IN addition to what Mike said, I’ll add the following:
The National Rifle Association is member supported through contributions and membership dues; these monies are not tax deductible, by either the members or the organization.
The reason we “flex our muscle” pulicly is that we can; we have nothing to hide, no political agenda aside the protection of the traditional interpretation Second Amendment.
“We” are American citizens, banded together in common cause and unifying purpose.
“We” are 3.2 million strong and growing.
“We” are ably led by duly elected officers, who locate and retain the services of some of the finest legal minds available; not just “hired gun” schysters, but believers in our cause.
Politicians are afraid of crossing “Us” because we start at what is known in America as the “grassroots” level; not just the rich, influential and privellaged, but everyday citizens from all walks of life.
The Nationl Rifle Association
The NRA-Institute for Legislative Action
In addition to the NRA, here are some other organizations with political clout:
The Second Amendment Foundation
Gun Owners of America
Citizen’s Committee On The Right To Keep And Bear Arms
Jews For The Preservation Of Firearm Ownership
And if you are looking for some of he leading legal scholarship on the issue:
The Second Amendment Law Library
This is a well-rounded site that credibly represents all sides of the issue.
The NRA is not the lone voice of reason (or discord, depending upon your politics) in the fight to preserve the Second Amendment from extinction.
We just get picked on the most and seriously misrepresented and maligned by our political adversaries because we’re one of the largest and best organized groups out there.
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“In case you couldn’t tell, I’m a member of the NRA”