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Why NRA ?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by RustyL, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. RustyL


    Oct 5, 2012
    Is the money given to the NRA worth it? I know they fight mightily for our 2nd amendment rights. Is their influence that great with our politicians? I'm thinking of joining.
    I own many guns, mainly for hunting. I quit hunting and started fishing...and the fishing industry has their whacked out folks too, wanting to ban this or that.
    The reason I joined this GT is I want to learn about handguns. I bought a G 26 and have applied for my CC permit. The more I read about handguns, the more I feel the gun industry is under attack. Anyway, enough of my ranting, Why did you join the NRA?
  2. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    Spring, TX.
    Anyone who owns and enjoys their firearms and understands our rights should be a member of the NRA. They do have influence and do use it.

    Another organization you should consider is the Second Amendment Foundation. They are the ones who brought the Heller case up and eventually dragged the NRA on board with them.
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  3. RenoF250


    Feb 23, 2008
    I think they must spend 90% of the money sending out junk mail.
  4. Providence


    Feb 5, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    I am a member and will continue to be one... but... this week the NRA sent me a Personal Defense Network DVD in the mail, unsolicited. They want me to pay for it or send it back. Not cool in my book. Don't send me stuff unsolicited.

    Please vote! It's that important!
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  5. FCastle88


    Sep 24, 2009
    Just keep the DVD, legally you're not required to pay for or return unsolicited items that are sent to you.
  6. okie

    okie GT Mayor

    Oct 28, 2001
    Muskogee Ok.
    I am proud to be an NRA member, every member makes up the NRA and we are very powerful:patriot:
  7. mac66

    mac66 Huge Member Millennium Member

    Oct 28, 1999
    Blue Planet
    The NRA is the big dog on the block when it comes to gun rights. Whatever else they may do good, bad or indifferent, they are the reason why we still have our guns. Numbers speak loudly, and the NRA has the numbers. They get the attention of law makers (and everyone else).

    Don't think that just because no new gun control laws have been passed under Obama that the left has given up. Politicians know that "gun control laws" are the poison apple (thanks to the NRA). New gun control laws won't look like gun control laws and they won't be called gun control. They will look like health care and environmental regulations.

    So yeah, the NRA is the big stick. Every gun owner should belong.
  8. rick458

    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

    Jan 31, 2003
    La Porte Texas
    NRA does keep our guns safe, see if Arkansas has a State gun rights group.
    I'm in the NRA and the TSRA (Texas State Rifle Assoc)
    that will keep you abreast on State and Local legislation.
  9. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    If that's your best conclusion, then let your membership expire. We have little room for whiners.

    Before you do, ask the folk in England, Australia and Canada what is more annoying, losing their right to own and enjoy firearms or some mail that they had to toss in the trash every so often.

    The NRA costs money, so they solicit from their members and the public just like any other business and the means they use mailings and emails and such. If it didn't work, they wouldn't do it.
  10. Shinytop


    Sep 5, 2012
    In some cases a member can save the NRA money by not renewing. If a member cannot or will not contribute more money based on the constant mailings then not renewing will be a help to the cause. Maybe they could let members opt out of mail solicitations.
  11. voyager4520

    voyager4520 -----

    Apr 25, 2009
    SE Colorado
    They helped fight a bunch of additions to the Assault Weapons Ban. They helped the people of Chicago and DC fight for their right to own handguns and in those decisions affirmed that the Second Amendment is indeed a right to self-defense, not just having guns for military service and sporting purposes. They helped fight the UN Arms Trade Treaty which is still a threat, and they brought more exposure to the Obama/Holder Fast and Furious gun smuggling. They're also working to get National Carry Reciprocity similar to driver's licenses. That's just off the top of my head.
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  12. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Join! They are the #1 voice for our rights. Don't let a little junk mail keep you from supporting those who support us.
  13. RenoF250


    Feb 23, 2008
    Little sensitive eh? Must be on the NRA junk mail committee.
    My membership cannot expire, I am a life member. If you don't think sending offers for life insurance etc. 2X a week if stupid then I guess we will just agree to disagree.
  14. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    I'm planning on joining when I can afford to do so, they really seem to have a fair bit of weight to throw around in Congress, and they're doing a fairly decent job from what I can tell. They also fund some lawsuits, which is nice, because generally the every day man can't afford lengthy lawsuits to protect our rights when they're infringed upon.

    So, the NRA, the Texas Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation, any other groups I should join? Preferably ones who actually do something, like the NRA and the Second Amendment Foundation. Can't comment on the Texas Rifle Association, since I haven't done any research on them, but I am in Texas, so I figure I might as well join, if it will help them out.
    Last edited: Oct 13, 2012
  15. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    Uh, they already offer that feature.

    If you are not so danged important that you will lower yourself to dial a telephne, Call this number: 1-800-672-3888

    Tell the nice person that aswers that you do not wish to recieve unsolicited mail.

    Thank them, find something else to whine about get on with your life.
  16. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    We disagree.
  17. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    The Texas State Rifle Association is an excellent organization.
    They are very effective thwarting the hippie socialists at the state level.
    Join us and become a snorting bull.
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  18. TK-421


    Oct 12, 2012
    Pflugerville, TX
    Trust me, after living in Illinois for most of my life, through no fault of my own, I'm glad to be out of there. :supergrin: As soon as I could afford to get the hell out, I did. And I'm damn proud to support any organization who fights for my rights. All it takes is a job and some money.
  19. HerrGlock

    HerrGlock Scouts Out CLM

    Dec 28, 2000
    Strange, I've never gotten one piece of junk mail from the NRA since I called them and asked to be taken off the junk mail list. Only the magazine and voting guides ever since.

    I guess that's only if you can figure out what this means:
    Q: How can I reduce the amount of mail I receive from the NRA?
    A: Simply email us at or dial 800-NRA-3888 and request to be placed on the "Do Not Promote" list. This will significantly reduce the amount of mail you receive without affecting important mailings, magazine service, or your membership renewal.

    Note, even if you don't particularly like the NRA join. They're the only ones that is spoken of in "the gun lobby" tones by all the media and the Brady Campaign so they're the only ones the anti groups are actually afraid of. In addition to the NRA, consider SAF, Second Amendment Sisters, JPFO, etc.
  20. frizz


    Jul 6, 2012
    NRA: Not perfect, but worth it.