One of the tricks used in politics is to use surveys to prove there’s significant support for whatever you’re trying to push. I know that we do it to some extent here, but it’s worse in the halls of the legislative branch of the federal government as well as the numerous state governments.
The idea is that if a certain group supports a measure, they won’t vote against you for supporting that measure.
For years, gun control advocates have been talking about bogus surveys that claim NRA members support gun control. The fact is that none of those surveys had access to the NRA’s membership list – EVER. They are intentionally misrepresenting NRA members’ views.
NRA’s membership list is protected and ONLY NRA can survey NRA members.
In the past, to expose these false claims by gun banners, NRA has commissioned national scientific surveys — 1,000 randomly selected NRA members across the country — and found that NRA members are united on Second Amendment issues.
The best they can do is conduct a random survey and ask if the respondent is a member of the NRA.
However, surveys are tricky things. For example, how you phrase a question matters a great deal. “Are you currently a member of the NRA?” and “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the NRA?” are very different questions.
For another, there’s no way to gauge people’s honesty. Considering the number of false hate crimes that have been reported since 2016, it’s not difficult to believe that some anti-gunners would falsely identify themselves as NRA members to skew the results.
Further, without specifics, the claim that 69 percent of NRA members support gun control is meaningless. After all, we currently have gun control laws on the books. Are they saying that 69 percent aren’t interested in repealing much of what currently exists or are you saying they want whole new gun laws too?
In other words, the claim is worthless.
The NRA, however, does have access to its membership list. They can survey their actual members and know they’re actually members with a high degree of certainty.
Either way, you can’t trust a thing they say.