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Looking for the biggest bang for the buck.

If a guy were considering a donation to a pro-2A organization, such as NRA, GOA and others, which one is most effective ?

If this be political, so be it.

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I am a Benefactor Member of the NRA, and that is where I donate my money... JMHO

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NRA Life Member since 1980.

I also donate time, effort and money to my local gun club.
 

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Joining a second amendment organization is almost a must.
But to get the most bang for your buck support some sort of organization that is pro-gun and serves young people. It don’t necessarily have to be a second ammendment organization. For example, Kermit, has a bunch of kids that he takes turkey hunting, they love and i’ll bet he’s got them hooked for life. 4-H has a shooting program, rimfire and trap and skeet. Here in Minnesota we have a state sactioned Co-Ed high school trap league. It growing by leaps and bounds. It was organized 9 years ago and the state tournament hosted 11000 shooters registered shooters this year and it took 9 days to run the tournament and according to the Guinness book of records it’s the largest trap shoot in the world. All the conservation organizations have programs for young people. Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants & Quail Forever, Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, White Tails Unlimited and the List goes on. You also have state conservation groups that do a great job of involving the young people in the outdoors.
The RKBA movement is very important to all shooters and gun owners. But in those organizations you are one voice and when we pass we are gone and there is no voice. When you recruit and support the young people you likely wil be leaving many voices behind you when your gone.
I have found that these young people that we recruited into the shooting sports, a good percentage of them exhibit a passion and a deep commitment to the sport and pro RKBA. I’m seeing one hell’uva bang for my buck.
 

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Well I'll be different here, as usual. Jeez, I wish I could hear the same music as everybody else. The NRA is a fine organization, no doubt. My wife's dad was on the Board of Directors back many moons ago. She knows all of the old Names like Neal Knox, etc, and knew the people personally. But they go thru a tremendous amount of money these days and what I mean by that is that it has changed since my FIL was on the Board. The Board back then was mostly a volunteer bunch of well meaning people. Now it's a cash cow for a select few. Yeah, I know, we still need them but the pork is mighty fat in the NRA. If you want to contribute to a gun rights organization, try your local State Gun Rights bunch. Here, we have the Texas State Rifle Association and they get after the program whenever there's an issue in Austin. The NRA.......might show up. After what the NRA did to California, sorry, I'm a member but I'm not funneling money into an organization that doesn't even bother to show up. The GOA on the other hand, was the one leading the defense in California. I'd be looking a lot closer to home if I was looking for a gun rights group to support. I can assure you, they are far more focused on issues in your State than the NRA.

In Texas, we are assured by our State Constitution that our gun rights are protected from the Federal Gov't. The TSRA was instrumental in getting that passed during the last commies reign of terror. It was funded by Texans, passed by Texans. Support your State Gun Rights organizations, they need the help.
 

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Joining a second amendment organization is almost a must.
But to get the most bang for your buck support some sort of organization that is pro-gun and serves young people. It don’t necessarily have to be a second ammendment organization. For example, Kermit, has a bunch of kids that he takes turkey hunting, they love and i’ll bet he’s got them hooked for life. 4-H has a shooting program, rimfire and trap and skeet. Here in Minnesota we have a state sactioned Co-Ed high school trap league. It growing by leaps and bounds. It was organized 9 years ago and the state tournament hosted 11000 shooters registered shooters this year and it took 9 days to run the tournament and according to the Guinness book of records it’s the largest trap shoot in the world. All the conservation organizations have programs for young people. Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants & Quail Forever, Wild Turkey Federation, Ruffed Grouse Society, White Tails Unlimited and the List goes on. You also have state conservation groups that do a great job of involving the young people in the outdoors.
The RKBA movement is very important to all shooters and gun owners. But in those organizations you are one voice and when we pass we are gone and there is no voice. When you recruit and support the young people you likely wil be leaving many voices behind you when your gone.
I have found that these young people that we recruited into the shooting sports, a good percentage of them exhibit a passion and a deep commitment to the sport and pro RKBA. I’m seeing one hell’uva bang for my buck.
I was thinking along these exact same lines. Find the local groups that are teaching hunting, gun safety, competition to youngsters and maybe ask if you can attend some of their events, just as an observer or helper. Figure out which are being done right and put your money there. Another group that I believe works a lot with young people is Project Appleseed. That outfit teaches not only rifle marksmanship, but does it with a big dose of American history.
 

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I have been an NRA member for a long time and joined the GOA a few years ago. The GOA sent me an email thanking me for joining and absolutely blasted the NRA. I replied, told them to stick that where the sun don't shine, and asked for my money back. Of course there was no refund but I certainly never renewed my membership.

I believe the NRA does go through a lot of money but it's well spent, in my opinion. There's no other organization that knows the game or plays the game as well.
 

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The most bang for "your" buck is something that only you can decide. Not taking anything away from folks that may have a different opinion here. But the truth is frequently one man's prized membership is another one's waste of money.

Joined the NRA as a teenager and in time became a Life/Endowment member. Next came the 2nd Amendment Foundation Life Membership and then GOA. (Earlier this year I joined another organization that will remain nameless. This one's about to force me to add them to my Spam Filter.) Anyway I've learned that no matter who it is, sooner or later they're going to spend your buck on something that you won't approve of.

I'm going to stay with these three and send them a stray dollar now and then when I can. I try to rotate the donations and more or less keep them all about equal.

I know this doesn't answer your question, but hope it gives you a little something to consider.
 

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Like many here, I have been a member of NRA for many years. For most of those years the fund-raising pleas go directly into the trash. I only donate when I want, and never in response to an urgent plea!

The one fund raiser I do contribute to regularly is Friends of NRA. This is an all volunteer organization and all funds raised are spent locally to support the shooting sports in our area. For me, I feel I get the most bang for my buck at Friends of NRA.
 

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NRA....I see good and bad about the organization. I have been a member for decades. Being also an NFA shooter/owner, I came extremely close to ending my membership in 86. ( guns that were a few hundred in 86 are now north of $10,000) It seems to me they really throw black rifle owners under the bus! I also hate how any certifications thru them have to be renewed with green each year! That said, they also have a ton of political clout. I prefer to keep my NRA membership to keep our elected elite in check, and other 2A organizations to keep the NRA in check.
I am a certified NRA shotgun coach (among other certifications), so that's how I give back my time...with new shooters. My money gets "diversified " among a few groups.

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Thanks for the replies

The replies were very interesting.

I'm an older guy who has had the opportunity to shoot many years of my life.

My primary interest is to continue shooting as long as I can and to help the
younger folks have the same opportunities. I'm sure they'll have to be in
constant conflict to maintain their 2A rights but I don't want them to lose
these rights during my watch.

I take great pleasure in introducing new shooters----young and not so young
to some form of shooting.

The younger shooters are so very important to the future of 2A rights in our
country----some day they'll be the front line fighters to preserve these rights.

I don't know how to decode all the media crap about politics so I'll continue to support the NRA-----supposedly the biggest muscle we have. After all, its all
about winning.

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Hey mister moderator!!!
There is something wrong with this thread. The front list shows that there is 7 replies in this thread and Lucky Shooter is the last one on 8/19/2018. That post is not shown.
The fact is that there is 10 posts and S3gunner is the last.
What’s going on?
Am I missing some thing?
 

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I agree with Doug support the NRA they are the most forward 2ND amendment rights org. going. Yes I don't always agree with the means but the end is always in sight!!! JMHO Mike
 

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Thanks for the replies

I tried to post my thanks for your replies but somehow the system ate it.
No doubt, something I choked on.

I don't have any insight into the faults of the NRA and will hang onto them as
our biggest muscle in the fight to preserve 2A.

I plan to continue to try to bring new shooters into the shooting sports. especially
the younger ones. Their day will come and they'll be the front line fighters for 2A.

There is no place for pettiness among shooters. We need to ignore our differences
and stick together to help preserve 2A.

Thanks again for all the replies.

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One if the biggest advantages of donating to the NRA is directed giving that might be near and dear to your heart. To name a few:

NRA-PVF = Political Victory Fund, political action committee that funds candidates who respond well to NRA surveys and 2nd Amendment concerns.

NRA-ILA = Institute for Legislative Action, chews congress critturs ears off concerning firearms legislation.

NRA Foundation = (tax deductible) The NRA Foundation builds partnerships with community leaders and provide grants that are instrumental in funding programs that support the shooting sports and instill knowledge about our nation’s great history. Friends of the NRA is a part of this.

NRA Civil Rights Defence Fund = (tax deductible) The Defense Fund has provided millions of dollars in support of cases involving individuals and organizations defending the individual right to keep and bear arms and to support legal research and education. Since 2001 alone, the Defense Fund has provided nearly 10 million dollars toward this mission.
 
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