Is There Any Reason NOT to join NRA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ront View Post
    I have kicked around around joining the NRA for a for a long time now. I am thinking about it more now. It may be a dumb question, but is ther any reason NOT to join up?

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    Well, I've been kicking around this idea too. But I figure, "what the he.." I'm already registered CHL, and signed the OC petition for Texas - so i'm already on the list - why not another?

    And I'm starting to feel a little frisky about my freedoms so...

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    Been a member for years, just wish they would quit sending so much junk mail. I think its a great origination and they help.
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    I joined for 5 years (5 year membership deal). Within the first 6 months, I was receiving junk mail regularly about renewing my membership. That wasn't the start of the junk mail, but a part that really annoyed me, especially the packaging informing me that it was an important communication from the NRA...like it was some sort of notice on pending legislation.

    So I contacted the NRA by email and snail mail and asked them to stop sending me all the crap they were sending. I could only use so many fake silver bullets, flimsy keychains, NRA token coins, or videos of "Tales of the Gun." I explained that I was doing good to join for 5 years and that I didn't have deep pockets to keep sending them more money. I asked that they stop sending me so much garbage because as near as I can tell, they were spending more on sending me crap than my membership fees cost me. In other words, they were losing money on me.

    I seem to recall that it was a ratio of something like 8:1 between the garbage they sent versus letters that were truly of importance, such as pending legislation issues. The worse part is that the pending legislation issue letters weren't that timely and that I had often already heard about them either in the news or off the internet and had already contacted the appropriate legislatures by the time I heard from the NRA.

    Anyway, the junk mail didn't stop.

    I ascertained that the NRA was not financially responsible with my membership money, would not honor my requests, and so didn't need me as a member. I do my part, but not through the NRA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    An opposing view point that you can take or leave...

    The NRA has over 4 million members and is currently the largest PAC on record.

    When Obama goes ape and attempts to confiscate handguns, the first list he will grab is the NRA membership list. That list has a wealth of information, and its a list of people that are interested enough in the Second Amendment to donate to it and keep it alive.

    Any tyrant that would consider banning guns, would consider the membership list of the NRA to be very valuable and for one that wanted to eliminate private ownership of guns, that would seem to be the first place to look.
    I would think a CHL instructor would be on a list as well...
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    The NRA is important, as we have discussed here, but other organizations are also doing good jobs in the arena. Check some of those out.

    Consider some state level organizations too - politics are "local", and a state organization can sometimes have more a effective program due to their local nature.

    Here in Colorado we have a group, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners ("RMGO") which appears to have been effective at the state level. Personally, they have helped me decipher some more obscure components of the Colorado law.

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    I would think a CHL instructor would be on a list as well...
    More than likely.

    I am on so many "lists" though that one more dont matter...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    An opposing view point that you can take or leave...

    The NRA has over 4 million members and is currently the largest PAC on record.

    When Obama goes ape and attempts to confiscate handguns, the first list he will grab is the NRA membership list. That list has a wealth of information, and its a list of people that are interested enough in the Second Amendment to donate to it and keep it alive.

    Any tyrant that would consider banning guns, would consider the membership list of the NRA to be very valuable and for one that wanted to eliminate private ownership of guns, that would seem to be the first place to look.
    When you buy a gun from a dealer you go on a list. When you get a CHL you go on a list. I don't think being on the NRA list is going to hurt you much more - the government has all the resources it needs now to identify legal owners of firearms.

    The idea that the new administration will confiscate handguns is really a stretch. Heller specifically ruled in favor of handguns. It is the law of the land. The justices that are most likely to retire in the next decade are already liberal leaning. Replacing them with new justices will not change a thing.

    +1 for the RMGO and the concept of working locally. State laws have far more effect than the national ones.
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    Well, I'd rather be slightly paranoid and wrong, then think "it will never happen to me" and be a victim.
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    The idea that the new administration will confiscate handguns is really a stretch. Heller specifically ruled in favor of handguns. It is the law of the land. The justices that are most likely to retire in the next decade are already liberal leaning. Replacing them with new justices will not change a thing.
    I certainly hope you are correct.
    But..

    The idea of a President being elected that cannot even produce a valid birth certificate is a stretch...
    That a man that proposed a 500 percent tax on ammunition could be elected to be the President of the U.S. is a stretch...

    there are all sorts of "stretches" with this guy and anything is possible
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    The only logical reason I have come up with so far for not joining, is the fact that instead of a life time membership I get a new gun (or two).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy View Post
    I joined for 5 years (5 year membership deal). Within the first 6 months, I was receiving junk mail regularly about renewing my membership. That wasn't the start of the junk mail, but a part that really annoyed me, especially the packaging informing me that it was an important communication from the NRA...like it was some sort of notice on pending legislation.

    So I contacted the NRA by email and snail mail and asked them to stop sending me all the crap they were sending. I could only use so many fake silver bullets, flimsy keychains, NRA token coins, or videos of "Tales of the Gun." I explained that I was doing good to join for 5 years and that I didn't have deep pockets to keep sending them more money. I asked that they stop sending me so much garbage because as near as I can tell, they were spending more on sending me crap than my membership fees cost me. In other words, they were losing money on me.

    I seem to recall that it was a ratio of something like 8:1 between the garbage they sent versus letters that were truly of importance, such as pending legislation issues. The worse part is that the pending legislation issue letters weren't that timely and that I had often already heard about them either in the news or off the internet and had already contacted the appropriate legislatures by the time I heard from the NRA.

    Anyway, the junk mail didn't stop.

    I ascertained that the NRA was not financially responsible with my membership money, would not honor my requests, and so didn't need me as a member. I do my part, but not through the NRA.


    Way too much junk mail.
    Slow on keeping me informed of important issues.
    I don't think they are using their resources very well.

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    Join, then you are adding a voice to the NRA. Looks like we are going to need a lot of voices in the coming years!!

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    I think every gun owner should join the NRA like it or not its the best thing we've got. I think if it wasn't for them we would've been like england 20 years ago. I also think gun owners should join local gun owners groups in their states as well every little bit helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911luver View Post
    I think if it wasn't for them we would've been like england 20 years ago.
    That's a lofty statement. Hard to prove a hypothetical.


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