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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:28 AM
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"I am pleased to accept Life Membership in the National Rifle Association ..."
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 09:43 AM by wyldwolf
"... and extend to your organization every good wish for continued success."

Kirsten Gillibrand?

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John F. Kennedy
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:39 AM
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1. I don't hold this against her. My husband bought a lifetime memb.
in the NRA over 40 years ago. He enjoys the magazine, and even bought a rifle through them back then when you could buy a 30-06 for $15.00! Neither of us have ever been part of their radical side. Not every member is crazy like the ones who are always in the news!
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:40 AM
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2. The question mark after her name is clue
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:42 AM
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3. My hippiest friend in Santa Cruz, CA, is a proud NRA member.
It was a surprise to us all until he explained that under Bush/Cheney he realized what the Second Amendment was all about.

Can't speak for Kirsten.

:patriot:
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:42 AM
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4. How about JFK. You think he knew?
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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:48 AM
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6. JFK might have changed his mind....
if he knew the role the NRA chose to play after he, his brother, and MLK Jr. were assasinated by guns. Just saying...
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:52 AM
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7. perhaps, perhaps not... how about this one:
"I've always been endorsed by the National Rifle Association."
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:15 AM
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11. Howard Dean...
Oh, Snap!

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firedupdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:44 PM
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18. That settles it! n/t
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Irreverend IX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:30 PM
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21. The NRA doesn't have much to do with that...
FBI and CIA operatives will always have access to guns, whatever the laws are.
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:46 AM
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5. Why are most of us forgetting that Michael Moore, the quintessential liberal, was once an ardent
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 09:47 AM by Liberal_Stalwart71
supporter and proud member of the NRA? We liberals must understand and embrace the ENTIRE Constitution. We cannot pick and choose like the cons do. We have to understand that gun ownership and gun rights are just as important as making sure that there are reasonable regulations on gun owners and certain kinds of weapons (semiautos, etc.). But we give the Right too much ammunition (pun intended) to use against us by not realizing that being progressive doesn't have to mean being unreasonable. I may not agree with her 100% NRA rating, but it does take this issue away from the Righties, and she is progressive/liberal where it counts...even MORE liberal than Hillary or Schumer who are DLC sycophants.
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Still Sensible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:01 PM
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14. Well said and I agree
I certainly don't like some of the positions the NRA takes. I don't like their knee-jerk reaction to and slippery-slope argument against any and all forms of gun control. I don't like that they are one of, if not the most, powerful example of lobbyists having sway over politicians. That said, you are absolutely on target when you said "We cannot pick and choose like the cons do."

But I think the most important thing you said was "being progressive doesn't have to mean being unreasonable."
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:53 AM
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8. There are many Democrats who belong to the NRA
There are many responsible gun owners.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:13 AM
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9. oh brother...
:eyes:
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:14 AM
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10. Michael Moore was an NRA member. Howard Dean had an "A" rating from the NRA.
Some progressives actually believe in the second amendment.
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wyldwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 10:18 AM
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12. correct on all counts.
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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 11:50 AM
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13. Sadly, a great many otherwise-liberal Democrats are members of the NRA.
That doesn't mean that the NRA is any less harmful or foolish an organisation, but it does mean that just because someone is a member is not necessarily a reason not to support them.
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cherish44 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:27 PM
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15. I dont know much about the NRA
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 12:29 PM by cherish44
My impression is their loudest members are extremists. Common sense tells me it'll be impossible to remove guns from our society. (Remember how effective Prohibition was in removing alcohol?) Responsible gun ownership should be emphasized.
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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:15 PM
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16. And look what happened!
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 02:17 PM by kenny blankenship
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Justitia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:21 PM
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17. Another Senator NRA post? This is gonna be a long day for you, huh? LOL -eom
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mtnsnake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:53 PM
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19. POST..OF..THE..DAY
K&R
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:20 PM
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20. I'm conflicted.
I'm sure that the NRA has helped to protect the Second Amendment--not that it needed much protection--but membership dues help pay for a lot of bad lobbying.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:35 PM
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22. Good post.
:applause:
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:35 PM
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23. The NRA of 1960 was a far cry from the fanatical group of today, as was the Republican Party.
Edited on Sat Jan-24-09 05:48 PM by ClarkUSA
Apples and oranges, again. The NRA was a different organization before the Cincinnati Revolt in 1977. JFK's association
with the organization and Gillibrand's 100% approval rating with them are hardly comparable. What is she doing getting
a rating like that from an organization that spent millions trying to defeat the Democratic presidential candidate this year?
Guess it was the same thing she was doing being against gun control and favoring an extension of the Bush tax cuts.
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uberllama42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:28 PM
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24. The NRA is a very different organization than it was fifty years ago
My father used to be a lifetime member too, but he resigned when he concluded they had gone off the deep end.

Also, you seem to be under the impression that John Kennedy is the absolute final word for all of history when it comes to being a progressive. He was a man who lived half a century ago, not some kind of deified emperor who dictates good policy or desirable associations for the rest of time.
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jules1962 Donating Member (446 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:02 PM
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25. i agree
Their mouthpieces are LaPierre and Ted Nugent. Enough said. I work at Bristol Motor Speedway and every year they donate a large check to the speedway's charity for children. This really old asshole gets up there every year and screams about "libruls takin' our guns away" bullshit. The speedway tries to get him to tone it down to no avail. Every year they have to bring him right beside my section and I always boo him. Great fun for me! He always looks so shocked. Yep. I am a "librul" and f*** you asshole. Good fun.
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:10 PM
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26. Liberals should join the NRA
and gain control of it, seriously.
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