‘When the Levee Breaks’ – NRA’s Untenable Position ~ VIDEO

Opinion by Adam Kraut

NRA Danger
NRA Danger

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Over the past few months news of impropriety, questionable business dealings, lack of transparency regarding the inner workings of the NRA, and outrageous compensation have emerged. While the source for a lot of this information is not one that many people hold in high regard, much of the information has been independently verified. Jeff Knox through AmmoLand News has written extensively about these issues.

While NRA is currently embroiled in litigation in New York over the Carry Guard program, an IRS complaint has been filed seeking to question its non-profit status. Worse yet, the possibility of New York State (the state where NRA is chartered) for violations of state law loom as a very likely possibility. Perhaps more terrifying for some of the Board Members is the possibility of legal action in which they might be found personally liable.

Undoubtedly, the current state of affairs the NRA finds itself in happened under the watch of Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and various Board Members (those sitting on the Finance and Audit Committees) who apparently failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to the organization and its members. I am calling for Wayne LaPierre and those Board Members to tender their resignations immediately. The very future of the organization depends on the ship being righted and righted quickly. Of equal importance, I call upon the Board to terminate all contracts with the marketing firm Ackerman-McQueen, along with any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, and to bring all public relations back in house.

The obvious question that arises from this call to action is “who will replace Wayne LaPierre?”

I don’t claim to have the answer for who ultimately fulfills that role, but I do have some ideas. First, an interim person will need to take on the part of Executive Vice President. The order of succession calls for the Executive Director of General Operations, but the Board can name someone more suitable if needed. Second, the Board should immediately form a committee to look for individuals who are qualified to run a non-profit of the NRA’s size and scope.

Make no mistake, these individuals should be heavily scrutinized in order to ensure that they are fit to run the NRA. Members of the organization should be permitted to submit names of those they think would be suitable candidates. The goal should be to canvas the largest field of qualified people and narrow down from there.

As mentioned to me by a former Board Member, this person should never become the face of the NRA. The idea of the NRA being synonymous with the Executive Vice President’s identity is a dangerous proposition that has in some ways led us to where we currently find ourselves. NRA’s public faces should come from its own in-house PR department and should be comprised of a wide demographic of individuals. After all, the NRA is comprised of over 5.5 million members.

Of equal concern is the compensation that has been paid to Wayne LaPierre, or perhaps I should say, will be paid too. Already netting over 1.4 million dollars a year, Wayne’s golden parachute ensures that he will continue to be paid as a speaker and consultant for the NRA at the full base salary he is currently receiving as Executive Vice President. Which raises a pressing question, how much will his replacement be paid? Moreover, to the extent this type of payment is rendered, how is NRA going to afford to pay it? Does it come from the constant requests for $20 donations from the members? If so, aren’t there more prudent ways to spend that money given the NRA has nearly exhausted its 25 million dollar credit line, liquidated 2 million dollars from an investment fund, borrowed close to 4 million dollars from its officers’ life insurance policy and about 5 million dollars from the NRA Foundation?

NRA Contractors Money
There is absolutely no reason that the NRA cannot and should not be doing PR on its own. The cost savings would be enormous.

Then there’s the never-ending drain of money from the NRA by Ackerman-McQueen. As current Board Member Lt. Col. Robert Brown refers to them the “vampire vendor.” There is absolutely no reason that the NRA cannot and should not be doing PR on its own. The cost savings would be enormous. In-house talent would always work with the best interests of the association, not the vendor or its questionable billing practices.

The Colandro Challange

With that out of the way, there is one more issue to attend to. Numerous individuals have asked if I’d be running for the 76th Board Seat at the NRA Annual Meeting. Others have asked if I would endorse or support Anthony Colandro (who is now being supported by Wayne LaPierre, among others!?). I’ve decided to keep my options open. My name will appear on the ballot, however, if Mr. Colandro will join me in demanding that Wayne and the Board Members who failed to exercise their fiduciary responsibilities immediately resign, I will consider stepping aside and offering my endorsement. Without that commitment though, I could not in good conscience endorse any candidate.

For those attending the NRA Annual Meeting this year, I’ll see you there. I hope you’ll join me in demanding accountability from the Officers and the Board.

– Adam Kraut


  • 42 thoughts on “‘When the Levee Breaks’ – NRA’s Untenable Position ~ VIDEO

    1. Regretfully I am a Life Member of the NRA. What a waste of $330. The NRA is a bunch of empty suits, just like Washington DC. Both need to go.

    2. April 24: The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was sued in federal court on Tuesday for allegedly failing to enforce campaign finance laws against the National Rifle Association (NRA).

      Giffords, the nonprofit organization founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) after she survived an assassination attempt, sued the FEC for allegedly allowing the NRA to violate campaign finance law — including to help Donald Trump.

      The new lawsuit, reported by BuzzFeed court and justice reporter Zoe Tillman, mentions the word “Trump” thirty-five times.

      “Plaintiff’s complaints demonstrate that the National Rifle Association (“NRA”) violated the Federal Election Campaign Act by using a complex network of shell corporations to unlawfully coordinate expenditures with the campaigns of at least seven candidates for federal office, thereby making millions of dollars of illegal, unreported, and excessive in-kind contributions, including up to $25 million in illegal contributions to now President Donald J. Trump,” the lawsuit charged.

      https://www.rawstory.com/2019/04/nra-busted-giving-trump-9259-times-legal-limit-bombshell-campaign-finance-lawsuit/

    3. Look, I get that Adam is upset about not getting on the BoD. I get that he is calling all patriots to action in the wake of the recent news hysteria surrounding NRA funding. I don’t, for the life of me, understand why Adam would choose to reference Tony Colandro in this tirade against the NRA. He doesn’t need the NRA to be 2A, but the NRA sure as hell needs a guy like Anthony Colandro. Shame on you sir for implying that Tony will somehow “lose his way” unless he bends the knee to your argument. The ONLY way to make changes is to make waves and Tony is the loudest and most dynamic 2A activist in the state of New Jersey. Tony goes to all the NJ rallies, he donates to all the causes, and he literally lives and breathes 2A. Go lick your wounds about not being endorsed without demeaning the good name of a good guy. I have actually been to Tony’s Woodland Park Range and Gun For Hire events. I’ve taken classes there, shot there, brought friends there, and I’ve even brought my kids there. Hands down there is no other place in New Jersey that does more in seeking to enlighten people about the Second Amendment, firearms safety and self-protection. The fight against corruption and misappropriation didn’t begin with Adam Kraut, moreover Tony Colandro has spoken out about his disappointment in many of the NRA issues, which is why I think he even ran for BoD, because he wants to help make changes. I’m speaking for everyone that I asked to vote for both you and Tony, and if we could rescind our BoD votes for you, Adam; we would.

    4. We need to stop trying to patch holes in a burning building for the sake of the name on the door. The NRA has become a hotbed of infighting, corruption, and concessions to gun grabbers. If this is what we (the public) wanted, we’d leave it to the state and federal politicians. Let the building burn, and rebuild completely anew, or work with the groups already working towards the same goal (SAF, GOA, NAGR, CRP).

    5. How is it that the person who comes in 33rd out of 35 candidates get the endorsement of the NRA when Dave Butz (existing BOD member) was 28th and just missed re-election. Adam was 29th and I know hell would freeze over before he would ever get their endorsement but logic says the existing BOD member gets the nod. I have nothing against Mr. Colandro but my “something ain’t right with this picture” meter is pegged.

      1. My thought is they don’t want the same, they need new stronger energy. Looking more into Colandro, he has built a successful business in a tough anti gun state. Some say one of the most successful gun ranges in America. I watched a few of his rants on youtube as well. I think he is exactly what the NRA BOD needs. Unfiltered, direct, calls out the bullshit and suggests solutions. His type of presence and energy on the board will bring a new level of attention and focus. Looking forward to seeing new results!

      2. Maybe because a am a very active committee member, that is always there contributing to the committees I sit on with three decades of credentials and not a famous figure?

        Ant

    6. I don’t know Mr. Kraut from Adam (sounds bitter) I do know Anthony Colandro and he is a pit bull! No lip service here. He is the real deal! Lives, eats and breathes 2A – 24/7. This “challenge” is pure bullshit, and a lame attempt to derail Colandro’s chance of getting a well deserved seat… Google Gun For Hire and see who Anthony is. Google “Kraut” …. first thing that pops up is SOUR!

        1. Bump stock… REALLY? some would say “it’s what the bump stock stands for” (give them an inch they’ll take a yard) I say choose you battles wisely. I never could get one of those to run. Waste of time and money fighting that…

          1. Right, choose your battles wisely. Hence he is fighting the bump stock ban. Why? Because it isn’t about the bump stocks, stupid! I have never owned one of these contraptions and I would never do even if they would be legal.

            Unfortunately, NRA shills like you only listen to NRA propaganda and have never read the federal regulation banning bump stocks nor do they understand the legal concepts being used here. You clearly do not understand the legal implications of using the Chevron Deference to rewrite federal firearms regulations by the executive branch.

            The bump stock ban sets legal precedence to ban all other kinds of firearm parts, including binary triggers, Geissele triggers, muzzle brakes, and 30-round magazines. Pretty much everything that allows you to shoot a firearm in a way that is similar to an automatic firearm in terms of rate of fire can be banned. Since one (Jerry Miculek) can fire a semi-automatic firearm as fast as some automatic firearms, semi-automatic firearms can be banned as well. All without Congress through the rule writing process of the executive branch, thanks to the Chevron Deference and the legal precedence set by the NRA and President Trump.

            Kamala Harris says thanks, by the way: https://www.ammoland.com/2019/04/kamala-harris-vows-executive-action-on-guns-as-potus/

            Now, you can continue with your 4-D beer pong strategy, or was it chess?

            1. Anyone with the smallest amount of brain cells knew the bump stocks could not survive. If it did, and some “numbnut” pulled off another Mandalay Bay it would be the end of discussions, our elected officials don’t have the stomach for that. You do.. I do.. but they don’t and they write the laws.

              NRA shill? …if you only knew!

              This is a marathon… not a hundred yard dash.

          2. NOT ONE INCH WITHOUT RESISTANCE!

            They took the yard from that given inch. They redefined the term “machine gun” with that metaphorical inch. They destroyed businesses and livelihoods with that inch. Inches given elsewhere are allowing victims to sue manufacturers over shootings they did not commit. This now threatens all manufacturing of firearms inside the U.S..

            Anti-gun activists smell the blood in the water. Do you think they wont push for victims to file suit against companies that they want wiped out? They’ll fund the suit just to see the companies toppled.

            Jobs lost, companies ruined, Families damaged, by each… little….. inch.

          3. Gary, I am replying to your last post.

            It looks like you really do not understand the Chevron Deference. I am not arguing about bump stocks. I am arguing about how they were banned. Please inform yourself about the implications of using the Chevron Deference. It is quite dangerous!

            Since you brought it up, let’s argue about the bump stock ban. Your argument supporting the bump stock ban also makes clear that you support the original 1986 machine gun ban. There is also the issue of $100,000,000 in privately owned property being outlawed without compensation and without due process.

            According to you and the NRA leadership, I should be OK with all of that. I am not! I am just a disappointed NRA Benefactor Life Member who refuses to give the NRA and its organizations any more money until they clean house. Adam Kraut would do that. Anthony Colandro, who is already an NRA insider and endorsed by the current NRA leadership, would likely not.

      1. Gary,
        [email protected]$$ comments about his name show that you have nothing to say.
        If you don’t know who Adam Kraut is you haven’t been paying attention. He’s been warning people about what the BoD was up to FOR YEARS. He’s been running for a position on it FOR YEARS. Marion Hammer’s comment about the enemy within was aimed at him, Knox and everyone else who has been trying to get the leadership to change its ways.

        1. Perhaps if he played nice and got on, he could do more good…screaming from the rooftops how much the NRA sucks is not going to work… infiltrate first!

          Is there anyone reading these comments who actually thinks these elections are for real?

          1. No sadly. The NRA insiders, I’m sure, already knows who will get the appointment. They use the same underhanded backdoor politics the government does. Kraut won’t get it EVER. He’s too much the public figure and his point of view is open and plain to see. This prevents them from manipulating him from what you thought you wanted, into what they want.

            What the NRA seems to want more ineffectual apologists so they can continue to push you for more money “to fight the good fight” while they take a ride on the dome of contributors. IF they were too effective they wouldn’t be needed and so they let shit go so they can continue to impress our need for them.

    7. I would like to address the “Colandro Challenge” as presented by Adam Kraut.

      First, let’s remember where most of this “news” has come from.

      I’m not on the board yet, and I don’t have access to the same information as a board member. I do, however, sit on three committees: Education and Training; Clubs and Associations; and Range Development. That has been my focus as a committee member — until now.

      I’m independent and I will make my own decisions. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I won’t be intimidated by ANYONE to make ANY decision. In New Jersey, we’re all too familiar with corruption and Mr. Kraut’s so-called “challenge” reeks of extortion. This infighting has to stop! We all have a common goal in the 2A community. If we stand strong and stand together, we stand a chance.

      It is a fact that my business and I have done more for the 2A community than all others who are running for election to the 76th position. Only The Boy Scouts of America with its 2,282,584 members and 99,814 individual units across the USA have performed more firearm safety classes and order more training materials than we do at Gun for Hire. Think about that for a moment. No one, currently on the board or running for election, can make that claim. Education and training, combined with my 2A activism in the battleground State of New Jersey for the past 27 years, has been my primary focus and it’s working as best as we can to hold the line here.

      If I have the honor of being elected to the 76th position of the NRA Board of Directors, I will scrutinize everything that is my responsibility to speak of or act upon. I will rely upon my independence, and my many years of experience in running a successful business to ensure that the NRA is run as effectively and efficiently as possible. Rest assured that I will always have the best interests of the NRA’s membership base always in my focus. I will answer to no one except for the members if elected to this position. I am outspoken and have no filter (as evidenced by my podcast GunForHireRadio for the past eight years) which can often be a double-edged sword, but my track record in the 2A community speaks for itself and I put my money where my mouth is.

      Keep up the fight and I hope to see you in Indy.

      Anthony P. Colandro

      1. I’d like to verify what Anthony says. He has worked tirelessly for the 2A community in New Jersey and has reached out to embrace everyone, as far as I can tell, who has come to him for support. He provides resources (free range facilities), publicity (he invites people on his radio show to move their cause) and money, generously. He doesn’t do this for an easy life, he does it because he truly does believe in the 2A cause. The ins and outs of the nomination for the 76th seat I have no comment on, but what I will say is that he *will not* be beholden to anyone except the members. If we as NRA members want greater transparency, then APC is the way to get it.

    8. I joined the NRA last month thinking I was helping in the fight for our 2A rights,BUT. Ya there is always a BUT. I wish I had learned more first,now I should have ,instead of thinking the NRA leadership honestly fought for us. I put off joining for years, now 59. I couldn’t take any more ANTI-GUN BS and signed up for 5 year membership. Now I will work more at turning it around to what it is meant be. Will watch closer now and help clean house now that I’m here.

    9. Wayne’s “Golden parachute” fund would be better spent hiring lawyers to fight all these unconstitutional laws and regulations coming down the pipeline! I have since hearing of this out of control corruption at NRA stoped renewing my membership and have become a Frontline Defender with NAGR because I feel they are doing a much better job defending our 2nd amendment rights than the NRA.

    10. This is real simple, sports fans. Drop the NRA like a hot rock and shift your support to an organization that actually defends the Second Amendment, Gun Owners of America.

      I just renewed along with an $80.00 contribution, Why don’t y’all do the same?

      1. While I agree with the GOA the vast majority of the time, I simply cannot sign on to their never give an inch mentality. It would be nice if politics worked that way (and in some states this is a winning strategy), but federally and in many states, it can result in very bad outcomes. The most glaring example of this short sighted strategy is background checks. Like it or not (and I don’t) the vast majority of Americans do not think that anyone should be able to buy a gun without a background check.

        Consider for a moment the “victory” won buy the NRA and GOA in stopping Manchin-Toomey. In contrast, SAF/CCRKBA worked with those drafting the bill and inserted a ton of pro-gun provisions – including the right to purchase firearms in any state, not just your state of residence. The transportation protections in FOPA would have gotten teeth and the creation of a firearms registry, already illegal, would have become a felony with a 15 year prison term. In exchange for those gains (and many others), we would have had to put up with expanded background checks (though many family transfers would have been exempt). The deal was so good (for us) in the end, that Manchin and Toomey could not retain the support of the most rabid anti-2A lawmakers, and that is when the bill died.

        Consider for a moment where we would be if the final version of that bill had been supported by GOA and NRA, and had passed. IMHO, we would be much better off now than we are. Why? Simple: Bloomberg has been able to use the lack of background checks on private sales to push legislation and initiatives CALLED background check bills, but as we all know, they go much, much further. If Manchin-Toomey had passed, that course of action would not have been open to him and his billionaire buddies. I-394 wouldn’t have passed in Washington state, ditto for the law in Nevada. It would have been much harder to pass the recent law in New Mexico. Most people in this country are opposed to the UK style gun laws Bloomberg wants – but he can sneak them in by calling his bill, “a simple expansion of background checks to private sales”. That’s real hard to sell when they have already been expanded. to cover private sales.

        CCRKBA/SAF tried to warn all of us about this. They predicted it all in 2013 – and provided a solution: Expand background checks ourselves. Control how they are done, when they are required and what transfers are exempt. Put in a bunch of pro-gun rights provision and dare the anti-gun lawmakers to vote no. Take the issue off the table so it won’t be used against us. We should have listened. Instead they got a ton of flak, as I likely will for writing this.

        I’m a retired/disabled paramedic and reserve firefighter. There is tactic used to fight wildland fires that seems counterproductive. It’s called a backfire. You clear a fire break that is too small to stop the fire you are fighting – but then you enlarge it by setting a fire that burns up all the fuel in front of the fire. In politics, sometimes a similar tactic is needed, because sometimes if all you do is offer opposition, like a fire, public opinion will roll right over you.

        This is by no means the only tactic we should use. Legal action is critically important – and I certainly believe that there are many times that we should not give an inch. Here in Idaho, that works. Nationally, it works sometimes. I want any organization I support to be smart enough to know how to win.

        Therefore, my support will go to CCRKBA/SAF. rather than the GOA. That said, most of the time ALL the gun rights groups are on the same page and rightly so. The most important thing is to pick a group and support it. If you decide that’s the GOA, by all means support them! If that’s the NRA, support them and work to make them better. If it’s CCRKBA/SAF or Jews or the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, support them. Get in the fight, and remember who the enemy is……

        1. Thank you for this. If what you say i correct, then yes, we would have been better with M-T. You are certainly correct when you say that Blomberg and his unlimited $$ are the enemy. The ballot initiatives in WA was a disaster for us, as are the Red Flag laws. I’m a mamber of NRA and SAF, and continue to support them both.

    11. “Wayne’s golden parachute ensures that he will continue to be paid as a speaker and consultant for the NRA at the full base salary he is currently receiving as Executive Vice President. ”

      Wayne’s going to need the money even if he ends up in a federal pen,got to keep the wine and cigar club going,even if it’s behind bars,lifestyles of the rich and famous you know.

    12. The only reason I belong to the NRA is that the Club I belong to requires that club members belong. And the clubs board is too hidebound, and filled with non-thinkers that it will take another hundred years before they look at what is actually going on and change their “must belong” policy. Fact is that gun owners are not deep thinkers, in fact they tend to believe what they are told by entities that they have come to trust. They simply do not question their “reality”. Gun-owners are conservative which is defined by the dictionary as “disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, and to limit change.” We need to be progressive which is defined as “favoring or advocating progress, change, improvement, or reform”. Whoa, that doesn’t sound right does it? Think about it for a while.

      1. The “must belong” for manny or almost all guns clubs is a result of liability insurance. The NRA is just about the only place that a shooting range (gun club) can obtain insurance at a reasonable rate. One of the conditions of obtaining NRA range insurance is 100% membership of all club members. Other companies may offer equivalent insurance at three to four times the cost, but as we all know local club dollars are usually tight so the club is being prudent.

      2. I’ve had a lot of deep conversations with gun owners about the long term ramifications about their pro 2A positions versus the anti-liberty mentality.
        We have had long drawn our discussions with all ideas on the table, from the probable and already here, to the far fetched and might happen someday.
        Don’t tell me they don’t think. We also discuss the benefit of the NRA and other organizations, and whether big organizations should be the engine driving this in the first place.

      3. I have that problem too. My gun club requires NRA membership but they do subsidize the insurance policy for the range and our youth shooting program gets funding from them too. Still, I give the absolute minimum because I have left the room in regards to lobbying congress critters. We can not win the 2A battle at the ballot box any more.

        If GOA and 2AF etc start funding militia’s then they will get my money. Training with others to be able to have an armed defense of our republic is where all my efforts go now. They ARE going to come for our guns and they need to be stopped.

    13. A life member and over the last few years it has been constant calling me for more money. Until Wayne is gone and the board changed, not one cent. We had to block the NRA from all my phones for the calls had become daily. Wayne, leave and leave your parachute behind.

    14. Any organization that becomes part of the DC swamp will eventually fall due to corruption and self-serving actions by the elites. This is one such case. We need a major reentineering of NRA. Until that happens my money goes to Arizona Citizens Defense League, Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America.

      1. I concur. I have had more support from, and seen more pro-2A activity by Arizona Citizens’ Defense League than from the NRA. I refused to renew my Certified Firearm Instructor credentials, and, at the present time, I would not even consider joining the NRA — except that I became a Life Member in the early Nineties, so I’m just letting it ride.

    15. Patient is Terminal , N.R.A. is ” walking Dead ” — N.R.A. , is Compromised from within , just like the thousands of government ‘ managers ‘ in the DC swamp. ( see Senior Executive Service )

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