Over the past several years though, the NRA has done a lot of good. They were instrumental in several high profile court cases, including DC vs. Heller and McDonald vs. Chicago. They have also been steadfast in their support for concealed-carry laws. I also gained a lot of respect for the NRA when they spoke out so strongly against the grotesque and treasonous firearm confiscation that occurred in the wake of hurricane Katrina.
In short, the NRA has earned my respect. I joined only about six years ago, and since then I have become an NRA certified instructor in Basic Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety, and Personal Protection in the Home. I am also an NRA certified Range Safety Officer. I understand that being an NRA instructor doesn't make me “high-speed/low-drag” (I do other things for that), but it's a way for me to support an organization that is doing some good in fighting the decay this country is experiencing.
With 80+ million gun owners in the US, it is shameful that the NRA only has an estimated 4 million members. If you own a gun, if you care anything for Liberty, if you care anything about the fundamental rights of individuals and appreciate the concept of a “free people”, then one of the simplest and easiest things you can do to support these ideas is to join the NRA. As someone who had very strong doubts about them in the past, I encourage everyone who reads this to join the NRA immediately. Those of you who see this issue as I do may want to buy gift memberships for people you care about. I would like to see the NRA with 20 million members. That way politicians might believe that the price for betraying their oath to the Constitution would be very high.
Note - I just watched the NRA press conference that was held a week after the Sandy Hook school shooting. I was very happy to see that they are holding firm against the hysteria that is so prevalent today. The solution to the problem of mass shootings, especially school shootings, is already well understood - and it doesn't involve further disarming good people. Gun-free zones are great killing zones for psychopaths. While I had strong reservations about the NRA for a long time, and I will continue to watch to make sure they don't weaken their stance, for now I can say that I am a proud member of the NRA.