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  •  Go after the membership. (6+ / 0-)

    Now is a good time to go after the NRA members as well.  People should be ashamed to belong to this outfit.  Besides an pr/advertising effort asking people in general to turn in their membership cards and not renew membership, a more targeted effort directed at the loads of politicians who have waved that card proudly and whose membership is a matter of record is warranted.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:09:04 AM PST

    •  Too bad (1+ / 0-)
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      NRA membership is required to belong to so many shooting ranges and gun clubs.  This jacks up the NRA membership rolls and provides financial support from a great many people who have no other interest in the NRA.

      Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

      by winsock on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:20:53 AM PST

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      •  Then (5+ / 0-)
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        ...the next step is to put pressure on those requirements.  Shooting ranges, especially, are businesses, and so are subject to all the concerns about bad publicity that any business is.

        NRA membership is mandatory?  Then they get to own everything LaPierre says.

        "All opinions are not equal. Some are a very great deal more robust, sophisticated and well supported in logic and argument than others." -Douglas Adams

        by Serpents Choice on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:25:30 AM PST

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      •  Didn't know that. A couple of thoughts: (1+ / 0-)
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        1.  Shooting ranges and clubs would rather have fee/dues paying customers/members than only those who are NRA members.

        2.  If their requirement for NRA membership is based on the fact/assumption that NRA members have had safety training (just guessing here), then they could do the safety training, which would be another potential revenue stream or, if free, would build their customer/member base and customer/member loyalty.

        The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

        by accumbens on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:29:12 AM PST

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        •  My understanding (1+ / 0-)
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          is that the NRA provides insurance coverage for the ranges and clubs, as well as organized events and perks if their customers/members are required to join the NRA.

          But there are some ranges and clubs that do not require NRA membership, so people do have a choice if they really want nothing to do with the NRA.

          Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.

          by winsock on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:37:32 AM PST

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          •  Seems to me an opportunity for some insurance (2+ / 0-)
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            entrepreneurs or companies.  Let the market do it's thing!!

            The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

            by accumbens on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:40:01 AM PST

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            •  The invisible hand and all that. (0+ / 0-)

              202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

              by cany on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 02:08:43 AM PST

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