pbwalker wrote:chabouk wrote:pbwalker is right: I'm also a long-time NRA member, but they are notoriously tight-lipped about financial matters. Ordinary Joe Member trying to find out how his dues and contributions are spent will run face-first into a brick wall. There are so many divisions, organizations, and separate efforts, that I'm surprised the NRA's own accountants can keep up with it all.
I opted out of solicitation mailings, but I still receive the occasional propaganda mail that is nothing more than fund-raising thinly disguised as political action information or "polls". I'm just as likely to send a check in response to such mailings, as I am to Sally Struthers crying about starving children, or a TV preacher crying about the state of my soul.
I agree that the JPFO letter was harsh. And you know what? Sometimes we need some harsh truth to keep up focused!
Great reply chabouk!
I have no idea why the NRA is so secretive about their finances. I guess it's their right, and my right to choose not to renew my membership. But I likely will not cancel, just throw away the daily mailings.
The biggest turn off for me is the "If you don't like the NRA, don't join..." and the general feeling that we shouldn't question them (the NRA). It's as if NRA members are taking it personally.
On par with what you said, lighting a little fire shouldn't be so frowned upon. Sadly, it is seen as bashing.
I am in agreeance with you PB. This is why I am not a member any more and why my father cancelled his membership years ago. I like the idea of the NRA but the NRA organization is getting further and further away from the idea of the NRA.