For whom does the NRA speak?

Good question.

Bad answers. But bear with me; this isn’t an NRA defense.

For whom do they speak?
However, for whom do the National Rifle Association (NRA) speak? There are approximately 4.5 to 5 million NRA members, about 1.5% of our total population. About 80% of gun owners do not belong to the NRA.

According to the (2014) Pew Research Center:

And he hit rock bottom at the start. A four year-old poll? It gets better. He grabbed a pickaxe and kept digging.

The NRA speaks for the gun industry. The NRA spent 419 million dollars on the 2016 Presidential campaign, nearly a half a billion dollars. The NRA spent over 70 million to help Trump.

Not even close. I suspect Mr. Scott saw an estimate of NRA campaign spending for the past ten years. Open Secrets puts the NRA’s 2016 campaign spending — all elections — at $50.2 million. $30.3 million of that went towards Trump’s campaign.

7% of Scott’s claimed $419 million.

You want to put that $30.3 million in perspective? That was a national race. Spending across 50 states and assorted territories.

Michael Bloomberg spent $20 million in Nevada alone, on just “Ballot Question 1” (the universal background check initiative that proved unenforceable because his idiot minions miswrote it).

On a per state basis, the NRA spent 3% of what Bloomberg spent in Nevada on one proposition. 33 times as much.

But let’s back up.

There are approximately 4.5 to 5 million NRA members, about 1.5% of our total population. About 80% of gun owners do not belong to the NRA.

Do those number look odd to you? Granted, the NRA’s real membership is a wild ass guess, because the NRA doesn’t release that data. The best you can do is look at claimed magazine circulation numbers (all members theoretically get a subscription to one of them), and they rarely match public, vague claims.

But 80% percent of gun owners are not NRA members? Meaning 20% are?

That requires a measley 25 million gun owners total.

I’ve seen unsubstantiated claims that American gun owners number as few as 45 million. Other estimates range from 55 million (based on telephone and census surveys) to 120 million+.

Surveys? Seriously? I don’t tell anonymous, nosy telephone callers what valuables I might have laying around the house. Forget “government lists.” I’m not telling a burglar masquerading as a snoopy pollster.

My take is towards the high end. Since the mid ’90s, I’ve seen a lot of people who disdain gun store purchases because they want to be “off the books.” They don’t want to be on lists, or 4473s vulnerable to ATF inspection. I know of other people who decline to join any firearms organizations for the same reasons. Nonetheless, someone is buying the millions of new guns manufactured every year, and it isn’t just “super owners;” trainers are reporting record numbers of newbies coming in for training, and gun shops say they’re are seeing new demographics coming in.

But whatever the numbers, it’s true that the NRA doesn’t count many of the total among its members. There’s a reason for that. As noted, some owners want to be off the officialdom radar.

But a lot of us hate the NRA. Because the leadership are money-grubbing appeasers and compromisers, who use every new infringement they allow or even promote as an excuse for fundraising to “fight” that infringement.

I was once a member of the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, founded by Aaron Zelman who hated the NRA for the same reasons as I. Nowadays, I’m a member of The Zelman Partisans (“Jews. Guns. No compromise. No surrender.”) TZP was found by former JPFO members and workers who wanted Aaron’s dream to live on. I’m also a member of Gun Owners of America and a non-NRA state organization.

I repeat: The NRA allows and creates infringements of firearms-related human.civil rights in order to raise money to “fight” it.


  • NRA of 1934. NRA endorsed.
  • GCA of 1968. Ditto.
  • FOPA of 1986 (new machinegun ban). A “compromise”
  • Brady Bill background checks. Guess who tossed that in the mix?
  • A Columbus, OH “assault weapons” ban. The NRA said they had to write the ban or someone would have come up with something worse.
  • An NRA rep made a first appearance in years in New Hampshire to speak against “Constitutional Carry,” after years of work by locals to finally line up the votes to pass. The NRA gave fence-straddlers and excuse to renege.

Recently? Who was the first to push banning bump-fire stocks? NRA; even knowing it opened the door to regulating and banning any semiautomatic firearm?

And I still get NRA mailings asking me to join and donate extra cash to the NRA/ILA.

Fat effing chance.

So, no the NRA doesn’t speak for all gun owners (no matter that the lamestream media like to use “NRA” as verbal shorthand for all of us).

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who see them as a semi-covert branch of the Republican Party.

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who see them as greedy, compromising cowards.

The NRA doesn’t speak for those of us who who know it isn’t tough enough on human/civil rights.

But to be fair, I remind you that I’m speaking of the oh-so-well paid leadership like LaPierre. There are principled NRA members. Some haven’t quite realized what the NRA is doing in their names. Some hope to change the NRA’s direction (good luck with that). Some are in it for the training that the group was once so good at.

And some join up just to poke a stick in the anti-gun media’s eye.

What the victim-disarming anti-gun (in honest folks’ hands) should take notice of is that there are millions — likely tens of millions — Who are too damned radical for the NRA.

And they tend to vote accordingly. We’ve all seen the bizarre “survey” claims that 80% (or the number du jour of gun owners want universal background checks, that 90% (or 93, or 95, or 98%) of all Americans want that prior restraint on a constitutionally protected human/civil right PPYI: Preemptively Prove You Innocence). And yet, when put to popular vote, those numbers don’t appear.

90% of Washingtonians “wanted” universal PPYI. It passed by 59%. 31 points less than the claim.

90% of Nevadans “wanted” PPYI. It passed by 51%. 39 points less than claimed.

93% of New Hampshirites “wanted” PPYI. They voted the Dems out when they tried it.

Because the wusses of Fairfax don’t speak for us, and we aren’t taking this crap anymore.


Atlanta Urinal-Constipation smears honest gun owners

…by falsely implied association.

As NRA meets in Atlanta, gun violence continues across Georgia
It’s probably safe to say most of those 80,000 NRA members have never used their weapons for illegal purposes. The same cannot be said for every gun owner.

In the 72 hours before the NRA meeting opened, at least seven people were shot to death in Georgia and another four were wounded, including a deputy sheriff from Banks County. Those shootings were compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, which collects media and police reports around the country.

“It’s probably safe to say…” but we’ll give criminal examples anyway.

Let’s look at their examples of gun ownership.

  • Savannah house shooting: police say gang related. Probably not NRA members.
  • Macon home invasion: innocent home owner shot by criminal, probably not an NRA member.
  • Moultrie shooting: no word on the shooter, but the victim’s history as a felon convicted of shooting someone else (and charged again with shooting yet another person), makes me a little suspicious about his known associates. Probably not an NRA member in the lot.
  • Lizella shooting: police shot a guy after he stabbed a woman to death. Probably not an NRA member.
  • Atlanta double shooting: no data available at this time.
  • Another Savannah shooting: “victim” won’t talk to police, and they’re investigating the “circumstances” leading up to the shooting. Oddly enough, their were other shots reported in the area just prior. I have my own suspicions that none involved were NRA members on their way to Sunday school.
  • Augusta shooting: no data available at this time.
  • Commerce shooting: deputy shot by an armed robber who then stole a car, and then shot the cop, after which the shooter kidnapped a woman. Don’t know about the deputy, but it seems unlikely the shooter/robber/car thief/kidnapper was an NRA member.
  • Albany “shooting”: no one was shot. Sounds like man was struck by ejected brass while shooting at a range, but there’s no link and I can’t find any other report. May not exist, much less be an NRA member.
  • Cartersville shooting: dumbass fired shotgun into air. No mention of NRA in the report.

C’mon, AJC. If you want to use these examples to show how bad NRA members are, at least show some proof that they’re NRA members. The fact that you didn’t so in even a single case — and knowing how anti-RKBA your rag is — suggests that you can’t link them.

Or would prefer that everyone simply assume that Jayson Blair is the archetype for all you “journalists” and “reporters”?

Merry-Go-Rounds and Terrible Implements

From Vin Suprynowicz:

Going after the green-tip
Does anyone else get the feeling that a familiar ritual is being re-enacted here? “We held them off this time, but the battle’s not over, send more money now”?

The BATF announces some plan to further erode our God-given, Constitutionally-guaranteed right to keep and bear every type of arm that could be of military usefulness. The various “gun rights” groups (which never actually seek to have a law like the Gun Control Act of 1968 thrown out as unconstitutional) race to the barricades. The BATF announces they will “hold off” or “delay” or “suspend” their latest effort to further disarm us. The “gun rights” groups declare victory and happily count all the new cash they raised during the latest “emergency.”

Aside from information on recent events, there isn’t much new here, but being Vin, he puts it all together well (with useful references).

I know that merry-go-round well. Since I’m a little slow, I didn’t really catch on to the NRA’s antics (i.e.- pushing every threat to RKBA as a fundraiser… even if they have to write the threatening laws themselves* or kill the good ones**) until more than twenty years ago. The NRA/ILA/PVF has never gotten a single devalued zincky*** from me since.

The last real uncompromising RKBA group that got money from me was The Zelman Partisans, true successor to Aaron Zelman’s JPFO vision; a vision totally abandoned by JPFO when it was bought out after Aaron’s passing by Gottlieb… who happens to be one of those Vin notes as using the situation as a lucrative fundraiser. (I’m also willing to support Gun Owners of America; but I have little money and felt the need to back up my brave words on the JPFO/TZP situation with what I do have.) Gottlieb makes his living from compromise.


* The NRA wrote an “assault weapon” ban for Columbus, OH, just as one example.
** The NRA sent its first rep in years to New Hampshire to kill a “constitutional carry” bill we finally had set to pass both houses after years of work.
*** Compare a pre-’82 copper penny to a new dot-gov approved counterfeit.



Q: What do you get when you cross the ATF with the NRA?

NRA Board Candidate John K. Brown Is An ATF Snitch. So ask yourself: why is a militarized federal police agency trying to penetrate the highest levels of a group as powerful as the NRA?
As I noted here back in September, ATF snitch John Brown is running for the national board of the NRA. That he IS a snitch is indisputable (see here and here for starters).

Colonel Robert K. Brown of Soldier of Fortune magazine pointedly does not endorse this wholly-owned ATF minion, saying in large letters and italics, “SOF is NOT endorsing John Brown, who is no relation of mine.”

A: More of the same. A whole lot more of the same.