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Old February 22nd, 2018, 10:31 AM   #1
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Most Gun Owners Are Not NRA Members Or Agree With It

It's widely acknowledged that the National Rifle Association is one of the nation's most influential advocacy groups. They've successfully lobbied against the expansion of federal gun control policies in the post-Newtown era, and supported numerous state-level policy changes that broadened access to guns. Through campaign donations and popular legislator scorecards they exert considerable influence on federal gun law making.

Given its high profile, it's easy to assume that the NRA represents the voice of American gun owners. But in fact, the organization's membership numbers and survey data point a different picture. Only a small fraction of the nation's gun owners are NRA members. Even among NRA members, there is widespread dissent from some key points of the organization's orthodoxy. And on many gun control issues, the majority of gun owners who aren't affiliated with the NRA hold opinions closer to those of non-gun owners than to those of NRA members.

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"the majority of gun owners who aren't affiliated with the NRA hold opinions closer to those of non-gun owners than to those of NRA members"?
There seems to be a contradiction here. What is that contradiction?
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Old March 1st, 2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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The NRA may be the most well-known gun rights organizations in the U.S., but it's still just one of dozens, and one of five such organizations which exert considerable influence on federal legislation, most notably by countering ideological proposals for more legislation with facts on the efficacy of previous gun control legislation along with reminders of the supreme law of the land i.e. the U.S. Constitution.

And no, in case you're wondering, I am not a member of the NRA. In fact, I'm not a member of any gun rights or pro-2A organizations.
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"the majority of gun owners who aren't affiliated with the NRA hold opinions closer to those of non-gun owners than to those of NRA members"?
There seems to be a contradiction here. What is that contradiction?
Indeed, what is the contradiction? I don't see it.
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Indeed, what is the contradiction? I don't see it.
Why wasn't the opinion of gun owners who are not NRA members mentioned. Which may be in opposition to non-gun owners.
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Why wasn't the opinion of gun owners who are not NRA members mentioned. Which may be in opposition to non-gun owners.
What do you think "who aren't affiliated with the NRA..." means?
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