The Demographics of Today’s NRA – Bad News for Haters

by Don McDougall

The Demographics of Today's NRA - Bad News for Haters
The Demographics of Today's NRA – Bad News for Haters
Don McDougall
Don McDougall

United States -( Gun owners are leaving the Democrat party. That decline in people who identify as Democrat is due to their attacks on gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment.

They may never go back and will not ever vote against gun rights. The anti-gun left will tell you the NRA is made up white guys over 60. 15+ years ago they were right. Today and over the past 15-20 years, the make-up of the NRA has changed. This has ramifications for the upcoming election and the nation as a whole.

So what does the NRA membership look like today?

  • 40% women
  • 40% minority mostly Asian and Hispanic men and women.
  • Sure, the rest are a lot of white guys but the average age is down from 60 to 40-45.

The NRA is more inter-racial, younger and looks a hell of a lot more like America than the anti-gun left would have you think. The gun grabber like Hillary and her ilk are stuck in the 1990’s.

They see the NRA as it was 25-30 years ago. Old – White – needing to lose 30 lbs. They’re simply wrong. The NRA looks like America because it IS made up of average Americans.

Why are the gun banners so wrong? They confuse race with cultural assimilation. The Hispanic families or Vietnamese families that moved here 20-30 years ago have children who are Americans. These new Americans have American dreams listen to American music and are in fact slightly more conservative than their peers and parents. The women are the fastest growing demographic of new gun owners. The specious assumption that anyone of color or gender will stay a liberal and not assimilate into American culture or change their views is a mistake.

The NRA, NFL, NBA and music,…etc. These new immigrants do what all new immigrants do given the chance – they BECOME LIKE US, they BECOME AMERICANS!

So when the anti-gunners read this (and they do), they will tell you I’m lying. That it is safe for you to hate and vilify the NRA because it is all white and made us of racists who grind baby’s bones to make bread and murder cats as a sacrifice to the goddess Hooku. Oh and according to many of the left we’re also all “latent homosexuals who worship guns as sexual objects”. The fact is we are all just average people who just want our rights protected and to be left alone.

The anti-gun left wants to define the NRA. They want to tell you who we are, what we believe and what we think. They are 180 degrees off and are incapable of accepting how wrong they are. This is why their insincere calls for gun control fail. This is why their lies fall on deaf ears. The anti-gunners feel safe attacking a group they felt was made up of old white guys.

But when their target audiences are women and minorities, and they make up 40% of the group being attacking they look like fools.

So how can I tell you what the NRA make up is? It’s simple, and while the anti-gunners are crying foul, I am sure of my association and my numbers. You see while the NRA proper does not count the race of their members the Friend of the NRA does. So consider this 1,100 events with an average of 150 people plus per event. The fact is 3% of the NRA members by count come to Friends of the NRA dinners and events. We PHYSICALLY SEE 3% of the NRA membership by count every year. Friends of the NRA raised $600,000,000.00 in the last decade or so for juniors’ programs and women’s programs. Not a dime goes to politics. Women on Target touched close to 1 million women, all 1st-time gun owners and now happy and productive NRA members.

The gun grabbers who think an organization as effective of the NRA and it’s charitable foundations do not know the make-up of their members are just deluding themselves.

Some final statistics that you need to know.

The NRA is 23% democrat! Only slightly less than the national average for the general population! (The national average is 29% democrat.) The NRA supports ANY politician who respects the 2nd Amendment and the Constitution. They are not a left or right organization. Most of the NRA support goes to the GOP because the GOP supports the 2nd Amendment, not the other way around.

The most popular rifle used in high power competition? AR in all it’s forms. The gun the anti-gun left want to ban is the most commonly used centerfire rifle in competition! I wonder if they know that?

Funny thing facts.

About Don McDougall:

Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

  • 37 thoughts on “The Demographics of Today’s NRA – Bad News for Haters

    1. I, like many others here, would love to see the sources of the information shared in this article. Specifically, where did you get those numbers since the NRA claims to not gather information about the race of their members.

      For now, the number of people of color in the NRA can be gleened from pictures from their rallies…and needless to say not looking too good on the diverisity front…the pictures do not support the position that the NRA is now 40% people of color

      1. You need to read the article a little more carefully.

        So how can I tell you what the NRA make up is? It’s simple, and while the anti-gunners are crying foul, I am sure of my association and my numbers. You see while the NRA proper does not count the race of their members the Friend of the NRA does. So consider this 1,100 events with an average of 150 people plus per event. The fact is 3% of the NRA members by count come to Friends of the NRA dinners and events. We PHYSICALLY SEE 3% of the NRA membership by count every year.

    2. Jeez guys. Ur making it so obvious that ur mostly liberals leaving anti NRA comments. And ur voter registration information is public information. U don’t have to sign a release, or verbally offer it, because it’s public. Sorry to squash ur liberal ass opinions. But u are wrong again. always. Bit of advice. ..educate yourself before u open ur mouth about something u don’t know. Makes u look stupid!

    3. A statement is made that the NRA is not a left or right organization. Then every time the left is mentioned it is about gun grabbing lefties or lefties being anti guns. The author is either totally hypocritical or doesn’t realize that many Democrats own guns.

      1. Did you pay attention when you read the article? Or did you not even read it before you commented. It says many liberals area becoming, and are members.

    4. In central Wisconsin, heart of deer country 30 years ago 75 high schoolers took hunter safety class ,this year 17, guess the iPad has taken over.

    5. This guy is just another anti-White who wants to get a head pat by anti-White ruling elites. He is also 100% full of BS, there is no way the NRA isn’t 90% White!

      1. I agree this guy is an idiot. I don’t know if the NRA is 90% white but it’s at least 80-90% white. Plus,I’ve been an NRA member since ’75 and I never remember being asked what my political party affiliation was. I don’t know if McDougall has mental problems or is just a moron. Maybe both !

    6. Mr. McDougall,

      Did you get your proctologist to pull these numbers for you?

      Here are some actual facts for you:
      1) The NRA doesn’t release membership demographics (probably because they DON’T HAVE them)
      2) The NRA does not ask their members for demographics with their application (send us the money!)
      3) Any subsequent request for demographic information (say, by email) would be voluntary and skewed anyway

      And, really? “Mostly Asian and Hispanic men and women”? Wouldn’t want that minority membership to sound too threatening to your readers, now would we? My 5-year-old nephew is better at making up stories.

    7. This is a self-serving piece of puffery and you are all sheep. Who you are and what you believe is irrelevant. It’s what you DO that matters. You own guns. You shoot. NOT COOL. And seriously? “Ammo Land”? Shameful, all of it.

      1. My firearms are my most valued possession. All 38 of them ! Sometime next week it’s going up to 39 with an additional 3K rounds of various ammo calibers. You see,I’m what you irrelevant liberals call a GUN NUT ! Proud,White,and Right ! ‘TEXAS,LIKE A WHOLE OTHER COUNTRY’ !

      2. @VS It is what we DO that matters. Many of us have spent the majority of our lives defending you, and your Free Speech Civil Right. We are undeserving of your insults. And our Civil Right to keep and bare arms is not dependent upon your opinion of what is COOL.

    8. Off topic, but ONE concept should end the arguing.—
      Have you ever heard of a government that banned it’s own ARMED FORCES from “Keeping and Bearing” ARMS?
      Find one government in the history of humanity that felt a need to document a “RIGHT” for it’s ARMED FORCES to possess ARMS.
      Hundreds of governments have banned their Citizens from “keeping and bearing ARMS” but NEVER has a government banned It’s TROOPS from doing so.
      The claim that the Government wrote the 2nd Amendment to give Our ARMED FORCES a “right” to carry ARMS is S-T-U-P-I-D.
      The only reason for the Second Amendment is to clearly spell-out the GOD GIVEN RIGHT of INDIVIDUALS to keep & bear ARMS.
      THE reason for the BILL(list) of RIGHTS was to codify INDIVIDUALS’ GOD GIVEN RIGHTS.
      Has there ever been a government that was not chock full of it’s “rights” up to and including declaring itself to be the Lord God Almighty?!
      Does the 1st Amendment mean the GOVERNMENT is allowed to give speeches? Try shutting up any Government.
      Anyone who tells you the 2nd Amendment applies to the Army or State Militia, is telling you they think you are STUPID.
      There has NEVER been a government that felt it had to codify it’s army’s/soldier’s “RIGHT” to “Keep and BEAR ARMS” because there has NEVER been a government that refused to allow It’s own soldiers to KEEP and BEAR ARMS!

    9. This is great information if it’s accurate. Do you have a citation for these nice round numbers? Does the NRA have a release with this information or did you get this data somewhere else?

    10. If you have never been to the NRA convention then I highly recommend it. Last year in Nashville was a great time. It is in Louisville this year. If you are into guns then you will have a great time. We make it a family event and actually use it as a mini family reunion.

    11. As a 50 year old NRA instructor, who happens to be black, I am happy to say that all 3 of my kids are excellent marksmen(rifle, pistol & shotgun), great students and proud Americans. We will never vote for a sleazy democrat. They are racists and believe that we can not participate as Americans without their help and pity. We study hard, work hard and contribute to the betterment of the USA as all other Americans should; that’s why we can’t be democrats(they only want victims). We are the NRA and we stand with RAND! #LFOD! Live free or die!!

    12. 5WarVeteran – At one time I read about a half-dozen different gun magazines, to include The American Rifleman. All of them contained advertisements, else they would be unaffordable. If you don’t like any of the NRA magazines you can call 1-877-NRA-2000 and decline having any sent to you. For what you want I would suggest Guns Magazine and/or American Handgunner. Hopefully, very few members join the NRA just for the magazine. I hope most of my fellow members have joined to help the NRA-ILA fight for our Second Amendment rights. That phone number is also good for either joining or extending your membership, plus they can help you out if you’re missing your membership card or any promotional items.

    13. The NRA’s job is not to teach gunsmithing. The NRA’s job- the part you mostly don’t see- is the work behind the scenes in the form of lobbying. The NRA, like any other large organization isn’t perfect- like how they seriously under estimated I-594 in Washington State. They were too little, too late and allowed 2.9 million law abiding citizens to get screwed. But they LEARNED from it and corrective action is now being taken.

    14. Discounting only suicides (that means including murders, justifiable homicides, and intra-gang/inter-gang warfare)… the US firearms-related per-capita death toll is still only 3 per 100,000 citizens. That ranks 26th in the world. There are twenty-five other countries – some in Europe, and all having draconian-strict anti-gun laws – in which citizens are at higher “real-world” risk of being a shooting victim than US citizens. [Those numbers are certified by the FBI and the CDC, and are not “massaged” propaganda… by anyone.]
      Interestingly, if the ghetto (gang warfare) statistics – from just nine US cities (all with harsh gun-control laws already in place) – are also removed, the US per-capita firearms-murder rate drops to less than 0.7 per 100,000 citizens… which is the lowest in the civilized world! In those gang-infested, gun-free-zone cities (Chicago, Detroit, etc), each year there is one firearms-related crime (act of violence) for every twenty-five (25) citizens. In the entire rest of the country (where private firearm ownership is prevalent) there is annually one such crime for every nine-hundred and ten (910) citizens. In fact, in what used to be called the “Old West” (Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, etc… where private gun ownership is highest), there is annually one such crime for every 1,100 citizens! There is indeed a direct relationship between private gun ownership and crime rate. It is an inverse relationship (where more guns = less crime), but it certainly exists.

      If our Idiot-in-Chief truly wanted to remedy what he euphemistically calls this country’s “gun problem” (what we sane citizens know to be a violence problem)… I’ll show the inept fool EXACTLY where to look!!!

    15. “The specious assumption that anyone of color or gender will stay a liberal and not assimilate into American culture or change their views is a mistake.”
      This line is pure gold!

    16. Meanwhile here in IL: ISRAs Richard Pearson helps recruit Otis McDonald for the Supreme Court lawsuit against the city of Chicago. When the U.S. Federal Court in Chicago totally overturns IL’s concealed weapons statute, Pearson and NRA contract lobbyist Donald Todd Vandermyde cut a deal with the anti-gun Chiefs of Police to put Duty to Inform w/ criminal penalties in Rep. Brandon Phelps HB183 “NRA backed” carry bill.

      If you’re old, white, live in Chatsworth IL and know the secret Masonic handshake like Pearson, DTI “won’t be a problem” because the police are your friends, and “we’re the good guys.” NRA is composed of bumbling clowns like Pearson and rats like Vandermyde whose only use for black people is face men for lawsuits so they can sell out their own members to be set up and killed by police criminals.

    17. The only reason I do not like the NRA is because of all the cheesy marketing and celebrity nonsense. JUST LIKE THE AARP!

      I joined the NRA a year ago and it took them 9 months to send a membership card. My son joined at the same time and we opted for different magazines and when they arrived the covers were a bit different but the majority within was the same.
      They lack quality material and focus on the really old stuff. Very little information with MEAT.
      Personally I do not want a magazine trying to sell me Zoyzia grass plugs and medic alert bracelets. I want solid educational info. Ballistics and quality concealed carry data. How to’s on break down and maintenance. How to polish feed ramps, terminology, builds. The difference between key hole mods and A4 feed ramps. Why paying $1000 for a scope when a $180 scope will perform just as well. The differences between the two. Why coated optice arfe better than non coated. MEAT

    18. Even though the truth is out here, most Dummiecrats either can’t read, can’t hear, don’t care, stupid, or all four. Take away the 2nd Amendment and gun ownership and Mr. and Mrs. Democrat you WILL BE A SLAVE!

      1. f***k your simple minded views no one wants your guns I support gun laws but no one needs a f*****g .50 cal for hunting or whatever bulls**t you’re doing with it. that’s just f****ing retarted you people give gun owners a bad name and yes I do own a pistol to protect my family I live in New York and have a C&C


    19. The elections of 2016 will show that our gun rights are our number one priority in the US. The democrats will go down in flames and it will take many yrs. for them to recover what 8 yrs. of Obama and the gun grabbers have tried to ram down our throats and tell us what we think and feel.

      1. That is f**king retarded. If gun rights are your number one priority, you need to check your morals and beliefs because we have many more things in our lives that should be more important than our f**king guns.


        1. Our “f**king guns,” as you refer to them… ARE the number one priority, specifically because gun ownership is the ONLY reason we remain a free republic… where we can indeed have “many important things” to devote our attention, time, and effort to, in the first place. If the country itself isn’t secure, other things (food, clothing, shelter, jobs, family relationships, etc etc etc) won’t mean a damnable thing.

          1. Please explain how owning guns can make country free republic? Also how do the British maintain their republic without such large gun ownership? Thanks in advance for your explanation.

            1. Are you really that uneducated on history? Why limit your example to the uk. How about Ukraine recently? Crimea, Georgia, a good portion of the middle east and Africa over the last 30 years, Vietnam most of last century and the entire world the first half of last century. Use your head. There are legitimate concerns for gun ownership. Your question is not one of them…

    20. I’m very glad there’s still people like Don around to bring us the truth because there’s so many people that are willing to trade their freedoms for what they might think is additional safety.lets be reminded that large, over regulated, Democrat controlled cities like New York & Chicago have more gun murders per capita then other cities where C&C is protected by law.Why? Because the bad guys don’t know if your carrying your weapon. Savvy…

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