I Am the NRA’s”Enemy Within”

NRA Florida Lobbyist Marion Hammer stated back on January 15 that any Non-Approved Board Candidates Are “The Enemy Within” and that their supporters are Trojan Horse NRA Members looking to usurp and wreak havoc on the NRA. Well, I guess I’m one of them since . . .

I voted today and none of the folks I voted for were on Marion’s approval list that she happened to release today via an email blast.


DATE: January 24, 2018
TO: USF & NRA Member and Friends
FROM: Marion P. Hammer
USF Executive Director
NRA Past President

Every year when the ballot issues of NRA magazines start arriving, I get flooded with phone calls and email asking my advice on who to vote for on the ballot for the NRA Board of Directors.

Ballot issues are now in the mail and are arriving. If you are an NRA voting member, you will have a ballot in your magazine when it arrives.

While Florida’s Legislative Session is normally held during days in March, April and May, this year it started in January and we are in the 3rd week of Florida’s Legislative Session — a critical time for law-abiding gun owners.

Therefore, because protecting Second Amendment rights takes top priority, I am sending out the list of the 25 candidates for the NRA Board of Directors who got my votes and whom I endorse.

If you like, you may share this list so please feel free to forward this out to other NRA members who might have an interest in this information.

I VOTED FOR AND ENDORSE THESE 25 CANDIDATES:

1. Scott L. Bach, New Jersey
2. William A. Bachenberg, Pennsylvania
3. Ronnie G. Barrett, Tennessee
4. Robert K. Brown, Colorado
5. Dean Cain, Malibu, California
6. David G. Coy, Adrian, Michigan
7. John L. Cushman, Patchogue, New York
8. Edie P. Fleeman, Durham, North Carolina
9. Joel Friedman, Henderson, Nevada
10 David A. Keene, Ft. Washington, Maryland
11. Herbert A. Lanford, Jr., Columbia, South Carolina
12. Carrie Lightfoot, Scottsdale, Arizona
13. Duane Liptak, Jr., Austin, Texas
14. Carolyn D. Meadows, Marietta, Georgia
15. Bill Miller, Beckley, West Virginia
16. Owen Buz Mills, Paulden, Arizona
17. Grover G. Norquist, Washington, D.C.
18. Robert A. Nosler, Bend, Oregon
19. Kim Rhode, Big Bear Lake, California
20. Wayne Anthony Ross, Anchorage, Alaska
21. Don Saba, Tucson, Arizona
22. William H. Satterfield, Birmingham, Alabama
23. Ronald L. Schmeits, Raton, New Mexico
24. John C. Sigler, Dover, Delaware
25. Robert J. Wos, Sarasota, Florida


Here’s my ballot:

I guess I’m the “Enemy Within” and a “Trojan Horse Member” of the NRA. My votes were simple. They were for Tim Knight and Adam Kraut.

As for Florida and the Legislative Session, “this year it started in January and we are in the 3rd week of Florida’s Legislative Session — a critical time for law-abiding gun owners. Therefore, because protecting Second Amendment rights takes top priority“; against what?

The Pro Gun Bills have already been defeated by Florida Republicans like Sen. Anitere Flores and Sen. Rene Garcia. As for the Anti-Gun Bills; they have been blocked too and the status quo has been kept once again. Nothing at all has changed in Florida and nothing is at risk.

Now, today is the closing date for the public to make comments on ATF’s soon to be change of Bump Fire Stocks.

Which, last I checked Marion Hammer stated:

The “bump-stock” device, used by the killer in the Las Vegas shooting, converts a semi-auto rifle to a full-auto rifle.

Do you have any idea how many people were shocked out of their minds when ATF decided bump-stocks were not subject to regulation and APPROVED them for sale and use? That was under the Obama administration for crying out loud. Your mind is forced to run wild wondering why.

Make no mistake, the NRA has NOT cleared the way for more regulation. If it were not for ATF’s wink and nod to the manufacturer of the bump-stock, it would already be regulated under federal law. NRA has tossed it back into ATF’s lap where it belongs. NRA has not agreed to any new legislation nor has NRA said we agree with any existing NFA legislation. NRA has not agreed to a ban. NRA has not agreed to anything. NRA simply insists upon enforcing existing law.

Is that how the Second Amendment is defended? By giving fuel to the machine that looks at change the legality of millions of legally owned Bump Fire Stocks?

Elections are over on April 15, 2018. So if you’re a voting member, check your magazine for the ballot.

comments

  1. avatar A Brit in TX says:

    I think it’s time for some of these old incumbents to make way for some fresh blood. At this point the likes of Marion Hammer seem to want to maintain the status quo as the NRA being a revenue earning organization rather than a champion of 2A rights.

    The NRA definitely isn’t perfect but it is the 800lb gorilla in the room (and drives leftists crazy!!!). Howver, it needs steering in the right direction. The old FUDD types are not the ones to do this.

    1. avatar Nanashi says:

      If the last year proved anything it’s an 800 lb rabid gorilla as likely to rip off your head to use your skull as a cup as it is to help you.

    2. avatar Big E says:

      I agree on both points.

      I wish the NRA was as wild and radical about gun rights as the media portray. It has become complacent- as organizations inevitably do. Time for some new leadership. Wayne and the crew have mostly done a great job holding the line during the Obongo admin, especially after the Newtown frenzy. However, they bungled the Las Vegas episode and should retire for a more aggressive leadership team.

      1. avatar Aaron J Franklin says:

        Don’t forget everybody needs to go out and buy NRA carry guard. It disgusts me to think that a gun rights organization is now turning into an insurance company.

        1. avatar Hoover says:

          Carry Guard is an NRA member benefit, and the insurance is managed by Lockton. The NRA provides the training and education. The NRA has ALWAYS been a training, education and marksmanship organization for the shooting sports. Gun rights activism came later. Specifically, after 1934 when they formed the legislative arm of the NRA, and more recently when the ILA was formed in 1975. The NRA-ILA is where you’re ire is targeted.

      2. avatar Craig in IA says:

        (Hammer did not say all non Board-Approved candidates are the enemy within, but that’s moot.)

        As someone who goes back to the Cincinnati reforms era and knows history concerning GCA ’68, the semiauto ban and Brady Act, I can attest to the fact that these proposals were all going to pass at the time and only a moron would think otherwise. So, rather than do as Neal Knox and his pals wanted, and do all-or-nothing and lose it all forever, NRA worked for a sunset on the semiauto ban and also allowed for individual states to construct their own permiting system for handgun purchases, among other tweaks. So, had Knox et al had their way, the AR 15 and about every other semi auto firearm that had a detachable mag would now be history. As it ended up, within a month the same firearms were coming off the lines minus bayonet lugs and with 10 round mags (although they still accepted higher capacity ones, etc.) much to the horror and chagrin of DiFi, Sarah Brady’s group and others in the movement. They’d shot their wad completely while we (NRA) quietly started taking things back. Today, after the sunset, the AR is the most popular US rifle ever and the ones being sold now have more available accessories and options than before the “ban”.

        And as far as NICS and Brady and all that, from the day it began, in Iowa, for example, anyone with a permit to carry or to purchase could go to any gun show or store, pick out a handgun, fillout the 4473, pay for it and leave. NO NICS check, no waiting period, zip- since we (Iowa) crafted our law to allow for the background check once when applying for the permit. No more checks for the duration of the permit. Other states should/could do likewise. Of course the purists will still decry the need for a CCW at all, but anyone who cannot see the changes for the better since Florida (Hammer’s state) started the shall-issue movement decades ago is not even trying to see the big picture. GOA, NAGR and the other “no compormise” bombthrowers have done little make any positive changes- the real legislative, as well as election costs have primarily been heaped on NRA and it’s 5 million or so members, to be enjoyed by everyone else.

        So, what’s that leave all the NRA bashers and those who’ll sit around complaining about the wrong direction NRA is heading? Why don’t you schedule some big, million gun-owner march on DC, or mob the US Capital and go into your elected rep/senator’s offices and bang on their desks and make direct threats like so many of these group’s leaders advocate? Especially find a TV camera, make your threats there and scare the hell out of those we really out thto try to court for our side. It really kills the media and gun banners to see the growing number of females who own firearms, shoot, hunt, carry and participate fully in the right and activities. The NRA is almost singularly responsible for then through their WNRA programs. Youth programs as well. What are the other “gun” groups doing here?

        In any true legislative circle, staying in the game is oftentimes more important than winning at the time. It is a credit to NRA and its active members that a group that is about 1/20th of the total number of firearms owners can keep the Second Amendment afloat and even continue to make improvements back towards what our Founders recognized as God-given rights. It took about 50 years to get the US to the brink of almost eradicating privately-owned firearms in the US. It’s taking time to turn it all around and people should be patient. The in-fighting and NRA-bashing only fuels those who look to take away our guns. Many gun owners would do well to learn the history of how we ended up where we are before rushing to judgement. NRA is not perfect but it’s been a lot more effective than all of the other groups combined, if keeping the Second Amendment and our liberties and freedoms are the goal. Go ahead and complain- it’s your right in this country, but also try to do some real research and become informed.

        1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

          “and make direct threats like so many of these group’s leaders advocate?”

          The leader of GOA certainly didn’t do that. He has been a reasonable fellow every time I’ve seen him talk.

          And while it is fair to argue over tactics, Marion Hammer has disagreeable goals. I don’t want an NRA that insists on enforcing gun control; she does. She either doesn’t understand the law, how guns work, or is lying to NRA members. Any of those should disqualify her from being a six figure employee of the NRA. The last one does disqualify her from getting any respect or support from me.

        2. avatar Sam I Am says:

          What you describe is a fighting retreat. We “absolutists” are exercised because we are so far from the intent of the founders, and the plain reading of language. If the best 2A supporters is that we can only make things “not so bad as they could be”, then, to borrow from history, “It will become a siege, then is it is only a matter of time”. We are under constant attack. We are under siege. This is a defensive position. The best you offer is the Fabian tactic.

    3. avatar JasonM says:

      That’s why I just dropped off my ballot for Adam Kraut.

      NRA has not … said we agree with any existing NFA legislation.
      Followed by:
      NRA simply insists upon enforcing existing law.

      So she’s suggesting that the NRA wants to enforce existing laws that they disagree with? Does she support New Jersey imprisoning all those armed Pennsylvanians, because it’s enforcing an existing law?

      I don’t think she knows what shall not be infringed means.

  2. avatar Mike says:

    Thanks. I needed the info about Tim. I couldn’t remember his name. I will vote for both of them.

  3. avatar John Boch says:

    Mine will look like yours, sir.

    With the only a couple of additions, including “The Well Armed Women” Carrie Lightfoot and Ronnie “Needs no introduction” Barrett.

    Marion Hammer’s performance lobbying in Florida has been quite uninspiring this past decade or so.

    John

  4. avatar No one of consequence says:

    I’m intending to vote for the same candidates.

    And, thanks for the reminder to comment on the proposed bump-fire stock ban. Just did that too. (I’m opposed, for the record, to recategorization.)

  5. avatar Michael says:

    Given what’s happened in Florida with pro 2nd amendment legislation, I would say it’s time for a better lobbyists. Old horses are out down for a reason, Marion has given us plenty of reasons….

  6. avatar chris t. says:

    Thanks Luis, I was looking at Adam and Tim as true 2nd Amendment fighters. When I researched them I found them to be truly compelling candidates. Your framing of the ideology of Ms Hammer has helped me. I have bullet voted Adam and Tim now. Change the NRA from within. Shall not be infringed, not more regulation. Thanks again.

  7. avatar JayBet says:

    My ballot went in the mail this morning with your two candidates and Carrie Lightfoot as well. My wife is in a Well Armed Women chapter and I like the engagement and enthusiasm it helps generate…ALL GOOD in my book, so we need more such involvement with the NRA and less cronyism.

  8. avatar Ralph says:

    “The enemy within?” Nonsense. A word of advice that an old divorce lawyer once shared with me: Whatever they’re talking about, they’re talking about money.

    1. avatar luigi says:

      +1,000,000

  9. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

    2 things- the fewer people you vote for, the more their votes count because you aren’t supplying competition.

    And secondly- Barrett and Liptak are also worthy of consideration. Barrett put his money where his mouth is and won’t sell his rifles to any state agency where his rifles aren’t legal. Heck, he won’t even service them if bought from a 3rd party.
    And Liptak- we’ll, we know Magpuls history of defying/fighting unconstitutional infringements.
    And yes- Adam gets my vote this year, too.

  10. avatar Parnell says:

    Got both of those on my ballot but I’ll speak up for Scott Bach. He’s done a yeoman job trying to blunt the anti-gun state legislature here in NJ. In the face of overwhelming odds he’s at east managed to keep our heads above water. Too bad the rest of the NRA board and ILA have been relatively passive in defense of our interest.

    1. avatar Andy says:

      The only thing the ILA has not been passive about is sending requests for money. As far as Marion goes…an empty drum makes the most noise.

  11. avatar dlj95118 says:

    …I’ve been an NRA member for five years and have never received a ballot.

    Guess I don’t count.

    1. avatar TrueBornSonofLiberty says:

      Only members of 5 years or more can vote for the board. It prevents Bloomberg from investing $25 million and getting a million votes.

    2. avatar FrmrDave says:

      Pretty sure it takes 5 years of continuous membership, or life membership to earn the vote.

    3. avatar dlj95118 says:

      Thanks TrueBorn and FrmrDave.

      Didn’t know that.

    4. avatar Wiregrass says:

      I’ve been a member for 10 years and I haven’t received my ballot yet either.

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        It should be in your magazine. Did you get your magazine? If not, wait. If so, or you get an electronic magazine, call member services.

  12. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

    Past time for Marion and Wayne to go,they have both rendered quite enough service to NRA members.

  13. avatar Garrison Hall says:

    “Antonio Gramsci [ 1891 – 1937 ] was an Italian revolutionary . . . His answer [to the failure of Marxist subversion] was to subvert the Christian culture of Europe which promotes civilized values. This means infiltrating society from the top down. . . It was his Long March Through The Institutions.”

    The best way to subvert the political effectiveness of the NRA is to take it over from within. If you plan to vote, it might be interesting to find out more about just who you’re voting for.

  14. avatar Big Bill says:

    It would seem Marion Hammer thinks she is the spokesperson for all NRA members, and if you don’t like it, begone.
    Her next step is to run for Extreme Potentate of the NRA.

  15. avatar Senior Gun Owner 1950 says:

    Only two canidates were nominated by the membership. And of those two, only one was nominated by only the membership. That would be Adam Kraut.
    He’s the only NRA canidate who’s taken the time, effort and energy to actualy reach out to the membership and get their grass roots support. He’s also the only NRA board canidate to campaign making his views and adgenda known before hand. In my opinion, he’s the only canidate who hasn’t taken the membership for granted. He’s the only NRA board canidate I found on the ballot worth voting for.
    Rifleman and ballot came in yesterdays mail. Ballot with only one canidate marked went back out in today’s mail.
    Senior Gun Owner 1950

  16. avatar Sam I Am says:

    When a leader of the NRA does not know the difference between semi-auto and full-auto, what is the point of the organization, anyway? Not knowing the definition of full-auto is a hallmark of gun grabbrers. Has NRA already been successfully penetrated and co-opted?

  17. avatar Garrison Hall says:

    “Is that how the Second Amendment is defended? By giving fuel to the machine that looks at change the legality of millions of legally owned Bump Fire Stocks?”

    And you solution is . . . Luis? The NRA strategy was to channel the bump-stock issue AWAY from the legislative process—which the gun-controllers were salivating over—and into the ATF’s regulatory process. Given the propensity for politicians to pass stupid laws during moral-panics, I think this was an an adroit and very successful move. Laws, once passed, become institutionalized and virtually permanent. ATF rulings are simply policy decisions and are much easier to change.

    1. avatar Sam I Am says:

      “ATF rulings are simply policy decisions and are much easier to change.”

      Like with shoestrings?

      We haven’t seen rabid efforts to destroy this nation like we have seen in the last few years. With an anti-American “deep state”, a Demoncrat congress and president, the ATF will do whatever it is told. There is no evidence ATF will not make an anticipatory ruling. Legislation can be made difficult to achieve. Policy decisions not so much.

      Note: even if ATF determines bump stocks are not machine guns today, tomorrow is up for grabs.

      1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

        Lets not forget that the ATF is an ILLEGAL agency – because the government has no right/authority, under the Constitution, to regulate alcohol, tobacco, or firearms! AND none of these agencies have the authority or right to make or enforce the “laws” they make. The Constitution is quite clear that congress is the only branch of government that can “MAKE” laws, the POTUS and SCOTUS are there to as a stopgap against illegal/unconstitutional laws. All of this would work as it is intended IF enough of “we the people” would stand up and fight government when they insist on creating and enforcing illegal/unconstitutional law! This goes for the states too, because they are supposed to be held to the same standards as the federal government since the day they ratified the Constitution to become states! It also could be prevented if we followed the Constitution and prevented anyone from running for elected office that has views that violate the Constitution – that would eliminate virtually ALL democraps, most independents, and some republicans (RINOs). When any elected official creates or shows support for any unconstitutional legislation, they should be removed from office and forfeit all benefits and entitlements; that includes criminal activity.

        1. avatar Sam I Am says:

          Unfortunately, the jury is already in. The majority of “we the people” have stood up and demanded even more government intrusion. Else we would have a different condition.

        2. avatar Green Mtn. Boy says:

          How was it Mr. Franklin put it,oh yeah.

          A woman asked Dr. Franklin on his exit from Constitution hall“Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

          “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

          We The People have done a rather poor job of Keeping It.

        3. avatar Toni says:

          Rattlerjake, Sam I Am and Green Mtn. Boy what you have said here is spot on. If you can keep it and truer words have never been spoken. the second amendment was written to give you the means (i say you because i am an australian living in australia otherwise i would say us and i would love to be there and help you fight to retake your country) to hold the republic from tyranny and to make it free again. all these weak ass traitors that bow down to regulation after regulation or even suggest regulations that while on the surface might sound good always only lead to more regulation need to ship their sorry butts off to some country they can appreciate that is already regulated to hell and back and leave the freedom lovers alone. this is why i am beginning to hate my own country. it is barely even a shadow of the great country it was. hopefully soon i will be doing a fitting and machining apprenticeship taking me through to toolmaker….. then once done that gunsmithing. it is what i have wanted since i was 7. maybe then i may get a chance to move over there for work. keep strong in the faith that you can turn your country around. it seems there are more that are trying to in the US than there are in my country.

        4. avatar Sam I Am says:

          Thank you for the words of encouragement and support.

          Best of luck with your toolmaking quest. Gunsmith in Australia must be rare as chicken teeth. Good on ya’, mate!

        5. avatar Toni says:

          ones that can do basic work are reasonably common. ones that can do advanced gunsmithing such as making stuff from scratch…. they are rare. that is where i want to be and able to do top quality work as well….. think the best name actions and barrels you can find.

          as for support and encouragement from me. if i could move over there i would stand for the positions like Adam Kraut is and believe me i hate the status quo. i would be the thorn in their side that would need surgery to remove. as it is it is about all i can do from here

        6. avatar green Mtn. Boy says:

          Toni

          My wish is you could become a U S citizen and I know you will focus on your goal,best of luck in your future.

  18. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Looks like Marion has elevated Mr. Kraut to the level of a contender.

    She is probably having a Homer Simpson moment. Doooohhhhhh.

  19. avatar DoomGuy says:

    The NRA is nothing but a puppet organization of bloomberg. And trump is letting his ATF enact a semi auto ban by executive fiat and he’s caving in amnesty.

    He’s a typical RINO. And you have rabid soccer moms, fudds, and commie beta males who support the atf taking away people’s guns; meanwhile most people on our side can’t be bothered to comment while 85% of the comments submitted are the paid comments that the paid trolls have spammed the federal register with, filled with cut and paste lies and talking points straight from Bloomberg.

    It’s over. Nice while it lasted. The 2A is dead, America has fallen. It’s all over but the wacos now.

  20. avatar Charles says:

    My ballot was mailed today. Looked a lot like yours.

  21. avatar Mort says:

    The NRA needs to realize the sea-change in American gun culture, and it needs to quickly adapt and change– or else lose its preeminent position as a gun rights & gun industry political lobby. If the NRA brand is going to survive, it is going to need the up and coming young shooters of America, who are mostly passionate 2A absolutists, and who truly believe the direction of guns in America is more freedom, civil rights, and mainstreaming of both recreation and personal defense (with deregulation and normalization regardless of political party affiliation). The NRA can’t keep milking the old boogeyman-fear-panic model, lining its aristocratic leaders’ pockets and negotiating away 2A rights to keep perpetuating a see-saw balance of fear and loathing in politics. Modern American gun culture is not about motivating voter blocks and giving “A-Ratings” for a handshake photo op with LaPierre. They need to understand that young shooters are serious about their gun rights, and that they actually *mean what they say* about permissive Constitutional Carry, abolishing the NFA, and “shall not be infringed.”

    The NRA has a powerful brand, and still a powerful motivating presence on Capitol Hill. But the NRA must change… it’s not the “big gun lobby” that matters anymore, it’s the freedom loving American constituency. And they will leave the NRA behind for other organizations unless the NRA changes tack. They need to publically come out and announce a substantive leadership resignation and changing of the guard. They need to proactively affirm the commitment to the path from National Reciprocity to National Constitutional Carry, as a successful culture change that normalizes CCW/EDC as a guaranteed right. They need to proactively affirm their commitment to full deregulation of NFA restricted tools and eventual abolishment of NFA. And they need to firmly address their waffling of political compromises, and proactively demonstrate a commitment to no-compromise 2A support as a modern civil rights issue. They need to announce that it’s not about “gun nuts versus snowflakes” and your political affiliations, but it’s about every American being protected by a Bill of Rights of the US Constitution, and the 2A clearly stating that infringements upon those rights are unacceptable. If the NRA doesn’t grasp this soon, and keeps plunking down their chips with their old timey Fudd pandering, then their power and influence will continue to erode… and as they cling to relevancy, sooner than later they’ll eventually be caught in an irreversible path of political compromises that will betray American gun owners (again, but this time beyond forgiveness). They will be blamed for the next significant ban or infringement, and shooters will continue to leave NRA for organizations that more confidently reflect their principles, like the GOA.

    It might already be too late… but I don’t think so. If Adam Kraut, for example, wins a seat at the table, I don’t see how a wise NRA leadership doesn’t take that seriously and understand there’s big change coming over the hill. The question is, how will they react? Will the NRA get on the right side of 2A things, or will they dig in and keep resisting the growing “radicalism” (read: mainstreaming) of 2A supporting Americans… we’ll see.

    The NRA is only on the wrong side of the fence… until they’re not. They have had, in summary and on balance, a huge positive influence on American gun culture in many ways, despite their obvious and sometimes deeply disturbing political compromises. But I would rather see a strong NRA brand fighting on our side, than an impotent withering NRA emasculated by its very own gun culture constituency. They don’t have to be another enemy, but it is really up to them to decide that.

    Be safe.

  22. avatar Chris T in KY says:

    I’m qualified to vote in the NRA yet. But I did submit my comments to the ATF on the Bump Stock. I hope everyone submitted a comment to the AFT.

  23. avatar Hannibal says:

    The ‘status quo’ is where everyone with clout wants things. It’s how people got to the places they are in politics, in the NRA, in gun control…

    if things swung either way people would lose out. I wonder how much handshaking goes on in back rooms to make sure things don’t swing too far one way or another.

    1. avatar Toni says:

      and the status quo always results in the loss of freedom. F that. i would rather die fighting young than live one day as a slave. F TRAITORS

  24. avatar Libertarian says:

    Florida have not passed any radical gun related bill since 2005 (Stand Your Ground Law) 🙁

    1. avatar Robert Adams says:

      well you can thank marion for much of that, she helped can open carry and helped give anitere flores her A+ rating without her even voting on gun legislation. Now Flores has voted against everything pro-gun and maybe because she was cheating on her spouse with another democrat official. No wonder she voted down everything.

      I have my ballot and while there are a few other names I think should get a vote, they are pretty well known people and likely make the board on their own. So I am voting for Adam Kraut, and Tim Knight this go around. Some say the board is a farce, but some of the members end up in the higher ranks of the NRA so I hope Tim and Adam can climb to the top and help get our rights back while keeping others from being taken. If the NRA had 4 times the paying members I don’t think anyone would challenge it. I became a life member so I could vote.

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        “Some say the board is a farce.” Those people don’t understand corporate governance. The board controls the company, but doesn’t run it. If the board wanted LaPeirre gone, he’d be gone.

        Will getting a couple of outsiders on the board make a difference? Probably not.

        The problem with the board is it’s size and the recent changes to the nomination process.

        If the board has a lot of people and we can only get one or two outsiders on a year, then it will take forever to effect change, especially if those outsiders have to fight every three years to get on the ballot while the insiders are placed on the ballot. It be a different story if the board only had ten or even only 30 members. But the board is made up of 76 directors.

        A few board members can only change the NRA through influencing other board members. One good thing is that many board members don’t show up. That makes it easier for a small number to shift NRA policy without interference from people like Hammer who don’t show up.

        The nomination process makes it extremely difficult for someone to get nominated. They have to have a devoted following or a ton of money. Adam Kraut didn’t buy his following.

  25. avatar Chiefton says:

    My belief is that a bump stock and a suppressor are not firearms in themselves and therefore do not fall under the power of the ATF or NFA. Neither stands alone as a firearm. If they rule against bump stocks, then why could they not rule against a person from owning a firearm because they are capable of pulling a trigger as fast as a bump stock. Watch Jerry Michulek empty a 6 shot revolver, on target, in under 3 seconds, including his draw. Should the ATF be allowed to ban his trigger finger? Yes, it sounds ridiculous but is it? Does rate of fire on a semi automatic firearm really matter in the separation of that firearm from a full automatic firearm? That is not what the law states. This is what the NRA stance should be and not the watered down stance it is taking. Out with the old and in with the new.

  26. avatar Scoutino says:

    Adam Kraut is marked on my ballot. NRA needs to start to push back, not just keep status quo with little losses here and there. Best defense is good offense. Let’s get our liberties back.

  27. avatar paul bass says:

    afraid that i disappointed ms. hammer head. i voted same as you. two candidates who took the time to gather several hundred signatures of NRA members garnished my vote

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