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NRA Life Membership - Are higher levels worth it?

Posted on 02/07/2011 11:08:50 AM PST by GreaterSwiss

Looking to upgrade from a basic life membership to Patron or Benefactor. Is there any benefit to the new level?


TOPICS: Hobbies
KEYWORDS: banglist; nra; vanity

1 posted on 02/07/2011 11:08:53 AM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

Yeah. It means you get to give more money to Harry Reid.


2 posted on 02/07/2011 11:11:44 AM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I think you could count on getting more fundraising junk mail from NRA-ILA .......


3 posted on 02/07/2011 11:12:04 AM PST by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Once you upgrade to a higher level, then they come back and ask you to upgrade to an even higher level. The only thing I get is more mail begging for more money.


4 posted on 02/07/2011 11:14:24 AM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: GreaterSwiss

When LaPierre kisses Harry Reid’s butt, they’ll send you a Scratch-n-Sniff.


5 posted on 02/07/2011 11:15:18 AM PST by Bryanw92 (We don't need to win elections. We need to win a revolution.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Gun Owners of America.


6 posted on 02/07/2011 11:15:46 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (You will try to nudge commies toward the truth, while they try to nudge you toward the cattle cars.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I am going to be honest. I have been a Life Member for many years. I also have contributed extra funds until I am blue in the face, and the only thing that I have gotten from it is a jacket, a hat, and a whole lot more requests for more money.

You ask: “Is it worth it?” In one word... NO!


7 posted on 02/07/2011 11:15:55 AM PST by TRAPPER2 ( God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!! In God We Trust.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

After throwing their support to Harry Reid, it is fair to say that the NRA has been co-opted. This happens quite often when open (or closeted) progressives take the reigns at an organization.


8 posted on 02/07/2011 11:17:13 AM PST by Yet_Again
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

“Gun Owners of America.”

Yep.

Along with FreeRepublic.


9 posted on 02/07/2011 11:17:20 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: caver

And there you have it! I too have had the same experience! I wrote them and cancelled my membership! No more phone calls, no more junk mail! Yippy!


10 posted on 02/07/2011 11:20:16 AM PST by Circle_Hook
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To: GreaterSwiss

I’m a Life Member and other than getting kudos at the range from the men it’s done nothing much for me.


11 posted on 02/07/2011 11:20:49 AM PST by MeganC (Soli Deo Gloria)
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To: paddles
nra will have to up their standards to get me to even read their PROPAGANDA.
12 posted on 02/07/2011 11:22:12 AM PST by mountainlion (The government is not my god no matter how much they preach.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Will Gun Owners of America allow me to trade in my NRA life membership for one of theirs like a used car?


13 posted on 02/07/2011 11:24:48 AM PST by masadaman
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To: tgusa

If you can do wood/paper burning then that’s only Free Fuel.
;)


14 posted on 02/07/2011 11:26:49 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Yet_Again
"After throwing their support to Harry Reid....."

Please document your statement if you can.

15 posted on 02/07/2011 11:28:09 AM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: paddles

Please attempt to document that the NRA gave any money to Harry Reid.


16 posted on 02/07/2011 11:29:46 AM PST by Buffalo Head (Illigitimi non carborundum)
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To: GreaterSwiss

I don’t join groups, particularly one for guns. That’s one list I don’t need my name on.


17 posted on 02/07/2011 11:30:40 AM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: GreaterSwiss

I’m a Life Member. No.


18 posted on 02/07/2011 11:31:03 AM PST by mrmeyer ("When brute force is on the march, compromise is the red carpet." Ayn Rand)
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To: GreaterSwiss

NO! A life member for quite some time, they won’t send me the magazines unless I re-up. Sorry Charlie Tuna, not again. s


19 posted on 02/07/2011 11:37:20 AM PST by Check6 (United States of Moronia: A nation of morons ruled by a gang of communist thugs.)
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To: Buffalo Head

Please attempt to document that the NRA gave any money to Harry Reid.

http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/recips.php?id=D000000082&chamber=S&party=D&cycle=2010&state=&sort=A


20 posted on 02/07/2011 11:40:17 AM PST by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Buffalo Head
From Opensecrets.org:

REID LOSES NRA ENDORSEMENT BUT KEEPS GROUP'S CAMPAIGN CASH: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) may not have an official endorsement from the National Rifle Association this year, but he does have its money. Reid has already received $4,950 from the group’s political action committee for his 2010 campaign. Though the group says they will not officially endorse Reid this year due to his votes in support of the Supreme Court confirmations of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, Reid remains part of the minority of Democrats receiving money from the NRA. So far this election cycle, the NRA has given $177,500 to Democratic congressional candidates, compared to $406,850 to Republican candidates. Reid also collected $4,500 from the NRA six years ago (when the group likewise declined to endorse him).

21 posted on 02/07/2011 11:43:08 AM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Ingtar

Statement of Reid campaign manager Brandon Hall on NRA endorsement in Nevada US Senate race:

“The NRA’s relationship with Sen. Reid has been long-standing and productive and – unlike for Sharron Angle – they’ve put their money where their mouth is this cycle. Along with their financial support, the declaration of NRA head Wayne LaPierre that Sen. Reid is ‘a true champion of the Second Amendment’ and that ‘no one has been a stronger advocate for responsible gun ownership than him’ shows beyond a doubt that the NRA believes Sen. Reid to be a strong advocate for Nevadans’ Second Amendment rights in the US Senate.”

http://www.harryreid.com/ee/index.php/news/release/statement_of_reid_campaign_manager_brandon_hall_on_nra_endorsement_in_


22 posted on 02/07/2011 11:47:52 AM PST by Parmenio
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To: GreaterSwiss

I am a proud annual-fee NRA member as well as a supporter of the harder-line JPFO and GOA.

But -

Why does the level of “benefit to you” determine how much you give?


23 posted on 02/07/2011 11:54:56 AM PST by golux
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To: GreaterSwiss

Unlike some of the dolts on this thread, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re (further) supporting the most effective civil rights, training and shooting sports organization around. Note that I didn’t say the “perfect organization run by unpaid angels that you’ll agree with 100% of the time”.


24 posted on 02/07/2011 11:57:56 AM PST by jrp
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To: golux

they asked me if i wanted to upgrade for $200. If there’s no benefit, then I will hold off as I can always think of better uses for the money.


25 posted on 02/07/2011 11:59:42 AM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

The NRA has supported every single solitary piece of anti-gun legislation for the past 100 years. Why give such a creature a dime?


26 posted on 02/07/2011 12:00:11 PM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: GreaterSwiss; All
--I've been a Life Member since 1961 and Patron, Endowment and Benefactor since the 'eighties along with donating $200/yr to the Golden Eagles.

In that time I have also written and emailed numerous opinions to my elected reps on the gun issue.

I have the pleasure of knowing that I have personally done more for the pro-firearms movement , along with my contributions to NRA ,than most of the anti-NRA ignoramuses who post on these threads have if they were all put together.

--I also understand that, if in two years the political situation changes to a Republican wipeout , which I think is a distinct possibility, that the only gun organization which will have any clout with Congress whatsoever will be the NRA---

27 posted on 02/07/2011 12:03:27 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: jrp

—ditto, bro-—


28 posted on 02/07/2011 12:04:39 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: rellimpank

rellimpank

I heard through the grapevine that the NRA is offering $300 life memberships through the 15th of this month, but you must be sponsored by a current Life Member. I understand they recently mailed something out to the Life Members to that effect. Care to sponsor me?

Of course what I heard could be bogus.


29 posted on 02/07/2011 12:10:52 PM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Thanks - I say don’t do it. The NRA has an important role, but they have been soft-core on many important issues. For $25.00 a year or so you can become a member of JPFO and GOA, two smaller, less “star-studded” organizations which are nonetheless doing some excellent work. Might I also recommend looking into the MRC, which has long been a supporter of Dr John Lott and his work. Lott really is a centerpiece of what is going on in the movement. If his work prevails, Americans win. If it is silenced, we step back.


30 posted on 02/07/2011 12:11:45 PM PST by golux
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To: jrp

Well said.


31 posted on 02/07/2011 12:14:20 PM PST by golux
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To: 109ACS

—haven’t received anything on that, either snail or email—never before has there been any “sponsor” requirement, IIRC-—


32 posted on 02/07/2011 12:17:51 PM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: GreaterSwiss

No.

NRA wants permitted, revokeable concealed carry. They want this because they want their trainers to have a monopoly on training classes.

Because they want this (above), it is why they will not fight for people who live in open carry states and have the law harassing them for open carry, they are not for ‘constitutional carry’, meaning no permit to carry either open or concealed, depending on what makes more sense for you to do at any given time and place.


33 posted on 02/07/2011 12:19:08 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GreaterSwiss

You’ll get free tickets to events at the Annual Meetings. Other than that, I haven’t seen any additional benefits...


34 posted on 02/07/2011 12:19:47 PM PST by HiJinx (What new decade?)
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To: GreaterSwiss

Join if you want,,, but never give that bunch more than a year or two. Keep em always begging,,,, they supported far too many socialists last election.


35 posted on 02/07/2011 12:23:52 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Peter from Rutland

Peter from Rutland,
Why do you not want your name on a list? Because you fear your government? All the more reason for an American patriot to put his name on that list. Remember that when our founders risked their Lives, their Fortunes, and their Sacred Honor they really were risking their lives and their considerable fortunes. Public humiliation may be one thing, but Honor, as you well know, belongs to the brave.
Golux


36 posted on 02/07/2011 12:25:15 PM PST by golux
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To: Buffalo Head

IIRC, the NRA got all googlie-eyed at Harry Reid when he opened a shooting range in Nevada last year. They even went so far as endorsing him for re-election. That may be what was being referred to earlier in this thread.


37 posted on 02/07/2011 12:35:38 PM PST by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: GreaterSwiss
Until last year, a Life Membership in the NRA was one of my life-long dreams.

When they proved that they would back Dingy Harry Reid and other RATS, I dropped my regular membership, even though I had an active NRA-Certified Range Officer rating.

38 posted on 02/07/2011 1:15:15 PM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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To: Check6
A life member for quite some time, they won’t send me the magazines unless I re-up.

Tempted to call BS on this. I have been a Life Member for over 25 years, and never had anything like getting magazines stopped if I did not send money or other. Infrequent requests for money, sure, bet never a cessation of service. Am. Rifleman shows up every month, just like clockwork..............

39 posted on 02/07/2011 1:38:31 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: rellimpank
—haven’t received anything on that, either snail or email—never before has there been any “sponsor” requirement, IIRC-—

Here's a discussion about the offer on GlockTalk.com. I'll try to find someone local who might be able to help me out. Thanks anyway.

http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1310778

40 posted on 02/07/2011 2:32:24 PM PST by 109ACS (If this be Treason, then make the most of it. Patrick Henry, May 1765)
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To: Check6

“A life member for quite some time, they won’t send me the magazines unless I re-up.”

I doubt that, unless you moved and didn’t notify them of your new address. I don’t send extra money and won’t as long as they support RINOs, and won’t upgrade either but still get the mag and replacement membership cards.

JC


41 posted on 02/07/2011 3:27:08 PM PST by cracker45 (I don't believe in coincidences!)
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To: rellimpank

Before ‘61 here Rell. With much regret I had to leave in 2009 due to the fact I learned of the REAL work of Grover Norquist. ANY org. who would allow to be nominated, let alone seat, to their board, a one Grover Norquist will not have my continued membership. GN is one of the stateside muslim terrorist front group, C.A.I.R’s, agenda setters, fund raisers, and DC lobbyists. The NRA KNEW of his anti-American activities and STILL kept him on. The once great NRA....I sent a small fortune their way over the long years...How could I have been so damn stupid? I still do not have an answer to that I am sad to say.


42 posted on 02/07/2011 9:27:08 PM PST by bobby.223
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To: bobby.223
How could I have been so damn stupid? I still do not have an answer to that I am sad to say.

All you can do is continue to get the word out, as you have been doing. People are now opening their eyes and seeing the damage that the NRA has done to the Second Amendment.

During the past year with the NRA stepping on its crank almost daily, people began to see the deception being played on them and many have awakened and jumped in the fight, they are no longer uneasy about hammering anti-american groups that are actively fighting the American Citizen and the Republics re-emergence.

Keep up the good fight!

43 posted on 02/08/2011 3:06:35 AM PST by AvOrdVet ("Put the wagons in a circle for all the good it'll do")
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To: AvOrdVet

So there’s no extra benefit in becoming an endowment vs reg life member?


44 posted on 02/13/2011 2:47:10 PM PST by GreaterSwiss
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To: GreaterSwiss

I bit the bullet back in 1996 to become a Benefactor member and like everyone who is a member currently contemplating an upgrade there will be no letup of solicitations. They take it from where ever they can get it but it does feel good when u go to the conventions to be able to stand up in a packed room when they call for all of the Life, Patron, Endowment and Benefactors to stand and be counted.

There’s always about 10-12 Benefactors attending the meeting of members on the Saturday of the convention.


45 posted on 01/18/2013 11:32:45 AM PST by RangerHAAF
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To: RangerHAAF
I stumbled across this thread and I am simply amazed by what is posted here. This is an old thread but I simply had to reply to it. I have never seen such misinformation or idiotic posts in my entire life. I mean that literally. Almost everything posted here about the NRA is incorrect and some of it seems to be written by drooling idiots. The sad thing is that the gist of the thread bashes the NRA which has done more to defend our 2nd Amendment Rights than any organization. Why in the world would people who supposedly support freedom and the Constitution bash an organization that has done more for their cause than almost any organization in history? Not only is this thread loaded with idiotic misinformation, but most of it is exactly the opposite of the truth. Is this what the Free Republic is all about - just bashing everything? The NRA is a anti-gun socialist organization?????? What drugs are you people on? And you have even bashed at least one individual, claiming he is a terrorist when, in fact, he is a free market, small government, Tea Party libertarian.

What is wrong with you people? Do you read? Did you finish grade school?

And why are idiots here complaining about what they “get” from the NRA when they should be more concerned about what they do FOR the NRA which, in turn, has done so much to protect their Constitutional Rights?

Not only is this thread literally loaded with misinformation, it's also filled with lies. For example, the person who claimed that he is a Life Member but the NRA refuses to send him his magazines is a bald-faced liar.

Unbelievable!

BTW, the NRA has been a huge opponent of Harry Reid ever since he has become anti-gun. Reid is terrified of the NRA.

Get a clue, folks!

46 posted on 07/22/2014 10:17:52 AM PDT by ZoneIII
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To: ZoneIII

I read your reply just now.

This July, I upgraded to NRA Benefactor. No, the NRA isn’t perfect and I don’t agree with every endorsement. Yes, there are other good organizations BUT the NRA is the foremost.

Fellow freepers, keep in mind that Bloomturd (Bloomberg) donated $50 million to the anti-freedom cause. I calculate that as .0016 of his net worth of 33 billion or .16%. Have any of the detractors on this old thread have done anything remotely close? For the sake of argument, this can include the toatal of donations to any and all pro-firearms civil rights organizations.

Another thing, although the NRA doesn’t publicize it, you can call or e-mail NRA membership and ask them to set what they call the “do not promote ‘flag’” You won’t receive requests for money after you have done so (or if you do, it will be very few).

I do agree with what many have said in this respect—if I were running ANY organization and a member asked me to ask only occasionally for funds in addition to membership dues or not to ask at all, I would honor the request.


47 posted on 09/10/2014 4:22:05 PM PDT by GunsareOK
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