Im not too thrilled with getting the NRA mafia involved either
I wasn't aware the NRA forced anyone to do anything. They provide a service no one else (Excluding the CMP and AMU) chose to provide, but they don't force anyone to partake.
They provide training to our smaller police departments who otherwise couldn't afford it.
My NRA instructor training was voluntary, how ever my FBI training was mandatory for me to get my firearm instructor certification.
I wouldn't classify the NRA as Mafia. Take it or leave it, at least with the NRA I had a choice, not so with the FBI.