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GOA divered from the NRA[edit]

How about some of the ways GOA has diverged from the NRA? Where do they disagree? --BDD (talk) 03:19, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Advertising[edit]

I was wondering how I might go about buying advertising space on wikipedia in much the same way that the Gun Owners of America seem to have done here. Nino137.111.47.29 (talk) 02:14, 25 February 2009 (UTC)

You start an organization that 3 million people believe in enough to join and pay dues to. Your organization should uphold at least one of the constitutional amendments that are under siege by our current leftist administration. Simple. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.41.173.15 (talk) 23:46, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, I meant 3 hundred thousand members, not 3 million. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.41.173.15 (talk) 23:49, 15 August 2009 (UTC)

So the page reflects a political agenda advanced by 0.001% of the population of the US, rather than presenting facts about the organisation. Interesting. Ninahexan (talk) 06:14, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

Just because only (?) 300,000 people actually sign up and PAY dues doesn't mean they represent the views of only 300,000 people. How many folks pay money (directly) to Planned Parenthood?? I guess many more people believe in Gun Rights than abortion. GOA should do like PP and just get congress to mandate that everyone in the U.S. is taxed to support them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.36.76.34 (talk) 18:44, 19 April 2013 (UTC)


At the very least, this article ought to be flagged for being a pure puff piece. There is no balance, there is no objectivity here. Neutral tone, anyone? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 199.221.98.4 (talk) 13:56, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Folks, don't just complain. Be bold and edit the article, or tag it as having issues (which I have just done). This article relies on one source: the subject of the article. All other sources cited are either press releases from this organization or stories on friendly websites (e.g. WorldNetDaily) about press releases issued by this organization. The two other sources cited have dead links. This article needs major surgery. Janus303 (talk) 03:50, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

I tried to add some balance, at least with some statistics. For some reason the formatting for the cite isn't coming out right though. Ace-o-aces (talk) 14:37, 26 November 2009 (UTC)

Hi guys. I will encourage you to explore WP and examine other articles. Also checkout POV and RS. Its appropriate to ref the organization's press releases to cite positions it has officially taken, things it has said, their 'ratings' for people. If the GOA makes certain points in its info campaigns, linking to one of those campaigns is the way to go and is actually encouraged in the policy (WP:V).
=Digiphi (talk) 14:19, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

article critical of GOA[edit]

http://motherjones.com/politics/2009/12/gun-activists-take-aim-obamacare —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.248.251.195 (talk) 11:29, 10 December 2009 (UTC)

Contested fact[edit]

I removed the following text from the article: "In California last year, two children died—they were pitchforked to death by a crazed drug addict—because a resident in the home could not access the household firearms in time. The guns were locked up in deference to California state law." - I would argue this is a contested fact. You might argue that the children died because the social care system let "a crazed drug addict" to be in a situation where they might harm children. You might argue that children would not have been killed if the local law enforcement agencies arrived more quickly on the scene and were able to resolve the situation. You might argue that the term "a crazed drug addict" needs to be clarified and is not appropriate for wikipedia. Overall I think this sentence should withdrawn for two reasons 1. It cannot be proven as a clear case of cause and effect and 2. the terminology is inappropriate for wikipedia. --87.194.211.85 (talk) 13:42, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Interesting, but Wikipedia is not courtroom, and not democracy. Please see WP:POV. Contested facts are fine, and are encouraged per policy. If you can find a source that describes them as contested or describes an opposing viewpoint then you should add that to the article as well.
-Digiphi (talk) 14:19, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Here are two refs talking about the incident, and each describes enough that MOS would prescribe mentioning that the facts are contested. See if you wan work them into the article without misrepresenting the section about the GOAs info campaign. They'll have to be outside it. My advice would be to create a page about Jonathon David Bruce and link to it. See what you can do.
1) NYDailyNews article
2) TYsknews piece
-Digiphi (talk) 14:38, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

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Aurora, Colorado shooting[edit]

I removed the text regarding Pratt's claim about the Aurora, Colorado shooting. His quote is included in full in the source that was cited, and nowhere did Pratt say that the shooting was done as "part of a plot" as the text here claimed. All Pratt said is that the shooting has been exploited by politicians, which is a very different claim. ROG5728 (talk) 18:54, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Obama's anti-gun stance[edit]

The statement that "The [Obama] administration in fact has taken no steps to limit gun ownership" is patently false and it is contradicted by the first citation, which clearly says that the Obama admin created a multiple rifle sales reporting requirement in border states (for which the admin was quickly sued by the NRA). It also mentions that Obama has appointed two vehemently anti-gun Supreme Court justices, Sotomayor and Kagan. I went ahead and removed the statement. ROG5728 (talk) 19:02, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

I am unaware of any anti-gun rulings by either Justice Sotomayor or Kagan. Could you provide a cite? Paul, in Saudi (talk) 06:24, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
  @Paul  - just google it.   they lie when they are up for nomination, like all liberals.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.36.76.34 (talk) 18:39, 19 April 2013 (UTC) 


both obama and holder are on videotape admitting they want to ban all guns in America. the audio from these has been played over and over on conservative talk radio. holder talks about wanting to brainwash americans into believing guns are bad iirc. why the national media dont report on them? use your own judgement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 107.36.76.34 (talk) 18:35, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

While the statements you make are true NOW, they were not true when the article was created in 2008. The facts can change over time, jumping up and down (figuratively) and screaming LIBERAL! LIBERAL! like a 1950's era cartoon of a woman standing on a chair screaming mouse! mouse! is not necessary. As a matter of fact we don't need people with this attitude on our side. You just perpetuate the anti-gun nuts view of gun owners as being those "crazy gun owners". --75.17.193.238 (talk) 17:27, 13 May 2013 (UTC) Doc Ock