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I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isnít for Me [barf alert]
NYT ^ | 24 April 2012 | Lily Raff McCaulou

Posted on 04/25/2012 7:32:59 AM PDT by smokingfrog

EARLIER this month, Mitt Romney delivered a speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention, calling for a president “who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those seeking to protect their homes and their families,” presumably with guns. I’d like to remind Mr. Romney that those are distinct groups. Too often — especially during an election year — hunters and N.R.A. members are lumped together as one and the same.

I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws. I would happily vote to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in my home state of Oregon. In other words, the N.R.A. does not represent me.

Among gun owners, I’m hardly alone. The N.R.A. has just over four million members. That sounds like a lot until you consider that about one in five American adults own one or more guns. That’s nearly 50 million people. That means roughly 90 percent of gun owners do not belong to the N.R.A.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that every N.R.A. member is also a hunter — which is highly unlikely, considering that the most comprehensive national survey of firearm ownership to date found that only 35 percent of gun-owning households say they hunt. Even then, the N.R.A. would represent only about one-third of all hunters in the United States.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Oregon
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; gungrabbers; hunters; standyourground
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Don't worry, Lily. After the gun grabbers get rid of all the assault weapons and handguns, they'll be sure to come after your "high-powered sniper rifle" next.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 7:33:02 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

The Second Amendment ain’t about duck hunting.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 7:37:30 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: smokingfrog
Well, the one good thing is that self defense is actually getting mentioned in this election cycle. Perhaps in other parts of the country, self defense is given a fair shake in the media, but here in the northeast the libs have tried hard to equate the second amendment with hunting rights. Remember when Tom Selleck had to ask Rosie O'Donnell if she thought the second amendment was really about hunting - I think she really did.

In a sense, I agree with this lib from the NYTimes - I'm not a hunter but I put the right to bear arms only after the right to life in my voting priorities.

3 posted on 04/25/2012 7:38:23 AM PDT by old and tired (Go Newt!)
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To: smokingfrog

Another village idiot gone astray!


4 posted on 04/25/2012 7:38:48 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: smokingfrog

Claptrap from some “I’m better than you are” idiot clearly out of touch with both constitutional issues relative to the Second Amendment and the most basic and simple nature of American politics.

Hence, a classic Useful Idiot for the Left.

Come back when you’ve got a clue, you silly woman.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 7:39:05 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: smokingfrog

Country Club gun owner, Gun Culture 1.0 type.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: smokingfrog

I’m on the opposite side in opposing the NRA.

I pulled my NRA membership when the NRA putzes endorsed every single commie Dem incumbent NM congressman in the 2010 elections.

The NRA enjoys playing both sides of the fence.

No mas.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 7:41:49 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: facedown

Yep. She likes to hunt, but is neverous about the great unwashed have access to guns.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 7:42:29 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: fishtank

Indeed!

The NRA gives money to RATS—Game over.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 7:45:38 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: smokingfrog

“I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws.”

We have members at my Sporting/Shooting Club that think like this. Usually spout some claptrap about, “Who needs a pistol for self-defense?” and “Those damned yahoos with Assault weapons will get all our rights taken away one day”

We like to call them “Golfers with Guns” or “Jim Zumbo Zombies”.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 7:47:40 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: smokingfrog

Anyone care to bet that the government will not use the NRA subscription list to find out who the gun owners are?


11 posted on 04/25/2012 7:48:54 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: smokingfrog

I don’t much care for the Nevada Racquetball Alliance myself...


12 posted on 04/25/2012 7:49:18 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Arm_Bears

I left my 30 year membership lapse for that very reason.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 7:49:23 AM PDT by WinMod70
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To: WinMod70

Can I git me a huntin license?


14 posted on 04/25/2012 7:52:23 AM PDT by rickomatic
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To: fishtank

“The NRA enjoys playing both sides of the fence.”

They do so because they can affect demos votes as well as Repubs. We don’t always have a Republican Congress and their role as a bi-partisan organization has been very effective.

So. I am a member and will continue to be so for the rest of my life.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 8:01:40 AM PDT by buffaloguy (uab.)
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To: fishtank

Must respectfully disagree with you.

Our job as NRA members is to call the NRA leadership on the carpet when they do something that is against the charter and best interest of the group. The NRA is a single issue memberhips that supports those who are 2dA supporters, even some Democrats fall into that category. When the NRA supports those few, they typically catch some flak but for the most part the membership is silent. That is the real tragedy. Every member of the NRA should call the leadership to task and make certain that they are playing with fire and that throwing support to Democrats NEVER works.

Write to the magazine of your choice and pitch a fit. Contact other members and petition to have that support withdrawn. The wrong answer is to let your membership lapse. You can only fix a problem when you become part of the solution.

v.r
rj
NRA Life Member #151105576


16 posted on 04/25/2012 8:03:54 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: smokingfrog

What kind of weapon would Lily use on an armed intruder in her home?


17 posted on 04/25/2012 8:11:42 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: smokingfrog

Funny. I am just the opposite. I support NRA (and am a member). I support gun rights, but I don’t hunt.

Why not? I don’t feel like going out in the woods when it is crowded with other hunters. I sympathize with the animals. Call me foolishly tender-hearted!

I am not against hunting: it needs to be done. We have too darn many deer. I will eat some venison if offered, and I have been known even to salvage road kill (if it is fresh enough). It’s just that I am not sure that I would enjoy pulling the trigger with a deer in my sights. Let someone else do that.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 8:12:16 AM PDT by docbnj
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To: smokingfrog

Beware of women with three names.


19 posted on 04/25/2012 8:13:19 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: buffaloguy
They do so because they can affect demos votes as well as Repubs. We don’t always have a Republican Congress and their role as a bi-partisan organization has been very effective.

Good point. I upgraded to a Life Membership when Obama was elected. The only problem is that now they're -always- calling with pleas for more money. Oh well... :-)

20 posted on 04/25/2012 8:13:46 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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