LF - I'm completely serious with that proposal. Why shouldn't there be an organization that lobbies for gun rights sanely and thoughtfully, and proposes rational solutions, as opposed to the NRA's mindless fervor.
Lola & Jim - you're absolutely right. They are a political lobbying organization. Their mission is to promote sales of guns and their paraphernalia. The whole "rights" thing is just a means to that end, IMHO.
TASB - "'do-gooder' psychopaths"? That's what you think of anyone who disagrees with you, eh? I find that troubling. I would expect more from you. And kindly elaborate on what "personal gain" these proposals bring the President in your opinion.
From what I've been able to find, it appears that there are somewhere between 50 and 80 million gun owners in the US, depending on what you read. And the NRA's membership is between 3 and 4.2 million, again depending on source. That means that the NRA "represents" only between 0.6-0.9% of all gun owners. So it's utter bullshit that they have some kind of mandate, or even that the really represent many, let alone most, gun owners. This fact, along with their ridiculous, militant positions, leads me to believe that those they actually represent are mostly the extreme fringe - the crazies, if you will, for the most part. So that gives them even LESS credibility in my eyes.
Plus, they apparently are a bit dubious with their published membership numbers. Recent articles indicate that they don't remove you from the list when you lapse your membership, and simply subscribing to certain magazines get you on the member list. All to keep the numbers as inflated as possible, so they can appear to have more "power" than they actually do.
All of this tells me they are as shitty as I may have thought. If someone starts a rational gun rights organization, as I suggested above, I would seriously consider joining even though I don't own guns! I would just like to support a more thoughtful, realistic conversation. Who knows, such a group might even have some good, productive ideas to contribute, and could help soften some of the admittedly more knee jerk proposals that have come out of the opposition. It would certainly temper the NRA's steadfast crazy paranoia.