's Child

Rotary is very active in my small town. My next door neighbor is an officer and I know they do a lot of good work. This however I know is not going to sit well with the local club. This is a rural area with a lot of hunting and target shooting and very high gun ownership rates. Was just down to the local street fair and in addition to a couple of gun centric booths one of the local churches was raffling off an AR15. The local car dealer had a promotion where you got a gun with a new car a couple of years back and it is not unusual to see people open carry. I myself bought a ticket at a gun raffle the local Mason Lodge had. It will be interesting to see how this pans out locally. As for membership declines I think like other fraternals they have been having them but a lot of factors play in to thatincluding relatively high dues for a comparatively poor area.

28 posted on 04/01/2017 3:26:37 PM PDT by your other brother
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To: Sasparilla

Rotary ‘Icon’ looks like a target.

29 posted on 04/01/2017 3:31:39 PM PDT by Scrambler Bob (Brought to you from Turtle Island, otherwise known as 'So-Called North America')
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To: Swordmaker

Rotarians are committed globalists, in line with Illuminati interests. I have met several who talked a lot about eugenics as well, and glowingly of the sinister Gates Foundation.

30 posted on 04/01/2017 4:05:30 PM PDT by montag813
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To: old gringo
Mine, .45 LC: Image and video hosting by TinyPic
31 posted on 04/01/2017 5:49:52 PM PDT by tumblindice
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To: your other brother

In my area, it seemed like Rotary was at its peak when the towns were smaller and most of the business owners lived locally. Now, most of the people in my town commute to work in nearby big towns or New York City — so they’ve lost touch with the local business community here.

32 posted on 04/01/2017 5:51:45 PM PDT by Alberta's Child (President Donald J. Trump ... Making America Great Again, 140 Characters at a Time)
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To: JBW1949

“Mine is 7 1/2 inches...”

I wouldn’t go around saying that ;-)

33 posted on 04/01/2017 11:52:09 PM PDT by slouper (LWRC SPR 5.56)
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To: slouper


34 posted on 04/02/2017 5:58:11 AM PDT by JBW1949 (I'm really PC....PATRIOTICALLY CORRECT!!!!)
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To: tumblindice

nice gun i haven’t fired mine in years,city took us in and now it is aganist the law to shoot.every thing is the same except the city limit sign.

35 posted on 04/02/2017 7:55:04 AM PDT by old gringo (a wise monkey never monkeys with another monkeys monkey.)
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To: JBW1949

i dom’t really know but i have probaly had it 20 yrs.

36 posted on 04/02/2017 7:57:35 AM PDT by old gringo (a wise monkey never monkeys with another monkeys monkey.)
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To: Swordmaker

I have a friend who is very active in the upper levels of Rotary.
In the past couple years, it seems to have mutated into something very similar to SEIU International and OFA.

Rotary executives and education academics are flown all over the world for “conferences” for obtuse reasons to talk on somewhat pointless topics in an attempt to unify a message.

The latest event for Rotary was “World Peace Conference” in Michigan

37 posted on 04/03/2017 2:46:50 AM PDT by Zathras
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