Enemy Within : NRA 2018 Board Election Commentary by Marion Hammer

By Marion P. Hammer,
NRA Past President
Executive Director Unified Sportsmen of Florida

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NRA 2018 Board Election Commentary by Marion Hammer

USA – -(Ammoland.com)-  Once again the NRA is being threatened by the enemy within and I’m reaching out to ask for your help. Unfortunately, NRA Board elections provide opportunities for people with interests other than those of NRA, to make moves to disrupt NRA, our mission and our cause. That is happening now.

People who are on the NRA ballot for election to the NRA Board of Directors deserve close scrutiny by NRA voting members. Being on the ballot does not automatically mean a person is qualified to serve on the Board. Most of the people on the ballot were nominated by the NRA Nominating Committee in a deliberative process designed to evaluate the motives and qualifications of the candidates.

However, some of the candidates on this year’s ballot were not nominated by the Nominating Committee, but rather they placed themselves on the ballot by collecting petition signatures. Petition signers had no way of knowing the real motives or qualifications of these petitioners.

At the bottom of this column is a list of the candidates on this year’s ballot that I believe are the best qualified people to serve on the NRA Board. Not only do I believe they are the most qualified, I believe they are the most dedicated to NRA and our cause.

The NRA Board of Directors has a specific role that is often misunderstood by people who seek positions on the Board for their own personal glorification and benefit. NRA Board members have no power. The power lies solely with the Board as a whole and only when the Board is in session. That’s why NRA’s detractors and dissidents organize in an attempt to quietly infiltrate the Board and gain a majority of the seats.

From time to time in the history of NRA, activists, critics and dissenters have sought to take control of NRA. Because I’m asking for your help, I thought you should know some of that history.

NRA Board History

1977 NRA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati
1977 NRA Annual Meeting in Cincinnati

In 1977, at the annual meeting in Cincinnati, a group of gun rights activists stopped the NRA Board from moving NRA headquarters away from Washington, DC to set up shop in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That Board’s intent was to be near the US Olympic Training Center where they could convert NRA to an organization devoted to shooting competition. The motive of the activist group in Cincinnati was to be sure that NRA remained in Washington, DC as a driving force in protecting the Second Amendment and the freedom to exercise those gun rights.

Twenty years later in 1997, during my term as NRA President, a group of dissidents and adversaries tried to take control of NRA. Their motives were not pure. They wanted control of NRA’s finances and jobs. Pretending to be strong gun rights advocates, they wanted control of NRA’s money and they wanted to install themselves as NRA’s top salaried employees.

They had worked quietly for several years to infiltrate the Board by electing their followers to the Board. They did this through the petition process for getting on the ballot. Failing to meet the qualifications and pass the scrutiny of the nomination process, they circulated petitions for signatures to get on the ballot. Nobody noticed or suspected they were planning to take over NRA.

The 1997 group of dissidents attempting to take control of NRA during my presidency were financially motivated. Their clear intent was to take control of NRA’s money and property then liquidate the portfolio to cash and make it easy to covert NRA resources to their own purposes.

The NRA Finance Committee had quietly fallen under the control of these dissidents. Against the strenuous objections of the NRA Treasurer, and without the approval of the President as required in the NRA By-Laws, the NRA Finance Committee held an unauthorized committee meeting in late 1996. At that meeting they began formulating plans to take control of NRA and to begin converting the NRA portfolio to cash. All they needed to implement their plan was control of the majority of the NRA Board.

Thinking they had majority control of the Board, their plan was to remove Wayne LaPierre from the Executive Vice President (EVP-CEO) position, remove me as President, install their own followers and take total control.

They made their move at the NRA Winter Board meeting in January, 1997. In a marathon meeting that began at 9:00am Saturday morning and did not end until 4:00am Sunday morning, we fought them off.

As president, I remained on the podium and refused to allow a recess for meals or breaks that would have allowed the dissidents to regroup. Food was brought in and we ate while we fought. For nineteen (19) straight hours Wayne and I, and a dedicated group of board members, remained in that room and battled for the heart and soul of the NRA. We won the day.

Charlton Heston, “From my cold dead hands!”
Charlton Heston, “From my cold dead hands!”

We then brought in Charlton Heston and helped elect him to the NRA Board as the 76th Director. Next we worked to elect him First Vice President to later follow me as President to be sure we could protect NRA and our standing as the nation’s foremost Second Amendment protector.

Twenty years ago, we won that battle and put down that group of malcontents. The NRA is alive and well today because we stopped dissidents who had infiltrated the Board by the petition process.

Current Day NRA Board:

Right now, a group of agitators — some of them devotees of the 1997 dissident group – have already quietly worked their way onto the NRA Board and others are now actively trying to get elected to the NRA Board.

It is time to wake up and stop it before it begins. I urge you to award your votes to the 25 most qualified people who have earned nomination by the NRA Nominating Committee and who are truly dedicated to NRA.

Although the Nominating Committee nominated more than the 25 needed this year, they did not nominate all 35 who appear on the ballot. It is important to vote for the 25 best qualified most dedicated people to serve NRA.

Below is the slate of the 25 candidates who will get my votes and whom I endorse.

I have known and worked with most of these candidates for years and I believe they all share my love of and dedication to NRA and our members.

I encourage you to join me. I encourage you to share this slate with NRA voting members and that you will give it your endorsement as well. With Bloomberg and other antigun groups targeting NRA from the outside, it is critical that we stop the enemy within. That’s why I’m asking for your help.

1. Scott L. Bach, New Jersey [endorsed by AmmoLand News]
2. William A. Bachenberg, Pennsylvania
3. Ronnie G. Barrett, Tennessee
4. Robert K. Brown, Colorado [endorsed by AmmoLand News]
5. Dean Cain, Malibu, California
6. David G. Coy, Adrian, Michigan
7. John L. Cushman, Patchogue, New York
8. Edie P. Fleeman, Durham, North Carolina
9. Joel Friedman, Henderson, Nevada
10 David A. Keene, Ft. Washington, Maryland
11. Herbert A. Lanford, Jr., Columbia, South Carolina
12. Carrie Lightfoot, Scottsdale, Arizona
13. Duane Liptak, Jr., Austin, Texas
14. Carolyn D. Meadows, Marietta, Georgia
15. Bill Miller, Beckley, West Virginia
16. Owen Buz Mills, Paulden, Arizona
17. Grover G. Norquist, Washington, D.C.
18. Robert A. Nosler, Bend, Oregon
19. Kim Rhode, Big Bear Lake, California

Marion P. Hammer
Marion P. Hammer

20. Wayne Anthony Ross, Anchorage, Alaska
21. Don Saba, Tucson, Arizona
22. William H. Satterfield, Birmingham, Alabama
23. Ronald L. Schmeits, Raton, New Mexico
24. John C. Sigler, Dover, Delaware
25. Robert J. Wos, Sarasota, Florida

Marion P. Hammer is past president of the National Rifle Association and is executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

  • 217 thoughts on “Enemy Within : NRA 2018 Board Election Commentary by Marion Hammer

    1. This is fake news. Ms Hammer, YOU are the enemy within. The NRA has capitulated to gun grabbers for years, including in the current era of your position on bump stocks. It is clear that the NRA leadership is composed of good ol boys (or girls… like you) and fudds. It is time for a change in leadership. The old ways of doing things are not succeeding. It is time for the NRA to stop playing defense all day.

      Let’s be clear. You are talking about only a couple of people who have collected signatures. Particularly, Adam Kraut. The only threat that Adam represents is to your culture of complacency. You are afraid of the NRA taking a more aggressive position against gun grabbers and that is why Adam didn’t get the rubber stamp from the nominating committee.

      It is unbelievable that you would have the gall to lecture NRA members about what is best when you haven’t even attended a board meeting in over three years. Then again, maybe its best that you didn’t show up.

      Benefactor Life Member here. I believe that black rifles matter and that the Second Amendment is about more than hunting and competition shooting. While there are a couple of other candidates that I hope unseat some of the current board (none of which are on your list), I am voting for Adam Kraut. I am tired of compromise and giving up precious inches to gun grabbers. People like Adam are who we need to change that.

    2. Benefactor Life Member since 1999. Do you know what that means Lewis Tripp? I and many other here are membership. You clearly do not understand the membership as you are bashing us here. You insult the membership, you belittle the membership, you call Life Members traitors, you call us subersive and ilk. You have general disgust and hate towards the membership. The only one posting here who is trying to control things for their own personal gain is YOU!

      1. @SW: That statement was cause for another… just one finger. It deserves four however.
        Lew no more psycho-delics. Sorry Psychedelics. You remind me of the fella in ‘Gator’, “he’s making me mad”. Then Burt Reynolds repeating with a laugh as only he could do.
        Come on Lew… say Yelllooowwws! Just think wolverines and honey badgers. Just leave US and WE alone.
        Haaa! haaa! haaa!

        1. I don’t here anyone speaking of IT. But a MARXIST TAKE OVER OF OUR NATION BEGAN JUST BEFORE THE TURN OF THE 20th CENTURY.
          What’s been talked about here (or much anywhere else) is not just about gun rights, IT’S ABOUT the UNITED STATES of AMERICA! Know your history and know it well!
          OUR NATION, OUR COUNTRY, the UNITED STATES of AMERICA IS UNDER ATTACK! REVOLUTIONS DO NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT! WE ARE IN F-A-C-T IN A MARXIST/SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST TAKEOVER OF OUR NATION! Some call it the ‘Green Agenda’, ‘Agenda 21’ or ‘GLOBALISM’!
          It is ALL the SAME! The TV/Radio/Cable-heads and Talking-heads are MISINFORMING/MISINFORMED, MISGUIDING & MAL-EDUCATING and JUST PLAIN TREASONOUS! It’s not about race, religion, sex or WTF. Time to squeeze some lemons my friend… and squeeze them until there is no GD juice left
          THE NRA is ASSISTING THIS PROCESS INDIRECTLY (and sometimes directly) BY THOSE WHOM BENEFIT under the cover of POLITICS! THE ATTACKS AGAINST A V-A-L-I-D SITTING PRESIDENT IS A DIRECT ATTACK AGAINST THE U.S.A. Which is done in plain sight everyday across many channels, agencies and entities. It’s funny that pre-1960’s Americans knew this threat when they heard or saw it!!!
          It’s Gallo time<<< HUMOR… sorry Gallow(s) Time for treason and traitors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          So wake-up Trippy or go back into a very deep sleep! NOTHING is by ACCIDENT! THIS is A PLAN OF SPECIFIC MARXIST EXECUTION!
          N R A Do Your Fxxxing JOB!!!!!

          1. Well said Nottinghill!
            This is the REAL problem. I said something similar earlier but not near as well! Even though they are uncovering treasonous acts of Obama, Hillary, Comey, Meuller, the FBI, DOJ, etc. but nothing will be done. Why? Because a majority of the people still listen to the mainstream media propaganda machine controlled by the CIA/FBI/Deep State operatives. The treachery goes much deeper than I care to spend time laying out. Just dump the media (CNN (Communist News Network), MSNBC, CBS, etc.) and hook up with Alex Jones at Infowars.com. This will really light your fire and blow you mind.

    3. Calling people who put in the hours to work a grass roots effort in order to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot only serves to show the elitist attitude of Marion Hammer and how far disconnected she is from the members. The NRA’s strength comes from the grass roots efforts of it members, the fact that we are involved and vote is what gives the NRA the power it has. Yet Marion Hammer says that grass roots effort is now the Enemy of the NRA. Marion Hammer needs to be removed from the board and as a lobbyist. I do not want her representing me in any way.

      1. To work an effort to undermine and over throw the current board is what you are doing. You want the NRA changed to suit you and put in people to run the NRA for your personal gain. We have been through this before and YOU LOST. The NRA is run by dedicated, tireless supporters of the 2nd.

        1. If by “personal gain” you mean actually working to repeal unconstitutional infringements on the second amendment, then yes, that’s exactly the kind of personal gain “our ilk” is after. This “bump stocks and machine guns don’t belong in the hands of Americans” is a bunch of Elmer Fudd BS that has no place in a gun rights organization. I first joined the NRA over ten years ago and have been a life member for the last few years. In all that time i have never seen any mention of repealing the NFA, legalizing suppressors, repealing the Hughes amendment or anything of the sort. The current NRA board does NOT represent our interests, but we will make sure that it does.

          You don’t defend the second amendment by defending restrictions upon a right that “shall not be infringed”.

          1. Point of information – the Hearing Protection Act – backed by NRA – *is* a measure to de-regulate suppressors so at least part of your diatribe is baseless. I agree that NRA could and should do *more* to roll back unwarranted restrictions on RtKaBA, but give credit where credit is due or you undermine your own position.

        2. How is an NRA member, getting other NRA voting members to sign a petition to get them on the ballot, and then being chosen in an election by ALL the NRA voting members as a board member “trying to overthrow the NRA”? Why do you hate the general NRA voting members so much? That is a very nasty and elitist comment to make, that any NRA voting member who participated in that effort to get an NRA member on the ballot is the enemy of the NRA.

          Lewis Tripp you do not know anything about me or what I want. Shame on you for accusing me of something you know nothing about. I have nothing to personally gain from any specific person being on the NRA board. I support candidates who match my life long dedication and tireless support of the 2nd amendment. A board member who does not attend board meetings, is not someone that is dedicated and there are many board members on the current board who do not attend board meetings. Why are they even on the board if they aren’t going to participate? How can you say they are dedicated when they refuse to participate?

          Getting a spot on the ballot is very difficult. Only a couple people every year manage to do that. So even if every person who was put on the ballot by petition was elected, it would still be impossible to “overthrow the NRA board”. Shame on you for supporting board members who refuse to attend meetings and shame you for saying that some NRA voting members do not matter.

      2. Grass roots efforts to over throw the current BOD and the finest people in the NRA leadership is what you are doing.You want to change the NRA to suit your subversive interests. The NRA is fine just the way it is. I have been through these efforts since 1990 and you and your ilk LOST and you will keep losing. Wayne, Chris and Ms Hammer will be here long after you traitors are gone.

        1. Hey, Trippy, It won’t be much longer as old as they are. And t he NRA better wake up. We the membership want the NRA to work for repeal of the GCA of 1968 and the NFA of 1934. No one pro-Second Amendment can be for those two clearly Unconstitutional federal statutes.

          1. There you go again, billy. We? The rats still in your pocket. You are truly a fool. You have no idea what the membership wants and I could care less what you think.

    4. “Unfortunately, NRA Board elections provide opportunities for people with interests other than those of NRA…” Do you refer to yourself Ms Hammer? Your interests seem to keep you from attending any board meetings. The moral thing to do would be to resign since you cannot fill your commitment to the board.

    5. As a longtime member (yeah, OK, I did drop out for awhile) but I truly feel we need some type of organized approach to maintain gun rights. I find it difficult to find unprepared info on candidates. This article states attempts are being made to infiltrate the BOD with candidates not necessarily in favor of our Second Amenment rights but when I review the bios of the 10 or so individuals not Nominated by the NRA Committee, it is difficult for me to ID the enemy. Maybe the enemy already exists within.

      Personally I feel an obligation to vote and I try to align the candidates with my own views. I only vote for a few, not the full 25. It’s tough but try to do your best. I do feel leadership changes are also important. Kind of like term limits. After a while certain leaders become stale and we may have reached that point. Just an opinion.

      1. i don’t think the folks NOT on the recommended lists are enemies of the Second Amendment. I think they oppose the current cozy financial gain that the NRA and it’s directors and executive vice president currently have.
        I know the pile of “begging” mailers I’ve gotten over the years from NRA had to cost money. Word is that people close to the insiders benefit from that or they do personally. If this is true I do NOT see denials by those involved.

    6. @WB…Done, Done, and mailed. Hadn’t thought about family members, have now and they were more than happy to ask who I recommended.

          1. @OV, that is a great name! After conversing with Lewis Tripp, I could not get my ballot filled out fast enough. All the live members in my family honored my request, as well.

            1. Trippy, OV and I joke back and forth. This was not meant for you. But thank God that you are going, take your bitter, mean spirited, vitriolic comments with you. We hate to see you suffer.

            2. I think Lewis ‘tripped’. Mr. Tripp might try avoiding all mirrors because you WILL most definitely see a fool… or possibly Diane Feinstein

            3. @WB…Good Riddance , (L Dripp) He doesn’t realize how fortunate he was to get any responses at all , unless he happens to be the name shifting troll we see . As usual most of us ignored him totally .

    7. Now that I have my ballot (and other family member’s ballot) in my hands, it is time for a short discussion. Adam Kraut is the only candidate that was petitioned by the membership. Are there any “nominated by the NRA BoD” candidates that will represent the interests of the members? I presume the candidates nominated by the NRA BoD will serve the represent the interests of the NRA BoD.

        1. @Sam, Thank you for the recommendation. I see that Timothy Knight was nominated by petition of the Membership and the NRA BoD. I presume that candidates nominated by the NRA BoD were nominated for a reason. Is Timothy Knight a rubber stamp? Has he ever opposed the NRA leadership on anything? Is he in favor of the repeal of the NFA and GCA?

    8. I have been following this discussion with interest. There are several things that stand out. First, many, if not MOST of the readers are probably not NRA members for exactly the reasons that are being discussed here. Second, while all freedom loving citizens owe a debt of gratitude to the NRA, there is some validity in the question, “What have you done for me lately.” I don’t think the NRA deserves loyalty based on their history but on their efforts. Having said that, since I am not a member it isn’t really my concern. What I would like for people (read NRA members on both sides) to hear is that most of us that don’t join, won’t because of salaries that are wildly out of line with the duties involved which undermines the credibility of the whole organization. I would love to be able to join a 2A group that I could trust. It’s apparent the NRA isn’t one of them. Just a voice from the silent majority. Thanks to all who have the courage to pull that curtain back.

      1. Kinda reminds me of the salaries of Union Leaders and politicians.

        Still, I will continue to be a member of the NRA and others (GOA, CRPA, etc.) because I can’t do it all myself.

    9. Marion Hammer – You, ole senile Wayne, and Chris cox are TRAITORS. Your actions on the recent “bump stock” fiasco prove you three are nothing more than treasonous swamp creatures that need to be purged from this organization. You three have alienated the broad base of the NRA and pissed hundreds of thousands or possibly millions of dollars in donations down your crusty wrinkled old leg. You don’t get to [email protected] the NRA membership and then beg for money anymore. “Not one more inch” huh? [email protected] you – not one more dime.
      Your leaked emails/memos and Wayne’s own words prove beyond a doubt that you are a freedom hating old hag. The fact you make almost $300K a year for your shameful actions is a disgrace.
      There isn’t some 4D chess game you’re playing and winning with the liberals as you all are liberal swamp creatures at heart. You’ve shown your true colors.
      You deserve to be banished from the NRA and publicly humiliated. I will never vote for anyone you support nor any other Fudds on the list of candidate. Its time to PURGE the NRA leadership!!!!

      M.G

      1. Matt, I know enough about you from your local “activism” not to be surprised by your foul, vitriolic comments; they are injudicious, intemperate, mean-spirited, and unwarranted. Personal attacks like this serve no purpose other than to feed your own overblown ego, and distract from the real issues. I have been dissatisfied with the NRA many times in recent years, but have never felt the need to villify those with whom I disagree. Stick to the issues, or shame on you!!!

    10. @Lewis Tripp: You vote as you choose but you don’t get to tell the rest of us what to do. Much as you might like it to be this is not a dictatorship where you reign supreme.

        1. @Lewis Tripp, The only pugnacious rat in someone’s pocket is you. And you have demonstrated it here, in front of 30,000 daily readers, when you should have been on your best behavior.

    11. not only does NRA BOD cherry pick candidates and tell members who to vote for, but the American Rifleman will not accept ads from candidate not chosen by the nominating committee

    12. The NRA needs people who are willing to play offense and take back some of the ground gun owners have lost since 1934. Either you are for advancing gun rights, or you ARE the enemy within. The status quo doesn’t cut it anymore.

      All I have seen from the likes of Marion Hammer is appeasement for the gun grabbers and an insincere defense of our second amendment rights. So what if bump stocks work like machine guns? WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE MACHINE GUNS!

      1. @Utah gun owner, I agree the status quo does not cut it anymore. I don’t mind paying the NRA upper management what they are worth, but they have presided over fifty years of more and more gun control. They should have worked to prevent the GCA of 1968 and started working on repeal in 1969. They should have worked to prevent the NFA of 1934 and started working on repeal in 1935.

    13. You don’t get to tell me who to vote for. I’ll decide on my own. Adam had my vote last year and will have it again this year because he actually stands for my 2nd amendment rights. I’ll never put another dollar into this corrupt organization unless I see sweeping changes in its leadership.

      Also, nobody cares about what you did 20 years ago. #DraintheNRA

      1. Get the hell out of the NRA and take your dollar with you. I have been a life member for a long time and I will stick with the way things are right now. There are enough of “US” to stop you and we will.
        I met Ms Hammer several times over the years and I will stand behind her 100%.

        1. Benefactor member here, and I believe we’ve found a swamp creature. It’s time to drain the swamp in Fairfax. LaPierre, Cox, Hammer, and Tripp gotta go.

          1. The above mentioned are not going anywhere. You will be gone long before we will. We have been through attempts to over throw the NRA leaders. Those of you involved prior and present have lost and will continue to lose.

        2. So Lewis, I take it that you also don’t have the best interest of the members, or for that matter the second amendment at heart. Stand behind her all you want, it just shows what a dupe you are.

          1. Oh,but I do have best interest of members, just not those that want to sew discord and dissent such as you. I supported the NRA fight by Wayne,Chris and Marion and of course,Charlton Heston against you then and I will now with whatever it takes.

        3. @Lewis Tripp, The problem is that “things” are not sticking with the way they are now. We are sliding into more and more gun control. The entire NRA should be working to repeal the unconstitutional NFA and GCA. The entire NRA should be working to enforce the Second Amendment. Not doing so makes the administrators at the NRA look like elitist profiteers.
          And if the NRA would give me back the thousands of dollars that I have contributed over the years, I just would get the hell out. Happy now?

            1. @Lewis Tripp, “Well, by (sic)now.” how appropriate. You have made many friends here, and influence many voters. It probably is time for you to slink out before you cause a real revolt among the membership. Adam Kraut should send you a thank you card.

    14. Benefactor life member since 1968. NRA has gone way of DC politicians, BOD filling their pockets and scamming membership. Examples Friends of NRA and the insurance training scam. Allowing outside insurance, travel, and others to use there name to solicit. How much kick back went into BOD pockets?

    15. Why in the world did Marion Hammer get paid $256K last year when she can’t be bothered to show up to Board meetings for the last three years? What other responsibilities does she execute to earn that kind of money? I honestly am asking because I don’t know. That said, her attitude about who should be on the NRA board is extremely disappointing, apparently the NRA establishment is the only ones qualified to nominate candidates. Following her logic, only establishment politicians should be allowed to nominate candidates for Congress or the Presidency. That is not how democracy works, that’s more akin to communism. Not only is it time to drain the swamp in Washington DC, it’s time to drain the swamp in the NRA.

    16. Please take the time to vote for Adam Kraut. He actually cares about gun ownership and isn’t a self-serving board member like Marion Hammer, the author of this article. Adam puts out a lot of educational gun videos on youtube and Marion doesn’t even go to board meetings. See more about Adam at:
      https://youtu.be/w1ol4kL9-gM or adamkraut.com

    17. Comment… What did Wild Bill say 30,000 readers on this page? I would say if even half were NRA voting members and we all said the same on our ballots the NRA would likely notice us.

    18. Marion Hammer behaves like a fascist; you must be approved by the ruling government to have the Bill of Rights applied to you, which would make her a copy of a slave master’s mentality and beliefs. Her intended three part NRA rant against Floridians that want laws applied to all people equally was stopped after her second anti-egalitarian Floridian rant published by the NRA, which just so happens to be the time when I researched the Floridian folks she was ranting about and discovered that they are a righteous special interest group that I immediately joined online at http://Floridacarry.org

      It is no surprise that she is now going after righteous NRA members seeking to be elected to the board of directors.

      The mission of the NRA is very clear in their second clause (sentence) to defend the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution; the first being the official name of the organization.

      There is only one legal gun law, which I commented to U.S. gov’s register.gov, which they posted yesterday:
      https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ATF-2018-0001-7187

    19. And this is why I left the NRA. People who actually care about our rights, like Adam, are beating down. The NRA cares nothing about our rights, but more about the money they receive. Hopefully Adam wins the board and we can start making some changes to the NRA. Until the NRA figures out they are the enemy within, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED means nothing to you when your ok with a little bit of infringement. We do want machine guns back, not bump stocks. If the NRA doesn’t change its tune and soon, it’s time for them to leave.

      1. That is exactly why you shouldn’t leave the NRA.

        When the bump stock statement came out, lots of people were renouncing their memberships and going to GOA. I don’t blame them for being frustrated but the only way the NRA will change is if we put people like Adam on the board and vote out the fudds like Marion.

        When others were tearing up their membership cards, I kept mine knowing that I can vote for people like Adam. I am a Benefactor Life Member. The NRA already has my money so I might as well work within the system to change it.

    20. Do you expect board members to actually show up for meetings? Because you don’t. Why is that? And if your salary is really $300,000 what are your duties to earn that?

      1. With all the legitimate criticism of Marion’s ideas and approach, here, let’s also not forget to give the Devil her legitimate due. Nobody is all bad about everything.

        Marion Hammer more or less single-handedly began the sweeping “Shall Issue Carry” movement in Florida back in 1987(?), after a hard-fought 7-year struggle, through her United Sportsmen of Florida (USF) organization. Just saying . . .. If you have a permit to carry in a “Shall Issue” state which became so since 1987, you probably owe Marion Hammer and NRA a debt of gratitude for her excellent work. NRA ILA began thing rolling with its “Preemption” push back in the early 80s, which was a brain storm of the legally and politically brilliant journalist, Neal Knox. Professor Joe Olson and I had similar experience in Minnesota with the Minnesota Citizens Personal Protection Act of 2003 with Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance/Concealed Carry Reform, Now!.

        NRA was in the background as occasional, essential support through its NRA ILA liaisons (the last one, Todd Adkins, was the best) and many communications/mailings to members in the state, when needed. Neither Joe or I or GOCRA/CCRN received a dime directly or indirectly. In Minnesota, back then, “NRA” was a political third rail and needed to be in the background. Minnesota’s MCPPA was “truly local” in funding and direction. It did take a few years for NRA to figure that one out and to accept it as the proper solution, there. When the organization you direct is the main one in a state, there are simply a whole lot of issues to be addressed and a lot of work to be done. As you know, the antis never stop and have a lot of money.

        I haven’t seen the entries to which you refer, but I recall that it wasn’t Marion who was paid any money directly for her participation on the Board of Directors, but rather USF that received the money. USF paid Marion a salary and the rest went to her operating, travel, lobbying, and other expenses directing USF.

        As I recall, then, her salary from USF was very reasonable; certainly more reasonable than Wayne’s was at the time (and even more so, now).

        1. So, what happened. Money?

          I’m not sure she’s corrupt but what I’m hearing here sure sounds like she turned at one point.

          Also, it’s SOP for infiltration tactics to include looking friendly at first. Case in point, the Muslims. It’s in their belief system to make new “friends” but in the end turn on them.

          If she’s making six figure income and not showing up to meetings. There’s a problem!!!

      1. Nail on the head. You guys are going to have to get past this “voting solves everything” mentality as the Establishment Marxists don’t care about votes. These Marxists like Marion are in control of counting the votes. Voting is ia diversion tactic. Time for the voting members to clean it all up starting at the top.
        “Those who cast votes decide nothing. Those who count votes decide everything. “
        — Joseph Stalin

          1. I found it… Anyway, I responded to one of your comments to @TennX as I couldn’t find this response.
            To answer your question, it appears that voting has brought the NRA to the mess it’s in currently. What’s the definition of insanity. The Democrats have brought their style of “government elections” to the NRA. That’s why voting is less effective these days. As the Democrats have found a way to get around that pesky voting process.
            For example, here in Alabama, when Roy Moore started getting accusations from the MSM about abuse of women and whatever else they could conjure up, I immediately knew he was a threat and they were going to take him down. And, they did. Also, the race was supposedly close and the Democrat pulled just ahead of him and supposedly won. The MSM left out the fact that no military votes were counted and over 600,000 votes were missing that were registered to vote. Hmmmm.
            One of the fixes, and I don’t know how to accomplish this, is to remove the NRA election committee and replace them with vetted, by the members, representatives. It sounds extremely corrupt at the top. Any suggestions on how to clean house is progress.

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