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Old 07-05-2019, 9:35 PM
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For those who may be a bit 'younger' than some on this site and don't recall, first-hand, some of the fights we and the NRA had several decades ago, I thought it might be interesting to post a link to this 14 May 1981 article by Rolling Stone...

Inside the Gun Lobby: The National Rifle Association

The reason?

As you read the article, take a look at many of the things which were said and see if it sounds 'familiar' to what you're hearing/reading now about the NRA. While it doesn't make the accusations true or false, it is fascinating that, while some of the players have changed, the gist, the language, and many of the specifics have not.
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Yes the NRA has made lots of enemies in defense of our rights.
That said today at the range, I mentioned the NRA convention to several people , adding members get in free !

Not one person had said anything about a controversy. This was the same result as when NRA volunteers signed up 200+ new members at the Orange County gu
n show a month back. I asked if anyone mentioned the so called controversy and he said, " ONE IDIOT"

These stories from NYT and forum loudmouths look like an infiltration of anti gun democrats hell bent on making the NRA appear mismanaged and in trouble.
Friends the NRA members who love the results we see and real gun owners who join, go to gun shows and shooting ranges have completely ignored this NON story from Bloomberg and his toady media pals!
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As you read the article, take a look at many of the things which were said and see if it sounds 'familiar' to what you're hearing/reading now about the NRA. While it doesn't make the accusations true or false, it is fascinating that, while some of the players have changed, the gist, the language, and many of the specifics have not.
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...These stories from NYT and forum loudmouths look like an infiltration of anti gun democrats hell bent on making the NRA appear mismanaged and in trouble...
From the Rolling Stone article in 1981...

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As one of his first acts, Knox sent out questionnaires to the membership. “I wanted to confirm what I’ve always believed: that ninety-nine percent of our members are opposed to gun control.”

“How’d the other one percent get in?” I wondered.

“They’re the infiltrators,” he said, smiling. “Some of Kennedy’s people signed up so they could get on our mailing list.”
Again, that doesn't make it true/false. It simply observes that there does seem to be a good deal of repetition involved.
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Interesting article.
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RG had 4.3% of all gun sales????

Must've been summer time.

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For those who may be a bit 'younger' than some on this site and don't recall, first-hand, some of the fights we and the NRA had several decades ago, I thought it might be interesting to post a link to this 14 May 1981 article by Rolling Stone...

Inside the Gun Lobby: The National Rifle Association

The reason?

As you read the article, take a look at many of the things which were said and see if it sounds 'familiar' to what you're hearing/reading now about the NRA. While it doesn't make the accusations true or false, it is fascinating that, while some of the players have changed, the gist, the language, and many of the specifics have not.
I think it's worth noting that the article references Neal Knox and Allan Gottlieb. Neal Knox was an NRA member, expressed his dissatisfaction in proactive way and changed the organization profoundly. And he remained a member. Allan Gottlieb left NRA and started his own pro-gun organization. Knox worked to change an organization to which he belonged and believed in. Gottlieb chose another route, but was productive. He built something. They did something more than just endless complaining.

As an aside, the article mentioned MA gun control politics and NRA's activities within the Commonwealth. One of my first campaigns was against a MA referendum question banning handguns. The referendum was defeated, but it's interesting to read that Senator Kennedy (who used to have an M14 hanging in his Senate office many years back) cited "62% of MA residents" support gun control. It reminds me of the "80% support UBC" drivel that anti-gun folks trot out today, despite the fact that when it comes time to vote the results cut close to 50-50. Some things never change.
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