"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain".
Please do not again associate me with anyone who wishes that the brain-damaged legislation get passed in any form. There is no use in proposing or passing any law that gives legitimacy to an exemption that itself is illegal. That is a fact, but you, as usual, like to run loose with whatever you feel necessary for "the cause" and attacking individuals when you wish to ignore answering a direct question.
You are getting much better, Iz, at lots of meaningless rhetoric that ignores the facts. Model rocketry was not affected by the HSA/SEA. ARSA and Wickman spread the false rumor that it did, and the media picked up on it. Fact. Many media people were not happy to have been misled. Fact. People in and out of the hobby still believe the Feds have banned it or limited it. It is a fact that people believe this and it is a fact that the source is from ARSA and John Wickman. The BATFE was given the opportunity, in the midst of the misleading media blitz to post a release on their website saying that model rocketry is exempt as it always was... "see we're the good guys". The cause and affect is a clear and undeniable fact... Wickman/ARSA have helped slow down the market with FUD.
One case of an over-zealous rocketeer who got the attention of an over-cautious local BATFE person does not prove out as the general experience of most people applying for a LEUP. Most people report that the BATFE has been very cooperative if you understand the current law. People are getting LEUPs. People are having others help them get the motors they need to fly them legally if they can't get their own permit. This, despite the "efforts and causes" of Wickman/ARSA. Again, go ahead and ignore these facts when convenient.
The May 24th "the end is near" warning from Wickman/ARSA was a clear example of a self-fulfilling prophecy, quite common with crackpot prophets. Or, giving him more credit, a shrewd move to add urgency to "the cause", regardless of the affect on law-abiding rocketeers and the vendors. Or, giving him even more credit, it was an attack on the NAR/NSL that weekend, based on the fact that Wickman has publicly shown he despises both of the major hobby organizations and has personally attacked their leaders with crude rhetoric.
The facts are that many people do not understand the current law, and the changes in the laws, if they have followed the misinformation and paranoia from the ARSA website. Helping people understand the law and comply with the law would alleviate the urgency of his radical (and naive) solution. So, instead, the FUD continues and the "cause" becomes more important than the health of the hobby and the livelihood of the vendors. And now the "guilt trip" phase, "helping save rocketry" and not admitting responsibility for much of the misinformation that caused the slump. The irony is pretty sad... Wickman siding with the established world of safe and certified rocketry after trying to create his unsafe anarchistic world of "anything goes" rocketry.
If my response is giving Iz more legitimacy that he deserves, my apologies to RMR readers.
-John DeMar http://delta.syr.edu/jsdemar