You know, I had a big long message typed up but it's just not worth the debate.
Suffice it to say, the NRA is, in MY opinion, not representing gun owners, not defending the second amendment, and not worthy of my support. Just last night I sent $100 to the Oregon Firearms Federation. That group actually has a no compromise mindset and fights tooth and nail, SUCESSFULLY in most cases, to prevent further errosion of the second amendment. It also goes to bat for those who are wrongly persecuted for exercising their firearms rights.
The only other thing that I will say is that self defense is not ONLY defense against an individual. It is the defense of your person, your property, your way of life, and your morals. The level of force may be different in each case but it is self defense none the less!