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badbullgator
04-30-2009, 09:01 AM
Ok first off let me say I am and have long been a supporter of the NRA and will continue to be one. I don’t really intend this as an NRA bashing thread, but I do have to say some of the things they do really pizz me off. While I send them plenty of money each year (above my regular membership) there is no single organization from who I receive more JUNK mail. At least twice a week I get something from them usually with something printed in big bold letter that says something like “help prevent the most sweeping gun control ever”…blah, blah, blah. Every one of them goes in the trash without ever opening it. Now in the last week I have received on snail mail and two emails offering special priced WINE! What in the heck? Really wine? Maybe I should have read it but I tossed it and deleted it, but why is the NRA pushing wine? Why do I get 30,000 offers for insurance from them? What the hell is going on there? Look this stuff has to cost them money, the very same money I send in to fight anti gun legislature. While I think they do a great job doing what they are meant to do, I am somewhat baffled by some of the ways they spend money to raise money. I can say that were there an equal alternative I would probably send my money there, much like I have done with DU by sending my money to Delta.
Is it just me or is anyone esle bothered by this?

road kill
04-30-2009, 09:23 AM
No......it's not just you.
Those mailings cost lots of $$$$$.
Also the new NRA H/Q building is pretty pricey.
It is a legit issue.

kb27_99
04-30-2009, 09:48 AM
Not just you, there frickin nuts when it comes to junk mail!



Kevin

BrianW
04-30-2009, 09:54 AM
I agree that it's a pain but they have to feel that they're getting an adequate return on their investment somewhere. In addition, now, you've spread the word and it didn't cost them ANYTHING this time, like when you say to a co-worker "hey have you seen that STUPID McWendy's CarlKing burger commercial with..."
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Also because if you've contributed for different causes at different times, you get put in numerous databases. One marketing firm gets 1 list and so on. I'm a Life member and I still get calls asking me to join or pay my dues. :(

Lastly you've got the "persons who looked at this, might also be interested in..." come on.
Would you have opened the mailing if it was for beer, scotch or something you are interested in ? :-P

badbullgator
04-30-2009, 09:55 AM
I agree that it's a pain but they have to feel that they're getting an adequate return on their investment somewhere. In addition, now, you've spread the word and it didn't cost them ANYTHING this time, like when you say to a co-worker "hey have you seen that STUPID McWendy's CarlKing burger commercial with..."
.
Also because if you've contributed for different causes at different times, you get put in numerous databases. One marketing firm gets 1 list and so on. I'm a Life member and I still get calls asking me to join or pay my dues. :(

Lastly you've got the "persons who looked at this, might also be interested in..." come on.
Would you have opened the mailing if it was for beer, scotch or something you are interested in ? :-P


No I don't open junk mail or buy form people on the phone. If I want something I go out and get it

Steve Amrein
04-30-2009, 09:58 AM
While I got mad at and cancelled both NRA and DU a few years back for that reason I just sent money to re up for both. I am sure they have mass marketing guys that look at that stuff and that they can recoup the money. I do wish I could just send a check once a year and mark a box dont send me any more crap until next years dues payment. BTW I re upped with NRA via telemarketer.

I thought I have read that most of the money still goes to the cause.

badbullgator
04-30-2009, 10:10 AM
While I got mad at and cancelled both NRA and DU a few years back for that reason I just sent money to re up for both. I am sure they have mass marketing guys that look at that stuff and that they can recoup the money. I do wish I could just send a check once a year and mark a box dont send me any more crap until next years dues payment. BTW I re upped with NRA via telemarketer.

I thought I have read that most of the money still goes to the cause.

Steve I don’t doubt that most of the money goes to the cause and I am sure that information could be found. I just wish much more of it went to that instead of wasting paper, postage, time….. Think how much more they would have for good causes if they were not trying to sell me wine and insurance

road kill
04-30-2009, 10:16 AM
Steve I don’t doubt that most of the money goes to the cause and I am sure that information could be found. I just wish much more of it went to that instead of wasting paper, postage, time….. Think how much more they would have for good causes if they were not trying to sell me wine and insurance
And buying new buildings!!

Patrick Johndrow
04-30-2009, 10:28 AM
Think how much more they would have for good causes if they were not trying to sell me wine and insurance



I don’t know if this is the case…but the wine was probably sold at a discount or given as a donation to the NRA and they are turning it into cash. Does the NRA piss off some money?…probably but they do represent all gun owners and I have and will continue to give them money. I am sure they are loading the war chest for the siege that has and will continue to come for our guns.
Still in Oklahoma clinging to my religion and guns.


p.s. if I was really worried about how they are spending the money I would get involved on a local level but I am not so I don’t. The nightly phone calls have stopped since I asked them to stop though.

Matt McKenzie
04-30-2009, 10:55 AM
What is the appropriate wine to enjoy while shooting a Glock .40? I'm thinking a nice 2009 MD 20/20.

road kill
04-30-2009, 11:04 AM
What is the appropriate wine to enjoy while shooting a Glock .40? I'm thinking a nice 2009 MD 20/20.

Bali-Hi:)
or
Boones Farm Strawberry!!:D

K.Bullock
04-30-2009, 12:52 PM
What is the appropriate wine to enjoy while shooting a Glock .40? I'm thinking a nice 2009 MD 20/20.

...as you run out of the liquor store with more money than you brought in? ;)

Marvin S
04-30-2009, 02:12 PM
Ok first off let me say I am and have long been a supporter of the NRA and will continue to be one. I don’t really intend this as an NRA bashing thread, but I do have to say some of the things they do really pizz me off. While I send them plenty of money each year (above my regular membership) there is no single organization from who I receive more JUNK mail. At least twice a week I get something from them usually with something printed in big bold letter that says something like “help prevent the most sweeping gun control ever”…blah, blah, blah. Every one of them goes in the trash without ever opening it. Now in the last week I have received on snail mail and two emails offering special priced WINE! What in the heck? Really wine? Maybe I should have read it but I tossed it and deleted it, but why is the NRA pushing wine? Why do I get 30,000 offers for insurance from them? What the hell is going on there? Look this stuff has to cost them money, the very same money I send in to fight anti gun legislature. While I think they do a great job doing what they are meant to do, I am somewhat baffled by some of the ways they spend money to raise money. I can say that were there an equal alternative I would probably send my money there, much like I have done with DU by sending my money to Delta.
Is it just me or is anyone esle bothered by this?

It's not just you that does not enjoy the frequent JUNK mailings, but they are not alone in their ardor to collect on what they deem pertinent issues. I agree with Steve that there should be a box for "Please only solicit me once per year" but there isn't. :confused: It's got to cost a bundle. BTW, when Tonya was their "whatever" I just flat quit NRA, she had to be the most aggressive ever. But I'm back. :eek: I have gone to the only once a year, in January to allow me to check back, donations.

I send a check (apparently it's large enough for them to hope there is more available ;) ) to one of the well known relief organizations back where I grew up, That does not stop the about 6 times per year sob stories about how these people just can't make it. If I'm not mistaken, that's why churches are tax exempt, so they can help those truly needy in their time of need. Am I wrong on that count?

When DU bought into the Global Warming crap I was outa there. Also don't contribute to any that overpay their Executive Director.

I will defend the building in this manner. I've watched a lot of Mom & Pop businesses disappear that were providing a quality service, only to be replaced by a chain with a new building, higher prices & lower quality personnel. The 2nd business succeeds, so you have to ask yourself "Is a new & fancy building part of that success"? In DC it's about "Style over Substance" every time. :rolleyes:

Goose
04-30-2009, 03:39 PM
It sure seems like over the last few months I haven't been getting as many mailings from the NRA as I have in past years. It does get tiring but I'll continue to support them because of all the good work they do and especially today with the totalitarian party in charge.

Dear Leader will erase the 2nd Amendment from the Constitution when he thinks he can get away with it. He despises bitter clingers and the guns we own.

Legacy 6
04-30-2009, 03:44 PM
JOHNDROW!!! What happened to the old pic of the Golden!? That was a great pic!

Good lookin older dog, true... but I will surely miss the crazy shakin' dog.

JDogger
04-30-2009, 10:14 PM
JOHNDROW!!! What happened to the old pic of the Golden!? That was a great pic!

Good lookin older dog, true... but I will surely miss the crazy shakin' dog.

Now don't be hijackin threads there Leg6. This ain't about dogs. But, them black dogs are as good lookin' as them fluffies.
Its about the NRA. And, I was a member for a good long while. But , when they started straying from gun ownership, the 2nd amendment, and gun safety/hunter ed. and got into other political realms, I left.
They are a powerful advocacy group, no doubt. If they would abandon their RWE positions and aggressive junk mail solicitations, I might support them again.

I find it very weird to be in agreement with some here.

C'est la vie,

Gun totin' LWE regards,
JD