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    Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    The NRA used to have a bunch of members on both sides of the aisle. No matter who was in power, democrats or republicans, the NRA was rest assured to have enough support to stop any gun control legislation.

    Now it seems that the NRA only has influence among republicans.

    If the democrats come to power, all kinds of gun control legislation will be passed. And not all of it will be rolled back.

    Did the NRA mismanage the situation?

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    I was a member of the NRA for almost twenty years.
    I left when Chuck Heston began the process of politicizing it, and resolved to never rejoin once Wayne LaPierre went full weapons-grade with his B.S.

    I still own guns, I still think the Second Amendment is important and worth defending.
    But I won't listen to the NRA's bashing of half the country.
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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Greed!
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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    According to their data, 22% of their members are democrats. 11% are independent or 'other' affiliated. 4 current Democrat Senators have A- ratings from the NRA.

    It wasnt long ago that Democrats like Kirsten Gillibrand were big supporters of the NRA (and they were supporters of her). What changed was not the NRAs policy or rhetoric...but rather the tend within the democrat party to attack members that didnt support their anti-gun agenda.

    There are several developed gun rights organizations and one of the newest is the NAAGA. They have gained enough of a presence that they are actually able to hold their first national conference in August of this year in Atlanta. So while the NRA may lose cachet, other gun rights organizations are still supported by democrats.

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    The NRA used to have a bunch of members on both sides of the aisle. No matter who was in power, democrats or republicans, the NRA was rest assured to have enough support to stop any gun control legislation.

    Now it seems that the NRA only has influence among republicans.

    If the democrats come to power, all kinds of gun control legislation will be passed. And not all of it will be rolled back.

    Did the NRA mismanage the situation?
    The NRA was co-opted by the right-wing of the Republican party. watching NRA TV one hears all about socialism, abortion the 'war on Christmas' and other bugbears alongside the gun talk. If it had just stuck to being a gun club - even just a 2A advocate - it would still have people on both sides. But it has broadly adopted all other conservative stances and platforms as well.
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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    The NRA used to have a bunch of members on both sides of the aisle. No matter who was in power, democrats or republicans, the NRA was rest assured to have enough support to stop any gun control legislation.

    Now it seems that the NRA only has influence among republicans.

    If the democrats come to power, all kinds of gun control legislation will be passed. And not all of it will be rolled back.

    Did the NRA mismanage the situation?


    "The National Rifle Association suffered a sharp decline in membership dues last year despite a historic fee hike, according to financial statements made public....
    ...the 22% drop in membership revenue — from $163 million in 2016 to $128 million last year — is striking given that the NRA increased its membership dues in March 2016 for the first time in decades (and then raised them a second time last summer). It also recently began claiming a membership of six million, up from “more than five million” in January 2016. The NRA offers a variety of different membership programs at different price points — one-year, three-year, lifetime, etc. — but experts contacted by The Trace were unable to explain how the group could be drawing less revenue from more members charged higher prices...
    "


    The NRA's Membership Dues Tumbled Last Year

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by uptower View Post
    The NRA was co-opted by the right-wing of the Republican party. watching NRA TV one hears all about socialism, abortion the 'war on Christmas' and other bugbears alongside the gun talk. If it had just stuck to being a gun club - even just a 2A advocate - it would still have people on both sides. But it has broadly adopted all other conservative stances and platforms as well.
    When I was a member, they talked about gun safety, gun maintenance, how to master different weapons, they talked about hunting techniques...you get the idea.
    My buddies called me Elmer Fudd a couple of times because I was reading NRA stuff and old copies of Field & Stream.
    Are you better off than you were four years ago?
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    I'm willing to let you die and keep all my liberties, tho. We are not a team.

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by swing_voter View Post
    The NRA used to have a bunch of members on both sides of the aisle. No matter who was in power, democrats or republicans, the NRA was rest assured to have enough support to stop any gun control legislation.

    Now it seems that the NRA only has influence among republicans.

    If the democrats come to power, all kinds of gun control legislation will be passed. And not all of it will be rolled back.

    Did the NRA mismanage the situation?
    My family owns guns, but we will not join NRA
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    Remember guys, rule #1 of 2020 is to not listen to Trump supporters when they complain about Democrats or attempt to create conflict where there is none.

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Checkerboard Strangler View Post
    I was a member of the NRA for almost twenty years.
    I left when Chuck Heston began the process of politicizing it, and resolved to never rejoin once Wayne LaPierre went full weapons-grade with his B.S.

    I still own guns, I still think the Second Amendment is important and worth defending.
    But I won't listen to the NRA's bashing of half the country.
    I think my dad left when you did. He complained they were always calling, trying to raise more and more money. He was getting sick of that. I never joined. Never will
    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Remember guys, rule #1 of 2020 is to not listen to Trump supporters when they complain about Democrats or attempt to create conflict where there is none.

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    Re: Aren't there any democrats left in the NRA?

    Quote Originally Posted by uptower View Post
    The NRA was co-opted by the right-wing of the Republican party. watching NRA TV one hears all about socialism, abortion the 'war on Christmas' and other bugbears alongside the gun talk. If it had just stuck to being a gun club - even just a 2A advocate - it would still have people on both sides. But it has broadly adopted all other conservative stances and platforms as well.
    I sometimes watch neo nazi channels on YouTube, because I am curious what they think, and the more time I spend watching neo nazi propaganda, I see a large increase in gun ads on YouTube. Is that crazy?
    Quote Originally Posted by RabidAlpaca View Post
    Remember guys, rule #1 of 2020 is to not listen to Trump supporters when they complain about Democrats or attempt to create conflict where there is none.

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