NRA Leadership Meltdown: Cut Out the Ackerman McQueen Cancer

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Editor's Note: As reported first on AmmoLand News the NRA leadership is deep in the process of upheaval as the current Board of Directors works to extract the member organization from a disaster of poor management and corrupt vendors.

Wayne LaPierre
Wayne LaPierre

USA – NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre could’ve prevented the Ackerman-McQueen embarrassment/scandal twenty plus years ago…. but, he probably didn’t know any better and most likely thought he was acting in the best interest of gun rights.

Somewhere along the way, he got caught up in the greed and scheming of PR agency of record Ackerman McQueen (AM).

I believe Wayne LaPierre was honestly a naive pawn in the 90’s. I’ve said that Ackerman McQueen has been the tail wagging the dog for the last 20 years many times. At some point, Wayne lost credibility with me and many others… that point was different for different people. For me, is was around 2013/14.

More importantly, at some point, Wayne must have known that he made a mistake and that the relationship he allowed was detrimental to the NRA and our cause.

At that point, and every day after that, he had to face the option of admitting his mistake and cutting off the incredibly lucrative situation that existed. Instead, he and his inner circle have doubled and tripled down over the last handful of years. They have recklessly given more and more responsibility and money to Ackerman McQueen and its NRATV, influencer programs and talking heads (Noir, Dana, Et Al…) and the disaster that was CarryGuard.

Wayne has now become the front man for a dysfunctional, dare I say “corrupt” (at least in the moral sense, if not legally), regime. They enriched themselves and their friends at great expense to the gun community and the cause of gun rights. They stopped lobbying and became professional panderers… fundraisers focused on the most potentially lucrative segment of American Gun Owners. Nothing more.

Now, that the alliance between Wayne LaPierre & Ackerman McQueen are falling apart, they are at each other’s throats, and Wayne is desperately trying to appear to be on the high ground while AM tries to manipulate the outcome to protect their cash cow.

Ackerman-McQueen and all of their high placed front people, executives, hand-picked Board Members, scripted spokespeople, and vendors need to be excised from the fight for our gun rights. They have proven to be unworthy and unable to be the representatives of American Gun Owners.

I was stopped by more NRA Members (including board members) and industry leaders than I could count today on the floor of the 2019 NRA Annual Meeting. Not one of them had a word of criticism in regard to my ever more direct and specific condemnation of the Wayne LaPierre/Ackerman McQueen situation. In fact, many of them thanked me specifically for being willing to say the things that they “can’t”… I reminded them that more and more people in our community are realizing every day that they can and must speak up… especially those of us who have been on the inside.

Join us!

Defund the NRA… divert any NRA dues or donations directly to programs you support to other National or State Pro-2A Organizations. The Second Amendment Foundation is my first suggestion. The faster the profit motive is taken away, the faster we can get past this ugly moment in NRA history. Does the NRA “need money” to fight the anti-gun movement? If so, they have plenty to find in the bloated vendor contracts, and ludicrous salaries, bonuses, and expense accounts their executives have enjoyed for far too long. This will get worse before it gets better, but it will not end well for Wayne LaPierre or those who insist on remaining loyal to their regime.

If you’re still not convinced, keep watching. As they fight with each other, more and more of the real story will come to light. Be wary of the spin in a letter “leaked” to the public today and be skeptical of that which seems to fit a convenient narrative.

Rob Pincus
Executive Vice President, 2AO.org

Wayne LaPierre's “Leaked” Extortion Letter NRAAM 2019


Rob Pincus
Rob Pincus

About Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus has been educating people about defensive shooting and related personal defense topics for over two decades. He is the Executive Director of Personal Defense Network and the owner of I.C.E. Training Company. He has authored several books, produced over 100 training DVDs, appeared on several TV & Radio shows and trained military, law enforcement and armed individuals around the world. His advice focuses on efficiency and practicality based on his own experiences and continuing research of both real-world events and cutting edge training practices. www.icetraining.us

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    David G. Tippens
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    David G. Tippens

    Somebody turn this disaster at the NRA around. The name recognition of this organization and the respect it has far and wide makes it too valuable to lose. Get it back on track fighting every little inch they try to take from the 2nd amendment. Do not give an inch anywhere on anything. I firmly believe the NRA should be run by devoted and dedicated people that will not allow any more encroachments on our rights by government. We can’t afford to give in!

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    @David G. Tippens

    Indeed.. That is what many of us have been calling for now for over a decade. The problem is that the rats have burrowed themselves in deep, and our attempts to clean house are met with them screaming and kicking while they try to cling to power.

    Wayne and company must go, the NRA must take a no compromise stance, , and there must be reforms at the board level to prevent them from blocking members out of the process or voting themselves exorbitant benefits.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Ok Everyone, since David loved this one so much its back by popular demand, and since he trolled his own comment, deliberately posting his own comment twice hoping at the top of the page it would be the only one viewed. It is interesting to see, considering all the evidence and the amount of time that the warnings bells have been ringing for that the sheep have made their way to Ammoland in force. Individuals who have no credible argument, no concrete evidence to support their views, and yet they rush in bleating as loudly as possible their defense of… Read more »

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    The Revelator

    Well Everyone, Looks like David has chosen not to respond. it’s easy to understand why when he did reference Bump Stocks are covered under the Second Amendment, and stated that anyone who tries to violate it is a traitor. When asked what that means since Donald Trump initiated the action on Bump Stocks, Crickets….. See, its easy for people like David to try and silence others through intimidation and lies to paint their opponent as the bad guy. Those of us who have been here quite a while have a good handle on the facts, and when challenged we are… Read more »

    David
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    @The Revelator  First you are a troll. Second you could not find your backside with both hands. Third you are not be trusted at all. Fourth you give no facts on anything just spout off like a puke bully on a playground along with some others on here. Fifth I stand by everything I type. [ Sixth I was during obama and clinton years a Life member of GOA and SAF they did nothing but whine like a baby about the NRA. Same SAF CCRKBA AZCDL JPFO LIFE member during obama …. but I quit them all since they failed… Read more »

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    The Revelator

    @David I would like to start here.. “Fifth I stand by everything I type.” Ok, you are not a verifiable source, as much as you wish yourself to be. Sorry, not going to happen. Now you spewed off a lot of other stuff, ironically enough just like a “Troll” would do. Woo Hoo, you called me a troll. Big frickin deal, it just shows you have a weak argument. I have a track record here at least a lustrum in length and I know how to deal with idiots like yourself. “Follow only Second Amendment and God written word in… Read more »

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    To Those curious if what I am saying about my track record is true, and whether I have ever posted evidence before I would like to give you the opportunity to see an example of evidence. To do this, it must be over a year old, it must link to me writing out a list of facts and evidence in detail. Here you go…. https://www.ammoland.com/2018/06/the-left-losing-their-minds-and-declining-into-violent-response/#axzz5mikEa8NB Please note my responses to “Trever Mayo” at the time. See, the evidence has been reported for years, people like David just ignore it and repost the same talking point since they cant argue against… Read more »

    Al May
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    Al May

    They are not getting any more of my money until the board and the top brass are replaced.

    Bob Sadtler
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    Bob Sadtler

    Exactly WHERE does Wayne plan to “bring” these five million members?

    To prison, perhaps? Just saying…

    John
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    John

    SEVERAL REAL FACTS: I know several NRA directors as personal friends for years and I know a few others personally! First, LaPierre needs no retirement plan from Col. North–he has a big one in place. Second AM has been the sour subject of many on the board for years and years who have wanted them gone for years and years–yet there they are! The NRA board cannot even learn what Wayne gets paid and they cannot penetrate many other financial aspects of the NRA leadership and operations. In the early 1990s some family members of some key NRA employees were… Read more »

    Jake
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    Jake

    Just came from the NRA convention,Were I seen GOA protestors hanging out with the anti-2 amendment crowd.

    PS.save your hard earned money GOA joke

    warhorse
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    warhorse

    so tell me…which organization supports the bump stock ban and the gun owner assassination orders(AKA red flag laws) ? that would be the NRA.

    the NRA lost it’s way years ago. back when it apologized for calling jack-booted thugs what they were.