So am I Paul. I only argue against those who refuse to admit or just don't understand what the NRA really is. They are a gun lobby for the firearms industry. Nothing wrong with that any more than the Insurance industry's lobby, or the Morticians lobby, or the Flower Grower's lobby's watching out for the interests of their industry's in Congress & occasionally providing a public service through education as well. What I argue against is the idea, that many people have, that the NRA is really a Constitutional Rights organization, MAINLY interested in fighting for us gun owners to keep our rights!! They aren't........They are there to make sure that we keep buying products made by & for the firearms industry. You & I understand that Paul, but not everyone does.
I do not understand them to be that. I said they are that "in part", not "in total". They do represent gun owners on constitutional issues. They were the strongest advocate the people of New Orleans had in getting their guns given back to them after the confiscation there during Katrina. They fought to get federal legislation passed to reassert what should have been a given in this country, that no government, federal or state, has the right to take away law abiding peoples guns at any time, much less during an emergency. They helped fight DC and won a victory for the people in the Heller case. They have fought handgun bans and overzealous gun control laws in San Fran and Chicago, and hopefully soon NYC and NJ.
They aren't a perfect organization and certainly they do lobby in part for things that benefit the gun industry, but much of those issues are equally beneficial to the people and the general membership. Fighting microstamping, for instance. A great thing benefiting you and me and the industry. Fighting laws that would limit handguns to those with unrpoven, unimplemented, theoretical personalized locking mechanisms (like biometric electronics to only fire if a programmed user is holding the gun), good for both the people and the industry. Fighting the many bogus, overly broad "armor piercing" laws that have come down the pike, good for both sides again. Fighting BS "assault weapons" bans, good for people like me who own a so called "assault weapon" (damn good thing it doesn't have a bayonet lug on it or else I might have opted to stab someone when my 5/10 round magazine was spent, guess I just have to resort to using a knife now, oy) and those who manufacture them.
I do believe the NRA is mainly interested in protecting gun owners, hunters, and shooting sports. They do this through support of instruction classes and instructors, competition shooting, legal efforts, political advocacy and election advocacy, and federal and state congressional lobbying. This mission benefits the gun makers and often such efforts will take the form of protecting the makers from overreaching laws and regs designed to hurt and/or put them out of business and thus hurt the people.