|Yes, you are.|
At first I didn't believe the NRA was tax-exempt, but a quick trip to the NRA's own website (which I will not link to) confirmed it. Hint: if you search the term "nra tax-exempt" you will see a page called "A Brief History Of The NRA". Read that in its entirety if you like.
Here, I will quote paragraph 13:
In 1990, NRA made a dramatic move to ensure that the financial support for firearms-related activities would be available now and for future generations. Establishing the NRA Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, provided a means to raise millions of dollars to fund gun safety and educational projects of benefit to the general public. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible and benefit a variety of American constituencies, including youths, women, hunters, competitive shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement agents and persons with physical disabilities.And, paragraph 14:
While widely recognized today as a major political force* and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly four million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs. As former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos said, "Let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their Congressmen. They write. They vote. They contribute. And they get what they want over time."The NRA is no longer engaged in enhancing the fine art of marksmanship or of educating fledgling hunters. They are no longer engaged in the practice of assuring gun safety. They don't appear to provide any "public benefit" even if they once did. So what do they do?
They are engaged in the business of representing firearms manufacturers and expanding the market for firearms. See, guns are durable goods. They seldom break or wear out; many guns are passed down from generation to generation - with pride - as fully usable weapons. So they aren't a disposable item - they can hang around for hundreds of years. In order to EXPAND sales, manufacturers need to EXPAND THE MARKET - get more new customers buying their first guns, and get more repeat customers buying second, third, and fourth firearms in an attempt to keep up with the latest models and features.
They are engaged in the business of making sure that laws (like "Stand Your Ground") exist to ease gun ownership. They stoke fear that your neighbor or your government is going to attack you. They claim - by and through their members - that police are either useless doofs or dangerous agents of a grand government conspiracy (you've heard the "jackbooted thugs" meme a time or ten, right?) so that you need to be armed or be dead. (I saw a tweet fly by a few minutes ago: No one at the NRA suggested that after Trayvon Martin's death, or Jordan Davis's death, that black teens should arm themselves....I wonder why?)
They are engaged in some heavy-duty legal action, too: the NRA's Institute of Legislative Action. This is the mothership for their activism. I linked to it because I want you to see it, read it, get a feel for the degree of dedication these people have. Get a feel for the fear they push out. Get an idea of how anyone who isn't all for everything they want is labelled "anti-gun". Become familiar with their terminology and methodology... and above all:
SIGN THE PETITION. PLEASE.