Marlint, I did not want to hijack the Ann Coulter thread so I decided to reply in a new thread. Like any organization, the NRA is less than perfect because it is made up of people. Do I always agree with the NRA? Absolutely not. Do I always agree with GOA? Absolutely not. Politics has been defined as the art of compromise. A line in the sand approach must be used selectively and sparingly. It’s sort of like the old Kenny Rogers ballad, The Gambler: "You’ve got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them…" Sometimes you have to lose a battle in order to carry the fight another day. An all or nothing approach rarely succeeds in politics and should only be used when absolutely necessary. There is a time to use this approach; but it is a dangerous tactic. The NRA has been around a long time and is arguably the most powerful lobby in Washington. Politicians respect the NRA. Some do not like the NRA; but they respect the power and influence. The left hates the NRA. This is a testament to the NRA’s effectiveness. The GOA has nowhere near the power and influence of the NRA, especially down to state and local levels. Second Amendment rights are and will continue to be under attack by the left. Some of these attackers are simply naive, misguiding folks who cannot see or refuse to see the real world. Others are dedicated to the eradication of individualism in favor of the collective. The latter use the former. Which organization is best equipped to stand up to and counter this threat? Which organization has the most political clout? I am not ready to throw out the experience, clout, power and influence of the NRA. Playing devil’s advocate, maybe all GOA members should quit the GOA and join NRA. Now I don’t really believe that; I think competition helps to keep the brokers honest. Join both organizations. Make you voice heard in both organizations. Don’t fall into the left’s divide and conquer strategy. The real problem is that a majority of gun owners belong to neither organization. Just my humble opinion which in no way is intended to put you down.