NRA is really an organization to vet conservative politicians, using firearms as a proxy. That is the take away I get when I look at a recent actions and letters by its leader Wayne LaPierre raising McCarthyism fear mongering with his "Democrats are Communist" rhetoric. The grade the NRA-PFV PAC lumps the vast majority as virtual political criminals, while only 3 do not make the "A" grade (regional view of same). When one Florida Republican suddenly started talking about serious gun control legislation he was seen not as defying the NRA, but a "blue hawk" a complete back stabbing traitor against all Republicans. In short, the NRA=Republicans=NRA. (the linkage is very strong) EDIT March 26: I am taking only the organization and PAC, not the membership. Members have other valid reasons to be in NRA, not just for politics.