A Call for New-Blood Candidates for NRA BoD

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A Call for New Blood Candidates for NRA BoD

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- The NRA is in trouble. Continuing to elect the same people who keep making the same mistakes, is not going to solve the problems. We need new ideas, new perspectives, and new approaches. That means we need new people on the NRA Board of Directors.

Do you know individuals who are qualified?

The NRA Board of Directors only meets four times a year. They are tasked with setting policy for the organization and overseeing the proper execution of those policies on behalf of the members, including ensuring that money is raised and spent responsibly. This responsibility is officially reported as requiring about one hour per week from each director, but actually fulfilling the role will probably take much more time than that.

The Bylaws list a minimal set of qualifications, but the real qualifications go well beyond the minimums listed in the Bylaws.

First and foremost, an NRA Director must have an understanding of – and dedication to – the principles of liberty, as described in the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. An NRA Director must be a Second Amendment absolutist who recognizes that rights cannot be compromised or bartered. Political pragmatism has a place as a short-term tactic, but the NRA must never put political considerations above the core principles our nation and our organization were founded upon. Every NRA Director must be well-versed in that history and those principles, which must be the foundation for every decision made as a director.

Second, a Director must bring to the Board some professional-level expertise about business, finance, fundraising, membership organizations, politics, or some other topic that may affects the Association and might require a Board policy directive. No one can be an expert in every topic, but every Board member should be an expert in his or her particular field and be able to assist the other Directors in developing a well-grounded policy on that topic.

Finally, an NRA Director must be widely recognized as honorable and respected members of the firearms community. That doesn’t necessarily mean having a wall of trophies, but guns and shooting should be an important part of any Director’s life, whether it be focused on hunting, target shooting, or collecting.

The best candidates are people who have had leadership roles in state or local organizations, while also building or working for successful businesses, or other complementary careers. The ability to effectively speak in public, or experience lobbying politicians, can be useful, but it’s not critical, and that ability or experience doesn’t trump the qualifications listed above.

Good candidates are typically going to be older individuals with significant amounts of experience under their belts, but that does not mean that there isn’t a place for younger candidates who have earned the respect of the community by demonstrating their commitment and abilities. To the contrary, it is critical that the organization have representation from a wide variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skill-sets to offer.

Candidates must be nominated either by the Nominating Committee [tightly controlled by insider board members] or by petition of fellow members. It takes signatures from the equivalent of 0.5% of the number of ballots cast in the preceding BoD election, this year that’s about 730 valid signatures from NRA members who are eligible to vote. That might not seem like all that many, after all, there are hundreds of people at gun shows every weekend, but the catch is the “eligible to vote” clause. There are around 100 million gun owners in the U.S., but only about 5.5 million NRA members, and only about half of those members are eligible to vote in NRA elections. That means that among any 100 random gun owners, only about 5 will be NRA members, and only 2 or 3 will be eligible to sign a nominating petition. So, even at a gun show or a busy range, you’ll have to ask about 2,000 people, in order to find 100 eligible voters – and then you have to get their NRA Member Number. Do you carry your NRA membership card or a mailing label from your NRA magazine around with you? Most people don’t. That means that the signature gatherer will have to do some followup to try and collect that information. In the end, it will typically require talking to at least 16,000 people, in order to find 730 NRA members eligible to sign the petition, but many of those won’t sign, because they don’t know enough about the candidate, and aren’t willing to take the time to learn.

There’s no question, getting the valid signatures needed to qualify a petition, is a whole lot of work to go through just to get your name on a ballot to run for a thankless job that pays nothing. Still, last year, past-President Marion Hammer had the temerity to suggest that someone nominated by petition of the members is somehow suspect, and unworthy of the members’ trust.

Of course, getting the petition signatures is only the first hurdle, then comes the matter of being elected. The elections are held by mail among all 2.5 million NRA Voting Members, but only a small segment (historically less than 7%) of those members actually cast a ballot, and the vast majority of those who do vote, get all of their information about the candidates exclusively from NRA magazines – which of course, are controlled by the NRA establishment. This gives incumbents a huge advantage that is very difficult to overcome.

But the current members of the Board of Directors is never going to make the changes needed to make the NRA the principled, effective, organization that the members deserve, so changing the Board has to be the first step in restoring the NRA, and that’s going to take at least 3 or 4 years, even if we’re wildly successful.

Do you know people with the principle, integrity, and experience willing to take on this challenge? Are you ready to go to work to help get them elected? It might be too late for the next election, but there’s one every year, and we need to be ready. Reach out to me or the folks at Savethe2A.org, and let’s get started.


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.

  • 19 thoughts on “A Call for New-Blood Candidates for NRA BoD

    1. Bible words, Jeff, but your crony friend scott bach and his butt boy Anthony colandro are two go along to get along types that would support Wayne out of fear they wuld not be renominsted for the nra board if they did not. Bach is a long term suck up who let nra go down the drain financially be ause he’s too scared to make waves. It’s high time you realized it.

    2. Mr Knox, I commend your thoughts!! Recently I attained the highest level of life membership in the NRA currently possible. I’ve attended four of the last five NRA annual meetings and voted in the elections (of candidates mostly hand picked by the BOD) I missed the last annual meeting because of an temporary health problem. I personally feel that the solution to the obvious NRA problems is cleaning house from the top down and then rewrite the bylaws of the NRA. Until that occurs I’m distributing all of my monetary gifts to the Illinois State Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation.

    3. Until LaPierre is out, any elections are a joke. LaPierre controls who gets to run and who gets to serve (I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t fill out all the ballots himself and then do the counting just to be sure. If Jesus Christ ran for the Board of Directors of the NRA he’d have to have LaPierre’s endorsement and if allowed to be elected by LaPierre, He wouldn’t be able to do anything that LaPierre didn’t approve of beforehand. come on folks, wake up, THE PROBLEM is LaPierre and his amassed control and power, which is practically absolute. NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING will ever change in the NRA as long as LaPierre is in absolute control. Anything else is the equivalent of a “fart in a wirlwind”.

    4. Rather than attempting to replace the board of directors – – as others have articulated that would be nearly an impossible feat considering the NRA by-laws – – how about we replace the entire organization with one that will fight to preserve our Second Amendment Rights? I suggest Gun Owners of America. I’ve already made the switch and when enough of you join me it will happen.

      1. There is nothing that prevents the GOA to replace the NRA now. I am waiting for the GOA to step up. I am a member and I don’t think lack of membership numbers is the issue. The GOA needs to get more organized, more structured, and more transparent.

        1. @CF, Yep, people are flooding to GOA, and its membership is over 2 million, now, in a short period.
          @DS, In what way does GOA fight the NRA? GOA has constructed way more S. Ct. cases than NRA; got the bump stock appeal into the S. Ct in record time, while NRA supported the bump stock ban; and Eric Pratt keeps members informed, while Wayne increased his hold on the cash cow.

      2. GOA is too consumed fighting the NRA but doesnt do 1/10th what the NRA does! Divide and conquer is never the answer, so GOA is not the answer!

    5. Mr. Knox I appreciate and applaud your efforts to reform the NRA but I disagree on one point. Rather than looking for a replacement board of directors that fit the qualifications you stated, I believe an interim board makes more sense. When a corporation or non profit organization finds themselves in a situation that calls for drastic action in order to keep it afloat, there is often an interim management set that comes in to clean house and correct the problems before turning the company over to a permanent management group. This is done because the skill set required to reorganize is often a different skill set required for ongoing management and growth. I would consider getting some sharks in there before turning it over to the whales. Just a thought. Good luck with whatever you do.

      1. Mr. Knox’s article is not about replacing the entire Board, because that is actually close to impossible due to the NRA’s bylaws. He is talking about 1/3rd of the Board that is up for re-election next year and replacing some of the old guard Board members in that 1/3rd. That’s it! How do you plan to put your interim Board and interim management in place, given the NRA bylaws?

        1. I dont plan on doing anything, I have neither the influence, ability or interest. My tiny amount of money wasn’t even missed I’m sure but I stand by my conjecture that the skill set needed to make the changes necessary are not the same skill set needed in the long term management set. AND I truly do wish him luck, it would be helpful to have the NRA healthy and focused, just not likely.

    6. Unfortunately, there is only a very, very small group of prominent Second Amendment advocates that are ready to lead the gun culture. Look at the current NRA train wreck and who has spoken out publicly about it and who hasn’t. Unfortunately, many prominent Second Amendment advocates are still waiting to see which way the wind blows. This has to change!!! It is time to call them out!

      The next problem is, who the heck wants to get involved with the NRA train wreck? There is currently a loyalty purge going on at the NRA along with the usual mismanagement of membership funds. Asking someone to join the NRA Board of Directors next year to reform the NRA is like asking someone to join the mob to make it go legit. Is Rob Pincus ready to do that? Will our Charlie Brown (Adam Kraut) try again?

      I understand the process and deadlines for nomination by petition and I truly think we are screwed in that regard.

    7. They sold USA out to the point of gun confiscation saying they are pro 2A.
      NGO NRA are traitors to America!
      But they sure made a lot of money off a bunch of SUCKERS. Gotta give em credit for that I guess. All very obvious 20 years ago. Not new news to many but to some. Like riding a sinking boat all the way till it hits the bottom of the ocean then deciding something has gone wrong as it breaks in two. They sure saw you guys coming didn’t they.

    8. The current entire BOD needs to go for their part in letting the mismanagement that has gone on occur,that includes stars and celebrities,All Of Them.

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