Beware of Stereotypes about NRA Members

So I was taking to a coworker today, who is a dues paying member of our cause. He’s busy trying to make sure all his family members are signed up for NRA, or current with their membership. He just signed up his wife, whose family escaped Nazi occupied France and sought refuge in Latin America, along with many other Jews.

“You should get a junior NRA membership for [the boy]” I noted, thinking not much of it.*

So I came home and told Bitter our efforts, and she admonishes me for my sexism almost immediately. He has an older daughter, and why did I not think of her? I have to admit my fault here. I may have been raised by northeastern Democratic parents, but in my cultural upbringing, guns were a boy thing. I guess it took an Oklahoma native to point that out to me. So don’t discount members based on your biases. I guess that’s my lesson for tonight.

* There is a junior membership there if you look carefully at the tabs.

7 Responses to “Beware of Stereotypes about NRA Members”

  1. TheTruth says:

    Just a reminder that the NRA’s membership lists can be subpoenaed at any given time.

    Just sayin’.

    • Harold says:

      The NAACP v. Alabama case says not necessarily so.

      Plus as I’ve noted elsewhere, unless one takes extreme measures, you’re potentially on the radar. You are, from posting comments on this political RKBA blog. Or if you’re ever subscribed to a gun magazine, if you’ve bought gun stuff with a credit card, etc. And that’s not even counting “social networking” software (don’t think Facebook, except as an input) than can make good guesses about things like this based on one’s associates. Such techniques were used to capture Sadam Husein.

  2. Zermoid says:

    My kids are all shooters, 2 girls and 2 boys, not all care to hunt but all can shoot and enjoy shooting.
    We can’t afford to exclude half the population by not thinking about girls as well as boys when it comes time to introduce them to the shooting sports.

  3. Publius says:

    I can’t help but believe, in my heart of hearts, that it isn’t “proppah.” That said, I dislike antis even more.

  4. Alpheus says:

    I remember talking to a family friend a couple of years ago about wanting a boy after having a couple of girls: I wanted to teach him mathematics, and how to shoot, and write computer programs…as I was describing these things, I realized that I already had plans to do all these things with my daughters as well!

    In this case, I’m not sure if “sexism” is the right word to describe the impulse. I think in my case, it was a desire to have a son to do father-son things with, and to pass traditions on to. Never mind that I’d also be doing that with my daughters…