Michael Moore’s Attacks on 2nd Amendment Raise Bylaws Questions for NRA

By David Codrea

That's an NRA Life Member hat Michael Moore is wearing. Why is someone who works against everything the Association stands for allowed to remain a member when the Bylaws provide for good cause expulsion?
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Michael Moore flubs stats on people killed with guns during home invasions,” Politifact reported Wednesday.  He got so much wrong, they assigned a “Mostly False” rating on their “Truth-O-Meter,” no small acknowledgment considering a demonstrable “progressive” leaning on guns by the self-designated “fact check” arbiters.

Being unbelievable seems to be a habit with this guy.

Yet it was based on such fabricated nonsense that Moore introduced a delusional proposal to repeal the Second Amendment earlier this month. Go ahead and read through it at the link if you like. I did because I had to for this article, but it’s awful tough to slog through a screed so ignorant it claims the Second Amendment was written “was written before bullets … were even invented.”

Still, it makes it fair to wonder why someone who feels that way would claim to be a life member of the National Rifle Association. It’s not surprising that his purported rationale was also delusional:

“After Columbine, I decided that I would run against Charlton Heston for the presidency of the NRA. If elected, my plan was to try to return the NRA to a gun safety organization, instead of its current agenda of gun fanaticism. The rules said that to run for president, you had to be a member for the past five years or buy a lifetime membership for $750. And that’s what I did.”

Right. He’d have defeated Heston and been handed the keys of fundamental transformation. But it’s interesting he brought up rules, since the Bylaws actually disqualify him from membership.

Association Bylaws, Article III, Sec. 11, “Involuntary Termination of Membership and Disciplinary Proceedings” states in part:

“Any individual or organization member may be suspended or expelled for good cause, including, but not limited to, any conduct which is contrary to, or in violation of the Bylaws of the Association.”

Moore's long-time public anti-gun advocacy is in direct conflict with Article II, Purposes and Objectives, section 1:

“To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially with reference to the inalienable right of the individual American citizen guaranteed by such Constitution to acquire, possess, collect, exhibit, transport, carry, transfer ownership of, and enjoy the right to use arms, in order that the people may always be in a position to exercise their legitimate individual rights of self-preservation and defense of family, person, and property, as well as to serve effectively in the appropriate militia for the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberty of its citizens;”

Additionally, Article III, “Membership,” section 1., “Eligibility,” requires that the member “subscribes to the objectives and purposes of the Association.”

The thing is, NRA leadership was apprised of this over 15 years ago. They not only failed to act on a legitimate member inquiry, submitted in accordance with the Bylaws and requiring an investigation, but ignored it and left it unacknowledged.

And that leaves one of two possibilities: Either Moore has been lying all along about his life membership, always a distinct possibility, or someone in authority at NRA deliberately ignored rules that are mandated as binding on all.

And either way, it’s in our interests as gun owner rights advocates to know the truth. Because if they don't boot him out, how can they enforce such rules against anyone?

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 33 thoughts on “Michael Moore’s Attacks on 2nd Amendment Raise Bylaws Questions for NRA

    1. here’s my take: bylaws, just like the country’s laws, need to be enforced. Otherwise there is a breakdown of respect, and you run risk of selective enforcement, which we see now at the highest levels.
      What if you let Moore have his membership and violate the bylaws then George Soros or Tom Steyer decides to sponsor a whole bunch of lefties to get membership and vote in our elections? Yes, the NRA gets a bunch of money, but we also get a whole bunch of people aiming to ruin the NRA. And if you haven’t been in the habit of enforcing your own bylaws, you might have lost the legal right to start doing it now.
      Just my two cents. Enforce the bylaws or change them, but don’t be like the Democrats and only enforce the ones you like when you like them.
      tp, life member since 1986

    2. Amazing the NRA did absolutely nothing after Bowling for Columbine. He even went directly after Heston. Seriously… wtf is going on. Imagine Pence making a movie boasting a PP membership and knocking on Sanger’s door to change… like they would even habe allowed it

    3. Mr Ass Moore
      You must hate the United States of America AS much as Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Obama, George Soros.
      You know that most airlines have flights out of the U.S.A. every hour, so why don’t you take one and go to the country that you thank is so great==== What is real about this that of the people of any of those counties would like live here , and that is because our Country is so GREAT. If you S.O.B.’s get the hell out of our country And leave it alone. All you want to faten your Bank Accounts, And let’s face it you all are a bunch of CROOK’s And will commit Treason to faten your BANK A COUNTS

    4. Nay…my guess is Wayne and Fatso sit around drinking a beer and joke about how gullible most NRA members really are.

    5. Moore is a non-entity, not worthy of consideration or second thought. Those who believe his crap will continue to believe because they want to believe. Those who recognize his crap for what it is will not be duped into following his path to the socialist commie utopia the progressives are trying to lead us to.

      As for thee NRA, they have made errors in judgement by yielding an inch to the side which will take a mile. However, they are the biggest name in the game. I find it funny that the NRA is credited by the opposition with having the power to sway elections, even to who may run for office. The NRA is, reportedly, comprised of 5 million members out of a population of 247,813,910 adults… or 2%. Hard to believe unless they were senators, congressmen, and judges.

      There are MANY pro-gun organizations which receive very little credit (i.e. National Gun Owners, California Rifle and Pistol, etc.). Some are affiliated with the NRA, and some not. Yet, all hold to the same general ideals. They exist in every state. They are the power. More than a third of Americans say they or someone in their household owns a gun. There are by various estimates anywhere from 270 million to 310 million guns in the United States — close to one firearm for every man, woman and child. This is the reason the anti-gun proponents seek to legislate guns instead of following the Constitution and attempt to get an amendment passed as the law requires. Firearms are a Right, not a privilege. The Founders, especially Jefferson, stated that any change of the rights of the people can only be changed by the direct participation of the people. Leaving the power of change to politicians paves the way for the government to decide in the same way, any rights issue. Even alcohol, which has never been a right, required an amendment to initiate Prohibition, and a second amendment to repeal Prohibition. The anti-gun proponents realize that an amendment would never pass muster, so they pick the 2nd Amendment to pieces a bit at a time, just as happened in the UK and Australia. They use the courts and the legislature to infringe upon a right of the people. If only we could draw every gun owner, and every person who supports the 2nd Amendment to pull together, instead of bickering over faith in the NRA, we might see an end to this mess.

      On the plus side, recent polls show millennials leaning more in support of the 2nd Amendment. So, too, liberals, Democrats, and LGBGTQ supporters. In fact, the left seems to be buying guns as fast as the right did when Obama was POTUS.

    6. Great photo of MM. He’s with the right crowd there….gangbangers, looters, muggers, murderers, and degenerates of every persuasion. Looks like they don’t have jobs.

      1. Sorry, but actually, using the bylaws to remove him is a symbolic and effective gesture we cannot abide by a person whose purpose in membership is to undermine by the slimy tactics the organization, as well as falsely indictING the Constitutional Second Amendment.

        Terminate his membership; frankly, this raggedy-asset old Marine gunfighter would prefer termination of a different type.

    7. Fat, ugly, slob makes his penance by speaking against everything important. He is a blowhard with nothing to back it up. Unbelievable the language he uses when talking to an audience of people that are too stupid not to avoid him. A repulsive piece of trash.

      1. @tcat, Yes, he is, and I would send him a case of Big Macs if I thought that he eat them. Eat up Mikey, if it feels good, do it!

    8. I’ve been a member of the NRA for about 20 years, I hold a legal Concealed Carry Permit, own many firearm, and shoot regularly.
      I would consider myself an “average” NRA member, but I am becoming increasingly skeptical about the NRA and its current leadership.
      Some of the decisions that have been made, and comments to the press recently that are being made seem to me, to be contrary to the beliefs I think the organization should be representing.
      Not sure if I’ll be renewing membership in NRA, I’ll be looking at other organizations unless Wayne LaPierre is replaced

      1. Rick, I gave up on my membership of the NRA years ago when LaPierre took over. It was shortly afterwards when the NRA put out a video of LaPierre hunting in Africa with a high-priced custom rifle and guide and bagging game; paid for with MEMBER’S DONATIONS. He has abused his position (which apparently allows him to choose who can and can’t run and be elected to any office) from the very beginning and continues to do so. The NRA would benefit and members would benefit if they could get rid of LaPierre, but it looks like he has his job for life.

        1. The NRA is run by some of America’s most disrespectable and dishonest people. The NRA is so corrupt that they attack the membership, spend money to support anti-gun laws, and give politicians A ratings in exchange for donations.

          NRA supports anti-gun laws???? Yes, in 2017 the NRA supported a law in Tennessee to increase gun free zones. The NRA is in bed with Anti-gun politicians who will support fluff gun legislation, but will do everything they can to block important pro-gun laws and keeping them from coming up for a vote. The NRA is a bad player in Tennessee.

          1. Brian Wrote: “Yes, in 2017 the NRA supported a law in Tennessee to increase gun free zones.”
            Can you substantiate, with links, that statement, Brian?

        2. Joe, good stuff to know. Like I said, I’m not a huge NRA fan, and as bad as they are, unfortunately, they’re pretty much the only game in town with enough resources to do the little bit of good ( for gun owners) that they do.
          It’s only going to take one more nutcase ( conspiracy and False Flag theories aside ) to drop a couple dozen dead bodies and all hell is going to break loose against us, NRA be damned.

          1. Sure didn’t take long for this weeks nutcase to come out of the woodwork now did it??
            Sympathies to the families of the terrorist attack today in NY, but thank God he didn’t use a gun.
            I guess we’ll need more vehicle control now won’t we?

    9. I think stating there were only two possibilities is a bit short sighted. There are other possibilities as have already been suggested in these comments. If there was a discussion about MM’s membership (not saying there actually was), I can come up with a number of potential reasons it could be strategically more beneficial to leave his membership in place than to oust him.

      For me, the next time I hear a liberal say something about he NRA I’m going to say “Michael Moore joined the NRA, he thinks it has good qualities. Specifically, he even said he would like to see them increase their training programs. You should come check one of their classes out”

    10. 1. The NRA had a duty to address a duly submitted, legitimate inquiry from a member, and a duty to respond to the inquiry, in writing.

      That said, the expulsion of Moore would:

      1. Make him a martyr; and

      2. Give him the publicity he is always so desperately seeking.

      Neither benefits the NRA.

      1. Keith, I think you’re right and this was my first thought. To expel MM would only bring adverse publicity onto the NRA and probably solicit a lawsuit from MM. He would present himself as a wronged innocent who would say that he was only interested in “gun safety and background checks”. Since the victim usually gets the sympathy, it would become a PR nightmare. I think this, just keep and use his dues and take John’s advise when confronted by a liberal.
        As to the NRA, they (like us all) are not perfect and I wish there was a way for them to at least take a member vote on a stance before saying that “the NRA endorses….” because, as the ad says, I am the NRA .. and they have never asked me about endorsing anything or anyone and I’m a long time life member.

    11. Maybe all the animals at the farm are equal, but some are more equal then others. What if Michael Moore is actually supporting the NRA with large donations? With ulterior motives of course…HOWEVER, that would make the “leadership” look away at his misdeeds. Don’t you think? And these days…the NRA is probably a branch of the CIA, ATF, FBI and who knows what else.

    12. NRA has been making some missteps lately, although the bump stock controversy was blown out of proportion IMO. I hope that this isn’t another one. It’s up to the voting members to restrain the excesses, if you’re qualified, raise your voice and let them know.

      1. @VE, Michael Moore is not smart enough or energetic enough to be a real communist. Michael Moore is much less… he is a parlor revolutionary.

        1. @WB … I concur with you sir. That lazy slob brings a whole new definition to the term – Pinko Pig. You know how to really mess him up? Have a spelling contest.

        2. @ W. Bill maybe if he did get a case of Big Macs he might gorge himself into extinction or he might choke on one. Maybe you could special order a batch with chicken bones in them.

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