I completely agree. If you don't like the mail asking for more money, throw it away. If you don't want the magazine, either opt for the digital edition or none at all. The NRA is the organization that currently has the clout in DC, and EVERY gun owner should be a member.
NRA is not my favorite organization (it falls well behind GOA and SAF in my book), but it is the only group that can carry a big enough stick to get legislators to listen. Join the NRA, then join another group.
So how do you explain their capitulation on the 1994 ban? How do you explain why they allowed this to pass? Was it incompetence? Was it lack of clout? Perhaps it was just a plan to increase membership?
Please explain to me how this massive organization with enough clout to make legislators listen (presumably also make them toe the 2A line), allowed the 1994 ban to come into being.
Moreover, if the NRA were so rock-solid, why are people panicking? After all, none of this Feinstein AWB <expletive deleted> stands a chance of passing. . .right?
I know it doesn't matter. . .after all, I'm just one person. But, I'm getting sick and tired of hearing the standard line that "The NRA will protect us." Horse Hockey.
The NRA is going to do what's best for THEM, not gunowners. After the 1994 ban, NRA memberships drove through the roof as the uninformed ignorant masses panicked to join an organization that helped craft the very legislation they feared.
They threw MILLIONS of dollars at a group that had, on it's board of directors, people who were COMPLICIT with the establishment, definition and passage of the bill. One such Director PAID to have his company's guns left off the list. He paid one of the biggest supporters of the bill.
Did the NRA distance themselves? Oh, hell no. In fact, they even established a much-vaunted gallery in their Firearms museum named after the man.
You go ahead and pay them to stab you in the back. While you are turning in your firearms or find yourself unable to buy this rifle or that pistol, they'll still be driving their Cadillacs, Lincolns, Mercedes, etc. and wearing their $5k suits. While you are bemoaning a liberal politician's glee at having Mr. & Mrs. America " turn them all in," they'll be increasing their orders of donation solicitations and slavering over how much they can increase their own take-home pay.
While you're standing in line at the Buy-Back Program, they'll be on their hunts to Argentina, the African Veldt and Russia and working on the best wording that will separate you from your hard-earned cash.
Feel free to keep throwing good money after bad. After all, it's YOUR cash. For me, I've seen the stripe of the animal and I no longer want anything to do with a group that takes gunowners' money to protect their rights and then turns around and negotiates those same rights away.