Will Donald Trump Unknowingly Rescue NRA’s Wayne LaPierre? ~ VIDEO

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Tombstone, Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum as part of the NRA’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston this Friday.

With the accusations, admissions, and compromising complications surrounding current NRA “leaders,” many politicians wisely declined invitations to appear at the event this year. But Donald Trump can’t resist a crowd, and he’d like to shore up his damaged reputation with gun owners – though it’s likely that he and his handlers don’t realize just how much damage his push to ban bump stocks, and his support for “red flag” laws during his presidency actually did.

Appearing at the NRA-ILA event is fairly low-risk for Trump and his base supporters. But his friendly photos with Wayne LaPierre, and any supportive comments he makes about the NRA’s embattled CEO, will undoubtedly be used against him, especially since the evidence against LaPierre is so easily available and compelling. As LaPierre’s failures and the corruption of his administration become more widely known and part of the record in court, the media will be highly critical of Trump for propping up LaPierre.

But Trump has weathered much more damning associations in the past, so this one will probably barely be a ripple in the larger scheme of things.

Trump should remember though, that he needs strong support from the rights community, and he’s already done serious damage to that support with his bump-stock and “red flag” positions. Adding a last-minute rescue of the man many see as once leading but now destroying the NRA, is not going to sit well with the hard-line rights advocates who are also the most politically active members of the “gun culture.” Not only will these activists not cast a ballot for Trump, more importantly, they won’t go to work for him, and instead, they’ll use their influence against him. So it ends up a loss of votes from those activists, along with many within their sphere of influence, and the loss of any votes those activists might have recruited to Trump’s support.

From LaPierre’s side, Trump’s appearance represents a huge opportunity.

LaPierre and his handlers know that the loyal opposition, the people they call “the enemy within,” are going to do their best to challenge LaPierre and his cronies during the Members’ Meeting on Saturday.

They’re counting on Trump to talk about his “good friend” Wayne LaPierre’s virtues and political acumen and tell the crowd how lucky they are to have such a great American working for them and guarding their rights. They plan to do whatever they can to shut down any criticism of LaPierre in the Members’ Meeting, and that objective depends on support from the NRA members in attendance. If a majority of the members in the meeting are opposed to LaPierre or are open to hearing more about the corruption scandal, then, President Charles Cotton will have a harder time shutting down the “dissident faction.”

If, on the other hand, the majority of members in the meeting are “low-information” NRA members, buoyed by Trump’s hollow praise of LaPierre, and believing the blatant lies of the NRA establishment, then Cotton will easily block the opposition, hold a quick Rah-rah session, and adjourn the meeting with nothing being accomplished.

Full Disclosure

The last time LaPierre faced a serious challenge to his personal power, was way back in 1997, when my father was 1st Vice President of the Association, in line to become President the following year. Dad and a majority of the Board were upset with the way LaPierre was allowing vendors and outside contractors – particularly the PR firm of Ackerman McQueen – to set their own terms, work without detailed contracts, submit and get paid for open-ended invoices, and involve themselves in internal NRA business. The Board had instructed LaPierre to cancel the contract with Ack-Mac, and he reluctantly agreed, then reported back to the Board that Ack-Mac was gone, replaced by a new PR company called Mercury Group. Then it turned out that Mercury Group was a newly created, wholly-owned subsidiary of Ackerman McQueen, managed by the same Ack-Mac executive, Tony Makris, that had been handling the NRA account for some time.

In order to save himself on that occasion, LaPierre relied on actor, Charlton Heston to come to his rescue. By manipulating definitions in the Bylaws, LaPierre and Makris were able to get Heston elected to a 1-year seat on the NRA Board of Directors. Then, in the subsequent Board meeting, he was nominated to run for 1st Vice President against my father. Heston won that election by 4 votes, then left to do a radio interview, during which he repeatedly declared that AK-47s are “inappropriate” for civilians to own and they should be restricted. Makris and LaPierre eventually got Heston on the right script, and he did some good things for the Association during his 5-year tenure as President. But Heston also gave LaPierre a taste of the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and he apparently liked it.

Heston flew only on chartered jets, stayed in only the best accommodations in the best hotels, and was chauffeured about in luxury limousines, with LaPierre and Makris right by his side, enjoying the same perks (all being paid for by the NRA, of course). It’s also worth mentioning that the President and two Vice Presidents constitute the Executive Compensation Committee, which sets the pay for LaPierre and other NRA executives. In 1996, LaPierre was making between $200k and $300k, but once Neal Knox and Albert Ross were replaced by Heston and Kayne Robinson as 1st and 2nd VP, respectively, LaPierre’s compensation almost immediately doubled and kept climbing, Peaking at $2.2 million in 2018, and currently sitting at $1.6 million per year, all funded my your membership dues.

As in 1997, LaPierre is again depending on a celebrity to save him: President Donald Trump.

While LaPierre’s fallen out with Makris and Ackerman McQueen, filing lawsuits against both, he has a new Rasputin whispering in his ear, in the form of Angus McQueen’s son-in-law, attorney William Brewer. Where Ackerman McQueen was pulling down some $40 million per year from NRA, with Makris drawing several million more for his terrible TV hunting show, Bill Brewer helped replace both of them at the bargain price of just over $2 million per month, some $30 million per year, according to what information we can find.

It was questioning the outrageous billing from Brewer’s law firm that resulted in the Nominating Committee deciding not to nominate Olliver North for the traditional second year as President of the Association. Then when North suggested that LaPierre should resign, in light of the damning and well-supported accusations that had come out against him just prior to the 2019 Annual Meetings, LaPierre accused him of extortion. Since then, the NRA has filed at least two lawsuits against North, and there’s currently an ethics charge filed against him by LaPierre apologist, Tom King, calling for the unprecedented step of kicking North completely out of the Association for “conspiring” against LaPierre. Of course, Chris Cox and his top deputy, along with numerous other NRA employees and contractors, were also dumped for “conspiring” against LaPierre.

At the Members’ Meeting in Indianapolis in 2019, an effort was made to pass a resolution of No Confidence against Wayne LaPierre and his sycophants on the NRA Board, but that effort was side-tracked and eventually quashed by LaPierre loyalists from the Board. A group of Directors had agreed to nominate Allen West for the office of Executive Vice President in the Board meeting that followed, but that plan fell apart, and LaPierre ran unopposed.

This year, the members are going to again have the opportunity to express their dissatisfaction with LaPierre and company – unless the “leaders” are successful at shutting down those efforts – and West will be nominated to run for EVP in the Board meeting on Monday. The results of the Members Meeting and the subsequent Board meeting will give a good indication of whether the NRA will be able to survive as an independent entity or be virtually bankrupted and put under court control for the next several years.

Will Donald Trump save Wayne LaPierre, and assist in the destruction of the NRA?

We’ll know the answer to that question in just a few days.

If you are able to attend the NRA Members Meeting in Houston on Saturday, please do so. It would also be helpful if you would write to your NRA Board members, urging them to stop the destruction of the Association, dump LaPierre, and restore integrity to the NRA by casting their secret ballot for Allen West. Their names and contact information can be found on the back pages of every NRA magazine.

I hope to see you in Houston.


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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 a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona, and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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UncleT

Why don’t you ever mention Trump’s ATF also banned the AA-12 Shotgun? Remember in November 2019, Trump’s ATF Said NO to Vertical Grips on AR Pistols?  Trump supports Universal Background Checks, raising the age to 21 for ALL gun sales, Supports Red Flag laws that destroys the Bill Of Rights, wants to stop 3-D printing for homemade Firearms and supports the TAPS Act that also destroys due process that he demanded  during his impeachment ( rightly so, I might add) and THE BILL OF RIGHTS….. National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, Pub.L. 112–81. This NDAA contains several controversial sections… Read more »

Grigori

THANK YOU!!!

Matt in Oklahoma

You can’t save someone from themselves

DDS

Lately, former President Trump’s ability to “save” people has been kinda mixed. I frankly don’t see him swinging many peoples’ opinions from anti LaPierre to pro LaPierre. The chances of LaPierre being replaced by Lt. Col. West or anyone else in the near term is somewhere between slim and none. Our opinions on the topic notwithstanding. Kinda like the Russian people and Putin. Like him or hate him. Doesn’t change much. LaPierre will go when the BoD gets fed up with his antics, and not a nanosecond sooner. After all, he’s been making his position secure since Vlad was a… Read more »

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Russn8r

The board will never get fed up with him since all but a few are in on The Big Grift, all riding the same tiger. They don’t dare get off.

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Jeff

WLP has to go. The NRA needs to downsize it’s board to under 20 members. There needs to be a purge of WLP cronies and sycophants. Bylaws must be reformed to prevent the abuses of the current regime.

As for Trump, he seems to value loyalty very highly. He also enjoys praise and playing to the crowd. What he says may depend largely upon his read of the room as he likes to speak off the cuff.

BTW – Despite some big disappointments, Trump was/is the most pro 2A POTUS in my lifetime.

Russn8r

Trump’s there when he needs you, I’ll give him that. LOYAL? I call BS.

Ask the “insurrectionists” and Assange he threw under a bus.

Stag

“Despite some big disappointments, Trump was/is the most pro 2A POTUS in my lifetime.”

It never ceases to amaze me that people still believe this.

Russn8r

Yep. Anyone who sees the gun-grab summit video knows he was itching to betray us after the 1st massacre.

JSNMGC

“Trump’s there when he needs you”

That is a true statement (and kinda funny).

This is also a true statement:

“Trump appreciates people being loyal to him”

Russn8r

“Trump seems to value loyalty highly.”

Yep. Loyalty to HIM, not the USA & not enough to return the favor.

Ask Mo Brooks.

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JSNMGC

or Matthew Perna (too late)

Russn8r

POS narcissist Trump could’ve saved these folks at the stroke of a pen.

JSNMGC

It’s a sad story. Sounded like a nice guy – naive, excited to see a politician who may not be in on the fix and who spoke bluntly. Then he got caught up in the moment and our massive, uncaring, government crushed him. None of the people who begged for “our” support helped him one bit.

Be careful out there – “civilians.”

Russn8r

No way Trump would’ve been president without Julian Assange exposing Hillary. So much for loyalty.

JSNMGC

Another interesting person.

Grigori

Yep! Julian Assange, the January 6 Patriots (not the FBI provocateurs), and the guys who delivered a blow to hecklers during his 2016 campaign. I seem to recall the numerous leftist hecklers at Trump’s campaign rallies and him hinting strongly that if someone in the audience were to kick one of the hecklers’ butts, he would pay their fine and/or legal bills. I know of at least one or two who took that offer and dispensed some physical correction to a heckler(s). Months later, they had received no assistance from Trump. That and Julian Assange’s experience were one reason I… Read more »

Grigori

I didn’t realized until after he had passed, that Matthew Perna was a frequent commenter on a site which I frequented. The guy was 100% a class act. His untimely death was a loss to this world.

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Russn8r

Worse. Trump betrayed us after Parkland: Gun grab summit with delighted DiFI, Schumer et ilk, urged them to send him a bill addressing every “concern” they have like “AWs”. “This time we’ll get it done because I’m behind it”. Threw cold water on poison pills like reciprocity & banning “gun free” zones.

He can pull a similar stunt now, tell members we have to “face reality” & “reasonable controls”. Nixon in China. It’s not like LaPew’ll buck him.

POS pimps anti-gun OZ who swore an oath in the Turkish army, voted there 4yrs ago, panders to child-sex-change ops.

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Russn8r

Downvoters are pedophile kiddie-sex-change groomers.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Si8zEkyjY

Grigori

Your comment was not deserving of the downvotes.

JimQ

LaPierre has got to go. He has been over compensated by the NRA for decades. Trump, although better than Clinton certainly did not do any favors for the Civil Rights crowd.

Jeff, I’m enjoying your father’s writings in the Gun Rights War. Keep up the great work!

JQ

Orion

jeffy, why do we see how you would love for the NRA crash and burn only for your firearms coalition to come to the rescue? do you have the legal talent and/or lobbying forces capable of fending off the dems in the upcoming fight to preserve our 2A rights we all see ahead? has your team EVER prevailed in a case before SCOTUS? No…and No again. Sorry, but after yesterday’s horrible event in Texas our nation needs the 800lb gorrilla to counter all the crap coming from socialist dems and their msm buddies and neither your group nor West are… Read more »

JimQ

get rid of LaPIerre and fix the NRA. The training programs that the NRA has established are great.

The only bitterness I see is in your myopic post

JQ

Russn8r

The 800lb grifter’s down to 90lbs with 3rd-stage surrender monkey pox; fellated one too many gun grabbers.

If you cared about NRA you’d be with us for bouncing LaPew & his vampire grifters. All your grifter pals (or bosses?) care about is stretching The Big Grift long as they can, pocketing OUR money & working quid pro quo deals for faux A grades till they kill the Golden Goose, which is all it is to them.

If they cared about 2A they’d have pushed to arm teachers & civilian staff instead of pimping “gun free” zones.

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JSNMGC

Orion, the tactic you are using (not addressing the comments made by Jeff but assigning a motive to him) is not uncommon. Sometimes, when it becomes clear a person is wrong about the facts, they comment more and more about things unrelated to the issue at hand.  What are your views about the information Jeff provided: Court records regarding LaPierre’s corruption (Jeff didn’t provide details in this article, but there have been previous comments made about LaPierre’s attempt to have the NRA purchase an expensive home for his use and other abuses of his position); LaPierre’s decision to not follow the… Read more »

Russn8r

LaPew’s knowing employment of EMBEZZLERS as Treasurer of the NRA and his own Personal Assistant.

Why would anyone do that unless he wanted expertise & cover for his OWN embezzling & grifting?

Every time I see one of Orion’s comments, I smell shill poontang.

Terry

Is that you Marion Hammer?

Jaque

The NRA has been bled by Lapierre and his cronies for too long. The NY lawsuit defense has accelerated the bleeding. I think the only way to save the NRA now would be a complete and total disinfection, all new governance and by laws, dissolving all relationships with the law firms and organizations allied with Lapierre, and thinning down the now bloated organization back to its core mission. Is Alan West the right guy to oversee such a mission. I dont think so. He may be the right guy at this moment, but his record of accomplishments outside the Army… Read more »