Recently the NRA has received a huge reminder of its purpose. Years ago, in the 1990’s (President Clinton) I joined the NRA. It was a statement that I felt the 2nd Amendment right to self defense was important. A few years later, I let the membership lapse, at least in part, because I thought that like many other organizations such as APS (American Physical Society), the NRA was failing its primary purpose as its hierarchy was taken over by organizers wanting to redirect NRA lobbying efforts away from its primary mission, 2nd Amendment protections. I think since then the NRA has recovered somewhat as the “Right to Carry” effort has expanded, supporting it especially with qualifying gun safety courses.
Recent events and rhetoric from the Federal Administration has caused me to reconsider. I rejoined to make a statement to both the administration and the NRA, the organization best equipped to lobby for 2nd Amendment rights. I can’t say I know the numbers. But I suspect the NRA’s membership has grown, noticeably and significantly. over the last two months. If these new members are like me, they are choosing a course more significant than signing a petition. They are paying for lobbying efforts in support of the right to self defense. Please remember that, NRA.
The administration should also take notice of the voice of the people, as expressed by NRA membership and gun sales. It may not be a huge fraction of the voting public, but a segment of the population that would rather quietly live their lives has been activated, much like the Teaparty a couple years ago that changed the leadership of Congress. It is not the NRA or conservative organizations that have manufactured the NRA membership and gun sales spike. Nobody knocked at my door or robodialed my phone. It is thinking individuals response to the administration’s kicking the ant hill.