Every time someone in the mainstream media says something about "members of the NRA," it sounds like a slur - a bunch of bitter ignorant white folk living in the hills, clinging to their Bibles and guns. You can practically hear the banjos playing in the background. Find a left-leaning editorial about guns and read the comments. You'll see that gun owners are all believed to be fat paranoid racist white southern men with small penises and mall-ninja fantasies. Or something.
I am not their stereotype and neither, I suspect, are you.
So I think we need to start an "I AM THE NRA" campaign*, with photos and little bios of each participant. (Has this already been done? Yeah, kind of.)
p.s. Now I know ol' Uncle Ted is really popular and has a song with the same title (I confess I only discovered this after googling) but I honestly feel he's reinforcing the image of NRA members all being loudmouth gun-totin' redneck men. He's "scaring the white people," as Unc would say. Now, I know and you know that the NRA is far more diverse than this image - two past presidents were female, for goodness sakes. But that's not what the world sees - they see Ted on stage with his guitar and cowboy hat, either singing things like "Kiss My Glock" or running his mouth like a lunatic. Good intentions aside, I think Nugent might be doing more harm than good.
*perhaps I should send the NRA an email about this. Hmm.