This is a discussion on One of the other reasons NRA annoys me within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Originally Posted by MJK Lighten up and don't take it so personally. The NRA is the biggest game in town when it comes to fighting ...
-The Mist (2007)"My God David, We're a Civilized society."
"Sure, As long as the machines are workin' and you can call 911. But you take those things away, you throw people in the dark, and you scare the **** out of them; no more rules...You'll see how primitive they can get."
I'm not overly thrilled with anyone's "marketing tactics" these days....but at least I know what I'm buying will work for me when I support the NRA. Marketing tactics are for products.....would you consider our rights products for trade at this point? Don't be ashamed.......I figure many do consider our rights subject to trade and barter these days. You don't have to become a martyr.......just simply stand alone from the crowd. Who's actually "thrilled" about anything these days? Tax return? Gas prices going down? Socialist dictator dying in some foreign land? What DO you want to be "thrilled" about these days? Same sex marriages in another state becoming legal?I'm not thrilled by the marketing ploys of the NRA.
It's pretty easy to not open the email and toss the junk mail in the trash. Altough I like the mail that has all of the stickers of the guns you could win.
DO I agree with the NRA 100% of the time, no. DO I find them annoying sometimes, yes. But I could say the same about my wife of 40 years or my kids or my church or just about anything or anybody. Will I continue to support the NRA, yes.
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I support the NRA with my membership, but I also resent their tireless and shameless fundraising using the tactics you describe...
I just signed up for NRA yesterday - you guys are making me nervous about my mailbox blowing up!
St. Jude's is the worst I have experienced to date - at least 3 pieces of junk mail per week! At least they stopped when I called and said "if and when I can donate again, I know where to find you - but please stop harassing me."
Anyaway as if you care I am a libertarian. And also someone that likes to use critical thinking and not have half the information shoved up my throat. If you look at some of the folks that paste information from the NRA and GOA into some of these threads you would think the sky is falling. It may be but at least just present the facts.
As far as not giving the NRA my money anymore it is my way of telling them I want change. I want real information, not skewed to one side. I don't like when I look something up that Mr. LaPierre is going crazy about and find out either it is not as worse as he says or is not even accurate. And just sometimes I do not agree with every stance the NRA has.
Funny thing is most folks so far seem to agree about the annoyance that the NRA does by the constant emails and mails and a lot do not like the way they peddle fear and doomsday scenarios. Instead of folks saying STOP IT and I will still be a member they throw up their hands and say whatever,,,,it is all we got.
Having said that, I support the NRA for the same reason I will probably vote for Romney in the fall, they're better than the alternative...
"He is a wellspring of truth, but you can't bring the whole well up with one bucket." -Mark Twain's Mother (Jane Lampton Clemens)
Like it or not, all these groups (NRA, GOA, etc. to include Brady Bunch) are businesses. Even though the actual businesses are non-profit, there are expenses and the employees are not non-profit - they must have a revenue stream of some sort. Most people tend to forget about making donations and if these non-profit organizations don't remind people they lose their revenue. Renewals of "intangibles", like memberships to things other than organizations that are used often like clubs, are low so, again, people need to be reminded. I've found that the amount of mail has decreased, which is what members wanted. I've often heard emails are what members would prefer. It's very easy to set up a filter - don't see what the trouble is. Like someone else said - telemarketers exist b/c the business model works, these organizations use mass marketing b/c it works. When getting people to open their wallets, emotion always trumps logic - ask any salesperson.
Just b/c you don't see attacks on the 2nd Amend locally, doesn't mean it isn't happening. I know someone who recently wanted to open a 1000 yd shooting range. His first obstacle was to find an appropriate piece of land. He had to purchase it first, then apply for the permits for building it - including addressing a committee with a public hearing. At the hearing, he had to listen to numerous parties "testify" as to why they thought his application was unsuitable for the area - most were people that wouldn't be affected in the least bit by the range. All were incorrect as to their "facts", using the bull spread by anti-gun organizations. So after incurring huge expenses for research and purchasing the land w/o knowing for sure he would be allowed to use it the way he wanted, he was out of luck. Fortunately, he had a 2nd choice that is viable for the use of the land.
No one likes every aspect of every business they support, at least not if they knew everything about the business. The NRA does far more good, than bad. I find having to set a filter and throwing away some junk mail far less inconvenient than giving any ground on 2nd Amend issues.
The NRA isn't just for sportsmen and hunters, they were key in recently convincing the state of KS to recognize non-resident CCW permits. One of the first sections in every magazine is called the Armed Citizen, annotating stories of citizens using firearms for self defense. NRA Basic Handgun course is recognized as "approved" training for may CCW permits.