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.
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 The attorney that took on the ATF after the Agency approved — and then rescinded — a tax stamp for a post ’86 machine gun, confiscating the firearm.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.
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.