Today's NRA - Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde  

 

GregBO
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06/05/2019 2:05 pm  

Today's National Rifle Association seems to have a dual personality that is increasingly at odds with the base that consistently supports it.

Chartered in New York State on Nov 17, 1871,  to provide structure to the sport of shooting in America, the organizations roots were based upon the British National Rifle Association which formed in 1869.  The NRA became the prominent marksmanship program for the United States Army and subsequent competitions on the national stage were open to both civilian and military shooters.

The basic organizational tenet of firearms safety and basic rifle competency training soon added the understanding that advocacy for federal firearms license requirements were critical.  This basic advocacy role continued into the 1970's, when the NRA started becoming a very active and influential national lobbying group, and significant political action committee.  Over the past decades the organization has increasingly advocated policies along political lines above base objectives.

Today's NRA is no longer viewed as a nonpartisan organization but rather one solely aligned with the GOP that currently reports to be a "civil rights" organization.  The ability to obtain, own and utilize firearms for all aspects of life continues to be a core issue for NRA members, however, the concerns regarding political policy recommendations are increasing for the 5 million plus enthusiasts who are current members.

While the 2020 elections will again provide a platform for gun control, the battles within the NRA will determine its effectiveness in the light of increased active shooter incidents.  Eric Hoffman stated that "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket."  Will the NRA of the future remain a key player for sporting enthusiast freedoms, or be viewed primarily as a political tool to support local rather than national electoral campaigns.

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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06/05/2019 2:33 pm  

While I do believe the NRA has lost their way. They do put a bit of fear in the anti-gun community.  The NRA is still a symbol. Just think back to the last time you saw a NRA sticker on a vehicle. As long as both of those things continue, I will continue to be a member. The NRA starts to move away from those images I will exit stage left.

"Never root through the trash once the garbage has been dragged to the curb. You get messy, your neighbors see you do it, and what you thought was worth digging for is never as valuable as you thought it was."- Rollo Tomassi


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GregBO
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06/05/2019 2:43 pm  
Posted by: Zasta

While I do believe the NRA has lost their way. They do put a bit of fear in the anti-gun community.  The NRA is still a symbol. Just think back to the last time you saw a NRA sticker on a vehicle. As long as both of those things continue, I will continue to be a member. The NRA starts to move away from those images I will exit stage left.

Check Zasta.  They remain the only organization providing any advocacy for the safe, effective use of firearms, as well as the right for ownership.

While the org is definitely swaying like a punch drunk fighter, I also will continue with my support. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Travis3000
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06/05/2019 5:11 pm  

While there seems to be some legit concern with the state of the NRA, I would like to point something out.  The NRA provides not only the advocacy and symbolism that have been mentioned before, it also provides "identity" for it's members.  Membership in the NRA communicates some core values like individualism, patriotism, and conservatism.  It also gives people a sense that their values have feet.  They can go to conventions, point to celebrities who are spokesmen, etc.  All of what I've mentioned is some of the most powerful human infrastructure that can be utilized.  


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The Evil Genius
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06/05/2019 10:45 pm  

The NRA only became political by default.  When firearm ownership and the 2d Amendment came under attack from the left/socialists, it only followed that the NRA as the largest association of firearm owners would use their common association as a platform to fight back. And the only reason they are aligned with some republicans is that no one else will champion the cause of liberty. 


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GregBO
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08/05/2019 7:03 pm  
Posted by: The Evil Genius

The NRA only became political by default.  When firearm ownership and the 2d Amendment came under attack from the left/socialists, it only followed that the NRA as the largest association of firearm owners would use their common association as a platform to fight back. And the only reason they are aligned with some republicans is that no one else will champion the cause of liberty. 

Check TEG, but will this alignment lead to the eventual ineffectiveness of the original intent of the organization?

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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Uly The Cunning
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11/05/2019 1:53 am  

The governments of the world have all made steps to remove the ability of its citizens to defend themselves, because the interest of these governments is not for the people. It is easier to control an unarmed and defenseless group than to ask armed people to essentially agree to slavery mentalities and destroy their own culture and progress.

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11/05/2019 3:16 am  

NRA knows this shit fest gets more to buy guns. They arent dumb. Guns wont be outlawed cause too much money is being made of it.

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