By Rob Pincus
[ED: You may have seen our post regarding documents recently leaked which detail questionable spending by National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre as well as tens of millions of dollars in legal fees paid to an outside attorney. Rob Pincus posted the following on his Facebook page regarding an article by The Hill about the same documents.]
“NRA President Carolyn Meadows told the newspaper in a statement that the “entire board is fully aware of these issues. We have full confidence in Wayne LaPierre.”
“It is troubling and pathetic that some people would resort to leaking information to advance their agendas,” she added.”
Let me add that Carolyn Meadows as the President of the NRA is troubling and pathetic.
The lack of backbone being shown by most board members is ridiculous. There a very small number of them who are actively communicating and working with those of us outside the NRA structure to try to fix things. but most of them are either Old Guard who actually think all of this is okay or younger “industry professionals” who are afraid and probably in over their heads.
The position they took for career advancement or as a resume builder isn’t working out the way they thought it would. My suggestion: If you don’t want to risk your comfortable jobs and lifestyle, just step down and walk away.
What you can do:
1. Post calls for action on the social media of those board members you know. Make sure they are aware they can’t just pretend nothing is happening.
2. Pressure companies that are donating large amounts to the dysfunctional NRA to let them know that their money could be put to better use with other organizations such as SAF or the many state orgs that are fighting the good fight without bloated salaries & expense accounts.
3. Speak up as an American gun owner who isn’t represented by, or supportive of, the current NRA practices or strategies.
4. Share this information with other gun owners who aren’t paying attention or are in denial about the level of the dysfunction at the NRA. These facts are real, not #fakenews. Better that we police our own than let outsiders use them against us.