Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hatin' on the NRA today

I've been an NRA member several times. In my elementary school days our shooting ranges were all sponsored by the NRA as were our coaches so to me it was a great thing. I still think so today - if that's all they did was teach kids how to shoot, I'd send them a check every month.
Where was I going with this..... oh yeah. The last time I joined was on a 3 day drunk and honestly don't remember doing it until I started getting shit in the mail. Anyways, horrified at what I'd done, I packaged up all their stickers and patches and membership information and mailed it back to them with a nice note explaining the circumstances and I'm sorry but I don't want to be a part of your pussy organization, I was all fucked up and hey! you can even keep the 35 bucks but please please please remove my name from your membership rolls and especially your motherfucking mailing lists.
It didn't work.
I got solicitations for the next 2 years. Nothing but fucking junk mail begging me for money to block this bill or that bill. Then my membership expired and after the initial burst of re-up mail, it actually tapered off to maybe one mailing a month. Then all of a sudden for some reason it fucking exploded. I came home one day to nothing but NRA shit, about 10 or 12 envelopes. Godammit!!! So as I was sitting there I had this brilliant idea - I got one of my business cards (see the sidebar) and added Toaster 802's Green Mountain Homesteading and Sam Kerodin's III Percent Patriots blog addresses and mailed it back to the NRA. Nothing else, just the card and my old NRA number.
Haven't heard a word from those motherfuckers since.

So I'm hearing that the new gun ban list has been leaked and from what I've seen it makes Kalifornia's bans look like wide-open Freedom.
If you own a semi-auto with a pistol grip and/or a shitload of other features, you're on the list. I didn't pay too much attention to the list of firearms named specifically or features that will be banned - I could give a fuck less about gun laws anyways. They're just there to annoy me.
Yeah. Here's when we start hearing the lines about 'Those laws don't affect my guns' or 'Guns like that only have one purpose - to kill people' or how about 'Times are changing'. You know what pisses me off? The last time the ban was enacted I heard every one of those lines and more from NRA members. I actually heard somebody I work with that was moonlighting at a gun shop say that bullshit about not it affecting his beloved A-bolts. He's a big hunter, travels the world in fact, and he Is The NRA according to them.
Which brings me to my rant: The fucking NRA is going to make a bundle off this with donations and new memberships to help fight this ban. But I gotta wonder just how much are you going to have to give up to keep from losing everything? Because that's the way the game is played. Think about this for a second - the NRA today is worth millions if not billions and has been for as long as I can remember, enough to buy off every congressman on the hill, although that's not my point.
The NRA is going to negotiate (they're lobbyists, remember?) the ban away if they can but you're going to have to give something up in the process. Why? Because the NRA exists because of gun laws. There's no fucking way in hell they're going to go full bore into restoring your 2A Rights - that would be like killing the goose that laid the golden egg.
You watch, though. If that ban is enacted, you're going to see NRA members lining up to turn in their listed guns, I fucking guarantee it.


hiswiserangel said...

It's like expecting the medical community to cure cancer.

Sarthurk said...

the cancer thing is a bit over the top, but still, I've seen the NRA spend so much money on advertising for donations, I wonder how much goes to lobbying? I read once long ago, that Pepsi spends 50% of their profits on advertising. Not surprising now, and every lobby works the system. Maybe it's time to change careers. This one ain't doing so good.

Ragdragger said...

I'd have to disagree on your last point, man. The AR-15 is the single most popular sporting rifle in the country right now. How many AR manufacturers are out there? At least a dozen I can think of.
Times have changed. The gun culture isn't nearly as centered around hunting as it was in the early 90's when the last batch of this shit came through. Hell, I thought I read recently that hunting had a smaller share of the firearms market than ever before. I really don't see this crazy assed ban passing (here's hoping anyway) but even if it does, I'll bet you're gonna see a sudden increase in 6" PVC pipe sales.

Brian said...

Any org that lets Michael Moore become a life member is a org that is in it for the money only.

idahobob said...

Fuck the NRA.


Anonymous said...

The NRA is not a majority hunter group. That Fud needs to wisen up. Take a look at the American Rifleman mag. It has more Mil, EBR and pistol articles than hunting.


ejecto said...

I was an NRA member for years until they started endorsing "Project Exile". Exile was a program that enacted mandatory minimum sentences, to be served at a federal facility far away from the offenders home, if a crime was committed and a gun was around. I sent CERTIFIED letters to Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox asking for a details. Would a person with a joint in his pocket and a .22 in a closet get the 5 years? If so, where did the NRA stand on that?
Never heard a word. Ever. Of course, they continued to bombard my mailbox almost daily begging for money. I started to print a copy of the letter with a second letter printed on the reverse side explaining how they would not get another cent from me and how I would waste their postage money stuffing the letter into every "postage paid" envelope of theirs I got and sending it back. (If it says postage paid, they have to pay postage at the post office for everything sent back. I even taped their envelopes to small boxes full of dirt and rocks a few times just to add weight to their postage costs.)After a couple of years of this, someone finally sent me a form response explaining nothing- must have taken someone about 10 seconds to do that. After wasting their postage for about another year, their junk mail stopped. I have received nothing else for about 8 or 10 years now- they finally got the message!
I'm convinced that the NRA is little more than a professional fund raising organization. It would be interesting to know what percentage of money sent actually goes towards defending gun rights. Very little, I expect.
Fear sells. I bet the NRA celebrated Obama's reelection because they can now scare the shit out of more people and generate more $$$. Fuck the NRA.

Cheesy said...

Fuck obama and the NRA - they've both gotten too ridiculous to even pay attention to.
I for one am getting a little impatient for TSHTF; get on with it already.

Choada_Boy said...

I hope that there isn't a sudden increase in pvc sales. I hope there is a sudden increase in DC map sales to plan "activities". Oh, and I'm a life member.
I've read about this ban a lot, and I've heard its nothing to worry about. Bull. I can see that d-bag in the oral office trying it, and its scary to think about what will come after.

Anonymous said...

a pvc tube isn't a very smart way to bury a firearm much less ammo have had them draw moisture over a few years time
try steel ammo boxes with a vacume pulled on them dipped in latex paint or full sprayed with undercoating or rhino truck bed liner a inner tube works well too you can vacume out the air
10 years no water ammo was still good too
works well for stuff lost in boating accidents ;);) literally

RegT said...

The NRA has helped the government write every piece of gun control legislation since the '68 Gun Control Act and before (NFA, too, IIRC). They are in it strictly for the money.

I was a member for over twenty years until I woke up. The last straw for me was the Lautenberg Amendment. The NRA helped him write that, and then did not notify us members. When I found that out, I canceled my membership, and I will never join again.

The NRA administration pays itself big salaries, enjoys a state-of-the art gun range in te basement of the multi-million dollar building we all paid for, spends millions of dollars of dues and donations supporting politicians like Harry Reid, and then takes credit for court cases and activism done by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Gun Owners of America (GOA).

The next time you get any material from the NRA, take the postage-paid envelope and put a folded sheet of paper in it that has ten or more pennies taped to it. They will eventually get tired of paying extra postage for nothing.

If gun owners don't wise up about the NRA, the only place most people will be able to see any guns (other than the ones many of us will not relinquish) will be in the NRA Museum.