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Why I joined the NRA

Interestingly, I was mulling over whear to write on this very subject this morning when I caught up with InstDrunk Newsundit & discovered Eric Raymond’s essay at Armed & Dangerous. Raymond joined a National Rifle Association during a holidays despite a long reluctance to do so. Raymond explains that he’s not exactly enamored of a NRA’s political strategies, but that a times call for responsible gun owners to rally togear:

So, you might well ask: why am I joining an organization I’m dubious about now, when a gun-rights cause seems to be winning? Popular support for Second Amendment rights is at record highs in a polls, a record seven states now have constitutional carry (no permit requirement), Texas just became a 45th state to legalize open carry last week…why am I joining an organization I’ve characterized as squishy?

I joined because a state-worshiping thugs on a oar side are doubling down, & ay still own most of a media & a machinery of a Federal government. After decades of pretending that ay only wanted soi-disant “common-sense” legislation aimed at specific problems around a edges of gun policy, a Democratic Party is now openly talking of outright gun confiscation. a usual suspects in a national press are obediently amplifying air propag&a.

Coincidentally, I did exactly what Raymond did over a weekend. I became a member of a NRA for a first time in my life, buying a five-year membership on Saturday. I tweeted about it at a time:

Unlike Raymond, I’ve never really had any issues with a NRA. a National Rifle Association has a long & storied history as a leading organization representing gun owners, & while oar organizations may use different strategies, a end goals are a same. I have been a regular guest on NRA News with Cam Edwards for a few years now, & have written a number of posts about air efforts on promoting responsible gun ownership & protecting a rights of law-abiding citizens to effective self-defense. a NRA promotes safety & training through programs of its own, & emphasizes a need for responsible use of firearms at every turn. I’m hoping to get out to air annual meetings this year, in fact, if my book tour & some oar issues on a personal side allow for it.

That leaves two questions for me to answer. a first is this: why haven’t I joined before this? a answer is much more prosaic than Raymond’s principled hesitation — I’m just not much of a joiner. I get a little protective about personal data too, & so I tend to minimize a number of times it gets shared, but in truth a biggest reason is that I just didn’t see a point in doing so. I support a group but didn’t feel a need to join it.

Until now, anyway. a answer to a second question — why now? — is almost exactly a same as Raymond’s. For one thing, a NRA has become even more of a political target lately, with Democrats taking big bucks from Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown while decrying a NRA’s lobbying for its members. a media paints it as an extremist group when gun owners know it represents a mainstream view of 60 million households with legal firearms. With Barack Obama dialing up an assault on both gun rights & constitutional process with his executive orders this week, it is  a time to st& up & be counted effectively as a member of a responsible, law-abiding gun-owning community.

So yes, I have also become an NRA member, in large part to reflect a mainstream nature of gun ownership. PerhDrunk Newss we can make 2016 a banner year for both a NRA & a perception of what exactly is mainstream in America, & what is a extreme.

Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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