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NRA Criticizes Administration, Membership Grows

January 14, 2013 by  

NRA Criticizes Administration, Membership Grows
The National Rifle Association was among the groups that met with Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force last week.

Last week, the National Rifle Association had a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder after which it told supporters that the Presidential Administration wants to destroy the 2nd Amendment.

In a statement following the meeting, the NRA proclaimed:

We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners — honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen. Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works — and what does not.

As the government’s gun grab rhetoric continues, it seems a growing number of Americans are joining with the NRA in concern for the right of Americans to keep and bear arms in the United States. POLITICO reports that more than 100,000 new members have signed with the organization. NRA membership currently rests at about 4.2 million and the organization says that by the time the dust begins to settle on the gun-control debate, it would like to be up to 5 million.

Individuals can sign up with the organization online.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Right Brain Thinker

    Of course, the membership grows. That’s what it’s all about. AT $35 a head, the NRA will take in maybe $30 million in new dues with the projected rush of new members, and that should be more than enough to keep them from running another $15 million deficit, as well as allow them to give raises to their $1-million-each leaders. All the gun lovers think they do this because they REALLY care about the 2nd, Amendment? Not saying they don’t care, but feathering their own nests is their primary concern. (Just like our elected “representatives” the PLD-ers are always screaming about. But this is DIFFERENT, you say—-sure it is, if you’re a hypocrite).

    And guess what? The ANTI-gun groups are doing the same thing on the other side of the question. IMO, the NRA is going to shoot all gun owners in the foot with the stance it is taking. Perhaps they are just being extreme in an effort to ward off hugely massive regulation and hoping for a “middle ground”, i.e. fighting a delaying or rear guard action, but they play a dangerous game there. Just as the Repugnants found in the last election, playing to your base DOESN’T work unless your base is in the majority. The majority of folks in this country, and the majority of gun owners as well, want to see reasonable gun control measures put in place. Fighting against ALL measures is not a smart tactic.

    “We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.”, the NRA says. Lord love a duck!

    • To Tell The Truth

      Let’s see…The Obozo administration and it’s criminal head of the Department of Injustice sell guns to Mexican drug lords, yet want to keep guns away from law-abiding Americans. Gee, yes, makes perfect sense to me looking at the most corrupt, inept, lying, incompetent administration in American history, and probably in world history. To calll the Obama bin Laden administration a buch of douche bags, is an insult to douche bags.

      • thefisherman

        Do you mean Congress or the do nothig idiots

    • http://google gary gerke

      You are a liberal socialist that would eliminate the second amendment for a start, you then would attack the rest of our rights one at a time. You and the rest of the government will not destroy our constitution and bill of rights. We will fight you and the government in the streets of America with the largest UN-standing army in the world…you will lose!

    • joe1cr

      Where is our BILL OF RIGHTS ? I think it’s funny that the government wants to register all guns brought/sold by Americans while doing a back ground check on them. But are very reluctant to register the illegal immigrates, who they say have the rights to not show any identification to law enforcement when stopped.and are thus protected from back ground checks

      • Bill

        That is a good point, Joe
        The illegal immigrants are a protected class, that does not have to show id, gets free welfare, medical and school and they can work for cash and pay no taxes.

        The govt has it a$$ backwords. But it probably was all Bush’s fault

    • Jana

      At least the NRA doesn’t FORCE anyone to join them like the unions do. They have free choice to join or NOT to join.
      While more and more control over our lives are being forced on us, Obama intends to deliver 10 F-16 fighter jets and 200 Abrams tanks to Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood) in late January.

      Read more:

    • Benjamin Fox

      I don’t belong to the NRA but, I do belong to two other groups and yes I have bought more ammo and plan on at least one more gun. I agree about the GOA, they are a good group that won’t sell out, along with NGRO and others. God Bless and keep your powder dry:

      • Benjamin Fox

        Forgot another good group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and their leader Dudley Brown.



  • Bill

    Renew your membership with the NRA or donate some money to them. Do not listen to Right Brain Thinker, he supports gun confiscation and he is just trying to fool you

    • eddie47d

      Gun control could actually enhance the 2nd Amendment and make it more relevant for more Americans in wanting the right to self defense. (with sensible means of self defense) No human on the face of this earth wants to deliberately die in a car accident or a hail of bullets. They want CONTROL of whoever owns a car or a gun. Americans don’t admire reckless car drivers anymore than they admire reckless gun owners. Some (mostly) guys think they are macho because they have a muscle car or the status of a Hummer. Some are equally emboldened by a semi-automatic weapon. Not everyone in America sees life that way yet the NRA insists on pushing those buttons.

      • Bill

        Nice try, Eddie
        We know what your true motivations are, so quit trying to feed us crap

      • joe1cr

        Because of their need to be different from the mainstream, Liberals are very good at pretending that sow’s ears are silk purses

      • S.C.Murf

        fast eddie from your comments you remind me of the cartoon figure in the magazines back in the 60′s, for body building, remember him he was the skinny little guy that was always having sand kicked in his face. It’s always got to be a masculine thing with you, big guns, muscle cars etc.

        up the hill

      • ranger09

        Well lets see. The Govt, Politicians, Police cannot control the Crazys, The Drug Nuts, Or the Criminals, BUT they find it easy to regulatr the Honest Law abiding Citizen. Now this is the silly part or should i say the Sad part.

      • http://Google JM

        Your rhetoric has been duly noted and you are a SHILL, a plant . And a would be
        gun grabber.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Do you see anti-gun gremlins hiding under every rock, Bill? Have you read my other posts on other threads where I supported arming people in schools, or talked about owning guns myself and enjoying shooting, or about the gun laws in VA where I live?

      Your problem is that you think anyone who tries to have an intelligent discussion about the gun “problem” (and yes we DO have a “gun problem”) is automatically anti-gun and wants the government to take them all, etc,etc,etc. That’s paranoid, and a failure to understand that we need to find some kind of sensible middle ground on gun regulationis not a good strategy for gun-owners to follow.

      I can say right back, “Don’t listen to Bill—-he’s a hothead and will lead you astray”

      • Winchester

        You believe you are right and any other who refuses to agree with you is wrong. For example, I see no gun problem, where you wish to blame an object,I prefer to hold those who break the law accountable to an equal degree of the law broken. Since I don’t agree with you, you will now proclaim me wrong and precede to ridicule and call me names.

    • Myava Buchanan

      Agree with u. We are going to renew membership shorty.

      • Carlucci

        I would rather renew my membership to Gun Owners of America. The NRA has backed down to the feds before and let their members down.

      • http://Google JM

        If it wasn’t for the NRA , we would have been disarmed years ago, as well as the
        GOA and the NAGR all good organizations.

  • eddie47d

    The NRA has a right to voice their opinion yet their failure to grasp the full issue doesn’t set well with a heck of a lot of Americans. Their reliance on the mental health problem as the main excuse without even confronting the proliferation of weapons proves nothing will make them responsible for any misuse of these “tools”

    • http://google gary gerke

      The re-election of Obama is helping the economy, gun and ammunition sales are at an all time high. Obama, thank you for a stimulus into the economy that hasn’t cost the tax payer 1-cent…….This is a first!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Carlucci

      So, what exactly is the issue? You mentioned “mental health”. I think the REAL focus here should be on the psychotropic drugs that these kids who turn into crazy shooters are taking. Those are far more dangerous than the guns, but you sure won’t hear that from D.C., or the lame stream media who are in bed with big pharma.

      And by the way, in case anyone missed it, check this out:

      • http://google rose

        Yes. Pretty amazing that donation for Sandy Hooks shootings were being solicited three days before it happened. There is much more information to be found about the Sandy Hooks hoax. People who were supposedly killed that day who are still alive. It is as if this administration is making a mockery of the American people. They staged the shootings and blatantly rub the lie it in the face of the American people. They had to fake this incident to try and strip away our right to bear arms.

  • ibcamn

    You know what?!,i think Biden called up the journal and asked them if there was a way to print up every gin owners name and address in local counties so crooks and thieves and lowlifes can break in to their houses to steal some weapons to get some lagally owned guns out on the street(you know,share the wealth)an maybe we’ll get a sheet load of assault rifles out there in the progress!you know,prove Obama’s point!Biden’s dumber than a bag of hammers,that inapropriate laughing and touchy feely nasty grampa pedo thing going on!i hope the NRA gets behind the break in in NY of that gun owners house,(which i told you before here, thieve’s are not just stupid,they are brazen too)they went for free guns!!courtisey of the journal!…OOHHH..quick thought,maybe all the liberals and democrates and all UN members that have any type of weapons at home should bring them down to their local goodwill store and donate them!and let us gun loving Americans swing by and buy them!that way they are actually shareing the wealth with not just guns but the money we’ll spend buying them!its a win win,they get those nasty guns out of their houses and we get guns owned by someone famouse,well,not so,but anyways we get guns!just a thought….i say impeach Obama!!!

    • http://google gary gerke

      RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill

    “The polls also show that even a great majority of NRA members.favor some forms of regulation”
    What a bunch of BS

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Look it up, Bill. On almost any gun control question, NRA members will agree 5 to 10% or more with the anti-gun folks, and on many they are up in the 40 to 60% range. Nearly 90% of NRA members think people who are mentally ill should not be able to access guns. The numbers are even higher among gun owners who are not NRA and higher yet among folks who don’t own guns. The last poll I remember seeing was around Christmas time in the Washington Post—-google it and you’ll get other hits. What’s BS is walking around just believing what you WANT to believe and ignoring the truth until it bites you in the behind.

      PS A comment I made in reply to the three folks who replied to my original comment has been deleted by the “moderator”. Apparently, insulting the president, calling people douche bags, promoting armed insurrection, and generally spouting nonsense is allowed, but pointing out the failings of those who do those things isn’t.

      And yes, Bill—-much of it IS Bush’s fault—-always was, always will be—-can’t change history by wishing it to be different.

      • Bill

        So, show us how smart you are, right brain thinker,
        And tell us in detail how the current economy is Bush’s fault. Don’t just spout rhetoric, elaborate with details

      • Right Brain Thinker

        I was half kidding, Bill. Almost everybody going back 30+ years can take some blame for today’s economy. This particular dead horse has been beaten for as long as people have been saying that the current economy is ALL O’Bama’s FAULT, which is less true than blaming it all on Bush. Also, a lot of blame goes on the Republicans who came after Bush and have been saying NO since O’Bama’s election. We need not waste the time to keep beating it (and don’t tell me that no horse is too dead to beat—-that’s my line).

        Please DO remember that you started it with your own half joking “rhetoric” when YOU said, “But it probably was all Bush’s fault”—–I was just agreeing with you and if you want to get into “details”, elaborate for us on how it is NOT Bush’s fault, since you seem to think that none of it was or you wouldn’t have made the joke.

      • Bill

        That was a good side step

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Better than just a “good” side step, Bill, although perhaps not rising to the level of excellent, because of how complex the situation is. O’Bama can be faulted for many things that he has done, but the fact remains that Bush and a lot of other folks DID do things that led to the “present economy”, and O’Bama DID do what was needed to keep us from going completely down the tubes, and much of “his economy” IS “Bush’s Fault” or at least that of Bush’s “buddies”. (Clinton is a major sinner in all of it because he helped to set things up for Bush’s buddies by allowing the repeal of Glass-Steagall)

        To get into just a few small “details”, this deficit-debt thing we’re in right now is more directly caused by Bush’s two unfunded wars, his unfunded Medicare Part D, and his tax cuts that didn’t “trickle down”, to say nothing of his failure to keep the financial “wizards” in check.. Way more of our present deficit and debt is “due to Bush” than anything O’Bama has done. That is common knowledge among all that have studied the situation, in spite of the “rhetoric” of the deniers and folks who say “Bush is history—focus on now”. You can find all sorts of data—-I have been looking at it since O’Bama’s first election and it’s pretty clear..

      • Bill

        I can see by your comments that you are ignorant to reality. You just lost any credibility that you claimed to have.

        You are just a typical progressive and I do not believe your BS story that you are a gun owner and most other gun owners want more gun laws. Yeah, right. That probably why Ducks fly backwards

      • Right Brain Thinker

        Dang, Bill

        I was hoping we could talk some, but you are apparently one of those guys that only talks to people who think exactly as they do. You know, you all sit around in a circle and just keep repeating the same stuff to each other and nodding your heads?

        And when you THINK someone doesn’t agree with you, you say they have no credibility.and start calling them names. I didn’t say “most other gun owners want more gun laws”—-you are, unfortunately, what is called a “motivated reasoner” and hear what you want to hear, not what was said. Go back and read it again with a more open mind. Did you go read the Washington Post article about that poll?.. If you do, you will find that only 1% or 2% of NRA members favor certain gun laws, meaning that 98% or 99% oppose those particular laws—-I’ll leave it to you to look up which ones they are.

        And I don’t give a rodent’s rear end that you can’t seem to accept that a gun owner can have enough of a brain to THINK and be in the slightest bit “progressive”. I won’t turn in my guns because you think that because I think, I shouldn’t own them.

        Right now I’m saving up my pennies so I can replace my 12 ga. Franchi autoloader that I’ve owned for nearly 50 years. Sweet gun—pretty to look at, lightweight, handles well—I’m going to get a Beretta Extrema—seen the videos of that gun? Awesome. Last time out at the range, I first fired the .30-06 Model 70 with iron sights—I can’t see that well anymore at age 72, so the scoped AR-15 and the scoped Marlin lever action chambered for the 357 let me hit the target much better. Don’t like guns that don’t kick some, though, and the AR-15 is ugly and doesn’t “feel” right to me. The Model 70 takes me back to the gun I carried way back when—the M-1—that was a “real” gun.

        You said, “I can see by your comments that you are ignorant to reality.” and “You are just a typical progressive”. I would love to hear why you think I’m “Ignorant to reality” and what makes me a “progressive” in your mind (and a typical one at that?) Or are you just running your mouth?

      • deerinwater

        Guns are okay ~ I have had many over the years, ~ from nickle plated pimp pistols to finer more effective hand guns, my preference for a working piece was always a S&W 14, 357. I still have dads old goose gun, it’s punishing to shoot, a box of high brass on Sunday will have you crippled up till Thursday. I have a cap and ball flintlock hogleg 50 cal. that Granddad pasted down to me, ~ he kept it in an old cotton sock in his trunk when I was a child and told me neat stories about it.

        But my passion has always been canons, I’ve been hand crafting black power canons since I was 9. I’ve made many, I love to fire them and see what they can do. ~ Does this mean that I’m an NRA member or GOP republican? ~ hell no! It just means I enjoy the science and the appreciation of fine handcraft.

        So many of you people live in some strange Stereotypical world created for you by media outlets that have processed your views of current affairs and what you should fear for you, ~ that your ability to process information on your own has been somehow lost.

        This obsession with “fear” is very unhealthy for anybody.

      • Right Brain Thinker


        I’ll second the cannon thing. Have never come close to owning one, never mind making one, but living in VA has allowed me to visit many Civil War battlefields and see a lot of demonstrations and reenactments. Black powder cannons are truly awesome and I can’t imagine what it must have been like for a couple of hundred to be firing away at the same time, as at Gettysburg. (Or for the infantry to be marching into canister and grape—makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck).

        Double ditto on your closing remarks—fear and paranoia truly are the enemy of rational thought.

      • Bill

        To all you Fabian Socialist Liberals. Check your history very carefully. Bush did nothing more than what the American People ask him to do. The American People demanded a stop to terrorism on American soil and President Bush delivered. President Bush also advised the American People that it would be a long drawn out process in doing so. The American People still demanded a stop to terrorism. Be very careful of what you ask for, you just migh get it.

  • JimH

    It’s to bad an organization like the NRA even needs to exist. The Bill of Rights should be enough. Why should “We the People” have to pay dues, and the NRA spend money on lawyers to protect what should already be protected?
    If the Founding Fathers could see us now they would be sick.

    • Right Brain Thinker

      Excellent observation, Jim. The Founding Fathers would be going “Lord love a duck” and puking all over the place at many things in our ‘modern” society.

      But since everyone is so busy “buying” the government with all the “associations for you-name-it”, and the lobbyists, and you can’t get elected unless you pretty much “sell out”, the pro-gun folks need one too to keep up. Although some of the other pro-gun groups seem a lot more sensible and perhaps could be more effective (if they had NRA’s “clout”). I can remember when what came out of the NRA was a cross between “Boy’s Life” and Field and Stream and they probably didn’t even know any lawyers and had to look in the yellow pages for one when they needed one.

      • JimH

        RBT, I think you missed my point.
        We shouldn’t NEED an organization to protect what we already have.
        Our basic Constitutional rights ARE threatened.
        They are threatened by people who took an oath to uphold the Constitution.(shows how good “their” word is)
        We shouldn’t need a pro-gun lobby.
        The 2nd amendment should be the protection we need. Some just elected officials can’t see the obvious. Or won’t
        The GOA and NRA help to protect those rights, but we shouldn’t even need them if our (leaders?) understood what the Bill of Rights are about.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        No, Jim—-I got it 100% and agree with this restatement of yours too, except that I will again say that the way things are, we DO need a pro-gun lobby (provided it is reasonable and responsible). The system no longer works the way it should and our “elected” folks don’t respond to anything but the lobbies and those who give them the biggest campaign contributions. What you say about the Bill of Rights being enough SHOULD be true but unfortunately is not.

      • JimH

        Hi RTB, I guess I’m the one who misunderstood.(sorry)
        I don’t think lobbyists were what the founders had in mind, when they set this system up.
        It got that way in increments, until it grew into the monster that it is. Now it’s been around so long that some seem to think it’s how it should be.

      • Right Brain Thinker

        No apology necessary, Jim. There is so much “misunderstanding” floating around the topic of guns that it’s hard to figure out who is saying what most of the time.

        The founders most definitely did not think lobbyists and special interests were the way to go, and several of them, GW among the first, warned about the evils of the corporate plutocracy if it was allowed to get out of hand. Well, in spite of Jackson and Lincoln and TR and FDR, it DID “grow into the monster that it is now” and we are paying the price..

        It’s been around in it’s present (and most malignant) form for maybe 35 years, but that IS long enough for the young folks to think it’s “how it should be”. Except that they seem to be “getting it” somewhat—-rejecting Romney/Ryan and the GOP platform offers some hope for better “understanding”.

  • Bob W.

    The NRA is not the best organization to protect your 2nd amendment rights.
    Now that I have your attention, I will say that it is the most powerful and best financed. Also, I think they do a good job and I have been a member for 20 years.
    But, the most ‘No Nonsence’, ‘No compromise’ 2nd amendment organization is GOA, Gun Owners of America. Larry Pratt is the man you see on FOX and other news media answering the tough questions when all this nonsense comes up. I have also been a member of GOA for 20 years. They both deserve our support, and GOA will never compromise, just ask your congressman.

    • http://midcontent ridge runner

      Better ask the idoits that keeps voting for socialistemocrats, some dems are giving passing marks by the NRA, but every socialist democrat the NRA has approved, has proven to be a draud, like tax fraud Tom Daschle, his gun vote was just more BS, when it came to obeying laws on taxes, remember the Pres & VP lying adnausism about not taking away gun owners rights.What the marxist/socialist beleiving is a dictator run country.

  • Motov

    In short we simply cannot trust a government that uses drones to spy/kill americans.

    • Deerinwater

      Assuming that might be true ~ how they are killed matters?

      I guess you are speaking of a drone strike that took out what was determined a rogue American element?

      There a time and place to micro manage our war effort I suppose but who has that job?

    • Right Brain Thinker

      And why are we bringing up drones on a thread that started out talking about ONLY the NRA and gun control. Why is it necessary for folks to bring out every paranoia pot from the kitchen cabinets and bang on them with a spoon when people are trying to have a conversation? Unless we are trying to disrupt that conversation by playing the “parrot” game with the same old tired wing-nut horsepucky.

  • TimGabz

    I have lived in a country where guns were controlled effectively for a considerable period. Licencing required a clean crime sheet and mental health clearance. Since most people went and had training as licencing was difficult without club membership this wasn’t a legal requirement. Full auto was not allowed without special reason.

    Take a step back those were the main tennets of a safe gun society and very few people would disagree on this.

    The Obama Administration, as have all liberal predecessors, have kneejerked reaction and blatently lied over crime and guns being heavily related. Despite this being shown to be a fiction many liberal cities are hanging tooth and nail to gun bans. Their elite have armed guards and fire arms. It is difficult to believe that they are being sincere, especially since they have had anti-gun platforms.

    Throw in the issue that Holder has steadfastly sidestepped the scandal of Fast and Furious is brutal dishonesty and conflict of interest.

    Unfortunately the situation of soft touch on criminals has meant that they react predictably by repeating their habbits. Hiding their records means the public is exposed.

    I believe a system for registration and clearance for ownership is a great idea so long as it allows all other people unhindered ownership. It should be linked to drivers licences and voter registration. However to trust Obama’s chronies with carrying this out without prejuduce is expecting a miracle.

    Note: the country I mentioned earlier was early Zimbabwe. Late Zimbabwe is a chronic dictatorial brutal mess…..

  • Lynn & Bob Dewey

    Maybe we should eliminate the 2nd amendment. That would take care of the whole problem.



  • Patrick Henry

    The “Gun Problem” is that not every law abiding citizen has been educated in proper handling and use of a firearm. The Swiss have it right. All citizens have to own a firearm to defend the country. All law abiding citizens should own one and learn the proper way to use it. You see, it is not really a gun problem, it is a crime problem. If every citizen is armed and the criminal knows it, guess what….yep, less violent crime. But you sure can’t explain that to a freedom stealing, gun grabbing liberal. Whole world is just jammed with stupid!


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