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Does the NRA Really Have 4 Million Members?


Society & Culture  (tags: NRA, violence, dishonesty, americans, society, culture, politics, safety )

Carrie
- 613 days ago - motherjones.com
Though the group doesn't publish its membership rolls and didn't respond to questions about its size, there's a lot of anecdotal evidence that it is making itself out to be bigger than it truly is.



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Mitchell D. (131)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:45 am
However big or little (as in eeinie, wenie, tiny peene, oh, did I say that?) it is, the NRA is not a membership group, at bottom. It is a lobbying group, set up to do nothing other than protect the interests of the munitions industry, whatever its claims to the contrary are!
It is that industry that funds the damn thing.
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:04 pm
I agree with Mitchell D., it is way to strong a lobbying group!!
Thanks Carrie.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday January 14, 2013, 2:22 pm
Amen Mitchell! I live in a rural area, and lots of us have guns & lots are hunters..but nobody in my family has belonged to the NRA since the 70's!
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:16 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:16 pm
Thanks.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday January 14, 2013, 5:50 pm
noted, thanks Carrie
 

Nancy Black (302)
Monday January 14, 2013, 9:06 pm
Noted, tweeted, read, tweeted, shared. Don't know how many members, but lots of them are crazies. I suggested to some Care 2 friends that we sign a petition banning assault guns and magazines with over ten shots, one of them defriended me and claimed that I was trying to take away her rights. I never suggested that people shouldn't have guns for hunting or even target practice; I just suggested we didn't need assault weapons because we weren't soldiers. It was too much for her.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:05 pm
Political egos filled with their own sense of self importance. No lobby should be able to influence to the degree that the NRA does.
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (384)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:15 am
The less they are the better, so I am happy.
 

Brandon Van Every (49)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:34 am
Wikipedia says the ACLU has only 500,000 members, so I really don't know what you folks are deluding yourself into thinking this proves. Not a person here is going to argue that the ACLU isn't an important organization defending our civil liberties, and that it has some teeth. The NRA has more members, defends part of the Bill of Rights, and yet almost everyone around here calls it a gun lobby. Maybe you should wake up that half this country isn't liberal, you don't own the national conversation, and demonizing the other side as not having a constituency is bunk. As an Independent I rarely side with Republicans on anything, but this is a classic example of why political diversity is required.
 

Roger M. (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:47 am
Any members is too many members.
 

Nimue P. (243)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:12 am
If it's true then it's scary.
 

Lynn D. (0)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:12 am
I believe in the NRA because they SUPPORT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, which the legislature has obviously decided to ignore!
 

David C. (29)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 2:18 am
Good posting, thanks
 

Joy Wong (75)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 4:31 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:30 am
I'm an environmentalist abd yesterday received an offer for a free NRA membership in the mail! Unlike good hunting groups like Ducks Unlimited, Ruffed Grouse Society and Wild Turkey Federation which put miilions into habitat restoration, and educational programs the NRA does nothing but grouse about one Constitutional Amendment.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 1:46 pm
The NRA has to "puff up" the number of its members to equate with all their lobbying money, and make them more important than they really are. Those who don't yet know the NRA is the lobby arm of gun & bullet manufacturers need to wake up to the facts. Did you know there are more regulations on toy guns than real guns? Join those who want reform at DemandAPlan.org.
 
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