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Is it worth it to join the NRA?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Hellbore, Mar 31, 2005.

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  1. Hellbore

    Hellbore Member

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    What do I get by joining the NRA? Give me the straight dope. I could read what their web site says but hey, they want to convince people to join. Realistically, what benefit do I get from joining the NRA, other than a magazine? I just don't know if the magazine alone is worth the $35 a year. I haven't even seen the magazine.

    I have enjoyed shooting most of my life and now, as an adult, I am trying to decide whether I should affiliate myself with this group, and why. None of my friends or family are members of the NRA even though some of them are shooters. I have rarely even heard anything about the NRA.
     
  2. Standing Wolf

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    Part of what you get from joining the N.R.A. is the satisfaction of doing the right thing, which, sad to say, most of America's shooters don't bother to do.

    The N.R.A. isn't perfect, but it's the big organization dedicated to preserving and defending your right to keep and bear arms. Without it, we'd all have been turned into disarmed serfs decades ago.
     
  3. 45Badger

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    Standing Wolf pretty much nailed it. They're not perfect, but they are the most effective firearm/gun rights lobbying organization.

    There are other, more strident organizations out there. I think they are less effective, and that their message gets lost in the fire and brimstone.
     
  4. orangeninja

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    What do you get?

    Well for $35.00 a year you get:

    1.) A multimillion dollar lobbiest group lobbying for your right to own a firearm.

    2.) $1000.00 of firearm insurance in case one get stolen or somthing.(last time I checked, no extra cost.)

    3.) Voter information so that you can do your civic duty in the booth to protect your RKBA without distortions.

    4.) A news source that doesn't label everything an "assault rifle".

    5.) Potential sporting events or training you can register for.

    6.) An okay magazine.

    7.) A hat you wouldn't be caught dead wearing.

    8.) The ability to purchase insurance (at extra cost) in case you are ever held liable in a shooting.

    9.) You get to support a worthwhile organization that tries to educate children about firearms intelligently.

    10.) You get somebody on your side who may or may not step in on your behalf in case you ever get legally railroaded, sometimes they may even raise money on your behalf. (They have been known to do it.)

    Lastly you get to know that you are doing somthing to pull your own weight in the never ending struggle to protect your rights.
     
  5. Titus

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    What you can get out of membership depends on what you want to get out if it. Read the website to see if they do anything you're interested in. At a minimum, the larger the membership, the less politicians like to mess with us. :) Anyway, I'll send you a one year membership if you like, and you can decide for yourself.
     
  6. RRTX

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    Ahh come on I know you wear the admirals cap around the house lol. I saw at least two people walking down the street with them on while me and Steve were driving thru Oklahoma last weekend lol
     
  7. Hellbore

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    I did not know the NRA was working to protect our rights to own guns. I guess I never really heard much about this in the news. I think I will look into it some more and get a year memebership to start off with, once I get my next paycheck.

    If what you say is true about them being responsible for our continued right to keep and bear arms, then I suppose it is well worth it. I didn't really think of that / know about it.
     
  8. Cortland

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    Join the NRA here for only $25 -- a $10 discount. ;)

    Now honestly, are you screwing with us? I'm tempted to ask what rock you just crawled out from under, but that would be rude. I do hope you join, it's a worthwhile organization.
     
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    I like the magazine you get, especially. (I opted for the choice of "American Guardian," which then was replaced by "America's 1st Freedom.")

    A1stF contains mostly socio-political gun-related articles, plus info on new products, news, legislative developments. And finally, "The Armed Citizen." This contains attributed news blurbs about actual, real-life people who have used their own firearms to thwart criminals and in many/most cases, save lives.

    The magazine gives bad news and good news about RKBA, and when I read it each month, it gives me numerous reasons to feel good about owning guns, and good about the future of my right to do so. :)

    -Jeffrey
     
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    I work in a VA hospital. As they say, the price of freedom is visible here.



    And in our waiting rooms, so are those NRA caps........

    Jeff
     
  13. Cortland

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    All of the NRA magazines have "Armed Citizen." Since we're talking about magazines, you have four choices: America's First Freedom, of which Jeffrey has already provided an excellent summary; American Rifleman - this is primary NRA magazine and is like a mini Guns & Ammo with some politics; Women's Outlook is the NRA's newest magazine aimed at ... (you guessed it) ... hunters. I mean women. American Hunter is for hunters.

    Now regarding the hats. I volunteer as an NRA recruiter at all the local gun shows. For the past few years all of the hats we've gotten to give out with memberships have been made in the USA. Sadly the last batch received were made someplace like Bangladesh. Although quality-wise they look the same. Equally hideous.
     
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    Is it worth it to join the NRA?
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    Well, if it wasn't worth it for me and a couple million people like me being in the NRA for the last 45 years you probably wouldn't have to worry, "if it's worth it to join the NRA". Chances are you wouldn't have any guns or rights to protect.

    Ya, join the NRA and help see to it US citizens 45 years from now will still have the right to own and use guns.
     
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    Join now, don't wait.
    I like the American Rifleman magazine.

    The neighbor kid drew a picture of me and hung it on my refridgerator. Wife seen it and noticed the big NRA hat on my head right off. Big yellow letters on a blue hat stands out. It's about the only thing he got correct in the drawing. I can't be that distorted.

    Vick
     
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    alduro ran through all the points very eloquently. NRA is the biggest and best game in town. THe clubs I belong to require membership in the NRA as a requiremnet of membership!
     
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    I just can't imagine anyone who enjoys the shooting sports (sporting clays, target, hunting, plinking etc....), or enjoys the warm fuzzy of knowing you can protect your loved ones from harm or death if needed, not wanting to be a member of the outstanding organizations that are around trying their best to beat back the anti-gun crowds in their drive to disarm honest Americans. The anti-gunners sure don't have a problem pouring money into their agenda.

    It would be worth it if the NRA didn't give you a thing! I do really enjoy the American Rifleman mazazine and the other perks, but I'd still be a member if it costs more money and they didn't give us anything other than the assurance that they are fighting for our rights granted by the Constitution.

    Every gun owner that's sitting on their hands on this issue should really think about what they will do if we are ever forced to turn in our firearms. I can just imaging the horrible feeling of helplessness upon hearing a burglar breaking down my door in the middle of the day or night, and not having my P90 faithfully on my hip or nightstand!! You can bet your sweet butt they will have a gun.....whether guns are outlawed or not!! A ball bat just ain't no good in a gunfight!!!

    I wonder how many times someone has thought..."If I'd just had a gun....I could have done something"
     
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    Two things bother me about the NRA.

    They help draft firearm unfriendly legislation instead of fighting tooth and nail to simply quash it. They have not always been advocates of the 2nd Amendment, they seem originally to only care about having hunting left alone. They are coming around, but they still like to compromise (read "trade away rights" in my opinion) more than take a frim stand.

    I only hear from them when I receive my copy of American Rifleman, and when they want money.

    I know it is perspective, but they appear to spend more energy and money on fund raising than on any other activity.

    Still, for all their faults, I am a member. But if I were poor, and had to choose only one or two firearms rights organizations to belong to, NRA would be the third choice. (My state organization, CRPA, being 1st)
     
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    That's a fact, although I think less so now than ever before. It's often claimed that Reagan let the NRA decide whether the FOPA would become law, and clearly that was a tremendous misjudgement -- they were complicit, afterall, in the first federal gun ban. I do, however, think it's totally inaccurate to say that the NRA cares only about hunting. They realize that hunters make up a large percentage of their support, so while they often try to shape the gun control debate in a way that's meaningful to hunters, the NRA is very vocal about the Second Amendment being about more than just hunting. Recently the NRA has gone to bat for assault weapons, the FiveseveN, .50 cals, etc. -- things generally seen as pretty un-P.C. I think the biggest indication came just over a year ago, when the NRA scuttled the protection of lawful commerce in arms bill to prevent an AWB renewal. The NRA could have very easily pulled another FOPA maneuver but this time it did the right thing.

    Now don't be silly. If, at the end of year, the NRA looked at its books and saw they were spending more money soliciting donations than they were actually bringing in, don't you think they would stop? Of course they would. The fact is the NRA does good work, work that can't be done with goodwill alone.
     
  20. Hellbore

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    Well I'm sold! I just joined with a 1 year membership. It's actually pretty exciting to hear about the kind of political ground the NRA has been able to gain. Good work! I guess a membership is money well spent.
     
  21. DorGunR

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    Is it worth it to join the NRA?

    I thought it was..........check my sig line. :)
     
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    You can tell a lot about an organization by its enemies. The NRA has all the right enemies!

    Welcome to the NRA
     
  23. Rembrandt

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    What bothers me is when someone asks....what do "I" get? Indicates more concern about trinkets and something tangible to exchange their dollars for than...."what can I do to help the cause?"
     
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    Glad to hear that you joined.

    For me it has been money very well spent.

    The biggest gain is that the NRA's numbers keep growing which makes it that much harder for the left to fence us in. I highly doubt that the AWB would have gone away if the NRA was shrinking.

    Again, congrats.
     
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    Would you like them to waste valuable resources to send out mailing to inform you of things that can be found out by looking at their website?
     
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