Thinking of joining GOA


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JBrady555
December 3, 2012, 10:50 AM
Quick question guys, I've been thinking of joining the GOA. I already am a member of the NRA and was just wondering if you think the GOA is making a difference similar to the NRA. I know they are probably smaller with less political ties but I like the no compromise attitude. Is belonging to the GOA more of a personal statement for yourself or do you think they actually make a difference in Washington and at state government levels? thanks for any info.

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hso
December 3, 2012, 11:55 AM
NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, and GOA in that order of effectiveness. GOA is actually less effective than the other two so if your 2A budget can't afford all 3 I'd spend my money on the more effective organizations.

JBrady555
December 3, 2012, 08:06 PM
NRA, 2nd Amendment Foundation, and GOA in that order of effectiveness. GOA is actually less effective than the other two so if your 2A budget can't afford all 3 I'd spend my money on the more effective organizations.
does the 2nd amendment foundation have a website? Do you just donate to them or does it have actual membership w/ benefits? Thanks for the info.

armedandsafe
December 3, 2012, 08:26 PM
I would also recommend SAF before adding GOA.

http://www.saf.org/

This is the lead organization/attorney in many/most of the effective court cases in the past years. All this is laid out on this page:
http://www.saf.org/default.asp?p=legalaction

Their sister organization:
http://www.ccrkba.org/

Pops

The Lone Haranguer
December 3, 2012, 09:50 PM
All of these groups no doubt have something to offer. But only the NRA is actually hated and feared, or endorsements sought, by lawmakers.

Jorg Nysgerrig
December 3, 2012, 11:41 PM
Before giving money to any organization, I like to see how much they get and where it goes:

http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521256643/521256643_201012_990O.pdf

You might want to take a look at two other related organizations:
http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/521/521297380/521297380_201012_990.pdf
http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/942/942832298/942832298_201012_990O.pdf

Compare those numbers with the work they have done and decide if you think you'd be getting your money's worth.

JTHunter
December 4, 2012, 12:38 AM
JBrady - As much as the NRA does, it seems as if the lawyer Allen Gura and the 2nd Amendment Foundation are doing as much as the NRA. While the NRA is well known and feared/despised by many politicians, Gura and the SAF seem to be getting more accomplished in the courtroom.
As I'm already a "lifer" in the NRA, what I can afford now goes to the SAF.
FYI

DurangoKid
December 4, 2012, 12:57 AM
That tax report says a lot. Who is the Mr. Olsen? He is a shadowy figure drawing half of their income? Back out wages being paid to family and and there is very little left for por-gun appeals. It looks like maybe 10% is going to progun work.
They do not provide Inst. Trng., support shooting sports Natl. Matches etc. No firearms research Jr. marksmanship No shooting ranges local or National. I suppose the little they spend on gun rights helps some.

brickeyee
December 4, 2012, 04:56 PM
That tax report says a lot.

You also have to keep in mind that the NRA itself is a tax exempt organization and is prohibited from engaging in politics.

The ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) is the lobbying arm.

No dues money for the NRA goes to the ILA.

The ILA is the one soliciting most of the money for political fighting.

Many of the other organizations are NOT tax exempt since they DO engage in lobbying.

Ever since Bill Clinton attributed the Democrats loss of congress to the NRA, they have been a much feared political entity.

jimmyraythomason
December 4, 2012, 05:25 PM
All I've ever received from GOA (along with the plea for donations)was bashing the NRA and what the NRA was/wasn't doing. For me I'm an NRA life member and no longer pay any attention to GOA(just like the politians in DC).

armedandsafe
December 5, 2012, 01:39 AM
If you want to look up different organizations at that outfit linked above, use:

http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/990finder/

Pops

DeepSouth
December 5, 2012, 08:21 PM
At one time I was planning on joining GOA but I read something hso said about the second amendment foundation and after some research of my own I joined them. I still believe it was the right decision and I am still a member.

Thanks hso, I appreciate it.





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