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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by teflon97239, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Looked back at other NRA related threads and promotions on NWFA. Didn't want to sidetrack those.

    I didn't join for years, mostly because I was unimpressed with NRA spokespeople repeating 2A mantras instead of coherent, useful, convincing arguments. Sure, I was fine with the overall intent/mission of promoting sane gun ownership - I'm all for it. But I felt the NRA most often failed to articulate any specifics that might sway the undecided. I was also hestitant to be bombarded with the relentless stream of literature and offers that many NRA members I know complain about.

    Anyhow, the antics of the king and his guffawing jester have persuaded me to support any organization that will oppose their crazed, unconstitutional gun grab.

    So I joined the NRA and spent a fair amount that I figured would help. A month ago. Crickets chirping.

    Shall I assume my mailbox will be stuffed soon?
     
  2. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    1. The NRA was originally not a civil rights organization.

    The NRA was founded in 1871 after the Civil War by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and General George Wood Wingate of the Union Army, who were both dismayed at the horrible accuracy of Union soldiers during the Civil War. The original purpose of the organization was for rifle marksmanship training. However despite this, the NRA is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.

    2. The NRA has a history of being for gun control.

    In 1934, the NRA supported the National Firearms Act, which served to regulate and tax firearms that were considered used by gangsters at the time. They also supported the Gun Control Act of 1968, which expanded on the system to license firearm dealers and prohibit criminals and those with mental impairments from owning firearms.

    3. The NRA has a history of supporting the Civil Rights Movement.

    While African Americans were being terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan, where the Klan were sometimes aided by local law enforcement, the NRA setup charters to help train local African American communities to be able protect themselves. The most prominent case being in 1960 in Monroe, N.C. where the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People head Robert Williams also chartered an NRA Rifle Club that successully defended an assault on one of their leader's homes by the KKK without casualties.

    4. The NRA is active in wildlife conservation.

    The NRA supports wildlife conservation through efforts to open lands up to managed hunting. For example, under the Pittman-Robertson Act of 1937, proceeds obtained through a tax on hunting firearms and ammo were used specifically to research and rebuild a vast array of wildlife species and habitats. Today, the NRA continues to seek expansion on these measures. It's worth noting that the proceeds from taxes and licensing go to support the governmental agencies charged with environmental research and conservation management, as "little funding comes from taxes paid by the general public."

    5. The NRA offers extensive firearms training programs.

    The organization offers training programs for civilians as well as law enforcement. The training programs offered are even recognized by law enforcement as acceptable to fulfill the training requirement for concealed carry licenses (CCW). Today, the NRA has trained over 10,000 police and security firearm instructors and 55,000 certified instructors who in turn train roughly 750,000 people a year. This is now much higher at over 11,000 police and security firearm instructors and 93,000 certified instructors.

    7. A majority of Americans have a favorable image of the NRA.

    According to a recent Gallup poll, 54% of Americans hold a favorable view of the NRA, while 38% have an unfavorable view. Putting this in perspective, a more recent Gallup poll shows President Obama holds a 51% approval rating, while 43% disapprove.

    8. The NRA has 3 seperate organizations.

    The NRA has three separate bodies. The NRA of America is mainly concerned with promoting training, education, and safety. The NRA-ILA is the lobbying arm of the organization. And the NRA Foundation is the the charitable arm of the organization.

    9. Funding for the NRA might surprise you

    According to FactCheck.org, nearly half of the funding for the NRA comes from membership dues alone. Voluntary donations to the NRA, however, still account for a majority portion of the remaining funding. This includes voluntary donations made during gun purchases at the point of sale as well as programs like the "round-up" campaign, operated by the NRA-ILA and retailers, where consumers can round a purchase up to the nearest dollar for donation to support lobbying efforts. With that said, gun manufacturers do donate to the NRA as well. For example, Sturm, Ruger, and Co., ran the "Million Gun Challenge" in 2011, which directly ties gun sales to donations with the target being one million dollars.

    10. Current stance on gun Control

    The NRA's current stance on gun control is to enforce existing laws more aggressively. In 2008, in response to the Virgina Tech shooting, the NRA helped to pass the "NICS Improvement Act," which would provide increased funding and grants to states to report vital information to the National Instant Background Check System (NICS), such as mental health. The NICS is used for background checks of potential gun buyers. Unfortunately, the system has been woefully underfunded (receiving only 5.3% of the authorized funding) and reporting has been lackluster. In addition, the NRA has pointed out that those who lie on their background checks when purchasing firearms are for the most part not prosecuted. In response to this, Vice President Biden claimed that they "don't have the time" to prosecute such violations, which, by the way, carries a minimum 5 year federal sentence, if convicted under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

    10 Surprising Facts About the NRA That You Never Hear
     
  3. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    So did they process my membership application?
     
  4. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    I bet they are a tad busy like the rest of the gun community is.Relax it'll come.
     
  5. Solomon

    Solomon Vancouver Active Member

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    Short answer is they are swamped right now. They're in the middle of a huge membership push and are probably a bit behind on the paperwork.

    I signed up for a lifetime membership about a month ago as well, having let my membership lapse in 2011. I have not yet received my paperwork either, but considering the circumstances I didn't expect it very quick.
     
  6. motoman98

    motoman98 Gresham, OR Active Member

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    4 months ago I upgraded my lifetime membership. Took about 3 weeks. I'll bet it takes a bit longer now.
     
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  7. ScottyB

    ScottyB Whatcom Member

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    I have been led to believe that there are only a couple people that process the memberships. Normally this does not present a problem but with the current climate and membership push those folks are busier than a one armed paper hanger. Expect a bit of a delay in the processing of your membership.
     
  8. drew

    drew OR Well-Known Member

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    I found I receive much less promotional material from the NRA directly soliciting donations after I became a life member. I still receive things from companies that got my information from the NRA.

    There is a way to limit the amount of mail you receive too.

    https://www.nramemberservices.org/members/faq/faq.aspx
     
  9. Caveman Jim

    Caveman Jim West of Oly Springer Slayer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yeah that worked for me.
     
  10. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    me too
     
  11. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I joined GOA about 30 minutes ago. We were members of the NRA for years, but I got so sick of the junk asking for more money every week and the calls all the time, that I finally quit. Hope GOA doesn't do the same thing. I know they will ask for more money, it's the nature of the beast, as long as they don't call me.
     
  12. Viper84

    Viper84 Bellingham, WA Member

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    I joined early January and finally got my package yesterday. On the paperwork it stated that my membership didnt get processed until late Jan. They are as busy as everyone else whos business is firearms. Now I just have to figure out which sticker goes on my beer fridge and which one goes on my car.
     
  13. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the responses on the average NRA processing timeline. Like most, I assumed they would be overrun with the big push for new memberships. I hope they can devote the new found revenue to good use.

    The way I signed up online provided no feedback, so it just felt a little odd. But I have since received a credit card statement showing activity, so I'm satisfied that it's all in process.

    Didn't mean to appear anxious, I'm not. Was just interested in what others are experiencing, so thanks again guys.

    On the same note, I wonder if ATF, even with their new hires (I hear they have 9 new players who probably require training) will also get bogged down for the same reasons. Most people seem to agree that 6 months has been about the average for processing stamps. I wonder what the standard estimate will be a year from now once this pig works its way through the python.
     
  14. tfbit

    tfbit Eugene, OR Active Member

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    Had a friend recently join the NRA. It kind of made me chuckle when they shipped him a "NRA" knife with a "donate more money" letter and envelope. The knife was of the very cheap "Made in China" variety.
     
  15. oknow

    oknow amboy wa. Well-Known Member

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    read post 8
    that would fix your problem

    being a member of both will only help the 2nd admemment
     
  16. notchman

    notchman Kitsap Peninsula, WA Member

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    Just in case anyone doesn't know if you are a disabled veteran the lifetime membership is half price.
     
  17. Barefoot African

    Barefoot African Saint Helens Oregon Active Member

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    I seem to remember my Lifetime membership was 5 weeks in processing, about 2 years back. No worries.

    PS the made in America button in the NRA store yields a very short list of goodies, none of which appeals.

    Now if they sold Fox river knives or Benchmade, or Knives of Alska, or Surefire or any one of a huge number of want-ables......... I would be in......!