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January 28, 2013

Anyone who thinks the National Rifle Association is a grassroots organization whose only concern is protecting the rights of U.S. citizens should think again....

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richardson

Jan-28-13 3:01 AM

In the 70's the drive by the NRA was for 1 million members. Membership now is over 4 million. It makes more sense that as the threat to our right to bear arms increases that membership in the NRA also will increase. It also makes sense that as the threat to our right to bear arms increases the demand for firearms would increase resulting in a boon for the firearms industry. Dr. Vosk turns this logic around as per the dominance of the liberal media as a mouthpiece for the present administration. Sites such as The Huffington Post or NPR or from the author of the last gun ban Sen Feinstin.

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richardson

Jan-28-13 3:07 AM

That is Feinstein who has a license to carry and has armed body guards.

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Premier

Jan-28-13 5:49 AM

Maybe Arno should stay off the anti-NRA website and do a little research for the truth. This entire LTE is a farce.

For one gun manufactures contribute less than 1% to the NRA coffers, not 75%. Same with the dealers, they use what is called a "round up" giving the gun purchaser an option to round up the purchase price to the next highest dollar ammount with that being a contribution.

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Ritty77

Jan-28-13 6:03 AM

The election and reelection of a serial-lying, Constitution-violating Marxist has done more for gun manufacturers than the NRA could ever imagine.

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 6:25 AM

"The NRA spends tens of millions of dollars annually on political contributions and even more on lobbying. And it's not lobbying for freedom.

It's lobbying for its supporters, the weapons industry." - Arno Vosk M.D.

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Hey....c'mon....the NRA has it's "expenses"!!!

See:

What The NRA's Wayne Lapierre Gets Paid To Defend Guns

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 6:28 AM

"In the 70's the drive by the NRA was for 1 million members. Membership now is over 4 million. It makes more sense that as the threat to our right to bear arms increases that membership in the NRA also will increase." - richardson

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Yeah...let's HEAR IT!!!!...for Wayne LaPierre's marketing-skills!!!!!

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 6:32 AM

"The election and reelection of a serial-lying, Constitution-violating Marxist has done more for gun manufacturers than the NRA could ever imagine." - Ritty77

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I can't believe Wayne LaPierre would appreciate your description of his background.

You should (probably) put a "little"-more effort into your research-efforts.

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CHayes

Jan-28-13 6:41 AM

"It makes more sense that as the threat to our right to bear arms increases that membership in the NRA also will increase."

And if there isn't a threat, they'll****sure create a fake one.

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rick424

Jan-28-13 7:12 AM

This gun control debate is getting interesting. As more people join the NRA there are more fighting against them. Something is going to happen, like it or not. The people will demand it.

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USABorn

Jan-28-13 7:15 AM

"Fifty years ago the NRA was an organization of hunters and sports shooters.

Today the weapons industry bankrolls the NRA in order to keep up demand for its products and clear away any obstacles to unrestricted purchase by as many people as possible."

Reminds me of something else that has EVOLVED.

Eighty - 100 years ago, UNIONs were an organization of people promoting safety and decent pay.

Today the UNIONS have become an industry bankrolling the democrats in order to keep up demand for itself and clear away any obstacles to the unrestricted power they want over businesses and individuals.

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Sullivan11

Jan-28-13 7:19 AM

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philunderwood

Jan-28-13 7:26 AM

Why should weapon producers and owners be any different than any other group that has a reason to try and influence our government, that’s how crony capitalism works.

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Sullivan11

Jan-28-13 7:33 AM

Interesting, Mr. Vosk, that you target NRAs funding but not their position on 2nd Amendment rights.

Soooo, using your philosphy, the hospital where you are affiliated is somehow corrupt if they accept $$$ from corporations?

Typical Progressive mindset. Gotta hate those corporations, right?

Speaking of "Progressive", I did not address you as "Mr." in error. Your use of "MD" at the end of your letter is a reflection elitism so typical of Progressivism. How does your being an "MD" relate to this discussion? Is an MD somehow more qualified to address the gun issue? Ahhh -- no.

How about Sam Jones, GC (Garbage Collector)? Or Sandy Smith, SBD (School bus Driver)?

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 8:15 AM

"Fifty years ago the NRA was an organization of hunters and sports shooters.

Today the weapons industry bankrolls the NRA in order to keep up demand for its products and clear away any obstacles to unrestricted purchase by as many people as possible."

Reminds me of something else that has EVOLVED.

Eighty - 100 years ago, UNIONs were an organization of people promoting safety and decent pay.

Today the UNIONS have become an industry bankrolling the democrats in order to keep up demand for itself and clear away any obstacles to the unrestricted power they want over businesses and individuals." - USABorn

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Gee...the ol' "conservative" Desperation Play; Change Of Subject!!!!

Who saw THAT coming??!!!

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CMReeder

Jan-28-13 8:15 AM

Good letter!

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 8:18 AM

"Why should weapon producers and owners be any different than any other group that has a reason to try and influence our government..." - philunderwood

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Because they KILL more people...(well, except for that WMD/Calling-All-Contractor$ hu$tle)?????

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MrShaman

Jan-28-13 8:24 AM

"Interesting, Mr. Vosk, that you target NRAs funding but not their position on 2nd Amendment rights." - Sullivan11

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Ah, yes...especially when those "2nd Amendment rights" translate to "AL GORE IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!" & "BARACK OBAMA IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!"....soon to be "HILLARY CLINTON IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!"

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LenNannicz

Jan-28-13 8:30 AM

Dear Sir: I am a proud American gun owner who, by definition, respects your rights and your opinion. It is good that as Americans we are courageous enough to voice our opinions. It is an important part of what makes Americans different from other countries who restrict free speech.

Please note that as part of the right to free speech, the NRA does lobby on behalf of its members - we need a voice - and we would like to be heard. You have a voice too. The Amercican Medical Association has been in existence since 1847 - much much longer than the NRA. Its top contributors are solely the Blue Cross Blue Shield organization and pharmaceutical companies. Imagine that? Yet, we do not deny you a voice to get your opinion across in Washington. As gun owners, we deserve ours and we are being heard.

I do not think the NRA is a bad organization by voicing our opinions any more than I think the American Medical Association is for voicing yours.

We are proud American gun owners (and

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CMReeder

Jan-28-13 8:44 AM

The problem is the NRA is not speaking for all of it's members.

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SteelerFan

Jan-28-13 8:55 AM

USA, good analogy using the unions.

Kiss of death by Chuckles, he liked the letter.

Arno Vosk is a twit.

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philunderwood

Jan-28-13 9:10 AM

“"Why should weapon producers and owners be any different than any other group that has a reason to try and influence our government..." - philunderwood * Because they KILL more people...(well, except for that WMD/Calling-All-Contractor$ hu$tle)????? “

When did guns start killing people? Criminals kill people, occasionally with guns.

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richardson

Jan-28-13 9:43 AM

Ah, yes...especially when those "2nd Amendment rights" translate to "AL GORE IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!" & "BARACK OBAMA IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!"....soon to be "HILLARY CLINTON IS GONNA TAKE YOUR GUNS!" Shame: You finally got one right: Yes. The Clintons,et al.and Obama mean to take our guns. They tell us this everyday.

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CMReeder

Jan-28-13 9:58 AM

"Arno Vosk is a twit."

Way smarter than you SF.

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CMReeder

Jan-28-13 10:00 AM

The hysteria continues from the gun right advocates.

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enigma

Jan-28-13 10:52 AM

The NRA is not a grass roots organization? Tell that to the 4 million members, most of whom are just regular guys. They join and contribute because they want their rights protected. The NRA's clout comes from its members and those citizens who agree with their positions and not from their money. They use the money to let politicians know what their members want and to let their members know what the politicians are doing. They don't buy politicians like unions or big corporations. Politicians fear the NRA not because they're afraid of losing donations, but because they're afraid of losing votes and those votes come from the grass roots.

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