NRA email

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by pscipio03, May 23, 2019.

  1. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013
    So I decided to let my NRA membership lapse last year. Been a recurring member for years. But, about 4 or 5 years ago I really started to see the NRA for what it was, not what it tells us it is.
    Fast forward to the dumpster fire in Indy last month. The curtain was pulled back and you saw the weasel for who he really was. Now, this comes as a surprise to NO ONE that really paid attention to what the NRA really started to shape into.
    Today, I get an email from the NRA trying to throw blame onto everyone else but Wayne. Trying to throw "Fact" around like we are mouth breathing, neck beard dipshits of the lowest caliber and too dumb to know horseshit when we smell it.
    That email, alone, is reason that I will continue to donate to the GOA and write the NRA off forever- or at least until the entire leadership is changed to people who actually care about our 2A rights, not just people who have continuously been put into their positions because they stack the deck when someone runs against them.
    If you're a NRA lifetime member and this offends you- I truly don't care. As a member who was in good standings with them for years, I've earned my right to blast them.
    Signing off, and don't forget to tip your waitress.
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  2. Babboonbobo

    Babboonbobo Avatar is back to my favorite things!

    Nov 18, 2014
    Unfortunately I am a lifetime member which I did years ago when I first got into firearms to you know “support” our rights. I currently do not send them anymore money. Instead I joined GOA and Buckeye Firearms Association to really support my/our rights.
    I just got an email yesterday from my gun club (awesome range) that they are discussing what to do about the requirement that you be an NRA member to belong to our club!! Since I work second shift and can not make it to a meeting without taking a vacation day, my response to the email was that I think members should support groups that truly support us and if a member wants to join one of the other organizations that should be acceptable for membership as long as they join one of them.
    This must be a really big topic at the club because they never send or accept emails for club business!
    In short I don’t like nor appreciate being taken advantage of or being treated like the Dems treat their voters!!!!
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  3. 9mm4evr

    9mm4evr Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2018
    Well said brother and to all with this opinion of the NRA.
  4. Gafanhao

    Gafanhao Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 24, 2018
    Was thinking the same thing as I was reading the email they sent out.
  5. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    Could someone post the text of this email for those who have intentionally aggressive spam filters, or are perhaps thinking of becoming members?
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  6. Badabing11

    Badabing11 I gotta have more cowbell

    Sep 6, 2015
    I second the request
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  7. pscipio03

    pscipio03 Fun O' Meter on FULL

    Mar 11, 2013

    May 22, 2019

    Dear Fellow NRA Member:

    Since the NRA was founded almost 150 years ago, our adversaries have repeatedly tried to take us down. Today is no different. A recent burst of media claims the NRA is vulnerable, financially unstable, and weakened in its fight to defend the Second Amendment. Obviously intent on not letting the facts get in the way of a good story, most reports offer a distorted and inaccurate view of the NRA. As officers and past presidents of the NRA, we write today to set the record straight.

    As you may know, we recently convened in Indianapolis for one of the largest NRA conventions in our history. More than 80,000 of our members showed up to gather as one NRA family - to support our Association and celebrate our nation's constitutional freedoms. During our annual Members Meeting on April 27, some asked for greater insight into three issues: the NRA's financial affairs, our direction and strategy, and the supervisory role being played by our board of directors. We had an open forum and spirited discussion.

    Of course, our discussions were portrayed as a sort of family feud. (Infighting at the NRA - Chaos and Controversy!). At the NRA, we take pride in the fact that our Association is inclusive and invites the active participation of every member. Every member has an opportunity to voice any concern they may have at the Members Meeting. In fact, our greatest privilege is hearing from our members. Like many of you, that's why we were at the Members Meeting in the first place and spent countless hours on the convention floor.

    Fact: During a board of directors meeting on April 29, Wayne LaPierre was elected by acclamation to continue serving as our CEO and Executive Vice President. The board also unanimously elected Carolyn D. Meadows to serve as our new president.

    Perhaps looking for a way to counter the narrative about a stronger, more unified NRA, questions have now conveniently surfaced about our financial situation and our standing in the regulatory arena. There also have been frequent attacks on Wayne's personal character.

    Fact: According to the NRA's chief financial officer, we are on budget in 2019. The NRA is meeting all banking and supplier financial obligations and we continue to aggressively manage our cost structure to offset the orchestrated and calculated attacks against NRA's finances in 2018. Put another way, our financial house is in order - we aren't going away.

    We have full confidence in the NRA's accounting practices and commitment to good governance.

    Fact: The Association's financials are audited and its tax filings are verified by one of the most reputable firms in the world. Internally, the Association has a conflict of interest policy and, where appropriate, related-party transactions are reviewed and approved by the board's Audit Committee.

    Simply put, we are well-positioned on the regulatory front and poised to handle all challenges that confront us.

    Personal attacks against the NRA's leaders are nothing new. Recent ones have focused on wardrobe purchases and travel expenses incurred by Wayne. If members hear of an allegation, they can be assured that it has been or will be addressed by the appropriate committees within our board of directors.

    Fact: We have committees in place to oversee issues relating to Accounting, Legal Affairs, and Ethics, among others - and every board member is invited to attend these meetings. Please remember that all of us are elected by you - our members. We are not elected by Wayne or anyone on the NRA executive team. We serve as your elected representatives.

    Fact: Over the years, Wayne had been advised by the NRA's advertising professionals to invest in his professional wardrobe due to his numerous public and media appearances. We understand that this was the same agency that facilitated the clothing purchases. What wasn't as evident in this "disclosure" is that the clothing expenses referenced in media reports dated back to expenses from 15 years ago! To put it in perspective, over this time period, Wayne has participated in thousands of events and hundreds of TV appearances, and personally directed fundraising efforts that total in the hundreds of millions of dollars. In any event, this practice was discontinued some time ago.

    Fact: The vast majority of the travel in question involved donor outreach, fundraising, and stakeholder engagement. As an example, The Wall Street Journal reported that a trip to Italy was "tied to a 2015 documentary feature on the Italian gun maker posted on NRATV." Beretta, as you may know, is a major supporter of the NRA and our Second Amendment.

    We are not inclined to further discuss unfounded attacks on our organization, political infighting, or a "weakened" NRA.

    However, we will say this: Our adversaries will not divide us and any further discussion about the so-called "demise of the NRA" is only meant to distract us from our mission. This is how it goes when you stand on the bedrock of constitutional freedom - and represent the last line of defense against a campaign to take down the Second Amendment.

    While board members may argue, and perhaps even disagree as to tactics, the support Wayne and the current leadership enjoys reflects our assessment of his past and future value to the association as well as our realization that our opponents know they have to take him down if they want to weaken the NRA.

    As one NRA member recently said, the true story of the NRA won't be found in today's press clippings. It will be written in the history books.

    Wayne has been standing shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us for most of his professional life. He has our support. A campaign to oust him failed - as the facts emerged, true motivations became apparent, and we agreed as to who should lead our fight for freedom. We are now moving forward.

    Fact: We will confront our opponents, defend our values, and proudly continue our tradition as the greatest civil rights organization in the world.

    Just like you, we care about the Second Amendment and our NRA. Just as you do, we know that our fights today are less for us and more for our children and our grandchildren. Just like you, we are all courageous foot soldiers in our fight for freedom. Every single one of us in this fight matters. The Second Amendment is where it is today because of all of OUR efforts. That's why you matter to our cause and our Association.

    We are the NRA. United we stand. And together, we'll win.


    Carolyn D. Meadows

    Charles L. Cotton
    First Vice President

    Lt. Col. Willes K. Lee USA (Ret)
    Second Vice President

    Allan D. Cors
    Past President

    James W. Porter
    Past President

    David A. Keene
    Past President

    Ronald L. Schmeits
    Past President

    John C. Sigler
    Past President

    Sandra S. Froman
    Past President

    Kayne B. Robinson
    Past President

    Marion P. Hammer
    Past President

    Robert K. Corbin
    Past President

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    Thank you.

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  8. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    Long time life member here. I am not offended. As as long as LaPierre is making a 1.4 million dollar salary, they don't need any donations from me.
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  9. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    I am a lifetime member and will continue to support them.
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  10. Stogies

    Stogies One more please!

    Aug 22, 2015
    I whole heartedly agree
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  11. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    Interestingly when I became a life member the barrage of propaganda stopped. I think it is important to note, problems or not, they are the 800 pound gorilla protecting our rights, and without their efforts we would be likely to have only six shooters and bolt guns. Such legislation is on the move in Illinois so my current economic support is going to our state affiliation which is doing the best they can with an uphill battle
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  12. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    They lost credibility with me after they ousted Oliver North ....
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  13. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    The best way to affect change on an organization is from within
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  14. july19

    july19 Womb? Weary? He rests. He has travelled. Supporting Addict

    Sep 16, 2013
    They lost me when they they blew it here in WA.
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  15. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Consider my signature line before replying . . . .

    Dec 4, 2014
    "The Second Amendment is where it is today because of all of OUR efforts."

    If THAT isn't the most damning condemnation of all, I don't know what is . . . . .

    Go back 50 years and then tell me the state of the Second Amendment . . . . . .

    That sure is an unfortunate closing statement. Or maybe they are just telling the truth . . . . .

    Leaders of ALL stripes (including politicians) are just like diapers. Both need to be changed regularly, and for the same reasons. Think of places who's leaders remained without challenge.

    Fidel Castro
    Hugo Chavez
    Joseph Stalin
    Mao Zedong (Tse Tung)
    Need I say more . . . . . .

    Zoid out . . . . . .
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  16. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2014
    Probably the single best thing the NRA has done in several decades.
  17. joerockhead

    joerockhead "BOURBON" It's not just for Breakfast anymore ! Supporting Addict

    Oct 12, 2011
    Really ???
    Im asking because from what I have read ...
    North was investigating the " Financials" and wanted to expose Wayne L.
    He went to the board with it and the board decided to remove him..

    Am I off base ? or have it Backwards ??
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  18. Guy Montag

    Guy Montag Well-Known Member

    Oct 24, 2014
    North is a dangerous individual, he could give a rats ass about the finances.

    He staged a very POORLY executed palace coup against LaPierre, and thankfully the NRA Brass realized the kind poison that North's continued association would bring, let alone with him at the helm of the NRA. They sided with LaPierre without hesitation, knowing fully well the danger North represents.

    North is ALL about Ollie North, and his track record proves it time after time.
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  19. walleyemonster

    walleyemonster Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2017
    I belonged to the NRA for years. I quit when I when I saw in an NRA magazine that they gave Harry "friggin" Reid $5000 for his campaign. Whose politics I abhor and was NO friend of the 2nd Amendment, or the Constitution of the USA.
    I then joined The National Association for Gun Rights. For THREE years I asked them for a list of WHO they were giving MY money to. I cannot in good conscience give money to a politician hell bent on destroying my country.
    I have since quit them and joined GOA. Do I know where my money is going? Not a clue.
    At 68 years of age, my conclusions are this. For all my failings, walking upright and obeying Gods law is paramount. In the end some politician will NOT decide my fate. We all in the end must decide what kind of country we want to live in. Was born a free man and will die one. Your freedom come from you, not ANY association on your gun rights.
  20. Busa Dave

    Busa Dave Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2018
    It is time for Wayne to be changed like politicians should. Power Corrupts, Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely!

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