Fellow members of the Toronto Rod and Gun Club,
Within the past year, along with the launch or our web site www.torontorodandgunclub.org, the Toronto Rod and Gun Club was approved to join the NRA Recruiter Program. Through this program, we are able to offer our club members, and others, a discounted rate to join or renew their membership in the NRA. By joining the NRA or renewing your membership in the NRA through the Toronto Rod and Gun Club Recruiter Program, you help support your club and fellow club members in several ways.
First and foremost is the premium per sign up that the NRA issues back to the club. These funds help with the general operating expenses of our club, including the cost of maintaining the web site.
Why should I join the NRA, you ask? Well, there are a multitude of good reasons including these top 5:
1. The NRA will keep you in the know with all the news you need.
Free with your membership is a subscription to your choice of four monthly magazines: America’s First Freedom, American Hunter, American Rifleman or our newest NRA Official Journal, Shooting Illustrated. Although each individual title is designed to appeal to different interests, they all feature detailed firearm reviews, world-class photography, expert outdoor and shooting advice and in-depth reporting on the latest Second Amendment-related news.
2. The NRA offers valuable discounts on things you want.
Becoming a member will allow you access to exclusive member-only discounts on all kinds of products and services. For example, right now NRA Members are eligible for free firearms and firearms accessory insurance for up to $2,500. (Your NRA’s commitment to your privacy is evident in that it is not required to list or provide serial numbers for the insured guns.) NRA Members can also take advantage of discounts on things like hotels, auto rentals and gun storage devices—there’s even an NRA car-buying service that saves Members an average of $3,279 off MSRP. We’re always evaluating new ways we can bring discounts and savings to you, and every time a new opportunity arises, you’ll be the first to know.
3. The NRA is the voice of experience in all things firearms-related.
4. Your NRA membership is a free pass to awesome NRA events.
Each year, the NRA puts on two incredible multi-day events: the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits (NRAAM) and the Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS). The NRAAM is held each year in a different American city—this year, it will be in Louisville, Kentucky—over the course of a weekend in the spring, and it regularly attracts 70 to 90,000 visitors. GAOS is a relatively recent addition to the NRA events schedule, and it’s held each February in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Both feature hundreds of exhibitors, concerts, seminars, celebrity appearances and other once-in-a-lifetime events. Best of all? Exhibit hall admission is free for NRA Members.
5. Lastly, and most importantly: You’ll add your voice to the chorus of support for the Second Amendment.
The NRA is widely known as one of the most effective issue advocacy organizations in the United States, and there’s a reason for that. Well, more precisely, there are five million reasons for that: our Members. Each time a citizen chooses to stand with the NRA, they’re no longer a lone voice—they’re part of a chorus too big to ever be ignored. Please come join your friends here at Freedom’s Safest Place.
As an NRA Recruiter, our club is expected to sign up at least 35 members per year. In looking over our club roster, a disturbing trend is evident; for a club that bills itself as a Rod and GUN club, our total membership participation in the NRA is severely lacking. This trend is not localized to our club. The sad fact is, that with about one third of the US population being firearm owners (the average gun owner owns 8 firearms), less than 6% of that number are NRA members.
A reasonable person would think that all gun owners would clamor to support an organization that is up front and foremost in leading the fight in protecting and defending your Second Amendment Rights. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
As our rights as American Citizens are being eroded on a daily basis by politicians, lobbyists, and others with nefarious purposes, we, as firearm owners, have never been in a more perilous position than we are today with the constant barrage of attacks on our Second Amendment Rights and other Constitutional guarantees.
On a more personal level, I joined the Toronto Rod and Gun Club to have a place to shoot close to home. I don't hunt; it's just not my thing. I haven't baited a hook since the early 1980s, and even then, fishing was just a reason to consume adult beverages and hang out with friends. As dues paying members of the Toronto Rod and Gun Club, we all support the various opportunities offered by our club. A portion of our dues is used for stocking fish and game fowl. Dues are also used for maintaining food plots and other management practices to support wildlife and improve hunting opportunities for our members. As a member, I don't begrudge the fact that a portion of my dues supports activities that I have no interest in. I accept this is an underlying premise of joining a Rod and Gun club. Through our pooled resources, we support all club activities and, in doing so, we support each other's interests; shared or otherwise.
In that train of thought, I respectfully ask, why as firearms owners, are we not all members of the NRA? As NRA members, we would all be making a small down payment on supporting each other’s rights and interests.
There are several ways to join the NRA (or renew your membership) that benefit our club.
-You can join by clicking any of the NRA links on our web site www.torontorodandgunclub.org There is a link below or click HERE
-You can see any officer at any of the club meetings. Applications will be on hand near the kitchen.
-You can print and mail the application below or turn it in (with payment) to any club officer to be forwarded to the NRA.
As a side note, many similar clubs require NRA Membership as a requirement in joining. Many other clubs require NRA Membership in order to use the ranges or participate in any shooting activities. We do not have those requirements as it has always been assumed that our members would be or should be NRA members. In the grand scheme of things, the cost to join is minimal compared to other things that we readily spend money on. The main benefit, although intangible is the most important thing you will get. You will be carrying your share of the load in the defense of our Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Toronto Rod and Gun Club Recording Secretary, Web Master, NRA Recruiter