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Years ago, I used to think that the NRA was as good at getting donations as Jerry Falwell for his Liberty Empire. And I never gave anything to Jerry. Well, now I understand the importance of what the NRA is doing to protect our 2nd Amendment rights. I would like to urge all NRA members to give. And, if you're not an NRA member, please become one. I donate to the ILA fund every time they send me a notice. They are making alot of headway in OUR fight. Please join them. After all, it is OUR FIGHT, not just theirs.....

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I agree and I do give, although not every time they send a request, but frequently.

It is extremely important that we have a strong voice with the necessary resources to stand up against the well-funded and very vocal anti-gun, anti-hunting groups.

I guess I would add one more thing. VOTE.

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Bingo. I tried to explain to my son the other day that to me, the gun control issue isn't just about my guns. It's indicative of a political philosophy.

At its core, the issue is belief in the individual vs belief in the State. Liberal philosophy boils down to the idea that the citizenry is comprised of irresponsible children that must be managed and taken care of. They can't be trusted with choices, so the State must make their choices for them. They can't be allowed to defend themselves, decide whether to eat fast food, etc.

By prioritizing State power over individual liberty, liberalism by nature becomes oppressive and tyrannical. Liberalism views the American populace through the same lens King George used in the latter 1700s -- that we're all a bunch of rubes.

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Man! That sums it up to a "T"

I think you hit the nail on the head!!

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Anyone who shoots, owns guns, or just believes in freedom should join the NRA. I can't encourage it enough. I encourage it above any of the various conservation organization such as rocky mnt elk foundation, duck unlimited, pheasants forever, etc. Though they too have their benefits and rightful place.

The NRA's political position and involvement is mostly something fairly recent, for about the last 25 to 30 years, about the time our gun rights had severely started becoming under attack. Prior to that Americans seldom worried about rights like the 2nd Amendment being taken away or restricted. It's a good thing that the NRA has become so political lately. No other organization is fighting as hard or has the power or influence in D.C. that the NRA has.

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You are right the gun owners need a voice in Washington DC today more than ever. I have been a member of the NRA since the 60's and a life member since the mid 70's. The NRA has been at the lead in fighting for 2nd amendment rights for over a century. However I'm not sure they are the best for the job any more.

The NRA came up with the instant check system while Gun Owners of America was fighting the whole back ground check nonsense. It was the GOA who first brought the ex post facto provisions in the Lautenberg Act to the public. While GOA 's radar is out checking for anti-gun legislation the NRA is out planning another convention(IMO a complete waste to money). And how many millions are spent on the museum? Money that should be spent fighting for our 2nd amendment rights. For my money I'll go for the GOA no glitter, no bells and whistles they are just out doing their job.

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Hmmmm...I will check out GOA and maybe I will need to hedge my bets by belonging to both organizations.

More than one voice is not bad as long as they are in concert with one another.

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Nothing wrong with the GOA. They just don't have nearly the political power and influence in D.C. that the NRA does. Of course over time and with increased membership that could all change.