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If you're not an NRA member

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Maximum1, Sep 25, 2007.

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Are you or are you NOT a member of the NRA?

Poll closed Nov 9, 2007.
  1. Are you a member of the NRA?

    71 vote(s)
    60.2%
  2. Are you NOT a member of the NRA?

    47 vote(s)
    39.8%
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  1. Maximum1

    Maximum1 Member

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    JOIN THE NRA TODAY

    And if you don't join you give up the right to whine and complain when the antigunners take away your guns!
     
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

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    And don't complain about the junk mail. One phone call will stop all that.

    Also, join SAF, GOA, CCRKBA, Pink Pistols, JPFO or at least one other group....
     
  3. Roccobro

    Roccobro Senior Member

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    Reword the poll so the selections aren't more questions.

    [x] YES, I am a member

    Or

    [ ] NO, I am not a member
     
  4. AirForceShooter

    AirForceShooter Senior Member

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    I give up my right to whine???
    When did you become the arbiter of what I can do???

    AFS
     
  5. 19-3Ben

    19-3Ben Senior Member

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    Afs: +1
     
  6. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Senior Member

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    Join a local state group as well, like the VCDL. NRA is nice, but local is always best.
     
  7. Juna

    Juna Member

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    My state group, MCRGO, is phenomenal and stays more on top of things locally than the NRA (understandably). I get most of my info on current bills/events locally from MCRGO, but I'm also an NRA member. I strongly suggest joining BOTH the NRA AND a local state group for those reasons. That said, I think you should keep on top of the issues yourself as a firearms owner. The NRA does a lot of great things, but I find out about things faster on the internet usually b/c it takes time to churn out information from a large national group.

    The NRA is the most powerful national watchdog for firearms owners.
    Your state-based or local firearms organization is your state/local watchdog.

    Then there's SAF, GOA, JPFO, etc.
     
  8. orionengnr

    orionengnr Senior Member

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    NRA and TSRA, yes.
     
  9. USMC - Retired

    USMC - Retired Member

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    Use the link in my signature line and you get a discount on an annual membership! ($25 instead of $35)

    Or join any other way. Just join!
     
  10. granuale

    granuale New Member

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    NO WAY! :cuss: Here's one reason why:


     
  11. GTSteve03

    GTSteve03 Senior Member

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    No thanks.

    I prefer to send my hard-earned money to local gun rights groups like Georgia Carry, not to groups like the NRA that compromise and make deals with the gun grabbers.
     
  12. Jeff82

    Jeff82 Member

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    Let your state and local organizations know about the Joaquin Jackson Recall Petition. (See thread right here in "Activism") We're trying to clean up the NRA board by recalling a member that has done harm to the effort to keep our "black rifles" and other "politically incorrect" guns. Watch the numbers daily. We fail if we don't get 100 minimum in three different states.

    The line in the sand has been drawn. We must send the message to the Board that the voting membership will not tolerate an NRA leadership that waffles on our Civil 2A Rights!!
     
  13. baz

    baz Member

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    I'm an associate member, e.g. the $10/yr membership. It gets me their gun insurance, and I think they do some good. I don't need the magazines, though.
     
  14. Robert Hairless

    Robert Hairless Senior Member

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    I don't need the NRA. I carry a copy of the Second Amendment in my wallet. If a federal agent wants to take my guns all I have to do is whip out that copy and say "You can't do it. I am protected." Then they will go away and leave me alone. I have rights.

    At this moment the poll shows that 57.35% who voted are NRA members and 46.65% are not NRA members.

    What that number means to me is that almost half the people who voted are carrying the other half of the people. That's great! If we can get more people to not join the NRA we can improve those numbers until, maybe, we can have just one person carrying the load for everyone else and then we can all laugh at him for not being as smart as the rest of us.
     
  15. JesseL

    JesseL Senior Member

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    I've been a life member since I was 8 years old - 21 years now.

    I can completely understand why someone interested in the RKBA would choose not to be an NRA member though.

    1.
    The NRA has a long history of political compromises. You can argue political reality vs. moral purity all day long, but I respect anyone's choice to distance themselves from what they see as an organization flawed by politics.

    2. IMO, Nobody who isn't actually complicit in the destruction of their rights ever loses the right to complain about the loss. Blaming the victim is in extremely poor taste, to say the least. Rights are something you should be able to keep without needing to defend them.
     
  16. tinygnat219

    tinygnat219 Senior Member

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    :scrutiny:

    If this isn't wishful, simplistic thinking I don't know what is. I would LOVE for reality to be that simple, but it's not. The reality is, the Constitution has been trampled upon by both the Bush and Clinton administrations. We have to fight to take back what is ours.

    I think it's been established that the NRA isn't perfect. However, they also do a LOT of good for our rights. Imagine where we would be without them!

    The critical mistake that we often make as RKBA Constitutionalists is that we expect them to look out for everything, where we need to be doing that! :banghead: Shoot, it's our responsibility as citizens to keep the .gov in check. While the NRA is a nice proxy organization / thinktank, they shouldn't be the only ones charged with fighting for our rights.

    So, here's what we need to do. Join 'em, soon our numbers will be large enough within the NRA to force a change at the helm. This is a membership driven organization, and we have to let our voices be heard and if the NRA suddenly had 10 million members, guess who'd be listening REAL closely.
     
  17. Robert Hairless

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    That's why I keep the copy of the Second Amendment with me, Jesse.

    It's indeed in extremely poor taste to blame the victim who will not protect himself, especially the victim who wants to be above the fray. This country needs more victims like that because they have principles. We should admire and respect people with principles who refuse to compromise by supporting anything less than perfect organizations.

    There's no one who has earned more respect than a victim with high principles and a lofty moral ground.
     
  18. cdrt

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    NRA Life, CRPA Life, TSRA annual and even the other NRA (Naval Reserve Association). :D
     
  19. JesseL

    JesseL Senior Member

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    I'm going to make an analogy:

    Most of us here take our personal defense seriously and arm ourselves
    accordingly. We know that there are bad people out there and do our best to keep them from doing us harm. We actively defend our right to live.

    Now if there's someone (for the sake of argument, let's say a young woman) who doesn't choose to arm themselves for self defense. If that young woman is attacked by a rapist, should we tell her that she's got no right to complain since she didn't do enough to defend herself?

    People have a few basic rights, including the right to own effective tools for self defense and the right to not be sexually assaulted. Anyone who violates any of these rights is scum that isn't fit to share oxygen with you and me.

    People who defend these rights are serving an admirable purpose, but I can't really fault someone if they take their rights for granted and become irate when they're violated either. You're supposed to be able to take you're rights for granted, because they're rights. It's just a shame that we live in a world where it doesn't always work that way.
     
  20. cpttango30

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    I joined the VCDL right after the VT attack. They took a common sense approch to the whole thing.

    I am starting to dislike the NRA. I live just south of the HQ. When there, going to the musem I did not see a car in the assigned parking that cost less that $65,000. You can aford to pay people that muc money yet you come beggin to me to always send you more and more money. I even got a phone call from them and they were bold enough to tell me they had me down for $300 to support some bill all they needed me to do was to comfirm I wanted to do it and give them my credit card number to finish it up.

    While I think Ted Nugent is funny. He is doing us no good waiving rifles over his head telling the demo president candidates to go F off. Not to mention that they look to be fully loaded while he is doing it in-front of thousands of people. He is making us all look bad to a lot of people and he is making owners of AR-15's look like they are a bunch of long haired raving morons that act like bafoons.

    What we need on the NRA board of directors is Soccer moms. Be pissed at me if you want to I do not care. The more women that become outspoken to our cause the more we will get heard. Haven't you heard of the three types of commo? Telephone, telegraph, and Tellawomen.
     
  21. MaterDei

    MaterDei Senior Member

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    NRA and TSRA member.

    The NRA is not perfect but they are effective. To deny that is foolish.
     
  22. fletcher

    fletcher Senior Member

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    I am not an NRA member - I haven't found yet that I have anything to gain from being a member.

    Now, before you flame me, note that I do send them money, but have not joined.

    I hope that was sarcastic, because it's extremely ignorant to think that someone must join the NRA to defend gun rights.
     
  23. cmidkiff

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    I am an NRA member... can't find that choice on your poll though.
     
  24. Bartkowski

    Bartkowski Senior Member

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    I am a member, even though they send me that evil junk mail some of us complain about.
     
  25. USMC - Retired

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    The most glaring reason to join to me is the strength in numbers reason. Every NRA member is part of a large block of voters that politicians can not ignore. You may think that one member does not make a difference but it does. Membership is contagious. Once someone becomes a member they tend to spread the word to thier shooting friends and family.
     
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