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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by biglos, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. biglos

    biglos Everett New Member

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    Not sure where to post this but here is goes..

    Any opinions on joining the NRA? (besides watching the video on the NRA website)

    Benefits?
    Importance?
    Your opinion please, thank you in advance!
     
  2. Tangent123123

    Tangent123123 Battle Ground Active Member

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    It doesn't hurt to be a member. I think it's mandatory to join some clubs. But to be honest, one of the things that annoys me the most is that they are always asking for money. When I first joined I ended up with mail asking me to donate to some cause before I even received my membership card.
     
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  3. biglos

    biglos Everett New Member

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    Thanks! I heard about the junk mail they send you, I guess its not that bad, just want some opinions.
     
  4. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    JOIN!: If we don't stand together, we'll fall together.
     
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  5. JGRuby

    JGRuby Portland Oregon New Member

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    I am a member of the NRA but do not like the idea that they are always asking for money but giving away exspensive guns for brownie points. If the cause is great enough then they dont need to pay staff or spend money on such items. I am only a memeber becusase to be a member of a gun club around here you have to be. The NRA is a group that in my opinion that has its own political agenda and one that I dont always agree with - ask yourself wether the people that lead the NRA would do the work if they did not benefits from thier positions.

    James Ruby
     
  6. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    I know i'll get crucified for this but i joined (the NRA) so i could join a local range. You'll get a discount to most gun stores as well. To be honest, if the range would have allowed it, i would not have joined the nra. it's not about personal beliefs or anything. I just looked at it as something that needed to be done so that i could join my range.
     
  7. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I am an NRA member and like many others have said, I do get a little tired of the constant whining for money. I also don't agree with everything they have done, but the fact remains they are THE MOST EFFECTIVE 2A advocacy group in the country. There other great groups to be sure like GOA, SAF, JFPFO, and others, but their resources and political clout are not even close to the NRA. Love them or love to hate them, they are still the biggest dog in the fight.
     
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  8. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    W/O them we would be like England or many other places with laws that just effect good honest people.

    They do a lot for you and w/o them we would not half the rights we enjoy at this moment. $30 dollars a year is pretty cheap and its also better than joing Green Peace or the Brady Campaign.
     
  9. billdeserthills

    billdeserthills Cave Creek, Arizony Well-Known Member

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    Though it isn't usual for me,
    I agree with JGRuby for the most part. Still, there are few organizations that are willing to help gun loving folks & we need all the help we can get. I myself am a Patron level member, but I don't forsee myself making any future donations.
     
  10. Teufel_Hunden

    Teufel_Hunden Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    The NRA can go fly a kite until they decide to wholeheartedly fight for our rights. No picking and choosing....if it might infringe on the 2nd ammendment or loss of a freedom could cause 2nd ammendment erosion from another angle FIGHT!

    Otherwise don't let the screen door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

    T_H
     
  11. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    The NRA has something over 4 million members, and is very effective. Now think of what they could do if they had 10 million or 20 million members. If only half of the gun owners joined that would be 30-40 million members that the anti's would have to fight.
     
  12. PDXSparky

    PDXSparky Keizer / Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Exactly the way I feel, so I won't be sending them any of my money.
     
  13. SonicBlue03

    SonicBlue03 Snohomish Well-Known Member

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    It's a lobbying organization like any other. If some of the die hard members knew how much of their money goes to grease the skids of congressmen and senators that are the anthesis of their political ideals, they'd probably have heart attacks. If the perks of your membership are worth the fees, then you should consider it. If there aren't enough perks to membership (discounts, values elsewhere, or membership to clubs) then I'd suggest saving your money for something else.
     
  14. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    Ironic I am a member of both. I don't remember my green peace advocating stricter gun control? I just travel to eastern europe and help some poor people
     
  15. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    Even better, think of what 10 or 20 million members could accomplish by backing an organization that actually fights for the 2nd amendment rights without compromise!

    I wont join or support a bad club simply because it has the most members. That's a self-fulfilling situation that can only end in complacency and loss of rights.
     
  16. biglos

    biglos Everett New Member

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    Thanks everyone for your input, I will definitely think about the pros and cons!
     
  17. STNOSU

    STNOSU Corvallis Member

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    I have been thinking of joining but its mainly for one of their magazines, only thing that has been stopping me is all the junk mail. The wife's grandfather used to write articles for them and her family are all big supporters.
     
  18. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    I think you should join if you want to. It's about what you believe in and how you want to support it. The worst thing is to join because it's an obligation that you don't believe in. On the other hand this is America and you have the luxury of joining great groups like the NRA. It just sucks that most gun range requires a membership
     
  19. 4dogs

    4dogs 3 miles from the range Active Member

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    Just join and then throw away all the junk mail you get. It's the best voice for gun rights out there!
     
  20. mat33

    mat33 Portland, OR Active Member

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    I joined because:

    1) A Legacy Life Membership was cheaper than the gun insurance it came with.

    2) I like getting gun porn in my mailbox each month.

    3) My son digs the bumper sticker on his pedal car.