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jaywapti wrote: »
I'm a life member of the NRA, I will agree with Jason on one point, and it applies to all organizations that need money, the constant phone calls, e-mails, direct mailing etc., is a pain in the butt. In a previous thread I stated if every gun owner would donate just $12.00 a year they wouldn't be asking as much. The NRA has about 4.5 million members at $12. a year , you do the math $ 54.6 million (I'm guessing correct me if I'm wrong) a year.
jbp-ohio wrote: »
And there are 270,000,000 to 310,000,000 gun owners in the US
Gene L wrote: »
They need money, because money is what fuels Influence, and always has. It's the way the world works. The NRA has a high overhead and it costs a lot to represent our needs.
tubabucknut wrote: »
I am not sure these numbers are correct. According to the census the US has a estimated population of 317 million as of Jan 1 2014. That number includes children. Maybe you meant guns, and not gun owners. The best I could find is that between 45-55 million households own guns.
Zee wrote: »
I am insulted by this statement.
Slanteyedshootist wrote: »
We're all insulted that you were insulted.
gunwalker wrote: »
...I found that The NRA has two things that no other group doing lobbying has; respect and clout. Like a lot of you, I do not always agree with some of the actions/positions of the NRA. But I don't always agree with my wife either. Point being, it is better to support the organization that can actually get things done. We need to look at the big picture and realize that our fight is nationwide not just in DC. No other group has nationwide clout. As some of you have noted,it takes money to wage any kind of campaign and dues are no longer enough. If Bloomberg and Soros are funding the enemy, what choice does the NRA have but to solicit for more money? The real complaint here should be that very little of this would be necessary if every gun owner were a member.
bisley wrote: »
I buy five year memberships and have been griping for 40 years about how they raise money. I rarely take their calls or open their mail for the same reasons. But, here's the thing...in my opinion.
If they were not raising huge sums, they would not be able to caress or coerce politicians into following the Constitution. They do lobby aggressively, which honestly means little more than bribing elected congress-people to keep their promises, or coercing them into changing their stances. It is a crying shame that the people we elect have to be manipulated with money, but it is a sad fact that congress people are so busy raising money and campaigning that they just can't be bothered with reasonable debate on the floor of the House or Senate. No mind is ever changed by logical debate between opposing sides. It is decided by who wields power and what we see on C-Span is rarely anything but posturing.
They grade politicians according to past votes, and this is what counts, even though it can result in a few 'false positives' here and there, such as the Harry Reid example from his last campaign. He had a 'B' rating from the NRA, despite the fact that he is a sleazebag who will betray this issue or any other if it serves his agenda. In this case I wrote many letters and emails to them stating that if they supported Harry Reid, I would never give them another dime. Apparently, thousands of others did the same, because the NRA pulled their support at the last minute. In fact, in the last issue of American Rifleman, Harry Reid is heavily targeted as being one of the biggest danger to the 2A, which is finally the right way to view him, in my opinion.
So, to me, supporting the NRA by buying a membership is the rough equivalent of choosing the lesser of two evils when voting. I will vote for whoever can beat the leftists. Likewise, I will pay my membership fees to the NRA, because they do get some results that can be easily identified, despite the fact that I hate the system that requires them to do it the way they do it.
gunwalker wrote: »
I have had the opportunity over the years to speak personally with my state senators and my congressman on the subject of firearms legislation. I found that The NRA has two things that no other group doing lobbying has; respect and clout. etc etc
Wambli Ska wrote: »
I have no idea what you do to fight for your rights, I only hope you are doing something to help the rest of us. You can complain all you want but without an organization multiplying the effect of your complaint by adding it to the voices of millions like you, you are just a guy sitting around bitching to no effect.
samzhere wrote: »
Don't answer unknown calls from people whom you can't identify.
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horselips wrote: »
If you don't like the way the NRA tries to raise money, then please feel free to raise money for them any way you like. If you succeed, I'm sure the NRA will be happy to do it your way. Whining is fine - if you have a genuinely viable solution to the problem. Otherwise, get out your checkbook. And shut up.
snake284 wrote: »
Oh I answer all calls. I don't want to be accused of being an old unfriendly hermit. However I maintain the right to HANG UP! at any time during the conversation......
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