“The Day I’ll Join the NRA”

What follows virtually mirrors my feelings toward the NRA. While I remain a Life Member simply because then I at least have the right to criticize the organization from within. I was speaking the other day with the author of what follows about this very subject.

My feelings? Has the NRA done some good in the past? Certainly! Have they helped the nation? Again, certainly! However, they should have stayed with safety, marksmanship, competitions, and hunting, and, turned over politics and legal things to their former director Larry Pratt at Gun Owners of America.

Recently I came across the following  – AN OPEN LETTER TO TED NUGENT:”THE DAY I’LL JOIN THE NRA”, it originates from Aaron Zelman, Founder and Director of Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).

I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Zelman’s points, as a matter of fact WyGO – Wyoming Gun Owners was also formed due to the ongoing compromise by the NRA.

Two excerpts from the letter:

I’ll join the NRA…
When the NRA soundly condemns, and works tirelessly to abolish, the “Gun Control Act of 1968”. NRA lawyers actually helped to write this piece of totalitarian legislation…

And this one…

I’ll join the NRA…
When the NRA aggressively presses to abolish all concealed carry permit laws. How has an unalienable right to self defense been demoted to a revocable government granted privilege? Unregistered concealed carry has been no big issue in both Alaska and Vermont for decades. Arizona just passed unregistered concealed legislation. It’s time for the NRA to start swimming strongly with this tide…

Be sure to read the entire letter to Ted Negent or all of the open letters from JPFO

Like you, I will wait patiently for Ted’s reply. (Sarcasm)

Anthony Bouchard is a staunch supporter of the Bill of Rights and limited government – he is also the Director of WyGO – Wyoming Gun Owners Association, Wyoming’s Only No-Compromise Gun-Rights Organization. Anthony is also the –  Cheyenne Government Examiner.

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5 Responses to ““The Day I’ll Join the NRA””

  1. txlady706 Says:

    I agree the nra should do more to secure our rights.


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  3. HoosierArmyMom Says:

    Interesting. I have been considering getting gun classes through the NRA. A friend of mine suggested it so I can learn safety and safe maintenance before I get my first hand gun. What are your thoughts on that? Nothing worse than doing anything without the knowledge to do it right and ending up dead.

    I agree that the NRA should stay out of the political part of 2nd Amendment rights.


  4. mainenowandthen Says:


    By all means get training if you are considering a hand gun for personal defense. Weapons safety should be paramount for anyone who owns any firearm. You might want to look for some professional advice as to what you should purchase – this can vary considerably when things such as general purpose for the weapon, your physical characteristics, and your level of experience are taken into consideration. Any reliable firearms instructor who includes self defense as part of their curriculum should be willing to provide this service at no charge.

    My personal choice for home defense is a double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun with 22-inch barrels and for carry purposes a .45 caliber Paraordance double-action semiauto, but these are designed to suit my preferences as well as my experience and physical capabilities.

    By all means, learn how to “do it right”. You may find that marksmanship practice is a relaxing and rewarding activity.

    Good luck.


  5. Patrick Sperry Says:

    HAM, click on the top most link on the right side of the homepage. “Front Sight” is arguably the best training that is available for civilians at this time. heck, they will even toss in a new pistol for free if you do one of the specials.

    Maine’s selections are great, but bear in mind that he, like myself, has an extensive background in firearms.


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