NRA Needs to Get Its Act Together Now

Chris Cox and Wayne Lapierre
Chris Cox and Wayne Lapierre

Fairfax, Virginia – -(AmmoLand.com)- Enough is enough. The National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors needs to act to get things under control and to focus the organization’s energy and activities against major threats to our right to keep and bear arms instead of internal squabbles. The current legal fight and internal chaos have to be resolved immediately.

Just in the next few weeks, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is already pushing for a special session on gun control – and he intends to punish tens of thousands of people who had nothing to do with the Virginia Beach mass shooting. In four months, there will be new elections for the House of Delegates and State Senate, and those will come with new maps drawn up by an academic from California.

If Northam doesn’t get his anti-Second Amendment now, he could get it in 2020 if the 2019 legislative elections go badly for Second Amendment supporters. This would be a disaster. This is no time for internal squabbles. This is no time to settle scores or beefs from long ago, and if people bring more drama than results, then let’s get people who can end the drama.

I have already been on record as suggesting that Wayne LaPierre leaves as Executive Vice President after the 2020 election. But recent developments, including the suspension of NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, now make some changes more necessary than ever. While LaPierre and Cox have past successes, the current drama, and the failure to see the new threats from corporations and social stigmatization that were part of the other side’s long game, including Andrew Cuomo's abuses of power rank as significant failures on their part, and in combination with the internal drama, and Wayne's lack of proper basic business management all warrant their replacement.

Who should replace Cox, who obviously no longer has the complete confidence of his superiors at NRA? Whoever it is should not be a lobbyist, but instead should probably have close ties to grassroots activists. With Cuomo's attacks tying up financial resources, having the activists on the ground will be more important than ever.

LaPierre’s replacement will also need to come sooner, rather than later.

At this point, this replacement should come from outside the NRA so as to have no connection with the current drama.

One very good choice would be former Interior Secretary and Representative Ryan Zinke. Zinke brings wide experience as a SEAL, a solid pro-Second Amendment record in Congress, and was very supportive of sportsmen as Secretary of the Interior. Given the propensity of anti-Second Amendment politicians and extremists to label the NRA as “domestic terrorists,” his service as a SEAL could help immunize against that.

One thing that should also change: Both the Executive Vice President and Executive Director of NRA-ILA are positions that require people who can immediately step in on an interim basis should there be a resignation, incapacitation, or removal. They can not be so personality driven/dependant.

Dana Loesch
Dana Loesch, Ackerman-McQueen and Co need to go.

Think about this: The NRA has for decades helped promote the safe and responsible exercise of our Second Amendment rights. There are some who like to deride the NRA as too eager to compromise, or as a bunch of “Fudds,” or even over its maintenance of museums and involvement in firearms instruction. That could not be further from the truth – those activities also help defend the Second Amendment.

The NRA's technical knowledge of today’s firearms helps Second Amendment supporters highlight the ignorance and fear-mongering from the likes of Bloomberg, Feinstein, Schumer, and Swalwell. The NRA's instruction in the safe and responsible exercise of our Second Amendment rights has greatly reduced the number of fatal firearms accidents, rendering a popular anti-gun talking point far less potent than it was. The museums help preserve the history of firearms development – again to show just how anti-Second Amendment extremists lie, especially about items like the puckle gun. Even the law enforcement training helps protect our rights, by showing cops that Second Amendment supporters support them and that the NRA is not the demon that the media, politicians, and some police executives claim it is.

The NRA must survive if the Second Amendment is to be preserved. Most other pro-Second Amendment organizations are very useful, but the NRA is singularly effective, both in drawing fire away from other groups and in using its power to hold the line in a number of crises. We have enough battles with the likes of Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Cuomo, Bloomberg, Feinstein, and Swalwell. Fighting among ourselves doesn’t help the Second Amendment; it only helps those who would take our rights away.


Harold Hu, chison

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics, and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.

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    Thought I would give @Jack a few more days to reply. Looks like Princess ran back to his closet though.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Well, we will see if Jack will respond within the next few days. I doubt it. The minute his little turnaround failed to shake me, it appears he no longer wants to respond. It’s not helping his case either since the original charge alongside the Hypocrisy and deliberate misinformation was that he did not have the balls to stand behind his own decisions without others there to back him up. He sure is proving that right now. I’ll wait, incurious, to see if he builds up enough courage to actually debate back and forth his position which currently does not… Read more »

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    The Revelator

    Well, ladies and gentlemen..

    jack finally answered, again refusing to answer for his outright hypocrisy and willingness to lie.

    But then again, I already pointed out he wouldn’t want to have a debate on that as it would mean talking about how the NRA has betrayed us time and time again, and there is no way for him to look good doing it.

    Poor little guy just cant resist making his situation look worse and worse, or my description of him even more accurate with each comment he makes. Tis a pity.

    Jack
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    Jack

    Pathetic virtue signalling and self aggrandizement that ignores what Members, like me, think: (1) NRA-TV failed to deliver a return on investment, hardly ever used by members, and was simply pork barrel spending. Its demise is welcomed. Dana had nothing to do with it. (2) Oliver North was a terrible choice from the get go as he lacked the smarts and stage presence to advance the 2nd Amendment cause. No one is, or was, better than LaPierre other than Heston and Selleck in that role. (3) Chris Cox colluded with Ollie north to remove the present leadership. That was an… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @Jack #2- Wayne may have had TV “Presence”, but he has been a walking CF as a leader. He has stabbed the Membership in the back on a continual basis. He has worked to violate the Second Amendment Continually since the 1990’s. #3- If Chris Cox has colluded with anyone over the years, it has been Wayne. Wayne is doing what Wayne does however, and Cox is the latest Scapegoat Underling in Wayne’s conceited, narcissistic attempt to maintain power. That’s a real Wayne move there Wayne. #4- If the NRA is so good, and has such a voice, then why… Read more »

    Jack
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    Jack

    Awe, Did I hurt the little boy’s feelings?
    Your infantile rage and disjointed rant was quite a hoot.
    Be sure to clean up that keyboard after all that mouth breathing spittle.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @Jack Love that you didn’t have the balls to try and answer a single one of the questions I asked you. Says a lot about the way you chose to evade with your response instead. =) Yeah, figured that’s all you would have. Someone calls you out for throwing a fit because you felt others were “Complaining” not seeing the hypocrisy in complaining about that, and trying to turn your little situation around with a “I know you are but what am I” comment. In the meantime, nothing has changed, not one of us who you helped drive out and… Read more »

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Ok Everybody, its time for some “Splaining” about what Jack missed from his own comment. It’s Ironic, someone trying to call another out for “Pathetic Virtue Signaling” would also practice the same pathetic practice, such as this quote… “This Life Member supports Wayne Lapierre” Notice, he gives a small throwaway point with number one, then sets up his own virtue party with his next three points, of which were pointed out the problems with. In otherwords, Jack told some fibs trying to set himself up to make himself look good. Kinda like Cory Booker, aka “Spartacus.” So we all know… Read more »

    Jack
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    Jack

    Answering your own comment? Hilarious fold.

    Clearly you’re unstable as your vacuous arguments further prove that you have yet to reach adult hood and the equanimity it bestows.

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Anyone notice Jack still wont answer the questions?

    How he automatically tries to go back to killing the messenger, as if simply calling me unstable will delegitimize what was pointed out about his arguments?

    “Nutless” was the first title given to princess Jack, and he is working very hard to prove it. =)

    Whitehat .45
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    Whitehat .45

    Hey USA, You’re absolutely right about Trump and I did my part by emailing him and calling the White House about my displeasure with his remarks and actions along with many phone calls and emails to the two other turn coats in my state, Florida. That would be Marco Rubio and Rick Scott . As for Trump yes disappointed but consider the alternative. POTUS elections are always for the lesser of two evils. You votin’ for Biden or any of those other clowns? Do you call and email your legislators? Well do ya’? I will point out to you that… Read more »

    Lou
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    Lou

    Today, and it’s not over, I have received 4 different requests to provide money to the N.R.A. Hit on 4 times, in 4 different ways, on the same day. And they wonder why so many gun owners choose to not join the N.R.A. MONEY!, MONEY!, MONEY!, All it’s about for them is M O N E Y! The only thing the N.R.A. has left that’s Grass Root is that both grass and money are green. You can be sure that Wayne, and Cris are drooling at the mouth at the prospect the Gov. of Virginia is about to have a… Read more »

    The Gentle Grizzly
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    The Gentle Grizzly

    The NRA more and more resembles televangelists who need ever-more money to save us from this or that catastrophe. I must get three to four items in my mailbox per week. Contests. Crisis alerts. And, let’s not forget the wine club!

    There are other national and state-level organizations that should be supported. I do, and others should consider it.

    Samuel Adams
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    Samuel Adams

    Well written piece and spot on.

    JPM
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    JPM

    You are on record “suggesting” LaPierre should leave? How ’bout growing a pair and “DEMANDING” that he not just leave, but be escorted out of the building and perp-walked in front of the media off the property? You just can’t help but be politically correct when it comes to the NRA and LaPierre can you? The BEST thing for the NRA and the 2nd Amendment is LaPierre being ousted, forcably.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    And forfeit that golden umbrella , other wise he will continue with same benefits and salary for life .

    Power Tee
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    Power Tee

    Dead on target. LaPierre should have been gone already. I am tired of paying for fancy suits, mistresses, and family members on the payroll. He has bilked the members.

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    Good write up!
    Dana Loesch, Ackerman-McQueen and Co need to go… mehhh!
    The NRA should be totally responsible for THEIR actions and behavior.

    BillH
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    BillH

    I would vote for Dana Loesch to run the NRA over any of the current people. she knows what it feels like to be a \ttacked by the gun control mob.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    While I agree that Dana’s performance at the CNN “town hall” last year was not only her best performance, but exactly the response that was needed, the Angry Dana videos and her other conservative activism make her a lightning rod. If you want only OFWGs in the NRA, then Dana is the right choice. If you want people like Colion Noir, Hank Strange and others in the NRA as well, then Dana is the wrong choice. Her response to the Philando Castile case was that he should have had NRA Carry Guard training and insurance. Yes, she was not only… Read more »

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    I would still say Sarah Palin has better experience and as much or more backbone !

    Power Tee
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    Power Tee

    I totally agree. I find Loesch irritating as hell and I’m on her side.

    Perry
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    Perry

    Can the membership call for new elections to the BOD. This body currently seems to be asleep at the switch and have allowed the paid executives to run amuck! Now is not the time for these petty bickerings to destroy a useful and much needed organization. It is time for the current BOD to step in and fix the organization or step aside.

    Come on people, please don’t make the anti-gun lobby’s job that much easier

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Perry …The BOD (and carl ) have aided and abetted all along ! They need to be reduced by at least 90% themselves.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    “Can the membership call for new elections to the BOD.” No! The NRA bylaws, if you can find them, don’t allow for that. “Now is not the time for these petty bickerings to destroy a useful and much needed organization.” Not sure what you mean by that, but I will give you a quote from Stephen Gutowski’s recent “Chaos at the NRA” article that may enlighten you about what is actually going on. Read the entire article to find the details (https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/chaos-at-the-nra): “The National Rifle Association has ousted its president and first vice president, watched an open revolt from some… Read more »

    USA
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    USA

    Even Gabby Giffords from the rubber gun squad is smart enough to not advocate for mandatory gun ownership and she’s using a peanut husk retrieved off the bottom of Cuomos cage for a brain.
    NRA NGO doing Gabbys work.

    USA
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    USA

    Suppressing the voice of millions down to a few paid talking heads is ultimately just plain stupid due to millions of voices are more powerful than just a few. History now proves it has not worked out well.

    Doug
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    Doug

    You know, regardless of how you feel about LaPierre and his past effectiveness (or lack of, depending…) the fact remains that all of this LOOKS bad to nearly everyone! If LaPierre really cares for more than his paycheck and perks he should simply resign. I don’t know the best person to replace him is, but at this point he’s gotta go for the good of the organization!

    Carl R Gottstein Jr.
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    Carl R Gottstein Jr.

    HIT PIECE AFTER HIT PIECE, WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON?

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    Ok Everyone. Looks like we got a paid shill in house. Poor Carl hasn’t been around long enough to know Harold Hutchison is an NRA posterboy and leftist apologist, who has only recently been soliciting himself hoping to win a little favor from the GOA members here. Not smart on Carl’s part, since he decided to spam a bunch of “Stop criticizing the NRA” comments in spite of everything they have done to deserve it.. Who’s side are you on Carl? Why do you support an organization that has repeatedly tried to sell us out to the left? Why are… Read more »

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @REV…$$$$

    The Revelator
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    The Revelator

    @Oldvet

    I’m making an educated guess using the highly accurate “SWAG” system, that that answer is to the last three questions I asked Carl, or the comment directed at him is the prize winner for the day. Works for either.

    Regardless, I doubt Carl will be back to answer. Call it a hunch.

    Wm M Schumacher
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    Wm M Schumacher

    Lapierre has got to go.The day he apologized for calling ATF agents jack booted thugs was the day I stopped sending the NRA money.

    Jeff
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    Jeff

    It’s sad to say but my day’s of paying the NRA my membership dues is over until they clean the Swamp at the NRA offices. Don’t use my dues to take care of Wayne’s little helper or for his personal wardrobe. it would appear that the Board and the Management no longer have the organizations and the members best interest at heart anymore.

    Bill
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    Bill

    I completely agree and will be sending my ILA checks to my state organization. Hopefully they have better accountability than the NRA does. Very disappointed in the NRA’s leadership and board. Sort of say this coming when they launched CarryGuard, which was a pure cash play.

    IR_Endowment
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    IR_Endowment

    The NRA BOD and executive leadership need to understand, they either work to provide support to the second amendment and the rank-and-file supporters, or they keep milking this cash cow.

    Tad Pole
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    Tad Pole

    NRA is like a Horse, It’s been a Good Ride for a Long Time, but now It’s Lame. Time for a different Horse.

    USA
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    USA

    Yes, a Trojan Horse.

    JDL
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    JDL

    NAGR is a complete rip-off – always has been only focused on making Dudley money.

    Kevin
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    Kevin

    We can not wait until after the 2020 election for LaPierre to leave. The turmoil that the NRA is in RIGHT NOW could be disastrous. Just from observing, it sure looks to me like LaPierre wants to show Chris Cox the door since he would be the most likely replacement. How is it that rank and file members are not kept abreast of the salaries these guys are getting. Obviously feeling that they should command salaries more in-line with the private sector! The whole ting stinks to high heaven! Maybe we should demand that Oliver North or Ted Nugent take… Read more »

    USA
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    USA

    Ollie and Ted are licking each other’s nuts so I doubt they are your savior.

    Donald Heater
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    Donald Heater

    Hey NRA, It is time for you to get off of your dead butts and stop with all the dumb stuff.
    The defense of the Constitution is the first priority and only priority you need to have.

    Joseph Wolf
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    Joseph Wolf

    “Think about this: The NRA has for decades helped promote the safe and responsible exercise of our Second Amendment rights” Ackerman-McQueen was chosen to employ folks and contract out operations as a to insulate wayne from blow back. Classic chicago dirty politics move. By having Ackerman-McQueen do every thing it allows wayne claim innocents, even though he is up to his ass in Ackerman-McQueen connections. The NRA has also fear mongered the hell out it’s members to raise money, never really getting anything done and putting millions into private pockets of board members. When there is a win it’s always… Read more »

    Whitehat .45
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    Whitehat .45

    NRA backed red flag laws and banning bump stocks……..say no more! Destruction of 2A has always been a process of attrition but this is a massive chunk in one felled swoop. Perhaps the greatest infringement to 2A ever and the beginning of the end as the water flows faster through this massive hole in the dyke. These dangerous feel good legislation’s MUST BE REPEALED to save 2A! What were they thinking? Idiots just gave up the fight it’s all over for 2A. This is what should be the topic of conversation. What a shame…………..I’m done. PS Start hiding your stuff… Read more »

    USA
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    USA

    Trumps name was left out of your statement and he promoted red flags and trump stock ban and more is coming so you’re going to vote Trump again and get yet even more infringement? You know he’s a liberal right? Always was a liberal just switched up to get our vote. You do realize finally that they are all liberals right that there are no conservatives? And how are you going to defend if you hid all your shit?

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    The dirty laundry has been presented. Get off the game playing and get the organization reorganized with a whole group of new leaders. If this laundry doesn’t get cleaned soon it will rot and become totally irrelevant. I am sick of hearing about their internal backstabbing and trying to climb the ladder. They are there for one purpose and we pay dues to them for one purpose. That purpose is to fight for our 2A rights not act like a bunch of grade school kids. Reorganization now is the only way this outfit will be saved. Remember, when you find… Read more »

    Dennis Mahony
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    Dennis Mahony

    Glad I’m an endowment member. How can you b alife member when there is no life left?

    Bob
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    Bob

    My membership renewal is due and at this point I have no intention of renewing. I’m also a member of National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) and the Idaho 2nd Amendment Alliance (I2AA). The NRA has forgotten it’s original mission and instead has become a cash cow for the head leadership. Until the NRA gets their collective heads out of their as**s I won’t be renewing.

    JDL
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    JDL

    NAGR is a complete rip-off – always has been only focused on making Dudley money.

    Dave Wingfield
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    Dave Wingfield

    I am 64 yrs old.l live in the communist state of n.y.My inalienable right to defend my life against violent and evil people was destroyed in 1911 buy the corrupt tammany hall politician bill sullivan.Whenever l attempt to explain this l have been often countered with the remark “if you dont like the the laws in your state ,you should just move to a state without those laws”.So l guess if lm likewise upset about the equally egregious practice of cutting off young girls clitoris’ ,rather than demand the unconstitutional practice be stopped by order of scotus,l should just move… Read more »

    Jim Burgess
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    Jim Burgess

    Harold Hutchison has been apologizing for the NRA for way too long. His position now seems to be similar to Hickok45’s: Put the blinders on until it’s so painfully obvious that the NRA is a dumpster fire and then (sort of) backpedal and call for change. But only a little change, one that won’t fix the fundamental flaws in the NRA.

    William Flatt
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    William Flatt

    Even Hickok45 is distancing himself from the NRA. Harold can’t even do that; he’s drunk the NRA koolaid too deeply. He doesn’t see what is painfully obvious to the rest of us.

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    I wasn’t aware that the NRA had a koolaid club to go with their Wine Club but hey why not,Wayne may even consider a cigar club if he has the time.

    The Gentle Grizzly
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    The Gentle Grizzly

    After the cigar club, a “bespoke” (I hate that term!) clothing line.

    USA
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    USA

    It is NRA NGO heroin at this point which is much stronger than the Kool-Aid and it’s addictive and has Harold in choke hold with a Monkey on his back.

    Core
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    Core

    If we keep shaming the NRA and discouraging folks from donating: are we not sabotaging the largest, oldest gun support organization? I don’t see any problems with the NRA other than a pretty robust media propaganda campaign waged against them? Do you want to be part of that coup Harold? Because honestly Harold, many of us have long memories, and were in this fight until the last of the globalist tyrants are driven from our shores. I agree transparency is in order, but please be careful to cite reputable sources, and do not take things out of context. I have… Read more »

    Jim Burgess
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    Jim Burgess

    “I don’t see any problems with the NRA other than a pretty robust media propaganda campaign waged against them”

    Then you aren’t paying attention.

    Wiregrass
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    Wiregrass

    If I were a card carrying member? If you were a card carrying member maybe you would understand why he isn’t defending the current shitshow.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    Oldest? Largest? Nice things, but not core, central, key. How’s about EFFECTIVE? The money hungry powerbrokers long in control have utterly failed to keep the “ship” of NRA on her assigned course.That course has been determined by the MEMBERSHIP. Just like with this nation, WE THE PEOPLE are in control. Seems NRA are no longer governing by the consent of the governed.. those who pay their dues. Until, unless, this changes back to right, NRA will continue to be ineffecive. However, the right to arms, declared inviolate in that Second Article of Ammendment, will continue. Whether those in power tolerate… Read more »

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    “Are we not sabotaging the largest, oldest gun support organization?” No, we are not! We are saving it from those that are sabotaging it. You clearly have no clue of what is going on with the NRA and only seem to listen to propaganda. Withholding donations is all that NRA members have left. The NRA leadership has refused for years to listen to its members. They supported gun control against the members’ wishes. They used donations for personal gain. They created legal and financial nightmares that threaten the very existence of the NRA.There is no accountability and no transparency. We… Read more »

    Burley
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    Burley

    Wow there are a bunch of long winded editorials on here today. Yak yak Yak. Let’s start with Wayno reimbursing the NRA for every dime he’s spent on personal suits, ties, shoes and travel for his friends and family. Then resign, take Chris Cox with him and then we can ALL vote on a new set of bylaws for the NRA.

    John May
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    John May

    AGREE!

    NoSir
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    NoSir

    Right on. Won’t happen though. The deck is stacked with turds and they will ensure they hold the power until the NRA is dead and gone. The only thing that I guaranteed is that on their current path the NRA will definitely be dead and gone at some point. Fudds don’t live forever and they seem to be dwindling in numbers anyhow. Who will they turn to then. It’s been a long time since they’ve seen my money and it will be even longer. Sorry Wayne I have a family to feed, your suit addition doesn’t count.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    Did not know I had expired …Live member… Got a notice this morning , on the outside of envelope in bold letters “MEMBERSHIP NOTIFICATION August 2, 2019 Expiration” .What was that line Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated .. Same old song and dance more money !!

    Agree … But take 90% of the board with them !!

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    Life member

    Burley
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    Burley

    it doesn’t expire. they are hoping you’ll forget and send them $$$$$$$$$. pitch it. I do every year.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    Got the same notice. If you read it beyond the big letters, then you would have realized that they want you to upgrade your membership by August 2. F*** that!

    The Gentle Grizzly
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    The Gentle Grizzly

    I received the same notice. It is sitting, unopened, next to the envelopes from the NRA with other methods of extracting money. I hold a Life Membership as well and getting very close to resigning it.

    Tim Ramsey
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    Tim Ramsey

    The NRA’s basic membership model has been flawed for years. They offered yearly, package, and lifetime memberships. Okay. However, when things got rough, they discounted the lifetime membership fee thus insulting current lifetime members. Then, instead of getting out and holding fun and exciting events like Trump-style rallies, large-scale shooting sport events, concerts, etc designed to gain members, they concentrate on drilling down into their current membership for more money. How many of us get a letter a week? The gun and truck givewaways are dumb. The public image of the NRA isn’t of a huge group of Americans enjoying… Read more »

    Chuck
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    Chuck

    Harold, you write well technically, but you lack a grasp of reality in your subject matter.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Harold H, Think about this: The NRA has for decades failed to get the NFA of 1934 and the GCA of 1968 repealed. The membership has sent in enough money to bribe every member of Congress from 1935 to present, so where did all the money go?

    MikeRoss
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    MikeRoss

    What’s wrong with Dana Loesch? She’s a fighter.

    Jim Burgess
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    Jim Burgess

    Unfortunately, she also perpetuates the myth that the 2A is only for white, conservative Republicans.

    Anthony Kueber
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    Anthony Kueber

    Let the NRA crash and burn. Like a Phoenix, Gun Owners of America will rise from the ashes actually defending the Second Amendment, not starting wine clubs…

    Hugh
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    Hugh

    I may be banned for my comment to you.
    Screw you, you are what is wrong with your comment about the NRA.

    Anthony Kueber
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    Anthony Kueber

    Tell me, Hugh, all the wonderful and marvelous things the NRA has accomplished LATELY in the defense of the Second Amendment. Take all the time you need and when you cannot answer my question – which you cannot – screw you too!

    Peter
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    Peter

    Does anyone know of another gun rights organization.

    Anthony Kueber
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    Anthony Kueber

    Other gun rights organizationsThere are several:
    The National Association for Gun Rights
    https://nationalgunrhts.org/

    Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
    http://jpfo.org/alerts2012/alert20121217b.htm

    …and the group I choose to join and support and (IMHO) should replace the NRA
    Gun Owners of America
    https://gunowners.org/

    Here’s an article that lists these and others:
    https://thelibertarianrepublic.com/top-5-gun-rights-organizations-nra/

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    The very first on that list should be the Second Amendment Foundation, https://www.saf.org. They actually did win SCOTUS cases and do fight for you in the courts.

    The National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) seems more like a scam to me. A lot of noise for fund raising but no action and no results.

    Gun Owners of America (GOA) actually does fight for you as well, https://gunowners.org. They are actively engaged in DC and in the courts.

    The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) also fights in the courts, https://www.firearmspolicy.org. See https://www.firearmspolicy.org/legal.

    Don’t forget your own state’s gun rights organization!!!

    Peter
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    Peter

    I agree he needs to step down. The officers at the NRA should be changed every 2 years. Appointments should be made every for 2 years. For one person to be in an organization that depends on membership longer than 2 years you become complacent. Everyone can be replaced, no one person is should assume the organization owes them a position
    It seems there is a lot of nepatisim. I will put my money into other gun rights organizations.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @Peter …And the BOD should have nothing to do with elections !!! It should be an election by voting members !!

    Felixd
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    Felixd

    A lot of complaints, but again no suggestion of what to do. Who shall replace the evil offenders? What should the replacements do? What experience with Congress or fundraising should the replacements have. What level of spending for lobbying is appropriate for you? In short, beside continuing the same nonspecific complaints, what are you willing to do and what are your qualifications to do it? Keep complaining without specifics and all you will ever do is provide aid to our socialist opposition.

    Hugh
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    Hugh

    Agree

    John
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    John

    If you read the article you would have seen Ryan Zinke was recommended as a replacement to Wayne. Former Navy Seal, Congressional experience and Cabinet experience as Interior Secretary, Mr. Zinke would bring to the Association a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, the inner workings of Washington DC.

    Martin
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    Martin

    If Wayne LaPierre is truly concerned about our firearm rights he would resign immediately. He is now a huge load to carry around and with membership on the decline along with donations its a existential threat not only for the NRA but gun rights if he stays on much longer. The board needs to quit being so pliable and stand up for whats good for gun rights and the NRA. The bumpstock ban, red flag laws that the NRA supports is not helping either. One has to wonder just how deep this goes because the NRA is not full on… Read more »

    praack
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    praack

    I am amazed that as the fallout of the NRA putsch occurs the diatribe and the names increase that ” have to go” as well as services that are not directly 2A focused for an organization that was not and is not 2A only. i also do not hear much about the “other” 2A groups here, what are they doing that is so fantastic- what are they doing that frankly “sucks”. it is almost like NRA is at the guillotine , the other groups are in the wings waiting to pull the cord and just getting you guys riled up… Read more »

    John
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    John

    Recently received membership packet – discounted rates to resign up and a gift too, all to no avail. Supporting Wayne’s mistress where he hangs those suits, no more!

    The bump stock position and the red flag law support as voiced by the NRA is disgraceful and absolute turn offs.

    Thanks NRA for conspiring to covert the exercise of Constitutional Rights into crimes!

    Hoplite
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    Hoplite

    Best article I have seen here. I agree with it. NRA, I am a life member, we must get out act together. The very survival of our NRA and the Second Amendment may well depend on it.

    John Dirnbauer
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    John Dirnbauer

    Who suspended Chris Cox . . . and why was he suspended? Was this action supported by the BoD? I am withholding my future contributions until I get some clear answers as to what is going on at NRA.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    Sorry, you are not supposed to ask questions, just obey and send money. It is certainly interesting that Chris Cox was suspended and there was no public announcement about that by the NRA leadership. We only found out about it from the NRA lawsuit against Oliver North. Makes you wonder who is actually running the NRA. Bill Brewer, the NRA’s lawyer? Why was Rob Pincus subpoenaed by the NRA as a witness in the lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen by naming him as an NRA Board Member when he never was an NRA Board Member, ever? Is Bill Brewer just making… Read more »

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Haven’t received any info from the NRA regarding the important issue of Chris Cox being suspended. I did however receive another sales pitch for life insurance from them. Shows where the priorities of the organization lie. God forbid they should let us know whats going on in the organization we fund.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @John…Answer LePew and Of course, the majority of the BOD are LePew rubber stamps .

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    The odd thing is, the “full” NRA Board hasn’t met since the NRA Annual Meeting. So, the question of who actually suspended Chris Cox is quite justified.

    Richard
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    Richard

    I was thrilled when Oliver North was brought in as President and very disappointed when he was ousted. Also, Chris Cox is a very good spokesman for the NRA but Wayne Lapierre needs to go. His time is over and the only way to recover from this entire mess is a revamping of the old guard.

    Mr. Walkker
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    Mr. Walkker

    OK, sure. Oliver North you say, and the Iran Contra, mess…aka Arms for Contras……
    -Maybe, quite possibly the head of the fish stinks.
    -Is there is Memory hole somewhere?
    -Ackkerman and Mcqueen, recently terminated. Facts matter.
    -Mr. Cox and Wayne’s world, all are due for a major house cleaning.
    -Way over due, as 4 color, multi piece mailers are really only a Black Goo which emanates from Mail Boxes….
    -The quest is to turn Black Goo into Green Bucks….meaning always, More money please.
    -Many still walk around in a TRANCE.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    Oliver North was appointed as NRA President to line the NRA up with the GOP’s identity politics and to increase donations. It seems you were the target audience for that. Chris Cox supported the bump stock ban. He also supported red flag laws with this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sNiklO506A

    USA
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    USA

    Save those who support confiscation.
    Bahahahahahaha.
    Yeah right, sure.
    Whatever………

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    The evolution of Harold Hutchison’s position is entertaining. The NRA clearly suffers from a personality cult, hence the need expressed in this article to replace Wayne LaPierre with a famous politician. The NRA also clearly suffers from deep corruption, hence the need expressed in this article to not mention any changes to the NRA Board of Directors that is as much as responsible for this crisis as Wayne LaPierre. The NRA Officers and the NRA Board of Directors have navigated themselves into an impossible situation. The NRA members simply don’t trust them. Any action to reform the NRA must include… Read more »

    USA
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    USA

    Maybe Pepe the frog is available to run NGO NRA.

    Knute(ken)
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    Knute(ken)

    Mr. Hutchison. You stated: “using its power to hold the line in a number of crises.”
    Are you able to name even a single one of these alleged “crises”, that the NRA held the line on?

    Jimmy
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    Jimmy

    Unfortunately, the executives and board members decided to pimp out the organization for their own gain. The whole system is so convoluted I think it’s beyond repair and it will just wither and die on its own. Unfortunately you can already see there is blood in the water and anti gun forces are very quickly moving to strike. Thanks to their greed our rights will now suffer and be taken away on many fronts.