NRA’s Dirty Laundry Exposed as Pro-Gun Group Cleans House

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Red Wave of the National Rifle Association, some smell blood in the water.
NRA's Dirty Laundry Exposed as Pro-Gun Group Cleans House

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- On April 12, the National Rifle Association filed suit in a Virginia court, accusing their long-time PR company, Ackerman McQueen, of failing to provide detailed billing, and failure to disclose contracts with NRA staff and officers that might demonstrate a conflict of interest, including an Ack-Mac contract with NRA President Ollie North.

As the news of the shocking lawsuit made the rounds of mainstream media and was just sinking in – especially to most of the members of the NRA Board of Directors, who had no advance warning about the suit – a new exposé on the shady dealings of NRA insiders was published by The New Yorker (www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/secrecy-self-dealing-and-greed-at-the-nra/). That article, shedding new light on lousy business, showed that this isn’t just NRA leaders in a nasty mess of their own making, but a deeply embedded cancer that has metastasized, putting the NRA itself in serious jeopardy.

During WWII, people held up two fingers and declared “V for Victory!” I have to admit that when I heard the news about the suit against Ack-Mac, I smiled. The thought of NRA brass and Ack-Mac executives going at each other in a cage match really tickled me. In celebration, I figuratively raised the familiar one-finger salute that has long represented our seemingly futile struggle with the NRA leadership, and transitioned it into the two-finger sign of the “V,” not for Victory, but for Vindication.

Over 20 years ago, my father, Neal Knox, as First Vice President of the NRA and just one year away from taking the reins as President, threw a red flag on the practices of Ack-Mac and Wayne LaPierre. He questioned the expensive, intrusive, and heavy-handed fundraising tactics, such as constant, over-hyped letters, phone calls, and fundraising letters sent by registered mail, and the exorbitant sums being paid to the PR company. He demanded reforms in the association’s fundraising methods and specifics on contracts and billing details involving Ack-Mac and other vendors. Both he and Second Vice President Albert Ross refused to sign the hefty, monthly checks being cut to Ack-Mac, and a major battle for control of the NRA ensued. It wasn’t like the 1977 Cincinnati fight for the soul and destiny of the organization. The new dust-up was between the Board and the staff for control of the organization’s checkbook.

The upshot of that battle was that Wayne won, Dad lost, and the fast-and-loose money games continued and just got worse. Charlton Heston was brought in to bump Dad from the leadership, and Wayne’s compensation rose rapidly from about $250,000 a year to almost $1,000,000.00. In the latest available IRS report from 2017, LaPierre’s total compensation was reported at $1.4 million, or about $117,000 per month, and a couple of years before that, he also got a distribution from his retirement fund of about $4 million, for a total compensation of more than $5 million that year. It’s worth noting that he’s receiving this at a time when the NRA is over $30 million in the red, and the retirement fund is in negative numbers to the tune of almost $60 million. Ack-Mack’s take from the NRA in 2017 was over $40 million.

For nearly a quarter of a century, we – Dad, my brother Chris, and I – have returned to this topic again and again.

Our goal has never been vengeance or retribution, but to alert NRA members and rouse the members of the NRA Board of Directors to fulfill their moral and legal obligations to the members, and put a stop to the chicanery.

Those efforts have, to a great extent, fallen on deaf ears. We have been vilified, belittled, and ignored by the majority of the board, and we’ve been publicly attacked by NRA leaders accusing us of trying to tear down the organization that we have been working so hard to save.

That’s why the lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen gave me a smile of vindication. It confirms many of the things that we have been saying for so long. But the celebration was tinged with concern about the harm the whole debacle would cause our historic organization. Then all of that turned to anger and a sense of doom as I read the exposé in The New Yorker.

Reporter Mike Spies works for Bloomberg’s anti-rights propaganda outlet The Trace and has collaborated with reporters and editors from a variety of mostly anti-rights newspapers and magazines like Mother Jones and the New York Times. Those connections and affiliations will cause many to dismiss this latest article as just more anti-gun propaganda. That would be a mistake. Spies did a thorough job of digging up sources [he clearly has a someone leaking him info at NRA or maybe Ackerman] and documentation to back up the critical points in his article, and he presents them with little spin or distortion. Calling on NRA members to ignore the message and focus on the messenger, won’t work this time. The article and its sources are too well documented and credible for that, and enemies of the NRA will undoubtedly pursue these leads with bulldog tenacity.

NRA members should be furious, and the Board of Directors should be terrified.

Even with my 40-year history in the NRA, I never imagined the abuses and neglect were so outrageous and rampant. The most significant revelation is that NRA employees and attorneys brought many of these issues to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, and the members of that committee did nothing to correct the problems. They didn’t alert fellow directors about the issues. They didn’t call executives and contractors out on the carpet for the abuses. They didn’t call for contract reviews, investigations, or disciplinary actions. Instead, they retroactively approved past actions that should only have been taken with their prior approval and did their best to contain the damaging information, helping to drive away dedicated NRA employees who did nothing other than try to inform them of problems.

“The emperor has no clothes!” – “Someone slap that kid!”

To get an idea of the depth and breadth of the theft, corruption, and abuse that has been going on at the NRA for the past 25-plus years, you need to read the entire article in The New Yorker, but here are some highlights:

  • Remember that 1.4 million dollars being paid to Wayne LaPierre? At some point, a clause was added to his employment contract guaranteeing him payment as a speaker and consultant after he retires from NRA, at the full base salary he is being paid as Executive Vice President.
  • Multiple NRA executives have left the organization and walked into $600,000 and $700,000 dollars a year consulting contracts for NRA.
  • Wives, children, and other relatives of NRA executives and NRA contractors have routinely crisscrossed between the NRA and various vendors, drawing exorbitant salaries.
  • Key vendors – like Ackerman McQueen – have been routinely paid on invoices that were incomplete or unspecific, and NRA employees questioning such payments were retaliated against.

The dollar figures involved are in the hundreds of millions, but the most critical paragraph in the article is this one:

“The memos urged the audit committee to ‘step up + fulfill its duties!,’ but it’s not clear what the board has done to root out malfeasance. James Fishman, a co-author of ‘New York Nonprofit Law and Practice: With Tax Analysis,’ a leading text on nonprofit law, told me, ‘There is no such thing as a director who doesn’t direct. You’re responsible to make yourself aware of what’s going on. If the board doesn’t know, they’ve breached their duty of care, which is against the law in New York,’ where the N.R.A. is chartered. According to Owens, the former I.R.S. official, New York State ‘could sanction board members, remove board members, disband the board, or close down the organization entirely.’” (Emphasis added – JK)

The memos mentioned were prepared by NRA’s director of tax and risk management, Emily Cummins, for an NRA Audit Committee emergency meeting last July. I’ve known Emily for years, and know that she was very loyal and committed to the NRA. I say “was” because Emily no longer works for NRA. I don’t know the circumstances of her departure but could venture a pretty good guess.

This is a collection of specific concerns raised to a committee of the NRA Board of Directors by a loyal NRA employee. It was acquired by the reporter and analyzed by an expert on New York nonprofit law and an expert on nonprofit tax regulations. Their assessment is that the Board of Directors’ failure to have weeded out these issues and addressed them, is – potentially criminal – dereliction of duty that could result in personal sanctions and the dissolution of the organization.

Are you listening now, NRA Directors? Personal sanctions. Removal from the Board. Dissolution of the NRA. All because you have refused to step up and fulfill your duties.

Ignoring warnings, blaming critics, covering for friends, and going along to get along, could bring the world’s most powerful organization for defending the right to arms, crashing to the ground. Continuing to deny and circling the wagons to protect against outside assaults, will not save the NRA, because the destroyer is inside the circle. Only decisive action to root out the corruption and return to the core values and principles of the organization can save it.

There’s no way to fix the problems without sustaining some pretty severe damage. I don’t know what kind of legal issues would be involved in dissolving existing contracts with vendors and employees, but drastic measures must be taken immediately. Those directors carrying the greatest culpability – members of the Audit Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Executive Committee – should resign. Had the Board not recently made recalls of directors and officers virtually impossible, I would start a recall drive against many of them.

What makes this whole situation even worse, is the fact that the NRA is chartered in New York. That means that New York law applies, and that means that the rabidly anti-NRA and anti-gun NY Attorney General Letitia James, working under the rabidly anti-NRA and anti-gun Governor Andrew Cuomo, will be in charge of the investigation and any “corrective” action. Does anyone think the benefit of the doubt for “good intentions” will play a significant role?

This is a case of greed, hubris, and blind loyalty leading to calamity. I honestly don’t know if the NRA will be able to survive.

There are some very good people on the NRA Board of Directors, and they need to step up now and get to the bottom of all of this. It’s going to be a mess, no matter how it’s handled, but taking aggressive action to cut out the cancer is the only way to save the organization.

Presidents or past-presidents of state associations might need to step up to help out. LaPierre needs to walk away without the golden parachute, and much of the executive staff needs to go with him. Virtually all outside NRA contracts beyond electric service and internet access, need to be canceled in the most cost-effective way possible.

I don’t expect to be in Indianapolis for the Members’ Meeting; I just can’t afford it, so I urge those who are going to be there, to demand answers from your board and staff in that open, formal setting. A motion should be made right at the outset to set a time certain on the official order of business for discussion of the corruption and mismanagement allegations. They will point to the press and try to say that discussing those matters shouldn’t be done in public, then they’ll dodge questions by saying that they can’t talk about ongoing litigation, or they’ll try to use parliamentary tricks to shut down the motion, but it’s your Association, and you have the right to be heard and get answers.

I don’t relish this situation. Yes, I’m glad to see Dad get his vindication, but not at such a high cost. I have been a Life Member of the NRA for 40 years. I paid full price for that membership, beginning with my first check from the Army after graduating from Basic Training, and I’ve dedicated countless hours over the years, trying to make the organization better and more effective. This is not a victory for Dad or me. Like the Notre Dame cathedral, I just hope we can save what’s left and rebuild.

But take heart. As I said in February during a speech at a rights rally in Phoenix, “the gun lobby is not a bunch of overpaid suits in Washington DC. If the NRA disappeared tomorrow, the gun lobby would still be just as powerful, because the gun lobby isn’t the NRA, it's the NRA members and tens of millions of dedicated patriots just like you, scattered throughout this wide land.”

While the NRA is a powerful communication tool between rights supporters and their elected servants and losing that central conduit would be a significant blow, it would only be a temporary setback. With that fact in mind, I encourage readers to take steps now to be sure that you and your fellow rights supporters are in the loop for important rights-related news by subscribing to AmmoLand News email list. If you are already subscribed, get five more people to sign up. Be sure that you’re a member of a competent, state grassroots organization, and join and subscribe to email alerts from groups like The Firearms Coalition and GOA. Then take action when we ask you to make a call or send an email to your elected servants.

Let’s hope we can save the NRA. Contact the Directors and demand that they take responsibility and correct the problems. (They are listed in your magazine.) But more than anything else, be sure to keep contacting your politicians and letting them know that with or without the NRA, you are the gun lobby, and the gun lobby isn’t going away.


Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

  • 153 thoughts on “NRA’s Dirty Laundry Exposed as Pro-Gun Group Cleans House

    1. Ok Everyone, here’s the lie.

      “If the NRA goes under, so does the 2nd amendment!” Now lets look at why it is a lie.

      1. The 2nd Amendment existed long before the NRA

      2. The 2nd Amendment is not a right. It is a restriction against government from touching a Right you already had before the constitution even existed, a right you are born with, not one that is granted by a piece of paper.

      3. Do you honestly believe that any of these whiney, crybaby sycophants spreading the above lie wont flock to groups like the GOA if the nra goes under because they believe they have no choice? Of course they would! Imagine what could be done if a real NO COMPROMISE organization was made large enough and strong enough to actually draw in all the people who are disgusted by the compromises, we could be a heck of a lot more than what the nra is now.

      Think about it.

      1. Nonsense. That’s the kind of feeling that brings defeat. The NRA is crucial to defending the Second & the rest of The Constitution. Libertarian nonsense will destroy it as fast as liberalism. Time to man up & clean house& restore the NRA. And stop the fools errand of perfection in an imperfect world. Stand up, join the NRA, & be counted as a patriot instead of a complainer on the sidelines.

    2. You are all nuts– kiss your guns good bye if the NRA goes under. That’s exactly what the MSM and anti-gunners want. They will cruise with Biden and no NRA.

      1. The NRA does very little for our rights. The GOA and SAF do the real legwork. It’s time for them to take the reigns and let the corrupt NRA stop giving away more of our rights, just as they have done every time it mattered (Hughes Amendment, anyone?)

    3. My decision based on my reality is I’m no longer going to renew NRA memberships. We’re going with GOA and the 2nd Amendment Foundation for now, maybe others later. Other people need to live their lives and contribute their money, well … their way.

    4. The NRA: “Give us a whole lot of money so we can protect your rights!”
      Also the NRA: “Somebody did something really bad with a bump stock, so, hey, ATF, you should ban them.”
      I don’t care about this fiasco they’re embattled in right now. I decided to never send them another penny after they asked the ATF to illegally change a written law with no congressional input, meaning not authorized by the people of this nation.

    5. I have no plans at this time to ever renew my membership with the NRA. I’ve been a member for quite some time and it was about 4 years ago that I noticed serious issues. I believe I still have a couple of years of membership paid up but I am of the mind to start sending a couple of hundred dollars per year to Gun Owners of America or “The GOA” as they are called. I have been happy with their performance with the $30 per year I’ve sent them for a few years now. They are seriously “no compromise” on gun regulations. That’s what I like.

    6. Lifetime member here… totally confused… this organization is starting to look more and more like our government… it hides everything, says one thing and does another, it’s leaders get rich beyond imagination, and they keep asking (bordering on harassing) me for more… why is there a spin on everything? why can’t the NRA just come out and PUBLICLY explain this ‘situation’ between Lapierre and North? if there is something shady going on, the members deserve to know EVERYTHING about it… until yesterday, I had no idea this was going on… now is NOT the time to act foolishly and be divided.

    7. I would hope that loyal NRA staff, especially the few non-LaPierre cronies, would be thinking and planning about what happens if the worst happens. A phoenix can arise from these ashes, and we all know this organization can be better than it has been since the 1990s.

      1. How does the NRA reconstitute itself after the collapse? What legal means are available for acquiring its property, its membership lists, its personnel, its media complex, and most importantly in the short-term, the ILA lobbying shop?

      2. What should be the details be of the phased series of steps that go from: collapse > planning > plan execution > media / rebranding > reemergence > continuity.

      3. Upon collapse, there will be political and branding damage. What are the steps necessary to ride this phase out? (Ack-Mac will NOT be part of this phase in any way, except to wrap-up its operations and relationship with the New NRA..)

      4. What should the timeline be for the new organization’s Board of Directors to be formed, take charge, issue new directives, clean up old messes, set a new agenda, and begin moving forward faster than before?

      5. What legal avenues should be pursued to clean up this mess and retrieve revenue, and which fights will be worth it? The new organization must NOT be incorporated in New York. Virginia is an obvious choice, but what are better states for this kind of incorporation?

      6. What large role must the existing NRA membership play to move from the flawed NRA to the New NRA? The anti-2A will try to take advantage of this. What should the membership do to stop this? Rally under the state firearms associations as a transition is one obvious tactic. Are there others?

      7. How can we make lemonade out of these lemons? C’mon, we’re the prototypical resourceful Americans. Let’s make this an opportunity, instead of a disaster.

      1. Everything you just posted makes perfect sense, I would nominate you for the Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association job. Problem is we do not get to make these decisions…the NRA does e.g. all the boards….and I am sure you will say “but we are the NRA” as am I, Live Timer. First, I am not sure all of these issues are true, “innocent until proven guilty” but IF true, you can be the NY AG will launch an investigation soon in an attempt to sway the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election and they will attack the most opportune time for maximum damage. IN GOD WE TRUST……….ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ.

    8. I have never abandoned the NRA, nor will I. But, having said that it is time we clean our own house and get the organization back on track as was originally intended. The NRA is still a powerhouse in terms of pro 2A lobbying that we do not want to lose. Clear the dead wood, give those whose actions will harm the cause of freedom the boot, and get back to business. To all who would jump ship now, you are playing into the hands of the antis . . . don’t do it. Stand and fight all enemies of tour Constitutional rights, and that includes the insiders responsible for this travesty, but present a united front to the true enemies of freedom in the anti-2A culture.

    9. I would not tell anybody NOT to join the NRA, but I am not a member any more, and some comments I overheard at a regional PRS match were not favorable either. Tom had Chris Cox on his show to explain why the NRA was claiming credit for the Heller and McDonald cases, and the guy just weaseled out of the question. It was also obvious that Wayne LaPierre never stepped down as President – his title just changed. Add to that the heavy-handed recruitment efforts, and the hysterical rhetoric – it’s just a huge money grab. I’d rather support 2AF.

      1. Concur. NRA leadership are the same kind of people, running pretty much the same kind of grift, as “Conservative, Inc.” (Ahoy!)

    10. Hard to imagine a bunch of anti-gun liberals doing a better job of wrecking that organization than its current and past leadership have done. I won’t even do the ‘NRA round-up’ on places like Midway anymore, they’ll never get another cent from me. I confess I was largely ignorant of their past betrayals until a few years ago when they started abandoning state-level fights and others. I then began to read about the AWB and other things they’ve supported in the past. Im just now getting into NFA items, which they also helped along, and irritates me to no end. Im supposed to give money to an organization that helped make me wait this absurd amount of time to own what amounts to a muffler for my gun?

      I cannot agree more with all the uproar about them going along with/encouraging the bumpstock ban either. I think those things are silly, I don’t own one, and I don’t want one. Sure, they look fun, but routine range trips and matches more than eat up my ammo budget already without dumping rounds “full auto” into the berm with a big grin on my face. But if they are allowed to essentially rewrite a longstanding law by executive order they can and will decide later on that something you DO like and own, like, say, a drop in trigger that lets you ‘fire faster’ are now illegal too, and then what? You can’t really complain, they are simply doing the same thing you allowed them to get away with before.

      Another point, since Im already in TL/DR territory anyways, there is zero reason to compromise in any way with the anti-gunners. There is no ‘happy medium’ or grand compromise to be had with them, where we give them some new yet of ‘moderate, common sense gun regulations’ and they just go away happy and leave us alone for the foreseeable future. A week, a month, a year later, they’ll be back with a new set of demands even more draconian than the last ones, calling them ‘common sense gun regulations’ too, and we will be right back at square one, with the NRA compromising (read:giving away) more of our rights in a never ending downward spiral. They will NEVER be happy with anything other than complete civilian disarmament. So, given this, what possible reason would you give them anything, or compromise in any way? Its pointless, they’ll just be back for more.

    11. You say they (The NRA) are ” the world’s most powerful organization for defending the right to arms”, yet for the last 100 years, they (The NRA) have had more involvement with chipping away at the unalienable right to keep and bear arms.

      Removing Constitutional carry in 1919 in over 9 states was a start, NFA of 1934 and 38, advising on GCA 68 to see its passage, encouraging ATF in various ammo bans in recent years. They did nothing in 2013 for Colorado. The NOCO chapter rep actually encouraged me to not fight and stand down… What and let the CPD (Communist Party of Denver) take all gun rights?

      Thanks to the NRA, we have now lost our bump stocks. Like most would say, “the stocks were stupid so what.” Well today it is a bump stock, tomorrow it could be a semi-auto rifle, then Whats next? Will the NRA roll out an endorsed AWB like 94 and gun owners love it because it is NRA branded? They helped pass NFA 1934, 1938 and advised on GCA 1968….. now NRA more corrupt than ever? ha.

      With the resume above and what the NRA continues to add with each new financial and gun control scandal, why is there even a debate about saving the organization? Why would any gun owner put another red cent into the NRA?

      There is no “but” after you say, “I support the right to keep and bear arms.” I hope the NRA tanks and fails so we can read about them in the history books. We do not need weak men defending the second amendment. The NRA has been a failure to gun owners for years now and all they are protecting is their fundraising, retirement funds and corporate salary’s.

      But will gun owners double down and continue to give the wolves fresh sheep? Maybe its time to form a new organization or support a no compromise gun organization like GOA. With the appropriate funds, anything can be accomplished.

      1. I have been so broken hearted over the loss of bumper stocks, the end is near, be afraid, soon some peace loving tree hugger will be shaming decent caring AR-15 owners, mass killing will fall out of vogue.
        As a funeral director this will undermine our investment and reduce our ability to extort thousand from the bereaved. Gun are vital to our wonderful industries like private prisons, bail condemns, foreclosures specialists, grave diggers,

    12. The NRA sabotaged firearms preemption in Nebraska. The Nebraska Gun Owners Association had gotten the Omaha Police Union to promise not to oppose the bill. Then the NRA came into Nebraska and had a meeting with the Omaha Police Union, without NFOA. As a result of that meeting the OPU opposed the preemption bill. And when they did that the Omaha senators who had agreed to support the bill of the union did not oppose it, turned against the bill. And rather than let it go down in defeat the bill was pulled. All the hard work go get the bill out of committee and to get Ernie Chambers fillibuster ended was wasted because of the NRA and we still do not have preemption in Nebraska.

      Now we have to fight against a red flag law bill. And I wouldn’t count on the NRA helping us to defeat it. Just the opposite.

    13. In the last mid-term of the Obama presidency, the State of Washington had the only gun control initiative in all 50 states on the election ballot (I-594 making it illegal to transfer a gun privately without an FFL along with a host of other mandates). It was a foregone conclusion that the GOP would take the House and Senate that year. And what did the NRA do to fight I-594. They sent bumper stickers and yard signs. Meanwhile, Bloomberg and Company had a monopoly on prime-time media. Despite having a complete media monopoly, I-594 won by only 12 percentage points. The NRA knew that there would be no federal gun control for at least the coming two-year term, so they ceded the only gun control initiative to the antis in Washington State. Their rationale? They just couldn’t spare the resources. They had to fund federal candidates. That begs the question: What is the primary purpose of the NRA? Preservation of our rights, or being just another fundraising PAC for the GOP? By ceding my state to the antis, they kept the enemy alive at the state level and gave them that threat to use for fundraising. After that, I, a Life Member, pledged never to give the NRA another penny. It’s about money and power over mission.

      1. The NRA really dropped the ball in Washington State on I-594. It ended up being passed and is now being used as a road map in other states to push for individual transfers between non-licensed individuals. I managed an FFL licensed gun store in WA state for over 15 years and the Anti-gun crowd and legislators have now taken the ball and are running with it to enact more legislation that chips away at our 2nd Amendment rights. The NRA needs to step up and fight with tooth and nail in every state if we will ever have any chance to save the 2nd Amendment. The current membership needs to have a voice …Don’t give up on their efforts, they need to clean up their house if they ever expect to keep the numbers of members that can make a difference.

    14. Don’t forget they took their web site down right after Sandy Hook, and when they put it back up their big news was how they were using members’ money for a NASCAR sponsorship. Which they were still doing, last I looked…

      Then there was Wayne demanding a Federal “mental health card” for gun owners, which would have been a socialist’s wet dream of power…

    15. To anyone who believes the NRA fights to preserve and defend the second amendment:

      Here’s a sitting NRA board member, statist Fudd Joaquin Jackson, clearly stating his preference for a civilian magazine limit of five rounds, because only the police and military need more than that.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSGySNLyACE

      Any questions?

      Apparently, the second amendment of the US Bill of Needs articulates a limited need for hunting… subject to any and all federal government restrictions of course. The NRA and the federal government can tell us what we need.

    16. VERY MADDING & SAD TO HEAR, MAKES ME THINK DIFF. ABOUT THE “NRA”. SO MUCH CORRUPTION IN OUR FED. GOVT & NOW THIS, WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

    17. They need to add The Well Armed Woman Carrie Lughtfoot on the board of NRA to this investigation! Bet hundreds would be shocked

    18. Neal Knox warned of this in the 90s, that the finances were not properly separated and accounted for, and they they sold endorsements. The most egregious example was LaPierre, et al, using CORPORATE FUNDS to run full page ads in the magazines for their re-election, with an ad presented to look like the ballot. They did this repeatedly. “Vote for your winning team” and the list of cronies. It was hard for legitimate 2A activists to get noticed.

      And now they’re going to have have that gun-grabbing cockfag Trump as their headliner, endorsing him as “A+” when he’s at best “C-” on the 2A.

      But then, they endorsed GCA, NFA, Hughes Amendment, and they #$$%igng ASKED for the bumpfire stock ban, now being fought in court by REAL 2A organizations.

      The NRA’s membership are suckers, ignoramuses, and uncloseted Fudds. It’s NEVER been a 2A organization.

      1. Among what I know from folks on the wrong end of the 1997 coup:

        1. One of the big vampire vendors involved in this lawsuit gave a BMW to a key NRA officer prior to the “winning team” coup. Recently retired after pocketing at least $25 million himself in salary/benefits. Good timing, but hopefully not good enough.

        2. At least one key NRA officer had a “relationship” with a realtor in charge of selling the old 1600 Rhode Island Ave headquarters building, a few blocks from the White House, and/or the buyer. The cool old building could’ve been remodeled, would be worth a fortune today. It was fire-sold and the current palace lavishly paid for, straining NRA finances. Commi$$ion$ both ways.

        3. Neal Knox knew all about this and did nothing. Also refused to do anything about giving out phony A & B grades, money, and orange alert cards to gun grabbers and squishes – until after the coup when it had no chance of passing. Much like the Republicans pretend to get tough on immigration only when they’re out of power and there’s no chance of stopping it.

    19. Back in the mid 90’s when Jeff’s father, Neal Knox was on the NRA Board, he tried to bribe Wayne LaPierre into resigning in exchange for a paid speaking gig. Neal would then become a paid CEO of the NRA and Ackerman McQueen would stay on as NRA’s PR firm. Neal only hated AckMak when Wayne was in charge.

      Back then Neal Knox and his minions circulated fake stories about how the NRA was about to go bankrupt and NRA was doing nothing for gun owners.

      NRA has been responsible for getting concealed carry legislation all across the country.

      NRA has been responsible for getting Stand-Your-Ground and Castle Doctrine legislation all across the country.

      In the 2016 election NRA spent very heavily to elect Donald Trump. Given the razor thin margins in many battleground states that gave Donald Trump the presidency, would you rather NRA held back and saved the money and possibly let the Hildabeast become president?

      When antigun enviro whackos in government tried to ban lead ammunition it was NRA that blocked the legislation and rulemaking.

      NRA sponsored successful legislation to block the CDC from using taxpayers money to promote gun control

      NRA sponsored successful legislation to outlaw frivolous lawsuits against gun makers

      NRA successfully blocked the renewal of the assault weapons ban

      I could go on and on and on with so many accounts of how NRA is fighting for your rights every day….

      Much of the recent accusations about financial matters is based on “leaked memos” and interviews with “former NRA employees”. Considering the source, an anti gun reporter paid by George Soros, how do we know that these are true? How do we know that they are not grossly exaggerated?

      Why would anyone who believes in the Second Amendment seek to tear down the only organization that has effectively stood guard against gun bans, gun registration, gun licensing, ammo bans, self defense bans, hunting bans…etc?

      1. You need to do some actual research into the NRA’s positions over the years. The NRA supported both the NFA 1934 and GCA 1968 legislation. They also supported the Brady bill. They have well earned the nickname Negotiate Rights Away.

      2. Nothing you just said is correct. You quote LaPierre’s damage control.

        The most egregious example was LaPierre, et al, using CORPORATE FUNDS to run full page ads in the magazines for their re-election, with an ad presented to look like the ballot. They did this repeatedly. “Vote for your winning team” and the list of cronies. It was hard for legitimate 2A activists to get noticed.

        Let me repeat that: He was using company funds for his own advertisements.

        The NRA endorsed GCA, NFA, Hughes Amendment, and they ASKED for the bumpfire stock ban, now being fought in court by REAL 2A organizations.

        And now they’re going to have have that gun-grabbing cockfag Trump as their headliner, endorsing him as “A+” when he’s at best “C-” on the 2A.

        The NRA’s membership are suckers, ignoramuses, and uncloseted Fudds. It’s NEVER been a 2A organization.

        1. Hard to believe this is legal and they’ve gotten away with it for so long. The nominating committee should be illegal. Imagine if congress had a nominating committee telling us who to vote for.

      3. 1. “Knox tried to bribe LaPierre.” I don’t know about that “bribe”. If so it would’ve been good for 2A if he’d pulled it off and gotten him out. But IMO AcMc/Merc obviously DID bribe NRA staff. e.g. Woody’s BMW which your hero Wayne “Lucky Pierre” LaPierre knew about and did nothing.

        2. NRA sabotaged its own “shall issue” laws, insisting on poison pill “gun free”/no-carry zones in Virginia, Florida etc, resulting in public shootings, massacres and high body counts (VA Tech, Orlando Pulse nightclub). Virginia is NRA’s HQ state. Florida is the exalted Marion Hammer’s home state and the birthplace of NRA “shall issue”. NRA could’ve easily passed Constitutional Carry in those states, eliminated the poison pill “gun free” zone restaurant bans, etc, and had decades to do it. Instead NRA sabotaged local efforts to do the right thing – at a cost of many dead and increased calls for gun control – which not coincidentally brings more money into NRA.

        3. Lucky Pierre publicly endorsed “gun free school zones” in congressional testimony after Columbine, never retracted it, sabotaged state and local efforts to arm teachers and staff, helping make possible many subsequent school massacres with high body counts.

        4. After the Sandy Hook massacre, rather than sell the pro-gun, armed-citizen solution of armed teachers and staff (a proven successful solution that stopped all school terrorism in Israel), LaPierre called for the anti-gun solution – doubling down on “gun free” zones and hiring dedicated armed guards in every school, which would mean another half-million government-union employees who we can’t afford, who can’t be in every room at the same time, or who may be too cowardly to even try to go in (Parkland) while courageous unarmed teachers shield students with their bodies (Parkland, VA Tech). Thus NRA helped make more school massacres possible and worse. The only person adult who will be in every classroom at all times is the teacher.

        5. Many more states should have armed staff & teachers today. The few states and districts that have armed some teachers have done so IN SPITE of NRA passive-aggressive and active sabotage.

        6. NRA pushed GCA’68, a huge de facto progressive registration system.

        7. NRA has always pushed to tighten the de facto registration noose. For example, the NICS “instant registration” system.

        8. NRA co-sponsored gun-grabbing Democrat Carolyn McCarthy’s “veterans disarmament” bill that provided for turning veterans into “prohibited persons”, permanently stripping them of core constitutional gun rights and liberty without trial by jury – or even “adjudication” by whim of a judge, a despicable system NRA also supports. It passed by unanimous consent in the Senate and NRA took out ads applauding the vote.

        9. Later, NRA ran ads on veterans sites about how it was shocked, SHOCKED, that the McCarthy bill was being “abused” and veterans were losing their rights. These ads added insult to injury by asking for membership dues and donations from the very victims whom the NRA-McCarthy bill was disarming.

        10. NRA lauded and passive-aggressively helped pass the Lautenberg law that turns you into a “prohibited person” without trial by jury, based on Domestic Violence Restraining Orders that many judges hand out to lying spouses like candy on Halloween.

        11. Lucky Pierre worked with his so-called “gun rights champion” Harry Reid to “fix” the anti-gun provisions of Obamacare and pass it. Despite the Lucky Pierre/Harry Reid “fix”, Obamacare was passed with dangerous anti-gun “prohibited person” loopholes. GOA called it “anti-gun Obamacare”.

        12. When Obamacare passed, NRA had a dozen or so phony “A” rated Democrats and a few “B” rated in the Senate who could not survive in pro-gun states without their phony A grades and orange alert cards. NRA could’ve easily killed Obamacare by “keyvoting” it with credible threat of downgrades. Instead anti-gun Obamacare passed by ONE VOTE thanks to the NRA’s passive-aggressive support. After Lucky Pierre helped Reid “fix” it, the NRA claimed it was gun neutral and put out the winkie-wink that no one would be downgraded.

        13. NRA’s phony grading, orange alert and donation system reeks of quid pro quo sweetheart dealing and corruption at the expense of NRA membership and NRA’s stated mission. Why else would the NRA have endorsed and given “A+” and “B” grades to thousands of known gun grabbers like Sheriff Brown, Kirstin Gillibrand, Jon Tester, and Harry Reid?

        14. NRA actually teamed up with Bloomberg, almost certainly thanks to Grover al Nor’Qu’ist, exactly matching Bloomberg’s $250,000 donation to an independent expenditure PAC organized to trash true conservative Chris McDaniel and re-elect corrupt establishment whore Thad Cochran by a hair in the 2014 Mississippi US Senate race.

        “I could go on and on.” Did NRA actually do some good and appear to do some good, especially on the surface while sabotaging less visibly in the background? OF COURSE.

        The one surprisingly good thing NRA management did was back Trump, but I think they did that out of self interest, figuring Hillhog would go too far, too successfully, and they have obviously given Trump some anti-gun advice and winks since they got a seat at the table.

        Did the NRA help pass “shall issue” in many states, ultimately dial back the sabotage, allow some Constitutional Carry? Yes. But that hardly means the NRA and its 76-toady circle-jerk board are not idiot Fudds, squishes, self-dealers, heavily corrupt, even infiltraitors.

        Of COURSE they can point to some good things, including things that have good aspects on the surface but subtly and less visibly sabotaged – like “gun free zone” carry bans. Conmen and infiltraitors HAVE to be able to point to enough good things to gain and keep trust and control bestowed by well-meaning but unaware members, and worse, from “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” and “can’t we all just get along” types who don’t WANT to know what’s being done to them and don’t want anyone else to know either so they shoot the messengers.

        Moles can’t screw you too obvious, rough, hard & deep. They must do enough good, enough plausible deniability and kabuki show to get where they can take your money and bend you over long term.

        How much did Lucky Pierre take for all this double-agent double-dealing over the years? $50 million? $100 million with all the “backdoor” benefits and “expense accounts”? What a sacrifice! What a hero! What a great American!

        So…Nice try, but no cigar for you! Well, maybe a Bill Clinton cigar.

    20. I knew when I heard Wayne LaPierre mention on TV the NRA membership doubles every time major anti-gun legislation is being proposed in congress that the bean counters at the top of the NRA seen a way to increase revenue. I’m sure they help do what ever they can to create ant-gun legislation to boost membership so as to siphon as much money into their pockets as possible! I would hate to see the NRA end but if a stronger more powerful organization that supported the interests of the shooting sports members replace it then I’m all in!

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