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My Open Letter to the NRA ...

Dear NRA,

I have been a `Member' since 2008. Shortly after becoming a member I started receiving offers to renew. “Huh? I just joined, and for a full year.” Almost every month since I joined I have received offers to renew. I will wait until my membership is about to expire before I consider renewing. I received at least two renewal offers this last month alone; my membership doesn't expire until summer.

As a part of my membership application I signed up for, or not, various add-ons, mostly insurance policies, and the like. Since then I have received numerous re-offers for insurances, as though I wasn't taken seriously when I made my initial selections.

My wife is now getting unsolicited mail from the NRA. She is not a member. She is neither a gun enthusiast nor a hunter. She does not need screened for heart disease or osteoporosis at this time. And neither do I. I did not join the NRA to be reminded of health matters. I did not join the NRA so that the NRA would remind my wife of health matters.

As the months have gone by, the volume of unsolicited (`junk') mail from NRA has become ... I'm trying to find the words ... a lot, amazing, mystifying, staggering.

As a part of my membership I selected a subscription to American Hunter. I love to hunt. I love firearms. This is the mail that I DID solicit when I joined. But it seems like the magazine is getting smaller and smaller. Now it is almost laughably small. The last issue I almost threw away thinking it to be some kind of flier.

So, this month, I did something entirely `random' (an experiment, actually). I put my American Hunter magazine in one pile, and the unsolicited mail from NRA in another. My hunch was: “... it seems like I am getting more junk mail from the NRA than what I have paid for (to receive).” I was beginning to worry a bit that my experiment was going to fail, as the volume of unsolicited NRA mail seemed not as immense as in previous months; but, faithful to my hypothesis, and the purely random month chosen, when one month was up, I weighed both piles.

American Hunter, monthly, 3.75 oz.
Junk mail pile, one month, 6.75 oz.

(Plus, the Magazine is itself a lot of ads.)

Someone is unconscious.

What a waste (of paper and postage)!

I guess I would prefer being offered renewal just prior to expiration, and just once or twice, and have a monthly magazine that is several times as large. At the time of renewal (if I renew), I can review the various insurance programs and see if I need to make any modifications. Some of the unsolicited junk mail I have received probably deals with important legislative issues, but I think I mistook them for repeated offers for renewal and threw them away, unopened.

Originally published on Associated Content, here ...

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1500280/an_open_letter_to_the_n...

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Serious hunter,

I have often had the same thought. If they spent the same money on legislation and politics that they do on useless postage I would be able to own machine guns in California. We need to keep in mind though the real reason we join and belong to this organization isn't to receive a magazine every month but to preserve our rights. This annoyance is a small price to pay. I do wish they would find a better way to spend our money though.

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BunnySlayer wrote:
... If they spent the same money on legislation and politics that they do on useless postage I would be able to own machine guns in California. ...

I can't help but think about this for a bit.

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I guarantee you that the amount they spend on bulk mail is exceeded by the income received by people answering it. Direct mailing is, like any other form of advertising, a marketing tool to generate income.

Nobody "solicits" advertising. I get unsolicited mail from all kinds of people. If it doesn't interest me, I toss it. I don't get any more worked up about it than I do flipping past "unsolicited" ads while reading a magazine.

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It's a bit unfortunate, but then again it's a common thing among just about any organization these days, not just the NRA. If you can get on the list (email, snail mail) to be informed of upcoming legislation regarding guns, well, that's worth getting bombarded with.

All organizations try to get as much of your money as possible. Your bank, credit card company, and your congressman isn't any different. Just pay your membership and be glad the NRA is doing what they do to promote training, safety, and protect your rights.

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I recieved so much mail from the NRA the first month I was in, that I had honestly thought it was fraud mailings! They do send quite a bit. But like expat said, its a money maker. I would hope if they were not generating money from it, that they would stop. I just still find it funny though when I recieve mail asking me to join when I'm already a member!

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its still a free country. if it bothers you that much then unsuscribe from the nra. as for me i will put up with it and support the nra ,which needs us to all stick together at this point in history.

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John wrote.

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its still a free country. if it bothers you that much then unsuscribe from the nra. as for me i will put up with it and support the nra ,which needs us to all stick together at this point in history.

If you read what everyone posted you would have seen that's what was said. No one is suggesting we leave the NRA for what amounts to a very small annoyance. The point was that the money MIGHT be better spent!

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BunnySlayer wrote:
John wrote.
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its still a free country. if it bothers you that much then unsuscribe from the nra. as for me i will put up with it and support the nra ,which needs us to all stick together at this point in history.

If you read what everyone posted you would have seen that's what was said. No one is suggesting we leave the NRA for what amounts to a very small annoyance. The point was that the money MIGHT be better spent!

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i did read it!!!!
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I think John was saying that I (not everyone) should leave the NRA if I (not everyone) don't like the junk mail. But this seems to contradict sticking together.

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I understand Serious's first post and tend to agree.
I have been an NRA member for many years and wonder the same thing.

To my knowlege every member gets the preiodical of their choice. This is sent out monthly. Why not put most of their offers and pleas in it?

I certainly understand the NRA's current worries and need for funds and a strong war chest. However, If ya want to REALLY make me unhappy (understatement) , call me on my phone when I'm in the middle of something important or even eating dinner. And, DO NOT Block the caller ID with crap like Toll free number or toll free exchange.
Feel free to send me all the mail or email ya want IF its cost effective. That way I can look at it at the time of my choosing.

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