Has the NRA shot themselves in the foot?


I read several articles over the weekend about the rise of NRA backed “shooting clubs” on college campuses. And my initial reaction was that this plan will backfire splendidly on the NRA (And that’s a very good thing).

My logic: this program is more in line with the NRA of my childhood- when it was about gun education and safety. About hunting and shooting for recreation. Not the modern incarnation of an NRA based on fear (ie: we need guns to protect ourselves from “them” ).

And I think this NRA program will simply bring more intelligent, educated people into the organization. People who have no interest in its current track. People who overwhelmingly know a loaded gun in the house is far more likely to kill a family member then be used for self defense. PEople who have no interest in protecting the proliferation of assault weapons, armor piercing bullets, bullets designed to do maximum damage to flesh, the proliferation of cheap handguns nor open/concealed carry laws.

They are helping create a generation of NRA members who will want the NRA to go back to what it once was. An organization with common sense. And an organization devoted to gun safety.

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I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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4 Responses to Has the NRA shot themselves in the foot?

  1. Barneysday says:

    I would certainly like to believe that a new generation will be reasonable about guns. Lets hope your conclusions are correct. Good post

  2. btg5885 says:

    I concur with Barney. It is a nice dream to have.

  3. List of X says:

    Unfortunately, there are plenty of people with college degrees who don’t seem to be intelligent or educated where it comes to guns. Just look at pro-gun congressmen and senators – I’m pretty sure every one of them has a college degree.

    • True enough. But it’s not just the education/intelligence factor. It’s the core experience with guns. (Just look at Bush Sr publicly renouncing his NRA membership all those years ago…
      People who get into guns- whether for hunting or for personal.competition target/trap/skeet shooting have a much different perspective tehn those whose basis is fear- a belief they need to protect themselves from…well…something.
      So more people that see guns as a useful tool for pleasure or competition- rather then for “defense”.
      He**- where I grew up very few had a college education. More then a few not even high school.But guns were a means of putting food on the table, dealing with animals eating the crops (or the livestock), and a way to blow off steam. Defense was rarely a high priority. And people really didn’t give a damn, at worst, or fully supported, at best- bans or controls on weapons and ammos designed primarily to kill humans.

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