THIS is the crux of the problem.
Suppressor legislation dies on the vine for your money.
National Reciprocity for concealed carry dies on the vine for your money.
Jumping on the bump-stock hype bandwagon - "The NRA believes that devices intended to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations," Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox, the group's top two leaders, said in the statement. - is what you got for your money.
Pat Riot speaks a chilling truth when he posits that none of these other up and coming gun rights organizations have the juice that the NRA has built up over the years.
Sadly, that juice has taken the form of "protection money" from the local street thugs.
The NRA has abused the public trust that their members have given them. I still willingly pay my "protection money" for two reasons - there are a few places I go that require proof of NRA membership before they teach you the secret handshake.
...and because, just like the old man that owns the local 'Mom and Pop' store - the membership fee that I pay for "protection money" is worth the value of knowing a few secret handshakes.
Everytime I renew, it takes a day or so to get the sour taste out of my mouth.
Its a scary place when you realize that the only folks with enough clout inside the beltway to support your interests are nothing more than all the other folks with clout inside the beltway.
A scary place indeed.