NRA Florida Lobbyist Marion Hammer: Non-Approved Board Candidates Are “The Enemy Within”

Marion Hammer is the current NRA Lobbyist for Florida and former NRA President. In her commentary on the 2018 NRA Board of Directors election —  Enemy Within: RA 2018 Board Election Commentary by Marion Hammer — she issues the following warning:

Once again the NRA is being threatened by the enemy within and I’m reaching out to ask for your help. Unfortunately, NRA Board elections provide opportunities for people with interests other than those of NRA, to make moves to disrupt NRA, our mission and our cause. That is happening now.

People who are on the NRA ballot for election to the NRA Board of Directors deserve close scrutiny by NRA voting members. Being on the ballot does not automatically mean a person is qualified to serve on the Board. Most of the people on the ballot were nominated by the NRA Nominating Committee in a deliberative process designed to evaluate the motives and qualifications of the candidates.

However, some of the candidates on this year’s ballot were not nominated by the Nominating Committee, but rather they placed themselves on the ballot by collecting petition signatures. Petition signers had no way of knowing the real motives or qualifications of these petitioners.

The petition system gives NRA members a direct voice in how the NRA is run. Without it, you’d have a Soviet-style Politburo of NRA insiders making decisions, feathering their nests, appointing replacements.

NRA Board member candidates like Adam Kraut and Timothy Knight  wouldn’t have a chance.

Adam Knight NRA Board Member candidate (courtesy knight4nra.com)

Tim Knight is a Colorado gun guy. Mr. Knight ponied-up his own funds and time to help Centennial State gun rights activists recall the Senate President after the legislature passed an ammunition magazine capacity law.

Adam Kraut is a lawyer and former gun store manager who deals exclusively with firearms-related cases. Mr. Kraut has taken numerous cases at the State and Federal level to fight for gun rights. He is also good friends with fellow Second Amendment attorney and former NRA candidate Stephen Stamboulieh. The attorney that took on the ATF after the Agency approved — and then rescinded — a tax stamp for a post ’86 machine gun, confiscating the firearm.

(Here is the NRA shooting down any campaigning for Adam Kraut. Our very own hat-wearing TTAG T&E guy was there to witness it).

Marion Hammer sees candidates like these — aspirants who’ve gone “outside the system” to get onto the NRA’s Board — as barbarians at the gate. Or worse. And cautions members thinking about voting for non-approved candidate that it doesn’t really matter anyway . . .

The NRA Board of Directors has a specific role that is often misunderstood by people who seek positions on the Board for their own personal glorification and benefit. NRA Board members have no power.

The power lies solely with the Board as a whole and only when the Board is in session. That’s why NRA’s detractors and dissidents organize in an attempt to quietly infiltrate the Board and gain a majority of the seats.

NRA Board Member have no power? Maybe that’s because some of them — such as Marion Hammer — don’t bother showing up for meetings. Adam Kraut uncovered this [previously reported] attendance data for NRA Directors whose terms expire in 2018.

Marion Hammer suggests that candidates running for the NRA Board via petition do so for their personal glorification and benefit.

In 2010 alone, Marion Hammer received $190,000 in compensation from the NRA for consulting work, in addition to the $110,000 per year salary she receives from Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

Marion then brings up the past history of the NRA.

In 1977, at the annual meeting in Cincinnati, a group of gun rights activists stopped the NRA Board from moving NRA headquarters away from Washington, DC to set up shop in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That Board’s intent was to be near the US Olympic Training Center where they could convert NRA to an organization devoted to shooting competition.

The motive of the activist group in Cincinnati was to be sure that NRA remained in Washington, DC as a driving force in protecting the Second Amendment and the freedom to exercise those gun rights.

Twenty years later in 1997, during my term as NRA President, a group of dissidents and adversaries tried to take control of NRA. Their motives were not pure. They wanted control of NRA’s finances and jobs. Pretending to be strong gun rights advocates, they wanted control of NRA’s money and they wanted to install themselves as NRA’s top salaried employees….

Thinking they had majority control of the Board, their plan was to remove Wayne LaPierre from the Executive Vice President (EVP-CEO) position, remove me as President, install their own followers and take total control.

Twenty years ago, we won that battle and put down that group of malcontents. The NRA is alive and well today because we stopped dissidents who had infiltrated the Board by the petition process.

The revolt in 1977 was led and organized by Neal Knox. He fought the Establishment back then to keep the NRA in the fight for the Second Amendment. He also participated in the 1997 revolt against the NRA’s leadership.

So in 1977, the group led by Neal Knox were fighting for the Second Amendment. But in 1997 Knox and his colleagues were motivated by simple greed. And in case you’re thinking that the current NRA power structure is “pure” on the Second Amendment, I bring your attention Wayne LaPierre post-Vegas shooting.

Furthermore, Marion Hammer herself stated back in October 2017:

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

Additionally, there are “Trojan horse members” who are deliberately misinterpreting what the NRA has said. Just like having an (R) after your name doesn’t make you a conservative Republican, having an NRA membership card doesn’t make you an honest member.

Be very careful of anti-NRA people claiming to have many supporters who are merely standing in a hall of mirrors and seeing their own reflections. Don’t be fooled.

This fight is not about the personal financial interests of NRA Board members. This fight should not be used by any individual Board member to attack NRA as a means elevate their own popularity with dissidents and “Trojan horse members.”

This particular fight is about following existing law. If you don’t believe bump-stocks convert semi-autos to full-autos then you have not seen what I have seen . . .

Right now, a group of agitators — some of them devotees of the 1997 dissident group – have already quietly worked their way onto the NRA Board and others are now actively trying to get elected to the NRA Board.

The NRA petition system isn’t just a blank piece of paper with a slot for John Q Public to sign. Only voting eligible members can sign the petition. Someone who is either a Life member or who’s been a NRA member for five years in good standing.

The petition candidates must get their name out the hard way. Meet and greets, Youtube videos, social media and more. They aren’t strangers or enemy agents within. They are gun rights activists who deserve full consideration and maybe even your vote. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

 

comments

  1. avatar Missouri_Mule says:

    Adam Kraut is not the enemy of NRA, he is the future of it.

    1. avatar Missouri_Mule says:

      P.S. I would vote for Maj Toure too, but it would hurt his main program.

    2. avatar JasonM says:

      I’ve never bothered to vote for board members before, but Hammer’s plea has convinced me to vote this year… for outsiders like Kraut.

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        I’m a strong Kraut supporter. I’ve twice collected signatures for his board run. Be sure to pay attention to the way the election works. The less people you vote for, the more your vote for those people matters.

        1. avatar Judson says:

          I too am a strong Adam and Tim knight supporter I know both of them personally and they are fighting for us.

        2. avatar Rattlerjake says:

          I became a Life-member 35 years ago and have never voted because there were never any “worthwhile” candidates. The majority of the NRA board is made up of the same politically minded morons that are in congress. They don’t care about the 2nd amendment or the people, they are just there to suck up an easy big pay check; it it weren’t the case then how is it that we still have SO MANY unconstitutional gun laws in this country?! And why is it that the NRA picks and chooses which citizens to defend, much like the SCOTUS does?! Adam Kraut is the first candidate that makes me believe there is still a chance for the NRA to actually make a difference. I don’t know Knight, but if he is half as good as Adam then he would also have my vote. Now I just need to figure out when and how to send in my votes.

          By the way, Marion Hammer sounds more like a politician who is trying to protect her income the current NRA agenda, then supporting the Constitution and the people. The NRA was NOT created to give the government an inch so they can eventually take a mile, but that is exactly what they have been doing for many years!!!!!

        3. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

          “Ballots are mailed out in the February edition of the NRA magazine to which you are subscribed. When you get your ballot, please vote for myself and other members you wish to see on the board. Remember, by “bullet voting” (voting for only the members you wish to see on the board) there is a better chance I’ll make it to the board. I appreciate the support and look forward to serving you!” – adamkraut.com

          I’ve only been eligible to since the last election, so I’ll take your word for past elections.

  2. avatar Ragnarredbeard says:

    So what does the NRA Board *do* if they have no power?

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      That was an intentionally confusing statement. What she actually wrote was, “NRA Board members have no power… The power lies solely with the Board as a whole…”

      Which is like saying that a member of the U.S. Senate has no power. There is an element of truth to it, but only if that member is in the minority on a given question. Intentional obfuscation of the real issues at hand.

      1. avatar Ing says:

        Right. And if board members have no power (as she says), why is she so worried about who gets on the board? That’s the kind of misleading garbage that makes me think Marion Hammer might be the real enemy within.

  3. avatar John Thayer says:

    Time to DRAIN THE SWAMP!

  4. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    The petition process is there for a reason, and a darned good reason. It assures that NRA members (you know, the people who pay the dues and provide the paychecks) actually have a voice in the organization. When someone in the “inner circle” objects to people using that process, that is the time to be afraid, very afraid, of the motives of the inner circle.

    This is “good ole’ boy politics” at work – the people in power (such as Ms. Hammer) clinging desperately to that power. It is a strong indication of an immediate need to replace those in leadership positions.

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      It’s also an indication that they are afraid.

    2. avatar FedUp says:

      Desperately clinging to her power and her $25k/month paycheck.
      And shrieking like a Harpy at any perceived threat to that paycheck.

      1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

        $25K/month, for what??? When many of us are making that amount per year! These people are nothing but greedy and self-centered. The NRA has been dead to me for many, many years.

  5. avatar cmac890 says:

    People like Ms. Hammer are the reason I won’t join the NRA. They simply don’t have my interests at heart, only their pocketbooks.

    1. avatar J.T. says:

      I am an NRA member solely so I can vote against people like her.

  6. avatar jimmy james says:

    I love a good ole fashion S#it slingin’.

  7. avatar FortWorthColtGuy says:

    This is why I stopped paying dues to the NRA and discourage others from joining. They want our money, but don’t want our opinions. Screw them.

    Join GOA or or other state orgs.

    1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      Sure. Stop supporting the most powerful organization defending the Second Amendment in the United States. Such attitudes only weaken it.

      The correct answer to people like Ms. Hammer is to do what Adam Kraut and Timothy Knight are doing. To step up, make a sacrifice and make the effort. And the rest of us need to support those efforts. Even if they are unsuccessful, they remind the good ole’ boys that the members are paying attention, that their job is to serve us, and their job security depends on us.

      The enemies of freedom throughout the United States hate the NRA with blood-boiling passion and publicly blame the NRA for their failure to advance their statist agenda. This is evidence that the organization is doing a lot of things right, even if it’s not perfect.

      1. avatar Joe Brown says:

        The NRA is only the most powerful organization because people continue to support them despite their history of stabbing gun owners in the back. If there are no consequences to their mistakes, why would they ever work to fix them? People like you who are loyal without thought make the problem worse.
        Also, the reason the left continuously talks about the NRA isn’t because they “fear” them, it’s because they know they can beat them. If they were actually afraid, they wouldn’t even want them in the conversation. the NRA has become a toothless boogieman that the anti-gunners can use to rally people to their cause. It’s the same reason Obama brought up the “birthers” and the “truthers” more than anyone else, he knew he would win against them. The NRA is actively working against us to preserve their own power and money, stop helping them…

        1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          If I were not an NRA member, I would have no voice at all.

          As an NRA member, I can vote for people like Adam Kraut and Timothy Knight.

          And if you think the NRA is a “toothless boogieman,” then you haven’t been paying attention.

        2. avatar Rattlerjake says:

          Getting rid of the NRA is NOT the answer, the answer is getting rid of the dead-weight like Marion Hammer. If we could get guys like Adam and Tim in there and they could inform us of the other dead-weight to get rid of in the next election, we could again make the NRA an organization of gun owners and people who fight to protect the Constitution!

          Getting rid of the dead-weight is exactly what Hammer is opposed to!

      2. avatar FortWorthColtGuy says:

        With your attitude, the founders of our nation should have just worked within the system. Afterall, the British Empire was only the most powerful nation on earth at the time. Fighting a revolution to institute new government was a waste of time, right?

        Screw the NRA.

        1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

          Hard to fathom an analogy between today’s NRA and 18th century British rule of the colonies. The colonists didn’t have voting rights but were forced to pay compulsory taxes (taxation without representation, remember?). That was a major reason the colonists had to use the last resort of armed insurrection.

          Paying dues to the NRA is voluntary, and if you pay, you get to vote. I’ll be voting, and it won’t be for Marion Hammer.

      3. avatar MarkPA says:

        Your point: “. . . the most powerful organization defending the Second Amendment in the United States. Such attitudes only weaken it.” is well taken. The NRA is an institution; one that could not realistically be recreated even IF we found a “messiah” who were precisely “right” on all the issues. We, the PotG, can’t afford the time or the risk to re-create something better than the NRA.

        That is NOT to say that we should support the NRA as-is or decline to support competing organizations. Quite to the contrary. We should invest in seeing to it that the NRA’s board is made up of a majority of “outsiders” who sincerely endeavor to keep the NRA working as effectively as possible for our interests.

        In a community with such diverse opinions as those held by PotG, it’s not clear precisely what strategy would be best. E.g., was it prudent or reckless to pursue Heller vs. DC? In retrospect it’s clear that the Heller case was worth the risk; but, at the time it was a crap-shoot. We desperately need very wise heads in our organizations who make the right strategic decisions in such cases. NRA was mistaken about Heller; but we know that only in retrospect.

        Our objective with respect to the NRA is to populate the board with outside directors who will earnestly use their best judgement in approving/resisting the initiatives of the NRA’s insiders. Accordingly, we need to elect judicious choices of outside directors. We don’t need prima-donnas as outside directors, but we DO need WISE outsiders.

        We can’t ever assume that NRA will advance all our wise strategies; we need some diversity of organizations. E.g., SAF to work the judiciary while NRA works Capital Hill. Therefore, we should eagerly support other organizations with whom are sentiments are more closely aligned (as compared to the NRA).

  8. avatar Joe R. says:

    “The Enemy Within” the the Enemy Within?

    “The Enemy Within” my enemy is my friend?

    I’m gonna give them the “Wanh” Card, with FU cluster device, still, after the Slide Fire thing.

    NRA has problems within? You coulda stopped at “problems”.

    Marion Hammer is a self-serving tool influence-FLAME DELETED. THAT’S NOT A DELETABLE FLAME. That’s the definition of a lobbyist.

  9. avatar Dr. Michael S. Brown says:

    I’m very disappointed to see this side of Marion Hammer, but it’s good to know.

  10. …..and Grover Norquist is still on the board.

    I’m an Endowment Member and about at the end of my tolerance level with the org.

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      Just be sure to vote for guys like the article mentioned. You don’t lose anything by doing that as an endowment member.

  11. avatar DoomGuy says:

    Marion Hammer is the “Enemy Within”.

  12. avatar st381183 says:

    Marion Hammer and the list of APPROVED nominees need to go. If I see no change in the direction of the NRA by next election I’m out and my slogan will be “NOT ONE MORE PENNY”

  13. avatar Wiregrass says:

    Ms. Hammer hasn’t really convinced me that these people are any more of a threat than the current board members. In fact, some of her previous statements, not just the ones posted here, have me wondering if she still has the best interests of gun owners at heart. I support the NRA to protect my gun rights not just to support the NRA.

    It doesn’t take too long a look at an NRA ballot to see that the process is geared to protect the incumbents.

    1. avatar No one of consequence says:

      Incumbent protection is pretty common on most corporate boards; you see this sort of fight play out in investing circles too.

      A major difference, though: with a publically traded company a single person can gain more influence by buying more shares, which translates to more votes. That’s not the case with the NRA … It makes activist outsiders need to work that much harder to get onto the board.

  14. avatar No one of consequence says:

    “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. That doesn’t make them my friend, but does make them at the least a potential ally.

    Anyway, my intent is also to vote for outsider candidates. Ms. Hammer lost my respect and vote back in October.

    On the other hand she was directly responsible for at least one check going to GOA and not NRA.

  15. avatar Sam I Am says:

    So, the “no power” board members have no power to end the petition system?

    “Yes, we have a petition system for ‘outsiders’ (people not approved by the NRA board) to become board members, but it really isn’t intended to actually allow ‘outsiders’ to become members of a board that has no power to do anything, which is why we cannot end the petition process.”

  16. avatar No More COMPROMISE says:

    NRA is now gun owners # 1 enemy ….. ( fixed )

    Gun Owners of America , FTW

  17. avatar Joe R. says:

    Is it just me?

    Or does TTAG owe us a follow up Diana Durkin story, just for posting Marion Hammer’s picture this early on a Tuesday?

    FLAME REPEATED

  18. avatar George says:

    ‘We think it’s reasonable to provide mandatory instant criminal background checks for every sale at every gun show

    We think it’s reasonable to provide for instant checks at gun shows just like at gun stores and pawn shops.

    We think it’s reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act.”

    Who said the above ? Maybe Chuckie Schumer ? NO- it was Wayne LaPierre, talking to Congress in 1999.

    I’d also point out that Neal Knox won a suit in NY against the NRA in re the unfair tactics used to promote Nominating Committee candidates. Only got $1 but he made ’em blink. His son Jeff Knox always gives solid Board recomendations, one of which is don’t pick 25 names – select only a few, gives ’em a better chance. Sadly, eligible NRA voter participation in the Board elections is not very high.

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      “Sadly, eligible NRA voter participation in the Board elections is not very high.” It’s also a good thing that the uninterested aren’t voting and diluting interested people’s vote.

  19. avatar 33Charlemagne says:

    Letting the NRA Board of Directors nominate all their own successors reminds me of Idaho’s corrupt judiciary where some 80% of the judges retire early so the Idaho Judicial Council can nominate their immediate successors instead of selecting them by election as provided in the state Constitution. In both cases you need to allow people from outside the system the opportunity to serve. I seriously doubt we will have somebody like gun grabber Micheal Moore elected to the Board.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      Every public company in America, if not the world, nominates candidates for their boards the same way.

      1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

        BUT, those companies are NOT making decisions on how to protect the RIGHTS of US citizens; namely gun owners. They ARE making decisions on what is best for their company! So the NRA is selecting members who will do what’s best for the “organization” instead of the people!!!!

  20. avatar Kenneth G Maiden says:

    Miss Hammer, YOU and your ilk are the problem with the NRA!
    That’s why I support the GOA!
    The NRA is gives up too much to soon. Oh sure you swoop in when other groups make progress and take the credit. Sometimes you sprinkle a little fairy dust, thinking that fools will worship you again. The NRA/ILA is a cesspool of seven and six figure incomes only interested in sucking up as much money to support those incomes. You are SELLOUTS. Until the reboot occures, No support from me.

  21. avatar Adam says:

    Is this article implying that the NRA is a corrupt organization where the people at the top have ulterior motives outside of ensuring the rights of American citizens…Well, I am SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you!

    But seriously, screw the NRA. It is time for them to die and for SAF and GOA to rise from their ashes.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      If the NRA dies, so do our gun rights.

      But you know that.

      1. avatar Anonymous says:

        Agreed. The NRA top brass are, IMO, doing what they believe is the best strategy despite Luis whining about Hammers salary:

        In 2010 alone, Marion Hammer received $190,000 in compensation from the NRA for consulting work, in addition to the $110,000 per year salary she receives from Unified Sportsmen of Florida.

        As if I give a s*** about how much the Unified Sportsmen of Florida pay her for her second job she is working or even her frugal salary at the NRA. I know a guy that’s owns three convenient stores and makes $300k/year. These numbers provided for Hammer are such a complete nothingburger, that I’m surprised they’re even here.

        Regardless, Marion and the others, if they think additional regulations should be allowed, they need to have a conversation and debate with regular joes like us, so a consensus and moral conclusion can be hashed out.

        And Marion, if she is concerned about the board being overtaken by radicals, then she needs to hear them out. She needs to question her own opinion in an honest way, and defend it to others, instead of whining about how the board is being overtaken by radicals and that we should blindly follow her opinion on regulations.

        1. avatar Bob says:

          United Sportsmen of Florida is a State level organization funded and supported by the NRA. They get their funds from NRA HQ.

          Also 300k a year is a ton of money for someone that goes against Florida Gun Owners.

        2. avatar Joe R. says:

          THE

          NRA

          IS

          NOT

          OUR

          INSURANCE

          POLICY

          IT

          IS

          THE

          GOVERNMENT’S.

          If they (the NRA) fail completely, someone will rise up and smash the living sh_t out of the LOT of them.

          I’m not saying it’ll be me, I’m just saying I won’t let them fail, and will be happy to spell them when they get tired.

          I’m also saying (to the NRA) hey man, if you ain’t got this, get the hell out of the way, I don’t wanna wait until I’m 90 to do Armageddon. Quit D’ing around.

        3. avatar Anonymous says:

          @Bob
          Then complain about her views and destroy them intellectually. There is nothing wrong with that negotiated wage for someone in that position who does a good job.

  22. avatar DDay says:

    Wasn’t hammer the one who killed a few pro gun bills in FL over the years because they were not to her liking?

    Hammer has a history of thinking everyone should agree with her views or else. In the 2016 primary she was running around criticizing some in the GOP primary for not being good on 2A when that was not remotely correct.

  23. avatar former water walker says:

    Well my current NRA membership is paid courtesy a Brazilian company. I have no plans on sending my own $35. I even hesitated sending in a FREE membership…at least they helped elect Trump.

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      If you’re not a member, you can’t vote. If you can vote for free, continue to vote for free.

  24. avatar Ralph says:

    The way the NRA nominates board candidates is virtually identical to the way every public corporation nominates candidates to its board of directors.

    Why don’t you defenders of capitalism know that?

    1. avatar Bob says:

      The NRA is a Civil Rights Organization, not a business.

      1. avatar Curtis in IL says:

        The NRA is a corporation. Probably 501(c)(4).
        The NRA Foundation is 501(c)(3)
        The NRA-ILA is its lobbying arm which manages the Political Victory Fund, its political action committee (PAC).
        And not-for-profit corporations tend to elect their boards the same way as for-profit corporations.

      2. avatar FedUp says:

        It’s not a Civil Rights Organization, it’s a Fundraising Organization.

        Wayne said it and I believe him.

    2. avatar Rusty Chains says:

      The reason I never vote for NRA recommended board members is there are plenty who will vote the slate and I like voting for folks like Adam Krout and want them to get a seat on the board. If none of my vote goes to the recommended slate it is more likely that Adam will elected.

  25. avatar Anonymous says:

    Bump stocks should be legal Marion. Full autos should be legal. But the NRA lacked the strength to withstand the 1986 law. And now, the probability of getting them back is slim to none. And that’s how government works. Now regardless of your feelings on the bump stock or a trigger crank or whatever, they are legal now, because they don’t fit the technical wording of the definition, and they absolutely should not be capitulated to the mob of uneducated, irrational ignorant outraged individuals espousing more government regulations on our freedoms. If you believe that personal responsibility should be the choice of the American people and they should have the freedom to own semi-auto firearms, why not full auto ones? The difference between those two is your opinion, which is not something you should be forcing on everyone else. The most freedom and the most responsibility for each American is the best solution here. It allows those who don’t want that responsibility, not to have it forced on them, and those who do, the freedom to do so. And the law punishes the negligent and the irresponsible. Don’t make the decision for everyone else how much regulation and government interference is acceptable. It is not your duty to do such.

  26. avatar Henry Bowman says:

    Drain the swamp – get rid of Marion Hammer and the rest of her ilk.

    Knight & Kraut for NRA Board!!!

  27. avatar anonymoose says:

    Remove Marion Hammer. She is NRA-INO. Those “malcontents” probably tried to remove her and Wayne because they sold out when the AWB and every other gun control law from the 80s and 90s was passed then acted as if they didn’t. Two-faced politicians.

  28. avatar Peter Wolf says:

    Perhaps, as a lobbyist, Ms. Hammer should worry about the RINOs in the Florida legislature who vote with Dems on gun control issues and actually earn the money she’s being paid.

  29. avatar raptor jesus says:

    Thanks for giving me a continuing reason not to be an NRA member.

  30. avatar George says:

    Can’t change the NRA w/o joining and voting !

  31. avatar Tom says:

    Just a guess, but I bet the people approved by the NRA to be on the ballot are some of the top fundraisers, or have some other financial or political value to the current board. To get on the ballot as an approved member, then, is a reward for the member’s value. Does Adam Kraut have a “round up” for the NRA on his company’s check out page? Has he donated beaucoup bucks to the brother of the board member who’s running for State Senate? Is he a movie/rock/TV star with instant name recognition? No? Then move along, Adam, move along. No matter how much good you’d do for Americans’ gun rights.

  32. avatar Joshua says:

    And Adam responds with an EPIC response to Marion Hammer’s “The Enemy Within”. Love it! https://www.ammoland.com/2018/01/adam-kraut-enemies-within-the-nra/#axzz54Ndr0dU4

    1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

      Is it bad that I recognize your photo?

  33. avatar Walt Longmire says:

    Screw the nra

  34. avatar Paul Hurst says:

    1) Mercedes Schlapp is the White House Director of Strategic Communications. Her absences coincide with this appt.

    2) Hammer is why I do not give up my NRA membership. I need to vote her and her kind out. Shame so many gun owners will not join the NRA and help me.

    1. avatar Big E says:

      I agree completely Paul. You hear the same thing about the GOP- “they did X, so I won’t support them!” While this may give you a warm and fuzzy or some moral ego stroke, it is counter productive. All organizations, every single one, deteriorate over time. Boy Scouts, Churches, PTA and the NFL for example. It takes vigilance and hard work to course correct. Simply taking your ball and going home doesn’t usually help. Sure, there comes a time to abandon ship, but it is almost always better to fix the problem and reform your group rather then blow it up and start over. So all of you quit whining about how the NRA hurt your feelings or how smart you are to support some boutique 2A group no one has heard of. Hold the NRA accountable for it’s stated purpose.

      I am an NRA Patron member and have given a lot of money. I have been disgusted with a few moves lately (LaPierre’s bump stock statements especially pissed me off) so have stopped giving and complained. I am also supporting these insurgent candidates.

      Like it or not the NRA IS the pro-gun lobby.

    2. avatar Toni says:

      i am an australian living in australia and even so i have considered joining the NRA. i know our SSAA has been a big disappointment but now we also have a few smaller but highly active orgs coming up shooters union being one have not joined them yet but only cos funds are short at present and yes i am a member of SSAA and active in it especially in the local club

  35. avatar HKUSP9v1 says:

    Drain the swamp. >:(

  36. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

    The NRA or GOA choice many posting here are suggesting is a false dichotomy. You can generally get an NRA membership for a net $10. I have always seen $35 memberships that come with $25 Gander Mountain gift cards. I don’t know what other deals are out there, but I’m sure there are plenty.

    I’m not sure about deals for GOA. I’m not interested because they were clearly misinforming people about the Fix NICS bill.

    The point is that most of us can afford to be a member of both organizations.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      Gander Mountain gift cards might be collector’s items, but I don’t think they’re worth $25.

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        Well, not now.

    2. avatar Scoutino says:

      There is the same deal at least once a year at Cabela’s and Bass Pro. That’s where I usually bring my friends to help them decide to join.
      We need the NRA. We need it to be big and strong. And we need guys like Adam Kraut at the top.

      1. avatar TX_Lawyer says:

        I only had a Gander Mountain in my town. I don’t have any of those three now. Sad face emoticon. I only have two Academys, Academies?, now. How does one pluralize a trade name?

  37. avatar thebronze says:

    When is the election this year?

    If I’m a Life Member, will they automatically send me a ballot for the vote?

    (I have $150 left on my installment plan for LM, so I need to know when I need to pay it off, in order to get in on this vote.)

    1. avatar Bob says:

      February.

      It comes in the magazine or if you get the digital separately.

      Call NRA HQ and find out.

  38. avatar Roymond says:

    Yeah, Marion — and kings ruled by divine right, too.

    It bothers me that a supposed advocate of liberty should support a practice used by one-party regimes the world over.

  39. avatar Michael Kelly says:

    It seems like some attention by we members is in order. I am not fond of every move the NRA makes. Its recent trumpeting of support for Trump and conservative politics more generally is one example. I prefer the NRA to be a single-issue organization that allows people of various political stripe (who are nonetheless pro gun rights) to participate. But overall, the NRA is the most significant power in play against the well-heeled anti-gun crowd. Yes, it’s a beltway lobby with well-paid “professional” management. It needs to be to win, just as the U.S. needed to be a federal republic and not a confederacy to persist. Neither are perfect institutions, but both are better than the alternatives available, and both are maintainable, sustainable, and adjustable. We members should think about what we can do to reform and preserve both of them, and avoid throwing babies out with dirty bathwater.

    Whatever the motives, Marion does make a valid parliamentarian point: there needs to be a means of vetting candidates for the board to avoid trojan horse appointments, or just plain crappy ones. Her suggestion that such vetting be a closely held matter for the current board, however, does not appeal to me. Who watches the watchers?

    I am in favor of an approach that makes the vetting process open and transparent to the membership. More visibility on the minutes and other records of such activity, perhaps a sort of resume process for candidates, a requirement for longer terms as members with a track record of activity and pro-gun activism, etc. Make the incumbents go through the same process to encourage a rational amount of turnover without artificial limits on voting members. That still leaves the ultimate burden on the member body politic, but that’s true of any representative system–and should be. “A republic, if you can keep it…” and all that.

  40. avatar Victor Chamoun says:

    I started smelling rats a year ago. The NRA got in the way of getting some bills past here in Florida.
    The breaking point for me was the way the USCCA was dumped 2 weeks before last years convention. That was after they had invested a great deal of money tobe in the event. The NRA not only tried to use the USCCA as a model for their insurance model. They also allowed another competitor attend the convention which was a slap in the face of a bunch of people that support the USCCA. Greed has taken over the NRA now and if it is not cleansed very soon they are going to fall. The elitist in charge have gotten a little to fat and complacent in what they are supposed to be doing, supporting us, the American citizens rights. I am no longer donating to the NRA and I don’t see me coming back. GOA is not viewed as the bully on the block like the NRA has become know as. They are getting more done on less money!! Good luck NRA members, I hope you succeed in raining in the excesses of the NRA and return it to the once respected organization they once were!

  41. avatar barnbwt says:

    She sure looks like she keeps a dozen kids chained to their beds in Kalifornia, doesn’t she?

  42. avatar Gregoblv says:

    It seems to me that the members of the boards selections committee has a much better chance of swaying the boards make up more then the 2 to 5 people who have been added to the ballot by talking to people and having petitions signed.

    I think that the stress of being on the board has become to much for Ms. Hammer, as is indicated by her going off on candidates for trying to become more active in the NRA. Her schedule has obviously become to intense to make it to just 1 meeting this last year so she should slow down and smell the flowers and let some fresh blood take over and lighten her load.

    I have been watching Adam’s videos for some time now and his only interest and agenda is to make the NRA more relevant and bring them back to supporting the entire Second Amendment, not what those like Ms. Hammer, who just want a cushy job and feel good because they have stopped the complete ban on all firearms, like it would happen.

    I read some time last year that a gun control advocate stated that they have been trying to take too much all at once and that they need to change their tactics to take little bites and nibble away until we give in. They are doing that now and the NRA Board are helping them. The bump stock regulation that the ATF is considering is the first. Tim on the Military Arms Channel had a great live broadcast today with a former member of ATF’s tech staff. They discussed the issues and the problems it can cause. Look it up and in the video description is a link to the GOA site to send your input to the ATF on the subject. Watch the video and send the AFT a message that it is against the constitution. But be polite and business like your voice is not heard if you are offensive.

  43. avatar Blade says:

    Odd how Marion Hammer is so well compensated by the NRA for fighting against the Second Amendment. I am a “life member” of the NRA but after this “bumpstock” fiasco where the NRA caved in so fast I have recently become a “life member” of the GOA. We need people to fight and never ever give an inch but instead demand more and more of our rights to be reinstated.

  44. avatar FedUp says:

    https://www.ammoland.com/2018/01/are-we-revising-nra-history/#axzz54ZqvuUp0

    Mrs. Hammer is free to endorse any Board candidate she likes. But in her endorsement she can’t rewrite history to suit herself, nor can she expect to cast aspersions on the motives of good people without challenge

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