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Posted 12/24/2002 from Sierra Times

"A Washington Post report claims 'Sen. [Bill] Frist Emerges as Potential Lott Successor... the second-term Tennessean issued a statement saying he would 'likely step forward' if Republicans decided they want Trent Lott of Mississippi to step down...' What does that mean for gun owners? Simply that they will be replacing one oathbreaker with another-- and one with a worse record on guns. According to Gun Owners of America's Senate ratings, Lott came in with a shameful 'C-'. Frist merits an abominable 'D', despite an 'Archives of Surgery' report claiming he 'has accepted substantial campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.' (According to Common Cause, NRA gave Frist over $177,000 in 1998-1999.)" read more
 

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Hey Loader 3009, I emailed the NRA about this FRIST fellow, after reading his voter record on firearms before Christmas. As of date NO REPLY. I sent the same email again on the 27th still no reply. This rely makes me wonder. I'm an endowment member and very active with the NRA in money and time. I'm gonig to give them till 1/6/03 for a reply. After that I will be pulling strings ropes and cables, I will get an answer. Might not be what I want to hear or read though.
 

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The NRA (actually the folks running it. I.E., LaPierre and his lacky Heston) care not one whit about you or your opinion and have no time to bother giving you answers to your questions. They care only about getting your money.

Some day LaPierre will be gone, filthy rich, at the expense of NRA members. The organization is in my opinion a mere shell of what it could and would be without him at the helm. He is nothing but a politician in the truest sense. In each and every major antigun bill that has come up he has purported to speak for ALL gun owners in America and told Congress and the democraps in the White House to go ahead that gun owners will live with that one more restriction. His compromises are what has put us where we are today.

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Got a phone call from the NRA last week, wanted me to renew my lapsed membership. (Actually, I probably will). I told the caller that in my opinion the NRA was nor near militant enough. Didn't want to really argue with the guy, I'm sure he wasn't any high official, but he started mealy-mouthing about how we (gun owners) had to walk lightly on a middle-of-the-road path, not upset anybody. If he spoke for the NRA administration, I think we got to find a new voice.
 

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The people making the phone calls and sending out the mail do not work for the NRA. Do you remember the guy named Tony something or other that used to host a Saturday morning TV hunting show? Maybe it was Under Wild Skies?

Well he owns the company that does all of the money gathering for the NRA. He and LaPierre as good buddies. VERY good buddies. Wonder how he gets to do it ALL? They get paid for each letter they mail and each phone call they make whether they get money or not. Most of the folks aren't NRA members and don't even have a clue about what the NRA is.

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Sad but I have been to NRA HQ for training and I can tell you that over 1/3 of that facility is used exclusivly for rasing money through donations or memberships. The class rooms there have automatic window shades, drop from the ceiling screens and projectors, full time guards, marble stairs, elevators, LOTS of brass everywhere. ( I think you can see what i trying to get at.....the NRA has built and maintained a very expensive peice of property at our expense.) The staff we interacted with was paid staff. Among my group was a life member or three who were very concerned with the NRA's apparent lack of gun rights direction. They were not ignored but were told they did not grant a special answer just because they have their name on the wall (life members) Bill Frist is a fellow Tennessee citizen and I wish everyone would give him the benifit of the doubt before putting him down. Some gun groups have already given Frist "bad grades" while others like him. So it depends on which group you listen to. Frist has done right by TN. The GOA, SAS, JPFO and almost any other group out there think the NRA is to "middle of the road", well they are. While not defending their policy at all, they are only going as far as they think they can get by with. They don't intend to get involved in ANY court that could hurt their pocket. The NRA is a business. No one here really thinks all $35 goes towards membership do they? I've met the NRA gang and they are all business. Can anyone think of any gun related court case where the NRA has come to the defense of someone?
Last note, let me break it down, gun owners are shooting themselves in the foot. We have several very good pro-right groups that openly disagree with and cause disputes anong fellow gun owners by their constant bad mouthing the NRA. No one group fits every gun owner, but as long as we snipe at each other, the anti's gain momentum. We are by our own hand, "becoming divided and lining up for the slaughter". While pro gun groups fight each other, "you know who" is building a politicial machine, as a united group. you know they love to sit back and watch gun owners fight among themselves, then they can move in for the kill after we have "thinned our selves out".
I'm rambling, sorry touchy subject for me cause I belong to several groups....all seem to want to fight each other than the real problem.
Rick
(don't matter which group you support..as long as you get involved)
 
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