My copy of America’s First Freedom arrived yesterday. And who did I see on the front cover? None other than Wayne LaPierre right next to the headline, “The Future of the NRA.” In the story, he gives his side of the scandals that have plagued the National Rifle Association for most of 2019.
The NRA head honcho’s story starts on page 8 where NRA members can see a big close-up of LaPierre, probably in one of those $20,000 suits of his.
LaPierre was in full salesman mode. He built up members right out of the gate for their “boldly-proud” patriotism. From there, he lauded the NRA’s role in protecting our Second Amendment rights. And recounted how lately, the mainstream media have attacked him personally.
He spends two pages detailing the highlights of the NRA’s legislative lobbying work liberalizing gun control laws. No doubt, gun rights have expanded over the last few decades. If one doubts that, just look at how concealed and constitutional carry have spread. And the NRA has plenty of other victories under its belt.
While obviously, the NRA doesn’t get (or deserve) all the credit for many of these accomplishments, to be fair, they’ve certainly played a role.
Then, like a good salesman, Wayne asks for more money.
This is why we need patriots like you to step forward now. We need more members. Who will stand up for you if not the NRA? In the future, generations will look back and thank you for standing tall for their freedom.
Unfortunately for LaPierre, the vast majority of gun owners who know of the shenanigans at Waples Mill Road have pretty much cut off the money train. In fact, the bad news just keeps coming with the story of NRA Board Member Tom King coming out against homemade firearms.
LaPierre’s high-profile appeal for cash shows how pressing the need for funding has become for the nation’s oldest civil rights organization.
Just how critical is it? We may never know. At least for now.
One thing seems perfectly clear though: Instead of retiring and bowing out gracefully, it looks like LaPierre is counting on less-informed members to continue their support of his NRA.