On July 22, four National Rifle Association board members wrote a letter to NRA secretary John Frazier asking that the NRA conduct an independent investigation of various allegations of impropriety and financial misconduct. They also asked for an independent review of the tens of millions of dollars in legal fees being paid to outside counsel William Brewer.
Finally, the letter asked for an . . .
…Outside Independent Special Committee be formed, tasked with investigating and addressing the problems identified above, and required to report its findings and recommendations to the entire Board of Directors.
Long story short, the requests made in the letter have been denied and we understand that NRA President Carolyn Meadows has let it be known that none of these issues will be addressed with any board members until the board meeting scheduled to take place in Anchorage, Alaska in September.
Now three of the four signatories to that letter have resigned in protest. As the Washington Post reports,
Three National Rifle Association board members who raised concerns about reports of reckless spending and mismanagement by the group’s leadership resigned Thursday, another sign of mounting dissent within the nation’s most powerful gun-rights group.
The three board members – Esther Schneider of Texas, Sean Maloney of Ohio and Timothy Knight of Tennessee – said they were stripped of their committee assignments after they asked questions about allegations of lavish spending by NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre and other financial excesses. …
In their letter, Schneider, Maloney and Knight said they have sought information from NRA leaders as part of their oversight responsibilities as board members, “only to be rebuffed at every turn.”
“We had expected – or at least hoped – that the executive leadership team would recognize the seriousness of these allegations and work with us in a constructive and transparent manner to address our concerns and minimize any further harm to the Association,” they wrote. “Instead, we have been stonewalled, accused of disloyalty, stripped of committee assignments and denied effective counsel necessary to properly discharge our responsibilities as Board members.”
Ammoland has the full letter of resignation here.
That’s three A-rated board members down. Three thorns in Wayne LaPierre’s and Carolyn Meadows’ side removed.
And yet board members such as Joel Friedman and Scott Bach assure members that all is well in Fairfax. None of the increasing amounts of smoke emanating from NRA headquarters should be seen as any evidence of an actual fire.
This is really all just a clever, multi-pronged attack on the NRA by enemies of gun rights and a few deluded insiders who have bought into it all, they say. Or, as Bach wrote,
We have incredibly difficult and consequential battles ahead. No one is better equipped, more experienced, or has a better track record to take gun owners through them, than LaPierre. Further division will only damage the Second Amendment. Now is the time for everyone to heal, to stand together, and to prevail over the real enemy: those trying to destroy freedom itself.