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Although the NRA reportedly inflates its membership by giving away free or complimentary memberships, the organization claims around 4.3 million members.

A couple of years ago, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence apparently had about 50,000 donors, only 28,417 of which had given in the previous 12 months.

Let's change that: join here. I've been talking about the Aurora massacre over and over again over the past few days with friends and my husband, and after looking up the membership numbers, we both just joined.

We have to stop the NRA's work to make sure that anybody in America who feels like it can do this.

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  •  I joined! (3+ / 0-)
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    SquareForceOne, deep, MKSinSA

    Thanks for posting this.

  •  I'm shocked (1+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA

    that Brady has that many supporters.

    Medic Alert: Do not resuscitate under a Republican administration.

    by happymisanthropy on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 04:55:23 PM PDT

  •  Sure! Will do! Thanks for the link! (5+ / 0-)

    Put my money on the line for something I believe in.

  •  I'm writing on this for the DFNYC Newsletter (0+ / 0-)

    So thanks for the information on membership to both the NRA and the Brady Campaign.  Unfortunately, I cannot join the Brady Campaign, no job and unemployment ended.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 10:18:56 PM PDT

    •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

      And even if you can't join, you can still sign this petition, if you haven't seen it already.

      •  Signed yesterday (0+ / 0-)

        This was forwarded to us by one of our members.  I signed it and it's in our Newsletter.   If you would like to read our Newsletter please go to DFNYC.org to do so.  We've also endorsed candidates for our September Primary and for the November elections along with information on our Barbecue this Wednesday in Manhattan (don't know where you're located but if NYC or any of the 5 Boroughs why don't you try to join us?).

        Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

        by Rosalie907 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:50:42 PM PDT

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  •  Flat Broke... (1+ / 0-)
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    jan4insight

    I'm stretching my dollars right now. Sad they don't give an option "yes, we are with you".

    The Ghost of Tom Joad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jVZHCUbS4U

    by Illinois IRV on Sun Jul 22, 2012 at 10:54:50 PM PDT

  •  Is there any other issue (5+ / 0-)

    in this country besides guns where liberals use the same tactics and language as conservatives? Any other situation where tens of millions of people would have something they consider a right, to be curtailed or eliminated, with liberals leading the charge instead of conservatives?

    Villifying, harassing and possibly criminalizing an entire group based on the actions of a handful of people? Papers please, driving while black, "ground zero mosque", "voter fraud", guns. Check.

    Claiming restrictions on someone else are necessary in order to save lives? Abortion, naked body scanners, warrantless wiretaps, guns. Check.

    Misleading statistics, lies, over-the-top rhetoric, accusations and insults aimed at anyone opposed to the issue? Health care reform, global warming, guns. Check.

    Aren't people on this side of the aisle supposed to be better and smarter than that? And no, not everyone in favor of gun control is like this, but enough people are to be worthy of note, the gun control equivalent of the irrationality of Steve King, Michelle Bachmann, Darrell Issa or Russell Pearce . And if those with rational arguments refuse to criticize their own extremists, then their silence gives consent to that conduct.

    •  addendum (3+ / 0-)
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      KVoimakas, 43north, PavePusher

      I brought this up here because both the NRA and the Brady Campaign are guilty of at least some of the things mentioned. I'm not sure that as a rational, responsible gun owner, you would want to support the NRA, nor whether as a rational, responsible gun control advocate, you would want to support the Brady Campaign.

    •  You mean... (1+ / 0-)
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      SquareForceOne

      Aren't people on this side of the aisle supposed to be better and smarter than wanting the carnage to stop?

      Don't they understand the dead willingly gave their lives so that gun owners could own weapons whose only purpose is military assault?

      Playing the victim card does not become you. Isn't that a right wing strategy?

      •  If I said (4+ / 0-)

        Your so-called "right" puts innocent lives at risk and should be curtailed for the public good, because I want "the carnage to stop", would I be referring to:

        a) a woman's "right" to reproductive choice?
        b) gun "rights"?

        Even though I am pro-choice, I do recognize that those who think I was referring to reproductive choice are sincere in their beliefs, think that abortion is murder and represent a significant fraction of the populace. I respect their right to not have an abortion and I respect your right to not own a gun. I do not support them using the government to force you to not have an abortion (saving countless lives in their estimation) and I do not support you using the government to force me to not have a gun (ditto).

        My post was not meant to be a checklist for how to format your reply...

        •  You are right (0+ / 0-)

          Guilty as charged, for wanting crazy people to be prevented from purchasing arsenals to massacre their fellow Americans. For thinking that the present gun rights ought to be enough.

          Guilty of believing that Americans' right not to be shot and killed in cold blood should be greater than the right of you and every other gun owner, and those who do not yet own guys, sane or insane, to buy weapons and use them as they see the need, according to their own judgment.

          Yeah. I love the false equivalence. "Don't like gun ownership? Don't buy one" is not your argument. It is "Don't want to be gunned down? That's the sacrifice you make so that we can own our arsenals."

          •  Shamash asks some interesting questions but (0+ / 0-)

            I agree with Angela that this is a false equivalence. For one, even people against abortion rights and who believe that abortion is murder have to admit that abortion providers don't just go around aborting fetuses at random. Someone asks them. No one asked James Holmes to do what he did in that theater.

            Also, all guns aren't the same. Personally, I'm not in favor of banning handguns or hunting rifles, but I am in favor of banning or seriously restricting access to weapons that have no purpose other than to kill a large number of people in a short time.

            •  From a purely practical perspective you should (4+ / 0-)

              probably reconsider which guns you like the least. Hand guns far outnumber any other type of gun in homicides. I think as a percentage of the murders committed rifles of all types come in at around 4% and those ugly black guns are just a subset of rifles. Not that I'm in favor of any gun bans mind you, just thought I'd mention it.

              How big is your personal carbon footprint?

              by ban nock on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:02:48 PM PDT

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              •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)

                Good point, that's worth thinking about.

                I think there is an important line to be drawn, though, between the guns (handguns, rifles) that can be used for something other than mayhem. The fact that we're over that line tells you something.

            •  There in lies the problem SquareForceOne. (3+ / 0-)
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              PavePusher, OMwordTHRUdaFOG, ER Doc

              Anti-gun crusades:

              1) NO handguns.  Handgun Control Inc., became the Brady Campaign.

              2) NO rifles, and no hunting, as that's the well-worn excuse for having the damned things.
              People get their food from the grocery store, not the open range.  The danger of these guns, which can all be traced to some current or long-ago military arm, is too great.  Become a vegan, all animal-sourced foods are cruel.

              3) NO shotguns.  
              The FBI crime lab can't do a "ballistic fingerprint" of a shotgun.  They're outlawed by the Geneva Convention for use in war.  They contribute lead contamination and undermine threatened and endangered species preservation efforts.

              So...
              lets ask those here on Dkos, which ONE they'd pick.

              "One" "No Three" "Two! It must be two!" "Yes!... I want them all!"
              Would be the answer.  

              "IF I can't ban handguns, then you can't ban rifles."  
              "What about shotguns?  Can't we compromise?"

              "Yes.  Ban them all."
              That's the consensus answer.

              Now all the pro-gun folks need do is "be reasonable" and accept the collective progressive wisdom.

              I suggest a litmus test at the polls this fall:

              Do you own a gun?

              Yes > GO HOME... you're no longer eligible to vote.  Ever.

              No > Go vote.  I'd suggest Obama.  Look for the (D) next to all the names.  Choose those persons ONLY.

              On the subject of abortion:

              How many hundreds of crack baby/heroin baby induced abortions have you delivered in a pre-hospital environment to women selling their bodies for drugs?

              When your number matches my number, we'll have a substantive discussion on abortion rights, and how those rights can be abused - just like firearms.

              "Choice" sounds great, until you've seen the same woman more than six times in a calendar year.
              Same goes for owning 100 round magazines - they're great in theory.

  •  I'd suggest the opposite. (1+ / 0-)
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    PavePusher

    As I did in another diary comment.

    JOIN the NRA, and bring a progressive voice to the next Annual Convention.

    2000 members turned the organization around in the late '70s
    at the Cincinnati convention when it was cooperating with Government (and in my opinion, fostering institutional racism) on gun-control measures.

    Add your voice, and maybe the moonbat NRA rhetoric will stop.

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