What is with the NRA's relentless membership campaign in the last 12 months?
My family and I have been NRA members for a long time.
I completely believe in what the NRA does to keep the 2nd Amend. in the faces of our politicians so our rights do not get eroded away.
I also hung in there with my membership in the 1980's when the NRA was getting a little unpredictable.
I typically renew annually, as I do not like to be life members of any organization in case they wander off the reservation and I end up paying for beliefs that I no not agree with.
About 12 months ago, while my membership was still active, my mailbox, e-mails, and telephone were inundated with solicitations by the NRA. YES, the NRA, not any of the other Gun owners associations I am a member of.
I was blasted with so many NRA solicitaions by e-mail I actually had to block them. I Unsubscribed about 10 times until I realized that only seemed to encourage more solicitations.
The mail solicitations amounted to about one solicitation every week, for each mailbox (which I have 3 of: 2 PO Boxes for my BIZ and my street residence) and they were all addressed to me, personally, NOT "Resident".
The phone calls were the last straw. I was getting phone calls from 7 am (PST) to typically 8 pm. I have caller ID, and am on a National DO NOT CALL list 'NDNCL' (What a joke!).
Each time I told the solicitor that I was a current member and to remove me from future phone solicitations, since I was on a Do Not Call list. His response was that it was a "Policitcal Message" and that did require them to abide by the NDNC rules, also he realized my membership had not expired, but he wanted me to assure him that I would renew my membership in 4 months. Finally I received a call at 5:15 am from the NRA asking for me. I blew up. I literally had to contact my phone company, and file a "annoying phone call' report to have the NRA phone number temporarily blocked for 12 months.
I wrote a letter to the NRA telling them that their membership campaign had an opposite affect as far as I was concerned. I did not make a donation so they could spend it on junk-mail, NRA sponsered newsletters, or to phone solicitors.
I have continued to donate to the NRA, but now it is anonymously.
I belong to 2 Sportsmens Club totalling over 200 members. When I brought this NRA saturation campaign up at meetings I found I was not the only one having these problems.
I could understand occasional solicitations if my membership was expired, BUT it was not.
I also contacted the NRA after renewing my membership last year about the crap they were offering in their NRA store. The majority of their hats, knives, keychains, and shirts were all imported Chinese JUNK. I suggested that Americans would pay a little more USA made stuff, or to at least give us NRA members a choice to pay more if we wanted USA made items. What? They don't make keychains in the U.S.?
ANyone else having that problem, or have an opinion on what the NRA is spening our donations on?
You hit the nail on the head.
I get crap from them all the time, and it usually goes straight in the trash.
I got a renewal notice last Friday in the mail. My membership isn't up until October.
I wish they would use all of that solicitation mail money to fight for gun rights instead of bombarding me with junk mail.
As Brother Wiley has pointed out you may opt for the "Do Not Solicit" list, which will prevent any solicitation from the NRA.
Brother Wardog, please check your IM for my contact information. I have been monitoring this situation very closely and to the best of my knowledge no one has ever been called during the time frame you described. We do keep a record and time called for tracking purposes, so I am eager to help you .....If this is correct, it is certainly uncalled for.
With regards to the NRA Catalog, I would invite you to once again give it a review...We have identified over 125 items made in the USA and have labeled them as such. This has been going on three years now since I - and others - asked for this very thing.
I would disagree with you on being canvassed by other Pro-Gun organizations...I am a proud Life Member of most - including GOA, SAF, RWVA and 35 NRA State Affiliated Associations...to name a few. I am constantly being asked to donate by all....just part of being associated with not-for-profit organizations. I give when I can...pass it along to those who may be interested or just put it to the side for consideration later.
Thanks for your support of the NRA and I look forward to speaking with you...
All my best,
Being a lifetime member requires one donation and earns you voting rights. If they deviate off the path later it will be because you are not voting and if they do just simply stop sending in extra donations.