My good friend and a strong defender of the Second Amendment is throwing his hat into the ring for a third time. Adam Kraut has announced that he’s running again for an NRA Board of Directors seat.
For those who don’t know him, Adam is a lawyer and former gun store manager who deals exclusively with firearms-related cases. He’s has taken on numerous cases at the state and federal levels to fight for gun rights.
The NRA has opposed Kraut’s candidacy in the past. Why, you may ask? Adam is viewed was the threat by the NRA establishment and he has shined a light on issues plaguing the largest pro-gun organization in the country. Kraut begs to differ.
The establishment considers Kraut and constitutional gun right supporters like you and me the fringe of its membership when in truth, the ballot numbers tell a far different story. In 2017, the first time Adam ran, he got 62,400 votes and fell short of a seat by 5,506 votes. In 2018, he received 67,118 votes and fell short by just 3,817.
Notably, Adam obtained over 2,000 more votes than Grover Norquist and Robert Wos, and over 4,000 more votes than Herbert Lanford, all of whom were seeking reelection.
As Adam told me,
Case in point, last year in an article published on this very website, Marion Hammer branded me, along with those who support me, as “The Enemy Within.” That’s right, she called 67,118 of you “The Enemy Within,” which is a rather bold statement to make against over HALF of the number of members who cast eligible ballots.
Yes, it is true, I even handwrote stickers for the NRA Annual Meeting which said: “Hello, My Name is The Enemy Within.” Apparently, the personification of “The Enemy Within” was lost upon a number of people. There was a clear attempt to label people who chose to wear a sticker as disrupters, rather than fellow members who hold a different view on the issues.
Last I checked, we were all members of the same organization, with just a different take on the direction it should be heading. As I’ve stated in the past, I pledge to remain accessible to the Members, as I have throughout my candidacy. The NRA is YOUR organization. If you’re unhappy with the direction it is heading, vote for Board Members who reflect your values. To ensure the Board can take action on issues you see, be sure to send your concerns directly to the Board rather than staff at the NRA HQ.
Adam Kraut’s hard work and dedication to defending gun rights is second to none. He’s shed light on the establishment within the board and shown that some of their loudest are also their most absent.
Kraut needs 651 valid signatures to be placed back on the ballot. He’d like these back by September 25th at the latest, the sooner, the better. You can download the petition packet or visit his website, AdamKraut.com. To sign the petition, you have to be a NRA Life Member or a voting-eligible member (five years or more in membership with no breaks).