posted on May, 13 2013 @ 03:29 PM
A few days ago I got a letter from the NRA. This was a letter specifically addressed to me, by name. The letter was set up as a survey, asking a lot
of silly questions that 99% of gun owner's would respond positively to, such as "Do you support the Second Amendment?" It went on like this for
about 20 questions, then finally asked "Will you show your support for the NRA and American Freedoms by becoming a member of the NRA today?"
I do own firearms and I am a firm believer in the 2nd. However, I have always had a problem with the NRA and how they conduct themselves. In many
cases they are very extreme, but I absolutely agree with them that there should be no national registry.
It took me a couple of days, but I started wondering how/where they'd gotten my information.
About 10 minutes ago I got off the phone with the NRA. The following is a transcript of our conversation. I record all the calls on my cell phone, but
I recently got a new phone and apparently the app I use to record calls doesn't work with it. I was going to include the recording but it's very
distorted and painful to the ears. Instead I will do my best to provide an accurate transcript of my conversation with the NRA representative,
"Hello, this is Jeff with the NRA. Can I get your membership ID please?"
"Actually, I don't have a membership. I had a question about a letter I received from the NRA."
"Ok, what's your question?"
"Well - I've never been a member of the NRA. I am a gun owner and I do believe in a lot of the things the NRA publicly supports, but I have issues
with the way the NRA conducts itself over some matters. Because of this I have always made a point to distance myself from the NRA. I have never had
any communication with you, I've never been a member, and I've never contacted the NRA for any reason. A few days ago I received a letter asking for
me to join the NRA - and I'm wondering how you got my information."
"Well, sir, I'm not sure how we got it.."
"How does the NRA know I own firearms?"
"I'm nor sure, sir, but that is a good question. Can I put you on hold while I research that?"
(During this time I was on hold for about 2 minutes. To Jeff's credit he was polite and professional and seemed to empathize with my concern.)
"Sir? Have you ever registered a firearm?"
"No, you don't have to register firearms in my state. But I do have my CCW and of course have to go through the verification any time I purchase a
"Well, sir, that's how we got your information."
"But.. Jeff... If the NRA is publicly against any type of national registry or gun-owner list, how do they justify using the very same lists to
garner support for gun ownership!?"
"I.. uh.. I don't really know.. But that is where we got your information."
"Do you understand why I'm concerned about this, Jeff?"
"Absolutely sir. I agree with you but I can't tell you why we do that."
"Can you please delete me from your mailing list?
"Yes sir, we'll do that immediately."
At this point we wished one another a good day and ended our conversation.
So now I wonder, how legit exactly is the NRA? Why do they argue against a list that they use to increase revenue/membership? How does the NRA manage
it's money - what does their budget look like?
I've never been a huge fan of the NRA and this seals the deal for me. Why the hell is the NRA using the same lists they claim to be against to target
I'm beginning to believe that the NRA is all a scam. It's a very clever way to get gun owners names compiled without objection; in fact - NRA
members are fervently proud of their membership.
What do you think, ATS? Am I missing something? Am I crazy?