USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- This NRA garbage reads like a COPS episode. We've all seen it when the cop rifles through the suspects pants pockets and find a bunch of money and drugs.
Don't you just love it when the perp says, “It ain't mine, man. These ain't my pants, man.” The cop asks, “These aren't your pants?” “Nah man, I don't know whos pants they are, man. They ain't my pants, man,” the loser says. Of course, to anyone who isn't on the drugs that the cops found in the suspect's pockets, of course, they're his pants, and that excuse just isn't going to fly, either to the police, the judge or the jury.
Queue up the NRA list of excuses. In the latest twist to an already sordid tale, the NRA has sued Ackerman McQueen, AGAIN, this time with what I'm calling the “These aren't my pants” excuse. Seriously, you can't make this stuff up. From the Daily Beast, the headline reads, NRA Sues Advertising Firm For Alleged Media Leaks, Coup Attempt, but its the subhead that got me: The gun rights group claims Ackerman McQueen leaked confidential info to tarnish and ultimately destroy the public image of the NRA and its senior leadership.
By now, you know what the NRA is referring to in this latest suit against its longtime business partner – excessive and embarrassing expenditures. Wayne and company are upset that his extravagant spending on clothing and travel, have been exposed. But wait, they're not disputing the amounts, only the fact that it's been revealed? Apparently. Seems the top brass on Waples Mill Road has a, well, lotta brass. Why? I'm guessing that none of this would be going on if it weren't true. Take this from the Daily Beast:
The suit also says the NRA has been receiving media inquiries about LaPierre's “travel, wardrobe, and other expenses incurred in connection with AMc projects, based on AMc's advice, or on trips with itineraries crafted by AMc.” And it blames the firm for those leaks. The suit says the firm “directly or indirectly” leaked to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and The Daily Beast.
LaPierre's wardrobe has become a flashpoint. Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported–citing leaked documents–that LaPierre billed Ackerman McQueen over $500,000 for clothes, travel, and other expenses. The lawsuit, meanwhile, says LaPierre made these purchases “[b]ased on AMC's advice” and over fifteen years. Once the NRA started asking the firm about expenses that appeared questionable, the firm became “evasive and hostile,” the suit alleges.
So let me get this straight, in simpleton terms, mind you. According to this, AMc advises Wayne to make substantial expenditures on clothing and travel. Wayne makes large expenditures on clothes and travel. No problem, until the spending is leaked. Now it's a problem, but it apparently wasn't a problem until it was leaked? “They told me to do it,” isn't going to fly with membership. How do I know? Because I'm a member and this isn't flying with me.
The whole thing stinks of getting away with your hands in the cookie jar for fifteen years and once caught, blaming the cookie jar for being there. People know better unless they've lost sight of reality. Top management of a large organization that now blames the company they hired to do the things they did and never questioned the things they did over all the years they did them until after they got caught doing them? Huh?
Here's the deal – America needs a strong NRA, and our rights need a strong NRA. I want to and plan on remaining an NRA member, but some things must change at the top.
The mess we're in now came from the top and this second lawsuit seems to me to be a diversion, a sort of “they made me do it,” excuse. No, not anymore. At the very least, the top dogs are incompetent for getting the NRA here, to begin with, and, well, need to go.
There, I repeated it. OH, and here are some words of wisdom for Lapierre –If you had shopped at Jos. A. Banks, you wouldn't be in this position, and hey dumb ass, if you did it on Tuesday's, you would have gotten two for the price of one. Just saying.
Think next time!
About Mark Walters
Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio's Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)