Don’t Believe What Pollsters Say About the Gun Control Views of NRA Members

Time and again national pollsters insist on reporting how NRA members and other gun owners feel about gun control.  Don’t believe a word of it.  

None of these pollsters has access to NRA’s membership list.  NRA strictly protects its membership list and doesn’t give it to mainstream media types, pollsters, solicitors or anyone else.  It is a private list and always has been.  Anyone who claims to have access to NRA’s membership list is not telling the truth.


Pollsters simply ask people they survey if they are NRA members or gun owners. However, they have absolutely no way to determine whether the information they get is accurate.  So despite their claims, they can’t accurately say how NRA members or gun owners feel about gun control.


In gun control polls conducted by national pollsters, it is folly to believe that gun owners tell pollsters the truth about NRA membership, gun ownership, or their views on gun control.  NRA members and gun owners aren’t inclined to share their personal information with people they don’t know.  


No one wants to be put on any kind of list of gun owners and that absolutely applies to lists created by pollsters for anti-gun clients.


It is folly to believe gun owners tell pollsters the truth about NRA membership or gun ownership.  It is even folly to believe the majority of people, whose privacy is interrupted by a pollster, tell pollsters the truth about anything.  
 
The media love to cite national polls that claim NRA members and gun owners support gun control.  That’s because they’re trying to push a gun control narrative, and the “poll results” fit their political narrative.  But that doesn’t make it true.

The only legitimate poll of NRA members ever done was a national scientific survey commissioned by NRA.  It surveyed 1,000 randomly-selected NRA members across the country and found that NRA members are united on today’s issues.


– 92%  oppose banning the sale of firearms between private citizens.


– 92%  oppose background checks on the sale of firearms between private citizens.


– 89%  oppose banning so-called “assault weapons”.


– 93%  oppose gun registration.


– 91%  SUPPORT laws to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental illnesses.


That is the only legitimate survey of NRA members in existence.  It was conducted to expose the bevy of pollsters reporting false survey results.


NRA members and other law-abiding gun owners know better than to believe anything they read, see or hear in the main-steam media about NRA membership views or gun owner views on gun control.  You should too.


Marion P. Hammer is past president of the National Rifle Association and Executive Director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.  She represents both organizations in Florida.