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Why should I re-join the NRA?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Usmc-1, Apr 25, 2011.

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  1. Usmc-1

    Usmc-1 Member.

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    I was a member for years and years , then after a while I just got tired of the constant barrage of letters recieved so I could send donations , I never really seen anything that they did, sure there was some national attention , but I never seen anything local and from my experience if theres nothing going on local there aint nothing going on national , my thing was this and I asked all the way up the chain "wheres the money going" I was never given more than pre printed advertisements which all asked for donations , after that I quit correspondence completely , it took about 6 months for them to quit sending me crap in the mail daily it was annoying!

    Can someone in here change my mind? Dont give "script" either I read it to numerous people for years , I know it .
     
  2. rellascout

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    You shouldn't. At least some of your money is going toward unsolicited DVDs being sent to members homes. If you keep it they bill you if not you have to package it back up in a mailer and send it back....

    Sorry but this one was the straw that broke the camels back. I personally will not be renewing.
     
  3. Double Vision

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    The NRA is the largest and most active organization defending 2nd Amendment rights.
    The stronger they get, the stronger we get.
    I've been a member since 1983 or so.
    I throw out the NRA junk mail but I do contribute to the NRA-ILA through a United Way payroll deduction.
     
  4. Sheepdog1968

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    You can request them to reduce the info they mail to you. I did and now I get significantly less mail from them. As to why, there are many organizations trying relentlessly to reduce our gun rights. Love them or hate them, the NRA is the major group protecting our rights. Bigger memberships give the NRA bigger clout. Can u imagine the clout the NRA would have if every gunowner joined?
     
  5. HOOfan_1

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    United Way? Seriously? I thought United Way was more of the opposite of the NRA. It surely is in my area.
     
  6. X-Rap

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    No don't renew, we got it. Just go along with the other 19 or 20 million gun owners that whine and complain and ride on the backs of 10% that are members.
     
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  7. Rshooter

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    Ten or twenty years ago I sent a letter to the NRA because of all of their garbage and doomsday calling. I was answered by a guy named Wayne LaPierre (sp?) who said that gun grabbers were out to outlaw guns. I dumped my NRA membership due to this script. Then came along Bill Clinton who did exactly what Wayne said was going to happen.

    I am now a life member because I truly believe the script. The worst are the hypocrites like Barbra Boxer who believes only special people like her deserve the right to carry. If you have the inclination start researching the anti gunners websites, their lies and misinformation are outrageous. Do they want to disarm me, yes!
     
  8. Kendal Black

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    I could tell you about things the NRA has done that have not set right with me, but I'm a Life Member anyway. At least they are in there swinging. They have clout on Capitol Hill. What other gun groups do?

    I opted out of the junk mail--it's quick and easy to do. I also asked to be put on their do not call list, and the telephone solicitations ceased.
     
  9. rellascout

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    I have opted out of 2 email lists and the junk mail list yet the crap keeps coming...
     
  10. brickeyee

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    Actually, no.

    Unsolicited items are yours to do with as you please, and you are under no obligation to pay or return them.

    The solicitations are almost always for the Institute of Legislative action, the ILA.
    None of your dues money can be used for political purposes or the NRA would lose its tax exempt status.

    The ILA is the political lobbying arm, required for tax purposes to be funded separately.

    Otr you can join GOA and fly Gottlieb around the country to make stupid statements.
     
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  11. nalioth

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    You are not responsible for paying for unsolicited goods sent to you.

    Consider it a "gift" from the NRA.
     
  12. btg3

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    I was warned of this before I joined and opted out of all promotional mail, email, and phone calls. My son is overseas and his membership is also at my home address.

    For the two memberships there is practically no junk mail, spam, or calls from the NRA except for the reminder to renew my membership. My son is a life member.
     
  13. Kendal Black

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    Don't know what to tell you, rellascout. It worked for me. I never signed up for the email lists and haven't gotten any email. I asked an NRA telly solicitor to put me on their do not call list. Presto, no more calls. I emailed the address below with my name and membership number and the junk mail mostly stopped.


     
  14. Double Vision

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    Where I work we get a booklet that lists national and local recipients for United Way. You can specify exactly where you want your money to go.

    Surprisingly, there are a few firearms-related groups shown and they get my donations.
    :D
     
  15. Smokey Joe

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    Don't worry about it!!

    USMC-1 (and BTW, thank you for your service!)--The junk mail is just part of the deal. You can opt out of most of it, as noted.

    But who is it that the anti's make fun of?? Who is it that the anti's say has Congress in their pocket?? Who is the only group most anti's can name, and actively hate?? You guessed it!

    And if the NRA is hated and reviled by the anti's, like no other organization, that's the group you & I want to have on our side!!

    They gotta be doing a whole lot of something right!! So, send 'em your membership. Join 1 or 2 of the other pro 2A groups also. Then take a kid shooting, and make sure they have a good time--We need the upcoming generation as well.

    That, or, when your gun rights get limited once more, you have no right to complain.
     
  16. Vonderek

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    These kind of threads are usually rhetorical and a time-dump. Those who think the NRA is indispensible for preserving our 2A rights (I am in this group) can never convince those who are outraged by having to throw out the occasional piece of mail that the NRA is actually a beneficial organization. But I'll play along anyway. Here's a little of what they are doing in my state of Florida:

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/ou...k-facetoface-marionha20110424,0,2349024.story
     
  17. Black Butte

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    :what:

    How about the Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions that literally saved your Second Amendment rights? Biggest gun cases in over 100 years (Cruikshank = 1875, Miller = 1894). Still, you might have missed it.
     
  18. heavydluxe

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    You could not join the NRA and, instead, join another organization like the Second Amendment Foundation.

    http://www.saf.org/

    Truth be told, they seem to be doing some great legal work in protecting our rights.

    That said, the NRA is the largest lobbying organization for firearms ownership. For all the cruft that has been added on over the years, it's without argument that the have the most clout politically and our position is only strengthened through increased membership. United we stand, and all that...
     
  19. ArfinGreebly

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    Yes

    Yes, rejoin.

    Then contact them (there's an email address, or you can phone them) and tell them you don't want any mail.

    They are the heavyweight on our side in the gun rights campaigns.

    Also look into joining the SAF (Second Amendment Foundation) as they have been exceptional performers in this area in the last few years.


    I have not been entirely happy with the NRA. They have done some "politically expedient" things that I believe were very poorly judged. However, the membership has a voice there, and it became clear to them that their little faux pas had not gone unnoticed.

    They're not perfect. They tend to pester us for more money. But they have the numbers, and when Congress begins thinking about "should we or shouldn't we" propose some flaky piece of legislation, they turn to the NRA lobbyist and say, "what does your membership think?" And, if the "membership" would hate it, but the Congress Critter thinks it might still fly, Mr. Critter will ask, "and how many members do you guys have again?"

    Today, the NRA gets to say, "four million." If one tenth of the gun owners in this country (being 1/10 of, what, eighty million people?) belonged to the NRA, the lobby dude would be able to say, "eight million members, man." And, if we could get half of the gun owners to sign up, the critter would be hearing "yo, we gots us some forty million voters, what wuz it youse had in mind?"

    Your pet 800-pound gorilla can be a little irksome when you're out for a walk and you want it to behave, but when the neighborhood thug's pit bull shows up, spoiling for a fight, you really want that gorilla by your side.


    The NRA is your gorilla. Make sure you're a part owner.

     
  20. MtnSpur

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    There are a few organizations that truly fight for our right to own our firarms, the NRA being one. If the Brady Campaign, Mayor Bloomberg, et al had their say you'd be armed with a stick and a prayer. I don't bother with the "spam" mail , etc but do believe we need a united organization with the clout to keep the naysayers at bay.

    I belong to the NRA and the TSRA (Texas Y'all).
     
  21. Safetychain

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    I was a long term member also until the unsolicited CDs started coming in. I'd already gotten pretty frustrated with bi-weekly phone calls coming in. The CDs were the straw that broke my back so I didn't renew, but that still didn't stop the calls; just reduced them.

    I know that the NRA is great in its work in defending our 2nd Amendment rights and other things, but I don't agree with their money making efforts. I, like most, I would assume, just throw the CDs and other unsolicited thing in the trash unopened. Can this actually be bringing in more money that it costs? It seems a total waste of my contributions. The magazine was great and offered all the unsolicited stuff as being available if we wanted it. Don't cram it down my throat and make me feel guilty for not paying for it.

    I, at the time, didn't realize that I could opt out of the majority of the mail. I would think that instead of sending the stuff to us without our permission, it would have kept more money/members as well as entice more to join if we were asked if we wanted our donations spent that way. If I were given the choice of opting out of the mailings on the membership form, I would likely go back to them.

    And, X-Rap, we all "bitch and complain" whether we are members or not. And most are just complaining about a very annoying and and what we feel is poor business decision on how they appear to be wasting very hard earned donations that should be spent on the problems that we gun owners are facing in this country and not disenfranchising its own membership.

    How about somebody/NRA run a poll and just see how many members they have driven away with the unsolicited mail/CD idea and, if we would come back is this practice were dropped. Then the NRA could then make a judgement on whether the practice were making or losing money. Personally I don't think they have a clue about how bad they are hurting their membership rolls.
     
  22. bbuddtec

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    Maybe in Ok you feel you don't need representation at the moment, but I wish like hell NY would repeal the already repeatedly proven junk science, and outrageous hi cap ban among others... yes you can't buy anything, pistol, rifle etc. that holds more than 10 rounds in it's magazine. Period. I count on NRA/ILA to inform me when I need to act on important legislation, because the media certainly won't let me know that there's a vote yet again, to legislate microstamping and the like... they are actively bombarding at least my state with crap proposals just hoping the population is sleeping. I've written my letters, cast my votes, and wait to do more for my state to re-instate the 2nd Amendment. Of course, you are welcome, non-active shooters, to do nothing and ride our collective coattails. But I will have a right to complain.
     
  23. jeeperjohn

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    I have been a life member for over 30 years. I get very little "junk" from the NRA. It costs money to send out all the mailers. If you don't want them opt out and they will not send them. If you don't want to be a member then don't complain when your gun rights are restricted. Right now I will personally guarantee you that if it were not for the NRA and their legislative work you probably would not even be able to own a pistol and rifle rights would be severely curtailed.
     
  24. Vonderek

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    This is great!!
     
  25. Paladin7

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    I think you should renew your membership. The NRA has clout that is respected on the Hill.

    I too have my share of problems with them, like the support they give to Democrats, which I'm not too happy about.

    Also, second what folks are saying about "un-solicited gifts" - if you didn't order them, they are yours to keep. Once you do this one time, you will never get another sent to you...works like a charm.

    About the UnitedWay, when you give them your contribution to a self directed charity, the charity does not get the money right away. UnitedWay banks it and makes money on the interest, then remits. Lord knows what they do with the interest they make across all the self-directed giving they receive, but I can tell you that its almost assuredly not good. They support a whole lot of organizations like Planned Parenthood and other Leftist organizations that may be helped by this scheme... It's worth looking into...
     
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