Fred Thompson and the NRA
Seems there's a dispute as to whether he's a life member or an endowment member. Story here.
Comment from SailorCurt, blocked for some reason by the spam filter. He;s right, BTW. There's annual membership, and above that life membership (with voting privileges), and above that come (I forget the sequence) patron, endowment and some other classes. But all of the higher classes are life membership plus some.
"It doesn't seem like a dispute to me. The only statement about it in
the article was a quote from Bill Bunting who said:
"I'm a life member of the NRA...but he's an endowment member,"
That seemed like a complement to me. That reads to me like he's saying
"I'm [only] a life member...but he's [a life member and also] an
This is borne out by the NRA membership web page with lists a
at $1,000 and an href="https://membership.nrahq.org/forms/signup.asp#endowment
membership at $2,000.
My reading of the page describing Endowment membership implies that it
is a higher level of life membership. An endowment membership confers
voting rights and results in the issue of a membership card and certificate.
In other words, there may be some argument, but it is not whether
Thompson is a life member or not, but only the LEVEL of his life membership.