Adam Kraut To Run for NRA Board of Directors in 2019

Adam Kraut and Jeff Knox
Adam Kraut and AmmoLand News' own, Jeff Knox

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- After much thought and deliberation, I’ve once again decided to ask the members to nominate me by petition for the NRA Board of Directors election in 2019. As many of you know, this will be the third year in a row that I’ve attempted to be placed on the ballot by petition. There are a lot of issues I believe need to be explained, but I’ll try to keep this article short.

The past two years have taught me a lot, not just about the NRA and its politics, but about those who support me and those that oppose my presence on the Board. Detractors of mine have attempted to brand my loss as “the members rejecting another lawyer.” They even seek to portray my continued perseverance and persistence as a negative quality.

Yet, the ballot numbers tell a far different story. In 2017, the first time I ran, I obtained 62,400 votes and fell short of a seat by 5,506 votes. In 2018, I received 67,118 votes, an increase of 7% from the year prior. I fell short by 3,817 votes. Notably, I obtained over 2,000 more votes than Grover Norquist and Robert Wos, and over 4,000 more votes than Herbert Lanford, all of whom were seeking reelection.

While some of the current Board Members and their supporters have characterized my campaign as an insurgency, not a single one of those people have reached out to me to discuss my positions, thoughts on issues, or even attempted to get to know who I am. Meanwhile, over the past two years, I’ve responded to countless emails, phone calls, comments, and messages along with in-person discussions with you, the Members. It isn’t exactly hard to get in touch with me.

Case in point, last year in an article published on this very website, Marion Hammer branded me, along with those who support me, as “The Enemy Within.” That’s right, she called 67,118 of you “The Enemy Within,” which is a rather bold statement to make against over HALF of the number of members who cast eligible ballots.

“Hello, My Name is The Enemy Within.”
“Hello, My Name is The Enemy Within.”

Yes, it is true, I even handwrote stickers for the NRA Annual Meeting which said: “Hello, My Name is The Enemy Within.” Apparently, the personification of “The Enemy Within” was lost upon a number of people. There was a clear attempt to label people who chose to wear a sticker as disrupters, rather than fellow members who hold a different view on the issues.

Last I checked, we were all members of the same organization, with just a different take on the direction it should be heading.

For the past two years, I’ve told you the direction I’d like to see the NRA move toward. The information is easy to find on YouTube along with my website.

As I’ve stated in the past, I pledge to remain accessible to the Members, as I have throughout my candidacy. The NRA is YOUR organization. If you’re unhappy with the direction it is heading, vote for Board Members who reflect your values. To ensure the Board can take action on issues you see, be sure to send your concerns directly to the Board rather than staff at the NRA HQ.

To learn more about me and to download the petition, visit AdamKraut.com. Together, we can make the NRA the organization we deserve.

  • 13 thoughts on “Adam Kraut To Run for NRA Board of Directors in 2019

    1. I hope Adam Kraut will help get NRA membership over 5,000,000. Membership numbers have been stuck at 5M since forever. Maybe most non-member 2A supporters know something….

    2. I wonder if Adam Kraut ever heard of the “Roosevelt Arena.” Roosevelt’s statement in response to those who criticize and attack those who are working to do good but are not perfect certainly applies to Mr. Kraut. Roosevelt said:
      “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

      There are members of the NRA Board who have been working for the good of our members since before Adam was born. They may not do a perfect job but they are trying to build up rather than trying to tear down. Adam should try it, he might actually do some good.

      1. There may be some, indeed. Please name these paragons of virtue.
        BUT, they are not the ones in charge or the ones who have made it harder for change to come to the Board. They are not the ones who have appeased our rights away and continue to do the same.
        The Board has acted, repeatedly, in a self-protectionist fashion and THAT must stop. Adam is trying to do that and your statements show that either you do not understand that, or that you have something to lose by his placement on the Board.

      2. @AL NRA Member, The NRA has had since 1934 to repeal and prevent unconstitutional federal firearms legislation. The NRA has had plenty of money. The NRA has the Second, Fifth, and 14th Amendments (and recently the First Amendment) to the Constitution as a powerful winning basis for repeal. The NRA has had plenty of evidence to support repeal. Yet, repeal of any federal firearms legislation has not been achieved. I question the determination, competence, and goals of the NRA.
        I am embarrassed to say that I am a benefactor, and I’ll not be sending the NRA any more money.

      3. Except NRA is not “in the arena” fighting tooth and nail for our #2A rights… They’re actively trying to bargain away those rights they have no interest in, such as bump stocks, in a futile effort to placate the antis and prevent further infringements. Of course the truth is that the antis will never be satisfied until they’ve destroyed the entire Second Amendment. They are content to nibble away at our right to keep and bear arms bit by bit, as they’ve done for years with NRA’s help, until they’ve swallowed the last crumb. NRA has no interest in fighting for a repeal of the NFA or the Hughes Amendment. NRA has no interest in promoting the civilian ownership of the very kinds of weapons, i.e. actual weapons of war, despite the fact that the Founders made clear their intent that We The People have parity of arms with any standing army. NRA has turned into a bunch of Fudds who are willing to roll over and let the antis dismantle what’s left of our Second Amendment rights. Prior to 1934 Americans could walk into a hardware store and buy an honest-to-God machine gun with zero restrictions under federal law. Today we are literally fighting to keep the antis’ hands off our semi-automatic rifles. We need to be actively working to undo decades of infringements, but that is not what NRA is about. The organization needs new blood like Adam Kraut on the board. NRA needs people who understand that the TRUE meaning of the Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting or sporting purposes, who will refuse to bargain away any more of our rights, and who will actively fight to recapture those rights ceded by the NRA (*cough* machine guns *cough*) in decades past.

      1. I, and I suspect, many other NRA members will also support Mr. Kraut, since the NRA seems to leave much of the ‘heavy lifting’ to GOA, SAF, JFPO, BFA, and other state and local 2nd Amendment-supporting organizations and members. I WILL however, also continue to support the NRA, as its virtues and many good programs far outweigh the internecine talking points that serve ONLY to divide us.

        Just as Adam Kraut continues to fight the good fight by volunteering to campaign and, hopefully, serve ON the NRA board, I’d rather see myself as the camel pissing OUT of the tent, on our real enemies, than ON the tent in service to Soros, Bloomberg, Obama and OUR other OUTSIDE enemies of Freedom and Liberty!

    3. He will have my vote once again,past time to return Negotiating Rights Away since 1934 back into the premier Second Amendment defender instead of the capitulation org it has become.

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