Why I joined the NRA

posted at 4:01 pm on January 4, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Interestingly, I was mulling over whether to write on this very subject this morning when I caught up with Instapundit and discovered Eric Raymond’s essay at Armed and Dangerous. Raymond joined the National Rifle Association during the holidays despite a long reluctance to do so. Raymond explains that he’s not exactly enamored of the NRA’s political strategies, but that the times call for responsible gun owners to rally together:

So, you might well ask: why am I joining an organization I’m dubious about now, when the gun-rights cause seems to be winning? Popular support for Second Amendment rights is at record highs in the polls, a record seven states now have constitutional carry (no permit requirement), Texas just became the 45th state to legalize open carry last week…why am I joining an organization I’ve characterized as squishy?

I joined because the state-worshiping thugs on the other side are doubling down, and they still own most of the media and the machinery of the Federal government. After decades of pretending that they only wanted soi-disant “common-sense” legislation aimed at specific problems around the edges of gun policy, the Democratic Party is now openly talking of outright gun confiscation. The usual suspects in the national press are obediently amplifying their propaganda.

Coincidentally, I did exactly what Raymond did over the weekend. I became a member of the NRA for the first time in my life, buying a five-year membership on Saturday. I tweeted about it at the time:

Unlike Raymond, I’ve never really had any issues with the NRA. The National Rifle Association has a long and storied history as the leading organization representing gun owners, and while other organizations may use different strategies, the end goals are the same. I have been a regular guest on NRA News with Cam Edwards for a few years now, and have written a number of posts about their efforts on promoting responsible gun ownership and protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens to effective self-defense. The NRA promotes safety and training through programs of its own, and emphasizes the need for responsible use of firearms at every turn. I’m hoping to get out to their annual meetings this year, in fact, if my book tour and some other issues on the personal side allow for it.

That leaves two questions for me to answer. The first is this: why haven’t I joined before this? The answer is much more prosaic than Raymond’s principled hesitation — I’m just not much of a joiner. I get a little protective about personal data too, and so I tend to minimize the number of times it gets shared, but in truth the biggest reason is that I just didn’t see the point in doing so. I support the group but didn’t feel the need to join it.

Until now, anyway. The answer to the second question — why now? — is almost exactly the same as Raymond’s. For one thing, the NRA has become even more of a political target lately, with Democrats taking big bucks from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown while decrying the NRA’s lobbying for its members. The media paints it as an extremist group when gun owners know it represents the mainstream view of 60 million households with legal firearms. With Barack Obama dialing up an assault on both gun rights and constitutional process with his executive orders this week, it is  a time to stand up and be counted effectively as a member of the responsible, law-abiding gun-owning community.

So yes, I have also become an NRA member, in large part to reflect the mainstream nature of gun ownership. Perhaps we can make 2016 a banner year for both the NRA and the perception of what exactly is mainstream in America, and what is the extreme.


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dentarthurdent. The kick from a Dr. pepper would prolly make that milquetoast cry…..

Indiana Jim on January 4, 2016 at 6:08 PM

LOL – I’d love to get/see a video of everweenie getting a forehead hammer plant – from a .22……

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 6:14 PM

I’m only guessing, but, without having checked, I would bet the NRA has more members than NARAL. Why is this important? The Democrats are willing to go to the wall for NARAL, but are always trying to undermine the NRA. Although I’m not a member, I do, should the need every arise, want the unfettered ability to purchase a weapon to defend myself and my family. I feel, without an organization like the NRA, the Democrats would run over the Constitution and the Republicans wouldn’t do much to stop them.

The only thing that makes Republicans reactive on gun rights is the NRA. The Republicans are already squishy on the Constitution as it is, without the NRA they’d abandon the 2nd Amendment in a heartbeat. Until we replace the establishment, none of them can be trusted and the NRA is the watchdog of choice for most of us, when it comes to the 2nd amendment.

bflat879 on January 4, 2016 at 6:16 PM

Does anyone here know anyone who has actually won any of the guns from NRA fundraiser raffles?
Just curious.
I’ve been tempted to enter one or more of them, just for the hellofit, and a way to give them a bit more funding with a (very slim) chance to win something decent, but I never win anything from raffles…..

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 6:18 PM

I’ve been a member on and off since the early 80’s but the calls and junk mail got overwhelming. I’m a supporter but know others also that needed to stop the flow of junk mail.

tej on January 4, 2016 at 6:29 PM

Just renewed this afternoon, after reading your article.
Five years.
Free duffel bag—woohoo! (another spare bag to shove on a shelf in the garage).

Oh, and BTW: Dear Leader? GFY, won’t you? Thanks.

orangemtl on January 4, 2016 at 6:31 PM

I had lapsed but rejoined just a few weeks ago.

“President Obama says recommendations he has received for executive actions on gun control consistent with 2nd amendment right to bear arms” – @jeffmason1

Notice there’s an important word missing in that quote?

Meremortal on January 4, 2016 at 6:32 PM

I suppose I oughta actually get a real gun now since I am a member. But rather than running out and spending a lot of bucks, I understand that there is this lake with a whole lot of weapons on the bottom. Gonna take a little expedition this spring with some grappling hooks and some heavy duty magnets and some dredging equipment and oh, do a little fishing as well.

parke on January 4, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Minnesota has a LOT of lakes – and Bishop keeps the location of his (gun filled) lake a tightly guarded secret.

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 4:57 PM

Pish. I’m just going to use legal NSA like metadata analysis to pinpoint that lake. Piece of cake. Take your post fer instance, one post and I have already narrowed the location of the lake down to Minnesota.

parke on January 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM

“Free duffel bag—woohoo! (another spare bag to shove on a shelf in the garage).”

It seems a lot of us joined or rejoined recently. I just got an email from the NRA telling me it would be awhile before I received by duffel bag. They’re temporarily out.

Meremortal on January 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Pish. I’m just going to use legal NSA like metadata analysis to pinpoint that lake. Piece of cake. Take your post fer instance, one post and I have already narrowed the location of the lake down to Minnesota.

parke on January 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM

LOL – well, I thought everyone knew that Bishop is in Minnesota….
Dang – now that I let that slip, he’ll never take me fishing again….. so I guess the rest of my guns are safe now……

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 6:38 PM

The new Obama gun executive order will cove any one who sells more than two guns a year.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:41 PM

It seems a lot of us joined or rejoined recently. I just got an email from the NRA telling me it would be awhile before I received by duffel bag. They’re temporarily out.

Meremortal on January 4, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Duffle bag? I’m getting the “Official NRA members – only shooter’s cap *”

Rod on January 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Does anyone here know anyone who has actually won any of the guns from NRA fundraiser raffles?
Just curious.
I’ve been tempted to enter one or more of them, just for the hellofit, and a way to give them a bit more funding with a (very slim) chance to win something decent, but I never win anything from raffles…..

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 6:18 PM

.
The national raffles have millions of entrants – so, no.

My SIL & daughter won 3 in a local friends of the NRA raffle – so, yep.

PolAgnostic on January 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM

yee haw!!!

bang bang bang!

pew pew pew!!

dorks.

everdiso on January 4, 2016 at 5:16 PM

You don’t really pay very good attention, do you. Or else you’re just not very bright. Mostly, I think you’re just a sheeple.

For the record, I’m pretty much a sheep too. The difference between me and you, though, is that I know I am a sheep, and I also know there are sheep dogs and wolves out there. My heroes are the sheep dogs, most typically the guys in uniform, be it military or police or firemen or nurses.

As for you, I get the impression that you mostly just follow the butts in front of your face and try and stay in line the best you can while encouraging the others around you to do the same.

parke on January 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

Obama is the premier gun salesman in the US and recruiter for the NRA. The NRA should honor him with an award. Myself had not been a gun owner for many years, but became one when the last gun rights hater was in the WH, Bill Clinton… Also joined the NRA back then too. BTW I don’t hunt, but do target shoot every so often. I do think I am in the market for some new firearms just on general principals.

Dasher on January 4, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Duffle bag? I’m getting the “Official NRA members – only shooter’s cap *”

Rod on January 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM

The pocket knife is actually pretty decent.

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 7:04 PM

I became a NRA life member a few years ago when they were running a 70% discount on memberships. The junk mail is less than one piece per month. Emails, though, average about one per day. Both are easy enough to ignore.

I think the difference between my experience and that of those complaining about junk mail is that as a life member they know they aren’t getting any more money from me for dues, so there’s little point in sending me a lot of mailings.

One org with which I’ve had serious problems in the spam department is the National Association for Gun Rights. They’ve also been caught duplicating organizations at the state level (the ‘yourstate’ Association for Gun Rights) whose only purpose was to funnel money from the P.O. box ‘headquarters’ to the national org by double-dipping from people who had memberships in both.

James on January 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Duffle bag? I’m getting the “Official NRA members – only shooter’s cap *”

Rod on January 4, 2016 at 6:44 PM
The pocket knife is actually pretty decent.

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 7:04 PM

I’m getting the cartridge pen. I signed up through Ruger after buying one of their pistols.

Ed Morrissey on January 4, 2016 at 7:10 PM

I had a gun once. Then I realized I also had a temper, so I got rid of the gun.

Pro 2nd amendment all the way, but a gun is not for me.

Magicjava on January 4, 2016 at 4:35 PM

This is why I don’t usually carry a firearm … though there are occasions and situations when it comes out of hiding. Nice to have the option when I think I may be going into a sketchy situation.

For the most part I just carry knives. A normal day is two on me, a third in the car, a fourth in the garage. Nothing like a big smile and light glinting off a 5″ knife to get people’s attention, especially in AZ and TX, as not expected.

smokeyblonde on January 4, 2016 at 7:14 PM

You would think liberals would change strategies when gun sales and NRA membership keeps increasing the more grabby they get.

petunia on January 4, 2016 at 4:42 PM

The only thing liberals know how to do is double-down on their tyranny. They never, ever give up or even compromise.

smokeyblonde on January 4, 2016 at 7:18 PM

From a fellow life-member, welcome.

I’ve been a member on and off since the early 80’s but the calls and junk mail got overwhelming. I’m a supporter but know others also that needed to stop the flow of junk mail.

tej on January 4, 2016
at 6:29 PM

https://www.nramemberservices.org/members/faq/faq.aspx

Q: How can I reduce the amount of mail I receive from the NRA?
A: Simply email us at [email protected] 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.

The only thing I ever get from the NRA is the occasional mailings to contact my rep about urgent legislation.

clement on January 4, 2016 at 7:28 PM

I think the difference between my experience and that of those complaining about junk mail is that as a life member they know they aren’t getting any more money from me for dues, so there’s little point in sending me a lot of mailings.

James on January 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM

Actually there are levels of membership above “Life Member”, so I do get those mailings occasionally. But in general, yes, becoming a Life Member does cut down on the junk mail.

climbnjump on January 4, 2016 at 7:39 PM

The new Obama gun executive order will cove any one who sells more than two guns a year.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 4, 2016 at 6:41 PM

And might get the FFL declared Unconstitutional altogether. Are there any OTHER Constitutionally enumerated rights that requires a FEDERAL LICENSE to engage in commerce?

Just as the SCOTUS gay “marriage” ruling will lead to mandatory reciprocity in all states (and cities) for all concealed carry permits.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:48 PM

I’m down with Yankee Marshals thoughts on the subject.

Long story short: buy a “gift membership” in Bloombergs name

Timin203 on January 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM

For the most part I just carry knives. A normal day is two on me, a third in the car, a fourth in the garage. Nothing like a big smile and light glinting off a 5″ knife to get people’s attention, especially in AZ and TX, as not expected.

smokeyblonde on January 4, 2016 at 7:14 PM

I ALWAYS have a good knife on me. Even if it’s in a multitool (I have both a Gerber multiplier and a Leatherman Surge). A Ka-Bar is in my car for serious work.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM

Every American Citizen should have a battle rifle of their choice (AR15, AR10, M1A, AK47, etc) and 2,000 rounds of ammo in stock at all times.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

Well, I guess you have to START … somewhere.

Missilengr on January 4, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Well, I guess you have to START … somewhere.

Missilengr on January 4, 2016 at 7:53 PM

It is only a start. And what I consider a bare minimum.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM

I ALWAYS have a good knife on me. Even if it’s in a multitool (I have both a Gerber multiplier and a Leatherman Surge). A Ka-Bar is in my car for serious work.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM

One of my always-carry is a multitool. The screwdriver and bottle opener are great for emergencies!

A Ka-Bar is on my wish list … someday! :)

smokeyblonde on January 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Join NRA. Make it easier for the feds to find you when it’s time to confiscate the guns. NSA and their hacking teams will have that data as soon as Obama asks for it.

Walter L. Newton on January 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Militia … has a special ring to it, no?

I’ve forgotten the originator of the comment but back prior to WWI a Prussian officer was asking what the citizens of Switzerland would do if the German’s put 1,000,000 infantry on their border and marched in.

The Swiss man said, ‘My fellow countrymen would gather near that border, fire five shots and go home.’

Missilengr on January 4, 2016 at 8:03 PM

A couple of decades ago – the NRA broke their word to me (details not important) – I was raised that “my word is my bond”

I still support them in spirit – but N E V E R again with my wallet.

Katfish on January 4, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Disabled Veterans can get lifetime membership for $375.

Constitutionalist on January 4, 2016 at 8:28 PM

yee haw!!!

bang bang bang!

pew pew pew!!

dorks.

everdiso

Keep you and your bf’s sex life to yourself. We don’t need to hear about it.

xblade on January 4, 2016 at 8:30 PM

The NRA is as worthless at defending the Second Amendment as Congress is at defending the Constitution. They have created a large organization with many highly paid staff. They will stand up and shout from the rooftops to put on a display but actually do little or nothing. When things are going the wrong way their revenue stream increases. I buy ammo instead of joining the NRA as the only thing that will truly protect our God Given Right to Self Defense comes from the barrel of a gun not some political organization. Waste your money if you chose but it will take Americans ready to lay down their lives to protect liberty.

trs on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

trs on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

Well said! All one of you is going to completely stop the government in its tracks. Oh wait…

Constitutionalist on January 4, 2016 at 9:02 PM

I let my NRA membership lapse 6 or 7 years ago. I think I’ll pick it up again with a 5 year membership. I’ll even do the useless survey and get the pocket knife (I got the mailing today). They probably take the surveys and immediately feed them to the shredder, but so what.

I give money to the church every week, why not the NRA.

God and Guns and all you know, I’m a clinger. (as well as a sharpshooter)

Andy__B on January 4, 2016 at 9:18 PM

The NRA is as worthless at defending the Second Amendment as Congress is at defending the Constitution. They have created a large organization with many highly paid staff. They will stand up and shout from the rooftops to put on a display but actually do little or nothing. When things are going the wrong way their revenue stream increases. I buy ammo instead of joining the NRA as the only thing that will truly protect our God Given Right to Self Defense comes from the barrel of a gun not some political organization. Waste your money if you chose but it will take Americans ready to lay down their lives to protect liberty.

trs on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

For crying out loud! Think before you comment! Tough guy.

Vince on January 4, 2016 at 9:25 PM

Join NRA. Make it easier for the feds to find you when it’s time to confiscate the guns. NSA and their hacking teams will have that data as soon as Obama asks for it.

Walter L. Newton on January 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

If you bought a gun through an FFL the feds know all about you already.

The whole point of the “universal background check” scheme is to create a federal database of guns and gun owners. They can’t do that under present law that allows intrastate transfers between law abiding citizens without a NICS check.

While federal law prohibits the BATFE from saving background check information and transfer records of dealers, the agency has been busted and punished for doing exactly that and no serious person doubts they continue to do so.

novaculus on January 4, 2016 at 9:26 PM

I’ve been a member for many decades and don’t receive an inordinate amount of junk mail from the NRA. I get a heck of a lot from visiting a car dealer though. Besides, all you have to do is contact the NRA and they’ll take you off the call and mailing list. Call the NRA and ask for Membership. I don’t have the number at hand.

Laddy on January 4, 2016 at 9:43 PM

trs on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

The NRA puts the fear of gun owners in the hearts of politicians, Republicans and Democrats alike. If it weren’t for the NRA the Second Amendment would have been gutted by the Political Class swine long ago.

novaculus on January 4, 2016 at 9:44 PM

I bought my life membership when the communists began their most recent anti-2A jihad in 2013 for like $350. I think I can refer people in for the same price. Get my attention if you want me to help get you in on the cheap.

crrr6 on January 4, 2016 at 9:46 PM

While federal law prohibits the BATFE from saving background check information and transfer records of dealers, the agency has been busted and punished for doing exactly that and no serious person doubts they continue to do so.

novaculus on January 4, 2016 at 9:26 PM

While I could be wrong (it did happen once last year) I believe that the BATFE does get the 4473’s from dealers that go out of business.

While still in business, the dealers can toss the forms that are more than 20 years old, but any records “younger” than that will be in the possession of the BATFE if the dealer leaves the business.

But currently, the BATFE is prohibited from creating an “automated searchable database” of those records that it inherits. It is, of course, permitted to use those records in its possession in the same manner that the records would be used if still in the dealer’s possession.

climbnjump on January 4, 2016 at 10:01 PM

***

you dorks join more clubs than journeymen ballplayers.

everdiso on January 4, 2016 at 5:22 PM

Proof that you’re a classic un-American beta male. You blew the sports reference. Since when do professional ballplayers of any skill level “join” a ball club?

BuckeyeSam on January 4, 2016 at 10:01 PM

My arsenal is protected because I live in a sanctuary city,that’s right,my guns have Amnesty and I granted them it.

IXXINY on January 4, 2016 at 10:03 PM

And drum roll please….

Here are the details that we have all been waiting for – tomorrow’s executive actions straight from the WH website:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/01/04/fact-sheet-new-executive-actions-reduce-gun-violence-and-make-our

It is mostly anti-climatic. As a “hot button” issue, it is probably just intended to divert attention from this:

Obama Intends to Violate Federal Immigration Law. Again.

climbnjump on January 4, 2016 at 10:09 PM

If it was not for the NRA we would have lost our right to own guns long ago. The Progressive’s dream is a compliant, unarmed proletariat. A great deal of the NRA’s work is the study and preservation of the history of firearm use. Anyone who thinks of the organization as a bunch of wild eyed “gun nuts” has been watching way too much MSNBC. Only rarely do people understand that compromise on a matter of principle will only result in the progression of evil. eg., If executive orders on a matter of constitutionally protected freedoms are not immediately vacated by the SCOTUS we are in deep trouble. Long ago I asked the NRA to not send me repeated missives through the mail or email. I haven’t seen any junk since. I am a proud Benefactor member and send them a contribution once a year.

brindle on January 4, 2016 at 10:18 PM

I have never owned a gun but that time is rapidly coming to a close. I’ve now joined the NRA and will seek out local training classes soon. I no longer feel safe on my streets.

My leisurely days as a natural-born citizen of the United States of America are over.

Mike from NC on January 4, 2016 at 10:40 PM

I ALWAYS have a good knife on me. Even if it’s in a multitool (I have both a Gerber multiplier and a Leatherman Surge). A Ka-Bar is in my car for serious work.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:49 PM

I carry a hideaway knife.

fossten on January 4, 2016 at 11:00 PM

The NRA is not perfect, and yes, it supports democrats who support gun rights. For some reason, this ticks off the purists. Not sure why, since there are more than enough RINO republicans to go around ready to sell out your rights.

There are other more hard core organizations…GOA and Second Amendment Foundation come to mind. If you don’t like the NRA, great, join another organization. Join them all! It isn’t much money compared to oh, the cost of a box of 45 ammo.

But join something! The liberals hate the NRA the most, so in my mind, that’s an organization worth supporting. And when you are a member, let the NRA know if it starts to stray from the path…

Merthin on January 4, 2016 at 11:03 PM

I have never owned a gun but that time is rapidly coming to a close. I’ve now joined the NRA and will seek out local training classes soon. I no longer feel safe on my streets.

My leisurely days as a natural-born citizen of the United States of America are over.

Mike from NC on January 4, 2016 at 10:40 PM

Welcome to the club Mike from a neighbor in Cameron, NC.

hawkdriver on January 4, 2016 at 11:19 PM

There are other more hard core organizations…GOA and Second Amendment Foundation come to mind. If you don’t like the NRA, great, join another organization. Join them all! It isn’t much money compared to oh, the cost of a box of 45 ammo.

Merthin on January 4, 2016 at 11:03 PM

And it’s worth mentioning that many states have Second Amendment related organizations that are focused just on issues that come up on the state level. If someone doesn’t want to support the NRA because it is too removed from them, then they could always look for the more local option.

climbnjump on January 4, 2016 at 11:26 PM

Every American Citizen should have a battle rifle of their choice (AR15, AR10, M1A, AK47, etc) and 2,000 rounds of ammo in stock at all times.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

I assume you mean 2,000 rounds of ammo in stock for each firearm possessed? Well, if I were to possess any. Mine are at the bottom of Bishop’s lake so this is all purely hypothetical of course.

texasmagnolia on January 5, 2016 at 12:01 AM

I buy ammo instead of joining the NRA as the only thing that will truly protect our God Given Right to Self Defense comes from the barrel of a gun not some political organization. Waste your money if you chose but it will take Americans ready to lay down their lives to protect liberty.

trs on January 4, 2016 at 9:00 PM

I know. Why vote either? And why argue on message boards if the only thing that makes a difference is what comes out the barrel of your gun?

claudius on January 5, 2016 at 12:42 AM

yeah it burns me that there’s just nothing poor me can do about you suckers eagerly giving your money away to racketeers. just eats me up.

everdiso on January 4, 2016 at 5:34 PM

I know what you mean. I hate that I’m required by law to spend $1000 a year on a useless, corrupt union. I don’t even get a hat out of the deal nor any representation at the fed or state level from those clowns. Culls…

Lifetime member NRA though, only costs $300 (special deal a few years ago). You’ll be glad to know I give plenty to the lobbying side of the NRA, NRA-ILA. You can tell they do good work by all the progressive crying and pointing at the NRA with their panties in a twist. Good people. Not at all like my fat, lazy, stupid, corrupt union.

old school on January 5, 2016 at 1:11 AM

– Join the NRA

– Never give up your guns

justltl on January 5, 2016 at 6:51 AM

Wrote to them and said if they could tell the thugs and gang bangers they can only travel in groups of 6 or less it might work. Where do these idiots live I want to sell them a bridge in New York.

pwb on January 4, 2016 at 4:27 PM

Maybe they should demand that all government agents that pack heat try that out first. Just six rounds.

In the meantime, I’ll still keep looking for the Hollywood Gun which is an unlimited capacity silenced snub nose revolver that can perform instant death CNS hits at a 100 yards in near darkness.

Reuben Hick on January 5, 2016 at 7:12 AM

Every American Citizen should have a battle rifle of their choice (AR15, AR10, M1A, AK47, etc) and 2,000 rounds of ammo in stock at all times.

ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 4:13 PM

..you know, I read your [many] posts here on HA and I respect your viewpoint and positions. I have made a hopefully humorous point here on the gun threads that folks ought to consider reloading their own ammunition but, sub rosa, I am deadly serious about that. My estimation of you would rise substantially if you said that you come/came by your 2,000 rds by your own hand.

The point is, by reloading, one spreads out the effective areas of regulation that the federal [and state] government[s] will have to do to regulate ammunition. They will be denied the choke-point of regulating the sale of ammunition at Turner’s or WalMart or your local gun store. Federal regulations and laws will be harder to enforce against the materials (powder, bullets, primers, brass) because those that reload are truly considered the “hobbyist” types (hunters, shooters) of gun owners and those folks — among others — will scream bloody murder to their representatives.

Besides, it gets you in touch with the basics of shooting and you will soon discover that, for a modest outlay of capital, one can produce ammunition of equal or better quality than the commercially available stuff. (Hell, a friend of mine casts lead; I keep up to his elbows in pB and he reciprocates with all of the 225 gr .45 bullets I can handle. It takes him 15 minutes to drop 500 of them when his pot gets going.)

And there is this link to our revolutionary heritage: when times of crisis came, pewter plates would be melted down for shot; folks did for themselves rather than heading down to the gun stores and paying the outrageous, demand-driven prices.

The War Planner on January 5, 2016 at 9:44 AM

It was the NRA that trained the U.S. Army how to shoot straight after WWI, because they shot so poorly during the war. Plus, they did it free of charge.

JungleCogs on January 5, 2016 at 9:56 AM

Perhaps we can make 2016 a banner year for both the NRA and the perception of what exactly is mainstream in America, and what is the extreme.

YES!

The problem is not who we are as Americans. The problem is who is Obama.

petefrt on January 5, 2016 at 10:08 AM

It is only a start. And what I consider a bare minimum.

[ConstantineXI on January 4, 2016 at 7:55 PM]

Definitely! A necessity when Jesus comes back, soon. Right?

antisense on January 5, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Definitely! A necessity when Jesus comes back, soon. Right?

antisense on January 5, 2016 at 10:51 AM

*chortle*

The War Planner on January 5, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Great news, and something to get you going on this chilly Tuesday morning:

http://youtu.be/ORYVCML8xeE

MikeAT on January 5, 2016 at 11:39 AM

Does anyone here know anyone who has actually won any of the guns from NRA fundraiser raffles?
Just curious.
I’ve been tempted to enter one or more of them, just for the hellofit, and a way to give them a bit more funding with a (very slim) chance to win something decent, but I never win anything from raffles…..

dentarthurdent on January 4, 2016 at 6:18 PM

I dunno, Have you ever won a power ball jackpot? So, what’s your problem? Just consider it a donation.

Old Country Boy on January 5, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Joining these entities aren’t as cut and dried as I use to think. I, so far, have refused to join AARP even though I am assured that all the perks you get from the membership far outweigh their political agenda. So far, I haven’t bothered to see if that is true.

Cindy Munford on January 5, 2016 at 12:54 PM

I have been a member of AARP for the last 12 years and am also a Life member of the NRA.

Hammie on January 5, 2016 at 4:49 PM

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