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  • Ben Goldhirsh

    I think an interesting question is how powerful are they? I heard they have 4m members. There are north of 300m people living in the states.

    • Diana Ahrens

      via this article from mother jones,
      "The NRA gives members a free subscription to one of four magazines: American Rifleman, American Hunter, America's 1st Freedom, or NRA InSights. The first three magazines are audited by the Alliance for Audited Media, which as of July gave them a combined paid circulation (including newsstand sales) of 3.1 million. NRA InSights is an online-only magazine for kids, with a circulation of 25,000. Though some NRA members may opt out of a free magazine, it's likely that others pay to subscribe to more than one of them. Add in the fact that non-NRA members can pick up the magazines on the newsstand, and the 3.1 million figure is almost certainly an upper-bound for the NRA's true size."

      To put 3-4MM in perspective, consider: Stewie Griffin, Twix, Michael Buble and the movie Despicable Me each have over 5MM facebook fans.

      • Hannah Wasserman

        Wow-- yea, they really aren't that big in terms of member base. I think they just have immense political power. According to this article they essentially figured out how stop research and data collection on firearms. Kinda of a smart move by them. I've also heard reports of them really putting their weight against anti-gun politicians up for reelection.

      • Ben Goldhirsh

        yup. Buble, the world needs you to bring balance.

  • Hannah Wasserman

    What's the most disappointing is that I'm sure a lot of Americans will be influenced by this argument that is clearly not based on logic. I've been thinking a lot about what we can do as citizens to make a negative influencer like the NRA less powerful. Any thoughts?