Important Message From Your NRA Leadership & Past Presidents, 2019

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Important Message From Your NRA Leadership & Past Presidents, 2019

Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- My fellow NRA Member:Since the NRA was founded almost 150 years ago, our adversaries have repeatedly tried to take us down.

Today is no different. A recent burst of media claims the NRA is vulnerable, financially unstable, and weakened in its fight to defend the Second Amendment. Obviously intent on not letting the facts get in the way of a good story, most reports offer a distorted and inaccurate view of the NRA.

As officers and past presidents of the NRA, we write today to set the record straight.

The complete Embedded letter follows:

An Important Message From Your NRA Leadership & Past Presidents 2019


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  • 86 thoughts on “Important Message From Your NRA Leadership & Past Presidents, 2019

    1. The love of money= root of evil. Many other organizations have been corrupted after very much money was donated to them. Check out the Red Cross or United Way. NRA as well? Maybe? If current NRA leadership really believes in the cause they should resign and let other folks take the reins. Take one for the team? If they dont we will know them by their fruit.

    2. Anybody who claims they are a “leader” of a group that has put corporate gun sales profits over common sense gun safety laws is not the kind of person any American citizen can admire. More gun propaganda from the comedy writers at AmmoLand, . Then name summarizes nwhatb the group represents. America has the worst per capita gun violence rate in the developed world thanks to the efforts of there NRA and there gun whackadoodles who feel their “right” to infantry rifles and semi automatic pistols is more imp[ortant then the lives of their fellow citizens. “From my cold dead hands”. Spoken in Denver near Aurora Colorado, 30 days after the Columbine massacre. Sums it up quite concisely. Cowards.,

      1. @och will

        Again, more propaganda from you. The NRA does not sell or manufacture firearms.

        Further
        1. The Constitution forbids Gun Control.
        2. None of your lies are Common Sense
        3. As an example, your per capita comment was exposed before, which you were too much of a coward to reply at the time since you knew you lost the argument, and here you are again trying to state the same disproven lie.
        4. None of the ideas proposed so far have anything to do with “Safety”, only the control of law abiding peaceful citizens making use of their rights.
        5. I love the fact that a known liar(och swill) hit the nail on the head. Our right to own and arms IS more important than his own pathetic life and opinions, and if he doesn’t like it he can move to Norway.

        We are not ever going to comply with what you want to do, and we will defend our rights and our property against you if you try to force it.

        1. @Rev, I look forward to the day that we hunt down the betrayers of the Constitution and their paid propagandists.

          1. @Wild Bill

            I will defend, I wont hunt down. That is the difference between the American Revolution and the French.

            The constitution applies to all, even those who hate it, but if ever och will or any others try to force me to comply with what they want I will not hesitate in the slightest. Their bodies will be rolled out the door they just tried to kick in and left to rot in the streets.

            Do not forget we don’t want to replace one oppressor with another, that is why our founders wrote the constitution, and why Washington turned down a chance to be king.

            1. @Rev, Well… I see your point and the great potential that I might be misunderstood. Unlike the French, I was just idly curious about seeing what kind of people would betray our Constitutional Republic.

            2. @Wild Bill

              There are those who betray it because they think(Falsely) they are doing the right thing and blind themselves to the atrocities they cause to implement it.

              There are those who betray it because they want to destroy what it stands for, out of hate and malice, and a desire to control.

              And then there are those who betray it because they claim to be saving it. This is the group we have to be most careful in watching out for, because they are the bad actors pushing from behind in hopes they can take power in the aftermath.

              Best wishes

      2. Please provide us with a list of the crimes that have been stopped by any gun control or safety laws fool? Data can be provided on how many lives guns have saved and crimes stopped in there tracks!

      3. @och will
        Can you provide anything to back up anything you’ve spewed so far? You spout a lot of nonsense yet never post anything to back up your bull spatter. Please elaborate on the differences of infantry rifles issued to the Marines that are available to non military? Were you issued a semi-auto rifle ever while you were supposedly in the Corps?

        FYI,
        A year after the Columbine High School massacre, the phrase gained newfound popularity following the 129th NRA convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 20, 2000, when the actor, and president at the time of the NRA, Charlton Heston ended a speech by concluding:
        For the next six months, [Democratic presidential candidate and then-Vice President of the United States, Al Gore] is going to smear you as the enemy. He will slander you as gun-toting, knuckle-dragging, bloodthirsty maniacs who stand in the way of a safer America. Will you remain silent? I will not remain silent. If we are going to stop this, then it is vital to every law-abiding gun owner in America to register to vote and show up at the polls on Election Day.
        Heston then paused to pick up a replica of a flintlock long rifle and continued:
        So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: ‘From my cold, dead hands!’ — Charlton Heston, May 20, 2000
        Heston repeated the phrase at the end of each NRA convention over which he presided. When he announced his retirement in 2003, he concluded by repeating “From my cold, dead hands.”

    3. When I learned that each of my small donations went to buy Wayne Lapierre a shoelace instead of supporting the Second Amendment, I stopped donating.

      1. Did you hand over your guns too? Or are you just hoping the NRA will protect and defend your rights for free?

    4. It’s amazing that a few disgruntled members of a 5,000,000 member association, some (most, all?) of whom have never sat on a board, led a Cub Scout Pack, owned a functioning business, served as leader in an organization larger than a local PTA are able to tell the world how poorly run a 148 + year old association is. It seems that ALL of the programs, which are yet competently run by these ‘greedy, lying, money-grubbing, anti 2A, NRA Bored memberz’ who have no soul or conscience, why is that so? Have the Nay-sayers helped out in ANY of these vital programs?
      If it takes just a word from these folks to change the Laws that they disagree with why haven’t their favorite 2A pro-gun groups already accomplished that? How many Certified Firearm Instructors have they produced over the last 50 years? How many Police shooters have they developed? How many Women are being introduced to the Shooting Sports? How many young Hunters get their first Buck, Turkey, feral hog from their programs? I am not disparaging the ‘Other’ 2A Pro-Gun Groups, nor am I going to use words that denigrate or put down anyone who disagrees with the NRA. My take on the current disagreements is just that until you have a verifiable, proven, legislatively savvy, group that is agreeable to, say a little more than HALF of America’s gun owners, with Billions of $ in Reserve, we go with the 800 pound Guerilla that has been in the Room for 148 years.
      Don’t toss out the GrandPa you know with the dishwater to find a Baby you don’t.

      1. @Mike

        Your comment uses strawman and non-sequitur based arguments, while ignoring a visible and trackable history.

        1. “If it takes just a word from these folks to change the Laws that they disagree with why haven’t their favorite 2A pro-gun groups already accomplished that?”

        The question you should be asking is if the NRA has been so vital and effective in the defense against and in changing those laws, why have they also been instrumental in passing and implementing the majority of anti-2A laws currently on the books and in the midst of trying to help implement two more currently? Namely Bump Stock restrictions and Red Flag laws. You question the people with leaving and speaking out about “What they have done”, well why are you supporting an organization that has been helping to slowly strip the 2nd Amendment over the years instead of standing in firm opposition against such infringements?

        2. “I am not disparaging the ‘Other’ 2A Pro-Gun Groups, nor am I going to use words that denigrate or put down anyone who disagrees with the NRA.”

        Oh really?
        What about “It’s amazing that a few disgruntled members of a 5,000,000 member association, some (most, all?) of whom have never sat on a board, led a Cub Scout Pack, owned a functioning business, served as leader in an organization larger than a local PTA are able to tell the world how poorly run a 148 + year old association is.”

        Or
        “Have the Nay-sayers helped out in ANY of these vital programs?”

        Congratulations, you just denigrated and attempted to de-legitimize those of us who are fed up with getting a knife stuck in our backs by dismissing us as “Disgruntled, nay-saying, do nothings” It would appear you are speaking out of both ends.

        3. “Don’t toss out the GrandPa you know with the dishwater to find a Baby you don’t.”

        The problem here is that we do know the Grandpa, we have a 148 year old track record that says the NRA cannot be trusted to defend the second amendment, that they continuously helped to write and pass laws which infringe on it and then print stories about how they fought so hard to water it down when they didn’t stand up to fight against it in the first place. Now I just laid out three points based on your views and demonstrated why they don’t work or are flat out wrong. Instead of using strawman arguments and non-sequiturs(IE dismantling or defending against bad laws vs having a range day at a local club) perhaps you could take the time to hear out our arguments and attempt to address them point by point, though to do so would be very difficult for you to make a case against.

        More importantly, what does it say about you if you say you would rather stick with the traitor you know, because you have too many worries about going off on your own, or you think doing so would be too difficult? What does it say about you that you tried to present yourself as something you are not, while disparaging those who have chosen to walk away and try to build up newer better organizations which do not tuck tail and run, which the NRA has at times tried to work against and de-rail the efforts of those groups?

        Think before you speak. You just showed everyone here what type of person you are, without anyone having to disparage or denigrate you with a nasty name. Is training a firearms instructor via a program really worth backing an organization which is slowly aiding the effort to destroy our rights?

    5. I don’t know what to think! I’m too far removed from the seats of power, that I don’t have enough reliable data to know what is going on!!
      I know the anti 2nd. Amendment folks would like to destroy the NRA. I don’t think That I am willing to walk away & let the NRA die, over hard feelings!!
      I will continue to pay my dues & support the organization!! Thanks for letting me voice my opinion!

      1. @Newell Anderson

        That is a choice you get to make and I want to tell you, Good for you. Thanks for going about this the right way.

        I chose to discontinue my support because of what I saw going on, and the data I was able to verify as was my choice and opinion. Some here unfortunately wish to dictate to people like you and I “what is proper” for us to do according to their private opinions. That is where the problem lays. At the end of the day you are the one that has to live with your decision, just as I am the one to have to live with mine.

        I wish you the best. Good luck.

    6. Gave this piece the respect it deserves.

      1. Printed it off

      2. Used it to wipe

      3. Flushed

      To the NRA, its leadership, and all presidents past: You screwed the pooch, betrayed your membership, and are now trying to blame us for leaving by dismissing us as a “left wing conspiracy” against you. Keep digging that hole deeper, you’re going to need it for the burial.

    7. Curiously absent from the ‘past Presidents’ list was good ole ‘bought and paid for’ Col. North! Like me, almost all of my gun club are NRA life members. Their collective complaint is how they are constantly bombarded with phone calls & mailers always asking for MORE money! This is NOT my old NRA! It is the money-grubbing POS advertising company they hired who by the way, also hired North as the new ‘face’ of our NRA. The first time I read one of Ollie’s ‘president messages’ in my Rifleman magazine which was nothing more than some ‘rah-rah hooray for us get your friends to join and oh by the the way send more money’ BS, I knew we had a BIG problem! At least GOA is getting things done for us! Join GOA!

    8. That letter is such garbage. The NRA didn’t have enemies until it decided to be a money grubbing political group. At it’s founding everyone loved the NRA because of what it stood for.

    9. What an ignorant way to dissuade people from leaving. This letter, from the time I started reading it, screamed of “white washing” and a begging to send money only money. If this is the intelligence of the NRA we know they are no match for the gun grabbers. It got to the point that I was only scanning the letter because the content wasn’t gong anywhere that was any interest to people that did not want their rights taken. It is as clear as daylight, you could see right through it.

      1. @tomcat

        That’s all they can do here though is spam garbage pieces like this, or written by buffoons like Hammer or Hutchison and hope there are enough brain dead idiots who will buy into it. They’ve been doing it for so long, they don’t know how to do anything else.

        They are quite effectively, for lack of a better term, castrated.

    10. Clean house! Do away with everything that doesn’t pertain to shooting – like insurance, books, wine, baubles, etc.
      GET THE HELL OUT OF NEW YORK!

    11. I passed on the half price life membership offer it was cheap, but ain’t free.

      American Rifleman is like any other commercial magazine, editorial content is a bridge and linked to the full page advertisements. The only thing that shines is the historical content.

      If National Rifle Association cuts the fat and gets on point, I would become a life member, sadley thst is unlikely in my life time.

    12. Hey billo, it is that simple!
      Clean house! Out with the old and in with new people who have not lost sight of the NRA’s purpose. Preserve the 2nd amendment! As an endowment life member since 1976 I am disgusted with the leadership like most of you. It’s been no more money from me for quite some time in fact I want some back to give to the GOA, NAGR, and others who won’t waste it and won’t compromise.
      The crowning blow is the backing of the “Extreme Risk Protection Order” or Red Flag law in Florida. Thank you NRA, Marco Rubio, Rick Scott for the first really big hole in the dyke that will be extremely hard to plug up. It’s really the BEGINNING OF THE END of the 2ND AMENDMENT! You cowards have caved to a bunch of high school students manipulated by anti gun groups and media. Shame,shame.
      You can put your ridiculous letter where the sun don’t shine, traitors!

    13. The voting members can change the NRA leadership. Any board member wanting my vote can not be an incumbent. Need to flush the toilet.

    14. My limited funds now go to Gun Owners of America. No, they’re not the largest (yet) organization defending the 2nd Amendment but they’re already the most effective!

    15. As a new Patriot Life Member, I am very unhappy with how the NRA is run. Let’s just assume everything is legal and above-board for the moment — How the heck is the NRA spending my money? Executive compensation is too high. Spending is too high.

      However, I suspect the insider deals may be true. The executives and the board need to let some sunshine in and allow members to see what’s really going on. I believe the executives are not properly performing their fiduciary duties and I also believe the board is lax on oversight.

      Bottom line — No more donations from me until I am satisfied. The 2020 elections are coming up and the NRA needs to get their ducks in a row ASAP.

    16. As a Life Member fortunately or unfortunately, the NRA is the only game in town. There are alot of great organizations supporting the 2nd Amendment and shooting sports, but the NRA is still the top dog, for now. It seems the NRA is at a crossroads and perception is reality. When claims of financial mismanagement, sweet heart deals and the good ole boys are on the table, then as an organization you have lost. You can’t try and pawn it off as some malcontent members. The people bringing these charges, one Colonel North and others aren’t your run of the mill “malcontent members”. Where there is smoke there is fire and when the NRA comes out with a letter trying to shed light in a different direction and try and get you to drink the cool-aid, they have lost. I understand these executives at the NRA have jobs and should be paid but the NRA is a non-profit and like Congress one should not go in with minimal means and come out a “millionaire”. Why do you have to look like a million bucks to deliver the message. Most NRA members are hard working folks and trust the guy or gal showing up in blue jeans and rolled up sleeves versus a thousand dollar suit. The NRA looks more and more like these tv preachers in millionaire dollar homes, seven figure salaries over the top standard of living telling the “flock” that we need these in order to better serve you!! REALLY??? Power, greed, self importance seems to of found a home at the NRA….until complete transparency, some humiliation and back to the basics of service to the members and not ones self, then the NRA is no different. It’s sad they want you to drink the cool aid as so far many are. Not sure what the answer is but a true leader/s would step aside for the good of the organization but more importantly for the cause, if they truly believed in the mission and not themselves. See how it works out but not one more dime from me…..sorry but when the NRA supported the “bump stock” ban they blinked. What’s next???

      1. Not only did they blink, but they missed the boat!
        With the election of a Republican President and a majority of republicans in both houses of congress I am sure donations as well as membership in the NRA stagnated to a point and Wayne being so ingrained with what worked in the past to counter this throw out the bump stock as a means to stir up gun control issues to once again extract more funds from members? If only he had made the correct move now that republicans were in control and moved to repeal some of the unconstitutional gun laws now in place the membership would have rallied around him with support! The leadership of the present NRA clearly and badly failed their purpose as well as failed their membership! Clearly the current leadership needs to be replaced!

      2. @Danny bpro2nd

        They didn’t blink, they’ve been working against us for years. The bump stock issue wasn’t the first, but another part of a long list of usurpations against the second amendment co-written and endorsed as passable by the NRA.

        Maybe if the people who claim “The NRA is the only game in town” would put their support behind a different group that maintains a no-compromise defense of the second amendment, swelling its numbers and war-chest, then that organization would be the only game in town. Instead we have to hear them apologize about it and cry about how everyone still needs to support “the only game in town” as it repeatedly stabs us in the back.

        The answer, the crossroads happened years ago and the NRA made its choice then, so the answer now is to let the NRA hurt and head for places that actually defend. Unfortunately complacency, comfort, and cowardice dictate that that those without backbone to their character will cling to the sinking ship in the hopes that the situation will fix itself when their only chance is to swim for the life boats in the distance.

        1. Do you understand what is going on!!! Your an idiot if you think the NRA is standing up for our rights. Look at what the NRA allowed to happen. Do you know what the “Bump Stock Ban” did? You may think that this ban does not effect you because you don’t care or own a bump stock, correct? Well, the NRA helped the ATF write the ban by providing support on the proposed wording to the BATFE. The regulation is the most far reaching anti-2A regulations in our history. Yes our History! With out congressional voting or citizenry involvement in legislation, President Trump ordered the DOJ to ban Bump Stocks. The ATF changed the definition of a machine gun in the NFA to mean anything that mimics a machine gun with lawyer speak, not engineering or scientific speak. The NRA, Trump, ATF has set the condition now that any semi-automatic rifle, shotgun, and pistol can now be considered a NFA and illegal, just by an individual doing a mag dump. A 10/22 with a 10 round magazine has a “rate of fire” equal to or faster than some machine guns. Great job NRA for protecting our rights, we are falling down the slippery slope. Go read the rule for yourself, https://www.atf.gov/rules-and-regulations/bump-stocks if your capable. Again this is with no House or Senate debate or argument, no input from the citizenry and the NRA help produce the rule and agreed to and support the destruction of the second amendment. We are experiencing the worst 2A President of all time, and the worst NRA leadership in the organization ever. Do you know Wayne Lapierre is making $1.4m a year and by contract if he leaves the organization Wayne still gets $1.4m a year for life!

          1. Still waiting to see photos from Wayne or Donald of criminals destroying or turning in their bump stocks? Criminals by nature do not obey laws! So this ban only adversely impacted law abiding citizens and their pocket books!

    17. Screw gun clubs!

      When one goes into court and throws the gun control in the Judges face and says “WE RUFUSE TO COMPLY” then walks out I will immediately join. I support nothing less.

    18. I joined the NRA almost 60 years ago. I believed in their training programs, sensible gun use, safety programs an even their support for background checks for hand guns. Over the years I have seen a bastardization of a beloved organization for the all mighty dollar and hysterical pleas for more and more money. It became an organization that forgot its roots and became a home for rabid beaurocrats who ran the organization for their own benefit.
      I realized this a few years ago and cancelled my membership with a scathing letter direct to Wayne. The letter was never answered nor acknowledged, but I continued to get fund raising letters until I demanded they stop.
      This gun owner is disgusted with what the NRA has become and the money lust of the leaders!

    19. Holy carp …. how many second and third ” vice presidents ” does NRA have ?
      You can tell the gravy train has derailed when all the past grifters come out and say — ” All is well “

    20. Wayne desperately needs a raise. His wardrobe is not suitable to represent your 2A rights. Be nice, he really needs your money. I have decided i am not giving him shit!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. When I contribute to the NRA it is with the expectation that my money goes to fight gun control not buy Wayne LaPierre a new Italian suit! No more money to them!

      2. “Wayne desperately needs a raise.” That’s for certain, since he’s already raking-in 3-times the annual salary of the POS, I can’t even begin to imagine how he even gets by. What a farce that members have been shelling out their own hard earned cash for.

    21. Should the present leadership continue to separate itself from the membership they will surely have a smaller membership to report to after next years annual meeting? Organizations always encounter outside opposition, but it rarely destroys them! On the other hand should an organization’s leadership separate itself from it’s membership it will surely fail! After reading this letter it is clear this has occurred and the membership is no longer supportive of the current business plan of stirring up gun control issues in order to extract funding from the membership after all these years has now become clearly exposed and is no longer solvent in supporting the organization.
      As a member since the 60’s, there are clearly 3 things the organization needs to do to not only survive, but to also grow!
      First the present leadership needs to be retired and new leadership brought in! Second a solvent business and growth plan needs to be put in place! Third and above all else the new leadership must completely understand and comprehend that the words “shall not be infringed” mean exactly what they say and do not mean the 2nd Amendment may be subjected to negotiation or compromise!
      NRA leadership boast of having over 5 million members after existing for over 150 years which in my opinion speaks poorly since today there are over 120 million gun owners in this country. GOA on the other hand has over 2 and a half million and has only existed since around 1975!
      Go figure? And if all is so great with the NRA why was this letter published?

    22. What I cant believe is it took the members this long to figure out what’s really going on in the NRA. I was a member in the early 1980s and kept it for as long as I was an instructor for them but the constant barrage of sympathetic begging really bugged me. My wife and I struggle every month to make ends meet, and even after telling them to back off the pleas for money every week I would get another. I finally took a good look at the management and made the decision to give it up. I did become a member several years ago for one year to see if anything had changed but it hadn’t, same people, same are you a patriot if you are give us your money. What topped the cake was the one that said plan for your death, don’t forget us when you die, leave us you money, to hell with your family. The rich get richer and we starve. Organizations like this, fire fighters of America, fraternal order of police and cancer organizations have all really ticked me off. I explained to one of the reps for fraternal order of police, that I was on a fixed income, my wife was just diagnosed with a brain aneurism and we were struggling to buy medicine. I took 5 minutes to explain this and the next words out of his mouth were “ then I can put you down for 15.00 right?” I immediately told him never to call again and slammed the phone down on the call. Relentless and ruthless cutthroat, piraña!

    23. I’m done with them. Letting it run our next month. The same issues in government are the same issues in the NRA.
      Y’all can drink your NRA wine and bag for more money.

    24. What a wonderful letter (which LaPierre most likely penned) from LaPierre’s owned and managed organization signed by his chosen past and present leadership, sycophants, toadies and apologists who no doubt profited from LaPierre’s mismanagement and dictatorship and likely still do. What a joke. If it can’t be fixed, it needs to be scrapped and with LaPierre in charge of EVERY aspect of the NRA it won’t be fixed until he’s gone for good.

    25. Patron Life NRA member: got same email yesterday that all is well with NRA and the board is in control. Next batch of emails is from Wayne begging for more monies or NRA is going under. So whose on first? The NRA needs to make changes at leadership levels before I financially support them further. I have also joined another dun rights organization, something I think every gun owner should do to support our rights. We must stand together to protect the rights of all Americans

      1. too funny…..”dun rights organization”.
        Seriously that really does do it, and says it all.
        Doing away with our rights. Organ-I-zation.

      2. My thoughts, too. Above states “Fact: According to the NRA’s chief financial officer, we are on budget in 2019. The NRA is meeting all banking and supplier financial obligations and we continue to aggressively manage our cost structure to offset the orchestrated and calculated attacks against NRA’s finances in 2018.
        Put another way, our financial house is in order – we aren’t going away.”

        Then I get an email from Wayne stating “I need your help and I need it TODAY.

        The fact is, your NRA is now facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA, but in the entire history of our country.

        And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever..”

        So, which one is it? Stable or sinking?

    26. I have hedged my bets by joining GOA & SAF. The NRA needs new leadership and fresh ideas. The good ole boy network is failing to do the job.

    27. Still arguing against the membership? Make the changes the membership demands. Donations will be going to another organization until it happens. Hopefully that will eventually hurt enough that the NRA is forced to action.

    28. It’s not that simple. When I was much younger, around 1980, I had a friend who graduated from law school, and got a gig with a small but huge-named Washington DC law firm. While working his way through school, he had been a staffer for a major politician, and had worked on Pentagon procurement policy for the politician. When he graduated from law school, people lined up to hire him — as much for his contacts as anything. When he was hired, they had some very specific rules for him. Henceforth, his appearance reflected on the firm. They had a person specifically to dress him — they took him to certain stores, and gave him $20,000 to spend on clothes. He had to return receipts to prove that he spent *all* the money only on clothes. They bought him a $80,000 (in 1980) car, with the order that he was not to drive any lesser car when on business, etc. It was bizarre, particularly for a guy who had been one level above an intern a month earlier.

      When I talked to the guy about it, he said that it was explained to him that he was entering a different society — of people who cared deeply about these kinds of appearances. The law firm didn’t care a whit about him as a person, but they cared deeply that they had access to, and influence with this strata of society. It’s a group that folk like me don’t even hear about, much less meet. When we think about rich folk, we think about the people in the news. But this stratum of society keeps quiet. And they know who they want to talk to and who they don’t want to talk to.

      If you want access to these people, there’s a price of admission. A few years ago, my wife and I decided to vacation at a small resort in Georgia. We had heard that it was wonderful. People went on and on about how it was a bucket list kind of thing. But it was very expensive. So we saved and saved, and finally got enough put away to pay for it.

      And when we got there, it was a dump. Everything was old and creaky, the air handling was horrible, the water pressure was bad, the hallways were dingy. But… there were lots of staff there pander to us (and nickel and dime us to death) and feed our egos. We talked to some of the other guests, who seemed to be enjoying themselves immensely. The gist of what we heard was that it wasn’t the comfort or the amenities that was so important — it was the exclusiveness. This was a special place just for special people. We saw Al Gore out jogging. We talked to a Senator on a walking trail. We weren’t paying for a great place to stay. We were paying a barrier to entry. On the third night, we left and went to a Holiday Inn Express a few streets away — that had decent air conditioning, cable, and coffee.

      These are people who *do* judge you by the price of your shoes — because it’s the price of admission. Personally, I think it’s stupid. But if you want to influence them, and if you want to get their influence on your side, you have to play their game. And that means spending a lot of money on these bullcrap incidentals. I buy my slacks at Sam’s Club — and I wouldn’t get past the servant’s entrance at one of their houses, even though I do pretty well for myself.

      So, the question is, do you want to have influence with these people? It sucks, but they have power. They have means. They can make things happen. We may think that the NRA doesn’t need them. But they do. It pays to play golf with the guy in charge of a Senate committee or who owns fifty television stations. But there’s a cost to being buddy-buddy with these people. Once you reach a certain point of influence in Washington, you have to play that game. Can it be misused? Sure. In fact, it always is — because there are no clear lines as to when it becomes too much. That’s why NGOs always seem to end up with these kinds of things. You see this with all sorts of organizations, and the rank and file get incensed. But, if you want to be a player at that level, you have to do it. And you have to hire people who *like* to do it, which means they are comfortable doing it, which means they see nothing wrong with spending that money.

      It seems wasteful. And it is. But it’s sometimes necessary.

      1. That’s the biggest load of horse crap that I have ever read. They must think that we are the most stupid people who have ever pooped between a pair of shoes. No one is buying that story. Hire some better spin doctors.

        1. billo…Screen name for LePew and its an autobiography .
          Voting Life Member who won’t donate .
          But it is still those who count the votes rather than those who vote .

          1. P.S….Any NRA mail that arrives here goes directly to the burn bin and I blocked their phone numbers . So much less hassle !
            This last was written expressly for the NRA to read !!

      2. Further evidence Ammoland should limit all comments to 40 words or less. Good Lord, some folks just like to go on and on and on and on spewing poobah! Nuff already.

      3. I’ve heard this bull crap from a friend and I would at least understand and maybe even accept it if not for the insane salaries, post retirement contracts, and golden parachutes the leeches of the NRA have. I don’t give a damn about expensive company cars and suits if it’s all legit; it’s a drop in the bucket and maybe a necessary cost of dealing with the elitist stranglehold on our once great government.
        The NRA fat cats can get stuffed. We the people will fight. We will not petition elites to possibly bring our petty to them concerns before other elites. We will tell the elites to get bent.

      4. Did the Washington DC law firm that hired your friend get their money from donors and member dues? No? Then how is this relevant?

        Has the press ever remarked on how well-dressed Wayne is? Do the big money donors ask where he buys his suits?
        Nobody in the NRA expects Wayne to dress like he is the POTUS meeting world leaders. People who hate the NRA don’t care how he dresses, that’s for sure.

      5. “If you want access to these people”
        And there’s the whole fallacy in a nutshell.
        If you REALLY want access to these people, you roll over on your own membership when one of them wants to take away one of your rights, and you give D and F-minded people A ratings. Otherwise, you lose access, and you’re nobody.
        That’s not the kind of defense of my rights I am paying for. The NRA is chummy access-based politics, and that’s why it has been betraying you. GOA is adversarial pain-based politics, and that’s why they represent you and no one else.

    29. If the NRA spent as much time on fighting 2A issues as they did begging for more money for their grossly overpaid “leadership”, they might actually be effective.

      I won’t send them a dime, not when I can send that dime to GOA and have it put to good use, fighting liberal anticonstitutionalism, instead of paying for someone’s wardrobe.

    30. The only difference between regular union mob bosses and this group of NRA bosses is union dues are mandatory and NRA dues are voluntary. Now they are scared their livelihoods are in danger, this has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment. The private company I worked for never paid for my suits but we were expected to dress appropriately for our position. With the salary these executives are making they should have been buying their own cloths. Travel on the other hand I understand. IMHO this organizational leadership has become it’s own profit center and cash cow business selling 2nd Amendment “rights” to the American hunters and not protecting our rights in DC. They are getting fat doing too. They can talk all they want, they are running scared from us the NRA membership and not the Gun grabbing groups. When a leader has lost the confidence of the rank and file he needs to step down. Say good bye Wayne.

    31. Freedom is not free,so unless you want to just hand them in,or give me the bullshit line ,they can just try and come and take them, I’ll take my chance given them $35 a year.also,if your goa is so strong,how come not one politician running for president mentions them as a threat,because their not,but I recommend joining all,nra,goa,nyrpa,scope,etc.

    32. Lmao, the only reason all voices were heard is because people like the fine folks at Blue Alpha Gear, and Adam kraut had a lawyer who knew your bylaws.
      You tried to cut them off and adjourn but their lawyer called you out for your bullshit reminding you that you had to listen to everyone.

    33. This is nothing but a plea to keep Wayne in power and beg for the members money to buy him a new suit. Where are the law suits being brought on behalf of our 2nd Amendment Rights? Oh Gun Owners of America are bringing those while the NRA continues with the cocktail party, political hack get together and pad each others pockets. As we can see everyday in the news that route is getting us nowhere. Time for a complete change of power within the NRA and until then Gun Owners of America will be getting my money.

    34. Life member here. NRA can get bent until they cleanup the trash and start taking care of business. Give us an NRA worthy of donations and you will see donations go up. I don’t like people who beg for money. It is indicative of poor money management and therefore poor management of everything else.

      1. I agree. Lifers know the story. aka The Never Ending Story.
        Donate, Rinse, Repeat. Wait two weeks and do it again.

        At this juncture, it appears IT is the only way to get the proper attention of the BOARD of alleged Directors, due to the pressure exerted by The Member Body. The quest for the Money is the Head of the Snake, slowly destroying the Member Body.
        With limited financial resources, I have decided to channel any and all future 2nd donations to GOA.
        I have yet to encounter any Snakes at GOA.

    35. Hand outs. More please. Never ending Mail Campaigns from NRA and The NRA-ILA, The letters written to Life Members, those tend to tug on the Patriot Heart String. Then comes “The Golden Eagle Patriot Level” Mail Campaigns, thus targeting Old Salty Dogs such as myself. Endless Direct Mail until one is 6ft under!…OUCH.

      -But wait…..Have no fear, Simply Donate, Donate, and then Donate. Win lots of Guns, Donate, Donate, and then when you think you are done, Donate one more time.. It Never ends.

      -Four Color Full size, multi page die cut marketing with postage…costs big bucks.
      The response rate and return on Direct Mail is between 1.5 and 2% of those whom are mailed too….
      Not to worry….Just Donate some more.

      – GOA is much more effective, less fancy pants and lollypops at GOA. NRA has Lost its way.
      Focus people….stay focused on the Task at hand.
      Save the 2nd.
      Never quit, never surrender. never acquiesce.
      Period.

      1. Dead on. I just threw the win lots of guns and a truck mailer in the burn pile this morning. No more money until I get some honey.

    36. What a Charlie Foxtrot!

      I guess the NRA leadership’s strategy is to ride it out, use Ackerman McQueen as a scapegoat, call NRA members that are critical of the leadership Bloomberg supporters or stooges, and fund raise on the next election cycle. There will always be gullible people buying into this scam.

      Given that the NRA has now filed two lawsuits against Ackerman McQueen, one wonders what will happen to those Ackerman McQueen contractors that have been the public face of the NRA, like Dana Loesch, Colion Noir, Dom Raso, etc. Dan Bongino was already let go in December, after the NRA cut funds for Ackerman McQueen’s NRATV production.

      1. Dana Loesch is nothing but a pretty face and a loud mouth. And anybody who can’t figure out which end of his hat is the front does not speak for me. This guy looks like a homey who can’t find his way home. Why would anybody figure they would be effective spokespersons for the NRA, and the membership is beyond me.

    37. So, the NRA is financially solvent but the endless phone calls and letters begging for money because the NRA is in serious trouble will continue??? Got it…

      Former member until Wayne L. is booted out the door….

        1. The NRA leadership called its own members the “enemy within”! With “friends” like these, who needs enemies like Bloomberg? Something is wrong when an organization’s leadership is fighting its own members. Acknowledging that there is a problem is the first step of fixing it. However, this letter says there is no problem.

          https://www.ammoland.com/2018/01/nra-2018-board-election-commentary-marion-hammer/
          https://www.ammoland.com/2019/05/knock-it-off-and-protect-the-nra-wall/

      1. Those nonstop calls and mail were EXACTLY why I dropped out of the NRA… It came down to borderline harassment.
        I had four children and got repeated calls and letters begging for money. Then VW closed and moved to Mexico, I lost my job. The calls and mail kept comming….. Something is WRONG when you are harassed for your last penny so someone can have a nice suit, hotel or just to line the pockets of SEVERELY OVERPAID mannequins.
        NRA, you want members, MILLIONS of them ???? Cut the pays in half or more, buy your own frigging clothes and call OR send 1 money request per YEAR, AND do the job WE pay to keep the organization to do…..
        Your hounding and partial representation has cost you members, lots of members.

        1. Dont answer the phone, dont send them money every time they ask. Pretty simple. Not to many people can afford to give every time. If it wasnt for the NRA we would have lost much more than we have.

    38. I have a important message for Negotiating Rights Away-leadership-past-presidents

      Message For Your NRA Leadership & Past Presidents, 2019Wayne La Pee and his fellow miscreants across the origination along with Ack Mac have to GO NOW,Not One More Penny PERIOD.

    39. NRA: Everything is fine. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain
      Also NRA: BREAKING: NRA Sues Ackerman McQueen…Again

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