Dear Mrs Hammer

Dear Mrs Hammer

Now, it is reported that you have taken out illegal loans thanks to your nonprofit, Unified Sportsmen of Florida, at a super low interest so that you could buy and refinance real estate. 

By Ron Carter
September 6, 2019

Save the Second is eagerly anticipating this upcoming Saturday which is the Fall NRA Board Meeting where we hope to see positive change in our beloved National Rifle Association. Hope to see you there and we look forward to speaking with you about this.

We have discussed you, Mrs Hammer, in depth since you continually attack NRA members who you imagine pose a threat to you (i.e. Adam KrautDavid Dell’Aquila and Save the Second) and ferociously defend Wayne LaPierre.

In your first letter attacking Save the Second, you were mistaken about many things (including our website address), but in your latest letter attacking us you intentionally insinuate that we are “maliciously encourag[ing] the harassment of NRA board members who oppose attempts to oust NRA leadership.” No, we only encourage members to be active in their organization. Contacting their elected directors is a means by which they can be active. As there was no prior convenient way to contact our directors we set out to create a means by which members could! Surely you’ll agree that doing so is prudent! Your constituents have a voice in their organization. I implore you to listen.

Now, it is reported that you have taken out illegal loans thanks to your nonprofit, Unified Sportsmen of Florida, at a super low interest so that you could buy and refinance real estate. We know that our NRA has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to your nonprofit, including $270,000 in 2018. Is this where our member dues and charitable donations are going? To help purchase and refinancing your personal real estate, Mrs Hammer?

The NRA Board of Directors (BoD) are elected. It is the duty of the BoD to “formulate policies and govern and have general oversight of the affairs and property of the Association…” (NRA Bylaws Article IV, Sec 2).

Judging by these allegations against you and your constant attacks on those of us who exercise their “duty … to assist in every feasible manner in promoting the objectives of the Association… (NRA Bylaws Article III Sec 9[a]) one might conclude that you are desperately trying to silence those of us who demand integrity and accountability. Why else would you seek to slander our goals? Is a requirement for director attendance a nefarious proposition? Perhaps term limits, a smaller boardmember engagement or an exclusive 2A focus are?

Could it be that you are afraid that more will find out that you have violated NRA Bylaws Article V, Sec 5 (a) which states “No Director or member of the Executive Council shall receive any salary or other private benefit unless specifically authorized by resolution of the Board of Directors or an authorized committee thereof…” as David Dell’Aquila is investigating?

I can say only one thing with certainty:


We at Save the Second are in favor of a strong, relevant, effective, and accountable NRA that is free of corruption, malfeasance, empty chairs, sexual harassment, crime, or other unscrupulous iniquity that has been allowed or committed by our National Rifle Association of America’s leadership.

On Wayne LaPierre And His Removal

On Wayne LaPierre And His Removal

Suppose that LaPierre resigned today. What would happen? You see, all of the persons who condone and abet Wayne LaPierre would still remain and they are responsible for installing the next CEO/VP. 

By Ron Carter
August 16, 2019

On Wayne LaPierre

Many have argued that NRA CEO/VP Wayne LaPierre must be removed or resign from the NRA. Firearms industry figures like Tom Gresham, Michale Bane and more are among those. David Dell’Aquila’s grassroots movement has even filed a class action lawsuit to that effect. A recent thegunfeed.com poll had only 2% voting say that Wayne LaPierre should stay.

There are only a handful of people publicly supporting LaPierre. Most seem to be NRA Board of Directors such as Willes Lee, Marion Hammer, Joel Friedman, Carolyn Meadow, Charles Cotton, Scott Bach and a few more. Which are you?

You will notice in the five goals of Save the Second there is no mention of Wayne LaPierre anywhere. The reason that Save the Second has no mention of Wayne LaPierre is that we believe that the problems in our NRA are not solved by the removal or addition of any single person. 

The malfeasance and failures in our NRA must be confronted and corrected. The failure of the NRA Board of Directors to have acted by now is appalling! The buck may stop at Wayne LaPierre (or he and his wife’s pockets) but that isn’t where the money starts nor where the root of the problem begins. We need accountability in the entire organization not merely the CEO/VP seat.

Let’s be hypothetical for a moment:

Suppose that LaPierre resigned today. What would happen? You see, all of the persons who condone and abet Wayne LaPierre would still remain and they are responsible for installing the next CEO/VP. The “swamp” would still remain. Suppose that I benefited financially from LaPierre’s leadership and wanted to maintain my (undisclosed to Florida regulators) $270,000 annual paycheck thanks to him, I would desperately need to install a Wayne LaPierre 2.0!

Are all of the board of directors bad? Absolutely not! Many are working to solve these issues. Owen Buz Mills made the case for an independent audit after others openly called for it. NRA Board Member Allen West called for Wayne LaPierre to step down in May. Oliver North, currently engaged in a lawsuit as a result, has refused to resign from the Board. While it is discouraging that now five of the seventy-six Board of Directors have resigned over the past four months there are plenty who remain who have the courage to address the elephant in the room, but they need your help! 

NRA members have power in their NRA. Check out what that power looks like here: The Power You Wield.

  1. We need an NRA board that’s smaller than 76 directors.
  2. We need an NRA board that has term limits.
  3. We need an NRA board that shows up to the board meetings. (see our bylaw attendance petition which more than double those necessary signed!)
  4. We need an NRA board that listens to and engages with the members and encourages them to participate in their organization.
  5. We need an NRA board that is focused exclusively on the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. 

Stand with us at Save the Second in calling for these reformations of the NRA and the NRA Board of Directors who oversee that leadership. We need more than the removal of a $274,695.03 empty suit. We need these goals met. If the goals are met, and the NRA Board stays true to its mission, corruption will have no refuge in our National Rifle Association of America.

Save The Second Does NOT Want To Destroy The NRA

Save The Second Does NOT Want To Destroy The NRA

If that is not clear enough, read this: Save the Second does NOT want to destroy the NRA. We want a strong, effective, efficient, focused, engaged, powerful and accountable National Rifle Association of America. For that to happen, our NRA must be reformed.

By Ron Carter
August 13, 2019

Today, Save the Second was accused of trying to destroy the NRA

First we were accused of being Bloomberg (we aren’t) and now we’re accused of trying to destroy the NRA by none other than Marion Hammer and Joel Friedman. Where is that coming from? You can see for yourself that our mission is to “…reform the leadership and bylaws, reduce the amount of wasteful expenditures, and refocus the NRA on the primary task of providing firearms training and education and protecting the Second Amendment.” 

If that is not clear enough, read this: Save the Second does NOT want to destroy the NRA. We want a strong, effective, efficient, focused, engaged, powerful and accountable National Rifle Association of America. For that to happen, our NRA must be reformed.

As we asked NRA Director Joel Friedman on our Facebook post: Which is it Joel Friedman? Our first proposed bylaw amendment petition received more than double the amount of the required amount of signed petitions for an attendance policy for NRA Board of Directors. Do you think these, your constituents, are trying to destroy the NRA by demanding you and Marion Hammer actually attend NRA board meetings? Or are we trying to better our National Rifle Association by holding you accountable?

You be the judge.

On Sheep In Sheepdog Clothing

On Sheep In Sheepdog Clothing

Marion Hammer would not have the audacity to judge others, given that her attendance at Board meetings has been abysmal over the past 8 years, without the security of her “Hammertime for the 2A Haters” persona…and her hefty multi-year six figure compensation package that was just renewed.

By Ron Carter
August 2, 2019

We have been using sheep, lambs and shepherds as allegory since a wandering, tacti-cool instructor began circuit teaching in the Middle East long ago. Later, we learned – and many of us took to heart – LTC (RET) Dave Grossman’s On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs, in which he describes the roles in modern society.

Most of us have probably heard the expression “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” to describe one with bad intentions presenting a veneer of good to hide their true intentions. The current senior leadership and Board of Directors at OUR National Rifle Association has many of these: individuals who have created an image of “Second Amendment Warrior” while massing fortune, fame, and ego. This is not conjecture; it is not a Bloomberg-biased media distortion. It is fact. These individuals, mostly from the long tenured Old Guard/Original Gangster faction on the Board, exist in an arrogance-filled vacuum, believing that enough of the sheep have bought into their charade to keep them safe. 

Marion Hammer would not have the audacity to judge others, given that her attendance at Board meetings has been abysmal over the past 8 years, without the security of her “Hammertime for the 2A Haters” persona…and her hefty multi-year six figure compensation package that was just renewed.

But there is also another growing demographic in both the Board and among NRA Members: the “sheep in sheepdog clothing”. We have all encountered them: at the first sign of real or (more often) imagined threat, they bark. They scratch at the ground. They even might show their raised hackles and bare a fang, but when there is the need for real action, when a sheepdog is needed, they sit. Sometimes they lay down. Often, they roll over and expose their belly as a sign of submission. And the wolf rubs their belly and whispers to them, “Who’s a good boy? YOU’RE a good boy!” The wolf even tosses them a treat now and then: a committee seat here, a keynote speech there, endorsement for outside opportunities, or a third-party crafted soundbite to appease their flock of sheep.

The sad part is, a lot of the sheep-in-sheepdog-clothing among the Members aren’t even aware they are doing it. They attack questions about the goings on at NRA as if rabid: “you’re a Bloomberg shill”; “you want the NRA to fail”; “Wayne hasn’t let us down in thirty years, and he’s not doing it now.” Same with the ones on the Board, who say “I’m just here for competitive shooting” or “I am not personally aware of any wrongdoing.” Both, though, are guilty of crimes of omission: history will show that given evidence which they could have confirmed, their greatest action was merely baring a fang and barking.

EVERYONE wants to be a sheepdog…until it’s time to do sheepdog WORK.

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#76IN76, HAMMER AND YOU

#76IN76, HAMMER AND YOU

I am afraid that the destruction of the NRA would give us no other choice but to move on, to other organizations which fight for our second amendment rights. Loads already have, unfortunately.

By Ron Carter
July 19, 2019

Save the Second started the #76in76 campaign on our Facebook page on June 26th. The goal of the #76in76 is that you, members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), contact all 76 of your NRA Board of Directors (BoD) in the days leading up to the next BoD’s meeting in Anchorage, AK on September 10th. Your voice as an NRA member has never before been needed as much as it is right now. 

The NRA BoD’s job is to hold the NRA executive leadership accountable and provide the direction, integrity and oversight for the future of our nonprofit organization. As the recent removal/resignations of Oliver North, Pete Brownell, Jennifer Baker and Chris Cox, plus the recent De Facto Purge of directors from their committee assignments, has shown us the organization is in disrepair. The problems are further exacerbated by the New York and District of Columbia’s investigations into violations (potentially criminal) of the nonprofit status of the NRA. Many believe that these investigations will result in the loss of the NRA’s nonprofit status and as a result will ultimately cripple the NRA beyond repair. That is a very real result of the malfeasance with which our NRA executive leadership has allowed and perhaps fostered. 

Directors such as Marion Hammer do not seem to care. It seems that to her these are trivial attacks from some outside force and anyone demanding accountability is apart of that attack. On the afternoon of Sunday, June 14th Hammer sent out an email condoning the removal of directors from committees. In it she specifically chastises Duane Liptak, NRA Director and the CEO of Magpul, explaining that those directors removed from committees are not on a “naughty list” but actually on a “non-professional list.” I am unable to envision any of the directors stripped of their committee assignments as unprofessional. Just the opposite, anyone who attempts to coverup, condone or commit malfeasance is unprofessional and an enemy of our NRA. Thus far Marion Hammer’s only actions have been to defend a failed NRA leader and label any who demands accountability an anti-gun agent or non-professional director. 

Marion Hammer urges us all to look on to a future election and ignore the present. Moving forward might be possible if integrity existed in the NRA BoD to fight the failed leadership and have those responsible held accountable for these multitude of failures. Those directors who are on the “non-professional list” might be our best hope in fixing the NRA. We must fix the NRA today so that tomorrow’s fight can even be possible. Mrs Hammer continues in he email, “We must now move on. Those who truly care about the Second Amendment and Freedom will move on.” 

I am afraid that the destruction of the NRA would give us no other choice but to move on, to other organizations which fight for our second amendment rights. Loads already have, unfortunately. Nice to see Hammer try to unify those disenfranchised members, right? The destruction of the NRA is something none of us at Save the Second wish to happen. Just the opposite, Save the Second’s very creation on June 2nd, 2019 was meant to correct and strengthen our NRA. Ultimately, Save the Second has no final say. We can only identify problems, work towards solutions and educate NRA members on what is truly occurring inside their NRA. Which is why we need you to participate in the #76in76, desperately. 

Marion Hammer, Tom King and more on the BoD continue to demonize and ignore the NRA members. They also continue silence directors who raise concerns and defend the largest enemy to the NRA: the internal lack of accountability for those at the top. Actions prove who someone is, words prove who someone wants to be. The path to reform is desperately needed and reform starts with integrity, accountability and transparency. There are NRA BoD who are working towards these reformations. Timothy Knight seems to have done just that in calling for an independent audit.

Hammer mentions in her letter that there are “numerous well-informed board members who have taken the time and made an effort to learn the facts.” That is interesting to me. Perhaps she doesn’t want all directors to be well-informed. Especially since Allen West specifically mentioned having not been made aware of the facts in his article in May, despite Carolyn Meadows saying the board had. Even more unsettling is the fact that Tom King threatened myself with legal action after I confronted him on a $40,000 airfare to the Bahamas for Wayne LaPierre paid for by Ackerman McQueen. While those leaked documents which provide that information do not tell the whole story Marion Hammer, Tom King and more certainly won’t even mention or comment on such things. Perhaps they cannot comment because these documents are a part of ongoing lawsuits between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen. That shouldn’t stop them from taking action. 

Whatever the case may be, the BoD allowed these problems to flourish. Still, the BoD can fix it but they need to fix it now, not in 2021. We desperately need you to tell your NRA BoD that they must fix the problem before it is too late. The fate of our NRA is at stake. Please, get motivated and get focused. Write some letters to directors and write a lot of them. Together we can be apart of the solution to make our NRA accountable, effective, relevant and amazing. A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Veritas Aequitas,

Ron Carter

Why the Concern?

Why the Concern?

John Cushman was personally endorsed by the leadership of the NRA during many campaigns over the past several years. He was specifically chosen to run against outside Adam Kraut in the 2017 and 2018 Elections for the 76th Seat on the Board. 

By Ron Carter
June 17, 2019

Why are we concerned? Why don’t we trust the Board of Directors to solve the problems facing the National Rifle Association?

Listen to this long time board member’s thoughts on control, secrecy and whether or not we members should be involved. John Cushman was personally endorsed by the leadership of the NRA during many campaigns over the past several years. He was specifically chosen to run against outside Adam Kraut in the 2017 and 2018 Elections for the 76th Seat on the Board. His comments were echoed by many other members of the NRA “Old Guard” during the Members Meeting, including at least two past Presidents (Hammer and Porter).

If that wasn’t bad enough, here are Past President Marion Hammer’s thoughts: 

We believe that the NRA has gone too long without respect for the Members. We do not have faith in the current leadership to fix the problem. What do you think?

-Rob Pincus