USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- I manage one of the California FRNA chapters, and it is bad enough that I have to deal with radical protestors, site venues that want to cancel on us because we have NRA in our name. Now after all this have to deal with an NRA HQ whose reputation is now one of cronyism and glad-handing.
In addition to participation at these events dropping in many areas, several major advertisers are bolting the NRA. Wayne La Pierre’s lack of professionalism costs the NRA millions of dollars. It costs the organization its reputation, and with that loss, it is destroying the NRA’s ability to protect our rights.
So let me set this straight, The NRA has the sole purpose of protecting our 2nd Amendment rights. This monkey business is destroying the ability of the NRA to do just that.
The next loss will, of course, be dues-paying members. The best guess so far is that while Col. North brought the NRA back to +6 million those gains are now gone. Look for the NRA to return to a pre-Clintonian number if this isn’t fixed.
I have firsthand proof of one advertiser canceling over $100,000 of contributions and advertising. As NRA membership drops, others will follow suit.
While the NRA will always exist (it is too big to fail) its ability to influence policy and be a protector of our constitutional rights may soon cease to exist.
None of us want to see this happen, but pride and hubris have their way of blinding people and groups to the truth. Where there is no one there to say no sometimes your moral compass fails. When money just flows in, you sometimes forget who brought it in and what you’re supposed to do with it.
The NRA “elites” running the NRA may be all good fine people. But when the rank and file begin to question their commitment, the rank and file also withhold their efforts and close their pocketbook; then the “elite” soon run out of cash.
Adding to the cash drain is the New York State lawsuit and the NRA's hired lawyer bleeding us of cash. You can see that Governor Cuomo is happy to run out the litigation clock along with Wayne's wanting to fight to the end, letting the NRA bankrupt itself.
Nothing changes this fact; the NRA looks like it is run by cronyism and glad-handing. For the good of the organization, Wayne needs to make a mea culpa and resign.
While I believe the NRA as an organization is right more than it is wrong and that the good they do outweighs the mistakes they make the current action of management are just simply unacceptable.
I will not donate to the NRA again until this is corrected, and I feel I can trust the organization. My advice cut off the cash-flow to The Beast that is the NRA “elite” until they clean up their act.
No, I’m not jumping ship, there is no other NRA. But I’ll hold my coin close to my vest until the NRA fixes this problem. You should join me.
About Don McDougall
Don McDougall is an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee. If he’s not at the range, you will find him setting the record straight with on gun issues and gun safety on AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.