USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- It's time for the gloves to come off. No holds barred. Enough is enough. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I have to read in the New York Times that, yet again there is more drama at NRA HQ up in Virginia.
This time, Ollie North is being sued, and in the same breath, NRAILA head and NRA chief lobbyist, Chris Cox is on suspension or some other such nonsense. I'm not going to bore you with the comings and goings here because this is Ammoland News and you reading this site in and of itself means you don't need another rundown about the shenanigans at NRA. You already know, so I'll spare you and go right for the jugular.
Who the **** does Wayne LaPierre think he is?
I mean, it's evident to anyone with half a brain cell in their heads that this guy is pulling strings and acting as if the National Rifle Association is actually the National King LaPierre Association and therefore his to do with whatever he chooses. Maybe it is now, and I missed the memo? I don't know, but I remember a bumper sticker that goes something like this: “I Am the NRA.”
With the ongoing ugly and public battle(s) with AckMac, the newest suit against Ollie North and now the ousting of Cox, it is apparent that LaPierre simply doesn't want to go. This now resembles a Game of Thrones episode where LaPierre, like Cersei Lannister – the wannabe queen of the Seven Kingdoms, can't see past her selfish desires and missed the part where her gig is up. Is that what this has become on Waples Mill Rd in northern Virginia?
What next? Will we see Wayne emerge from the basement in Fairfax atop a firebreathing dragon as he lays waste to the AckMac headquarters then sues them (again) for making him keep the fact that he had dragons in the first place, a secret? Is King Wayne so drunk on his quest to remain at the top of the NRA that he has lost all of his mental faculties? Since he, (or whoever is pulling his strings) apparently can't see what this looks like from the outside, let's make it easy for them by listing some perceptions:
- The rabid gun hating left is laughing at you all the way to Bloomberg's wallet
- Bloomberg is more than happy to accommodate
- It appears to outsiders that the NRA is self-destructing
- It seems to insiders (read: members) that the NRA is self-destructing
- The gun grabbers are cheering
- The hateful media is cheering
- Rabid NRA hating NY AG and politicians are gunning for you
Wayne, you look like a butt-hurt, power-crazed, madman Wayne, your credibility is in the toilet.
I could go on, but it isn't necessary. What is essential is that Wayne LaPierre must retire, and do it now, for the good of the organization. I wonder, does he still believe that he can walk up to the podium at CPAC, or for that matter any podium anywhere, and be taken seriously after all of this? Knock, knock, Wayne – members are leaving, fundraising is drying up, big donors are pulling the NRA name out of their wills.
Now you are cutting your best guys because they were on an email/text message about replacing you? Maybe you missed this, but everyone has been talking about you leaving for a year now. Are you paying attention to what's happening outside the pearly gates of Wayne's World? As I've said before, I'm simply a member, and I'm a gun owner, and I'm a huge proponent of a strong NRA. I've stood by publicly and asked members not to depart the organization because of all of this and to stick together and fix it from within, but that's getting tougher to do every day, sir, because of you.
Wayne LaPierre and the old guard board must go quietly into the night and allow a new generation of leaders to move the NRA forward into a new world, one that is teeming with new enemies of our freedoms and new battle tactics. A new type of NRA is needed now, and while the old guard did a great job back in the day, it's just that, back in the day.
Wayne, this is a new day and sorry brother, but as the old saying goes, perception is the reality. Accept it. Take your golden parachute members have already paid for and retire. We do not need this petty distraction with such an important election just around the corner. Walk out a hero, not a washed up hack.
Oh, and by the way, I am the NRA, Wayne, not YOU.
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)