At 10:31 AM 2/8/99 -0800, Brian wrote:
>I remember the first day I joined the NRA, The local propagandist
>paper the "Chicago Suntimes" had a full page add by Sarah Brady
>saying "Help me fight the NRA".
>Five minutes later, I called and became a member of the NRA then
>NRA/ILA, and gave seven of my friends guest memberships for a year.
Although I have always been "pro-gun", it wasn't until the rabid anti-gun movement took off that I actually started purchasing them. In fact, I have a lot of friends who purchased their first gun *because* of the gun control movement.
And of course, it is a short step between purchasing your first gun and becoming a collector. While I have no specific evidence to back it up, I believe that gun control activism may have actually increased the penetration of gun ownership in several segments of society by motivating many individuals who otherwise would not have purchased them.
>I've been an off again on again member ever since. I went out and
>made some new purchases a few weeks ago, (Remmington 870 12 GA
>Marine Magnum and HK USP 9mm) just in case.
Nice choices (says I, owner of three HK USPs among other things). :^)
>I may have to send the
>NRA a check too, and maybe the ILA as well (and get my beeper back
Despite the "powerful gun lobby" image promoted in the press, I always thought the NRA was a fairly impotent organization. The JPFO and GOA, while smaller, are fiery groups and seem to focus more on principles than politics. Politicians in particular seem to be very uncomfortable saying anything negative about the JPFO.
(I am going to relabel this as OT for the sake of the list)
-James Rogers (closet gun collector and enthusiast) firstname.lastname@example.org