Pay No Attention To That Man Behind The Curtain

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Growing up one of my favorite movies was the Wizard of Oz. One of the most important lessons out of that movie is that once you figure out who the true Wizard is behind the curtain, you need to pay attention. Right now the NRA executives and some of the Board Members are proving that people of money and power only want one thing, more money and will do just about anything to avoid giving up power. It makes no difference who actually pulled back the curtain because the NRA is being poisoned from within and is being run into the ground. I know this sounds like it is coming from somebody wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, but right now there are men screaming into cell phones, talking to Lawyers, drafting cease and desist letters, hoping to silence those of us who want to release the truth about what is actually is going on at the NRA. NRA Board of Directors, all we are asking is grow a backbone and lead us.  

Right now American gun owners are under assault and certain NRA Board members are targeting us at Save the Second. Our organization is made up of roughly 4 concerned NRA members and are composed of two regular guys, (Ron Carter, Anthony Garcia) a guy with a bald head (Rob Pincus) that trains people in shooting and makes electronic firearms training content, then myself (Andy Lander) a former employee from the Education and Training Department who wants to see the cronyism stop and seeks reform. 

Recently, Willis Lee (NRA Second Vice President) and Joel Friedman, (who tried to adjourn the NRA members meeting in Indianapolis this year without letting the members be heard) who are also current NRA Board Members along with a past President, Ms. Marion Hammer, have accused me along with organizations like Save the Second and the three NRA Board members who resigned a few days back (Timothy Knight, Sean Maloney, and Ester Schneider) as being Bloomberg Spies. That is the farthest thing from the truth! But, I am merely a Tin Man with a Heart set on doing what is right. What the heck is going on? Can the cowardly lions on the NRA board just get some courage and fix it? Because right now all of you are acting like scarecrows and/or it appears you have no brain!  

On August 1,2019, three NRA Board of Directors, who requested to have an independent audit conducted, stepped down. Then on August 12 Julie Golob, a newly elected board member, also decided to step down from the board. I’m going to guess that the current NRA leadership is going to do everything in its power to not have the curtain pulled back further. It would not surprise me if those NRA board cronies went as far to say that the directors who resigned had been “planted” on the NRA board for the last so many years by Bloomberg, Brady Campaign, or Mommies who demand some sort of action. Which, of course would be and are absurd, blatant lies.

NRA President Carolyn Meadows and other NRA Board of Directors are saying that everything is alright, or as the Wizard said to Dorothy, “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”. Carolyn Meadows went so far as to even state that the NRA’s finances are in order. But is that actually true? In the next few months if finances are likely getting low, and legal fees to the Brewer firm remain so astronomically high, you will probably see other board members following suit with those who resigned. There is also the another alternative. Let’s say (hypothetically) that the US Government gets involved, Department of Justice or even a Congressional Inquiry… I have a feeling if that happens the Board Members will start singing like canaries. That reminds me, with all this being said: pay attention to words like “fiduciary” and all the comments regarding Board Members performing their duties, in these open letters from current NRA Board members.

If in fact the finances of the NRA are questionable, wouldn’t the NRA President, Ms. Meadows, have an obligation to tell the board the true financial status of NRA? I think the most reasonable conclusion one could assume is that Ms Meadows does in fact have that obligation. If that is the case, then there is also the question: Is there a legal penalty for lying to the Board of Directors who have been elected by the NRA members to run the organization?

-Andy Lander

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