Done with NRA

Discussion in 'Legal and Activism' started by clr8ter, May 9, 2014.

  1. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    So I signed up with the NRA last year. Wish I hadn't. Next thing I know, there's at least one, sometimes more than on E-mail a day. Every one of them is from the president, which strikes me as insincere. Like he really has all day, every day to sit around and write E-mails. And then the stuff that comes in the mail. Also way more that there should be. "Do you want a free sticker? How about a hat?" Sign up and get this, that, and the other thing. Want to shop the NRA store? Ummm, no, I want you to go lobby Congress or New York, or California, and get us some gun rights, or keep the ones we already have.

    Then I let it lapse. They call. I tell the guy that their never-ending E-mails annoy me. "Well, you can opt out." He starts to argue. I tell him to flake off. He doesn't get the point. When you send me 2 E-mails a day saying "This is important! Read this now, or loose your gun rights!", come on, there is not that many emergencies. Pretty soon, the ALL go directly to the trash bin. But the bigger point is that by sending E-mails, mailings, and free stuff constantly, I feel they are spending too much money on stupid stuff, and ignoring their mission. Then 2 days ago, a woman calls, a company working for the NRA, doing a survey. I tell her that I though the NRA was supposed to have lost my number.

    Mind you, I am in no way anti-gun, and I appreciate what the NRA is supposed to be doing, but I'm done with the way they do it. LOL, probably not the best place for an anti-NRA rant, huh? **Flame suit on**
     
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  2. DrFootball

    DrFootball disappointed & disgusted, But DETERMINED... Lifetime Supporter

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    Honestly, I can't say I blame you. I have told them MANY times that I don't like the Way they spend my dues, and that several folks on thr Bd. Of Directors are all for THEIR gun rights, but not for most "Regular Joe shooters" Rights. I let my membership lapse for 6 years before I re-Joined in Oct. Of 12. I opted out instantly from the emails. The Paper mail keeps coming however, and these are the things I write to them about. When we get rid of that racist Texas ret. Sheriff, and keep People like Brandon w. The ex navy seal off the board, because he feels the only long guns we should have are 22's and we should only be allowed 5 or 6 shot revolvers for handguns, then the NRA will get more play from me. Meantime. Join your state Rights group, join the 2A foundation, or JPFO.' Or GOA,...make those groups as strong or stronger then the NRA. Plus, don't you find it odd that the board itself recommends who they want you to vote for? Why? Are you like the liberals now that you as NRA board member know what's best for ME?


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  3. Airborne1

    Airborne1 Member

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    I agree, they send out too much mail and email about everything under the sun.
    I will re-up one more time, though it may be the last time.
     
  4. aandabooks

    aandabooks New Member

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    I get hardly anything from the NRA. I didn't join until after Sandy Hook and they are the biggest game going. They need the numbers so that they have the political strength to get their message out.

    I was told that their hope is to get back one donation for every ten mailings. If the NRA isn't leading the fight and the NRA-ILA having a rep for every state, we could very well be even worse off. I know our IL state rep has earned his paycheck the last couple years just lobbying to get CC passed and reasonably acceptable.
     
  5. mseric

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    The cost of sending emails is almost nothing, maybe even nothing. So, it is a great way to spend our money. Are they annoying and overwhelming, can be.

    Paper snail mail, is a PIA and costs money, I hate it no matter who it is from. It all goes into the garbage. I agree that the NRA could cut back or even eliminate the Snail mail crap, but they have been doing it for decades, so maybe the benefits out-way the negatives?

    Email can be effectively stopped with a simple block to your address on your phone or PC. Snail mail, I think is here to stay.

    There are ways you can still support the NRA without all the phone calls and Snail Mail garbage, you don't even need to be a member.

    Midway USA and other similar sites offer you an option to contribute to the NRA through your order. You can round up to the nearest Dollar and that small bit of change will go directly to the NRA. You can also add whatever dollar amount you wish to contribute. The NRA gets a big check from Midway, you helped the cause and ya did it without the hassle and harassment of being a member.:)
     
  6. chloeshooter

    chloeshooter New Member

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    guys, the NRA usually does not pay for the different 'opportunities' that are emailed and snail-mailed. they make money from sponsors/partners by co-marketing under the NRA name. it's akin to selling membership mailing lists except I think the NRA makes more

    I think it is annoying at times. I don't agree with 100% of all NRA policy and statements, without question. My gun club requires me to maintain an NRA membership so that alone is reason enough for me to be an NRA member. But that's not the only reason. Far from it. As a firearms owner, as someone who believes in my right to self-defense, as a hunter and outdoorsman, as someone who believes the second amendment needs to be left alone - there is NOBODY else watching my back like the NRA.

    small price to pay if you ask me.
     

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  7. Airborne1

    Airborne1 Member

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    That's true, I do it myself! I can't always afford to make a donation to them. I do it when I can. I always do the rounding up for the NRA though!
     
  8. thdrduck

    thdrduck New Member

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    What got me is they sent me a training video and told me if I kept it to send them $, if not I had to send it back to them. I didn't ask for them to send me anything. I just rejoined a few months ago and they are already trying to get me to renew. Agree with the cause, don't like the fluff.
     
  9. Mongo

    Mongo Active Member Supporter

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    I paid for a life membership. I was surprised that they still send requests for more money.
     
  10. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    I never gave them my email address. The trash bin is not far my postal mailbox. That said, I support the NRA without reservations (never mind that they sometimes endorse a Democrat). They are simply the best we have, brothers. I think the NRA is the main reason why 2A has not been altered or repealed.
     
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  11. John_Deer

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    I don't get that much mail from the NRA (snail or electronic). I am overwhelmed by messages from GOA. For the past six months I get several letters saying Hilary is going to take my guns. Yet, the senate sent a letter to the UN with over sixty signatures saying the ATT is DOA.

    GRNC (NC local gun rights org) is nothing but a bundler for tea party candidates. I am not going to send my hard earned cash to them. In the Republican primary GRNC did everything they could to make Thom Tillis to appear anti gun. Now that Tillis is the nominee GRNC is going to have to eat their words unless they want to see Kay Hagan reelected. Tillis did strip the bill to allow concealed carry in places that serve alcohol because the bill wouldn't have passed as it was written. He gave the Democrats something to get a bill passed that has failed for at least 8 years straight. Tea party supporters and candidates have no clue how politics works. They want it all right now or nothing, a losing strategy.

    NC is a big state with over 10 million residents yet there are very few candidates that I can't find people who know them personally. Judges are the only candidates I have problems finding people who are willing to talk about them. I don't need GRNC to feed me a bunch of bull. If I want to hear lies I can head to the local watering hole, at least the lies are entertaining.
     
  12. crockett007

    crockett007 New Member

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    In the old days, before the internet, your mail box would be bombarded with these same "urgent" pamphlets from Wayne La Pierre, and phone calls to your home phone,.....now it's e-mail. The unwanted solicitation is a pain in the ass.

    I would like to see a more localized membership structure, where members in our community could meet face to face and contribute based on state and local policy issues as well, not just the national lobbying machine.
     
  13. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    They did me the same way. I paid for the first one and kept it. Then they sent me another one, and I paid for it. Then they sent me bills for two more that I never received. Then they kept sending me "reminders" for more video's I hadn't received. So I sent them a letter telling them not to send any more videos because I was not receiving them.
    Also, I get emails, phone calls, and junk mail 3 or 4 times a week, telling me that if I don't send them money I will have the feds show up at my house, confiscate all my guns and related property, shoot my wife and my son, etc.
    Sometimes I think they encourage politicians to submit anti-gun bills so they will have something to scare us with.
     
  14. Ez2b

    Ez2b New Member

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    I agree with all that being said I am getting tired of all the literature free DVDs that they send you asking for money but no money to keep this first free DVD free of charge.
    And yes I just didn't feel like mailing it back I haven't even watched it but then the letters keep, and please send it back. So I did eventually send it back but I still keep getting those darn letters obviously it cost somebody money on this free shipping stamps come on.
    Sometimes I feel my money is just being spent on the US Postal Service.
    I'm starting to think that there's better organizations to put my money in.
    I've only been a member for a couple years now has it always been like this?
     
  15. AIKIJUTSU

    AIKIJUTSU New Member

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    Amen. In addition to the NRA, I foolishly joined the Republican National Committee (RNC). I also get phone calls, emails, and junk mail for them. And when I get a phone call asking for money, even if I tell them "No", they send me a form stating that I pledged $104". I send them a letter back saying I didn't pledge anything. I get a form in return mail stating that I pledged $104. I am sorry I ever bothered with it. They never want me to distribute campaign posters, nor put up signs for candidates, etc. All they want from me is money.
     
  16. Eagle1803

    Eagle1803 New Member

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    I get email all the time and mail at least once a week, last year I contributed over $300.00 to the NRA and they still call me, actually its down right aggravating, But I am like others that have mentioned above, theres nobody else with the power or Initiative they have to keep fighting for us, I can't just ignore them.


    I guess I will put up with the little bit of crap that goes with it, I just hope I am not the only one who feels this way.

    What's worst then this is somebody complaining about gun rights and they don't support anybody except there damn mouth!:mad:
     
  17. 25-5

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    The NRA gets some support from each mailing. Wayne has responded to this BS complaint by asking for support when you can and toss it when you can't.
    I never saw so much girly whining over such a trivial matter.
    Due to the NRA and it's members like myself, I still have my firearms.
     
  18. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    There's nothing wrong with JPFO, GOA, GOAL, CCRKBA etc.

    But all of the put together do not have even one percent of the political clout that the NRA has.

    I've been a life member since I was 13 YO. (1957)

    I became an endowment member in 1974

    I did not, and will not, give them my e-mail.

    I just pitch the snail mail.

    Without the NRA, there would be no 2A at all within 20 years.
     
  19. Eagle1803

    Eagle1803 New Member

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    your right 25-5, but the NRA needs to come up with a system where they stop calling members all the time, especially members that contribute all the time. It makes some people mad, so I understand that, but we should never bail out and quit... I would never quit the NRA, really there's nobody like them fighting for us the way they do.
     
  20. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

    Brother... This is how we roll... The more you give, the more is asked of you :)