The Most Important Ariticle I Have Written
May 31st, 2021
I recently classified Expert in Carry Optics at my local IDPA classifier. I had hoped to classify Master. In practice I was capable and commonly shot to a master level. When it came time to actually perform, I made two errors. I fumbled a reload on the very first string and I was short one round in my magazine on the last string. Whatever hope I had of recovering from the first string magazine fumble was gone after the “mike.”
Reforming the National Rifle Association has been a similar tale for many of us. The moment that we have the opportunity to make systemic, positive change it hasn’t gone the way we had hoped. The difference is that with the NRA… the failed leadership is entrenched, undefeated, and has a mountain of resources, that is about to change for the better or worse.
Right now the vast majority of NRA member dues and donations are being spent to keep Wayne LaPierre and his cabal out of jail. With the NRA solvent (able to pay bills and more) they will not be saving any money along the way. Certainly, their regime will spend every last cent in the NRA’s coffers if there is a chance they can avoid jail. Their secondary objective is to maintain control (as we saw with the Chief Restructuring Officer proposal).
Those of us working on the NRA’s plight are fatigued. Most who were hoping to see the NRA reformed were introduced to this after placing hope in individuals such as Adam Kraut, Pete Brownell, Duane Liptak, Frank Tait, or (most recently) Phillip Journey. These people, and many more, have not let us down. Instead, the wrongdoers have been able to prevail time and time again. LaPierre, Meadows, Cotton, Lee, Hammer, King and more have accomplished what we all hoped to prevent: the obliteration of the NRA.
It will not be a single individual who saves the NRA, and if the NRA is to be saved you (us) are the only one(s) who can do it.
Along the way, many have given up. They just want the NRA to die already. The LaPierre regime managed to excel at that waste, even giving millions of dollars, and control of the NRA legal representation to an attorney with a long history of donating to anti-rights politicians like Hillary and Beto O’Rouke. The fatigue that we experience is hard to overcome, especially when it has been a decades-long battle, but we absolutely must persevere and overcome because…
Over one hundred million dollars in cash and assets that should have gone to the real fight for our rights have been wasted, and many millions more will not only be wasted but potentially go to our opposition if we are apathetic.
If the NRA is liquidated (by dissolution or chapter 7 bankruptcy), it could be that anti-gun groups become the recipients of the NRA’s assets, especially in a New York state court. Everytown, Brady, Soros, Bloomberg and more would love to inherit the NRA’s assets after seeing the NRA burned to the ground. That would be the most incredible victory for them, and no doubt something that they desperately desire.
Fatigue or not, we must do everything in our ability to salvage the NRA if it can be saved. I can’t do it alone and neither can you. We need to come together. We need to not merely say we are Second Amendment supporters, we need to be Second Amendment supporters. Our last chance to make any sort of reform could be this Labor Day weekend in Houston. The NRA Members’ Meeting is where we can make our last stand.
Please, help us get every single pissed-off NRA member to attend. Please join me. This is one pinnacle effort that might send millions of dollars and assets to the fight… or at least out of the hands of anti-rights groups. Join me. Help Save the Second.
I helped found Save the Second so that we could reform the NRA and thus have a much better shot at truly saving the Second Amendment. Join me at the NRA Members’ Meeting on Saturday September 4th. The NRA Annual Meetings and exhibits run from Friday, September 3rd – Sunday, September 5th at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. This is a reload we cannot afford to fumble. I hope to see you there.
Save the Second
8 Replies to “The Most Important Article I Have Written”
I’ll be there What must I do and where do we meet
What is the purpose of everyone joining you in Houston?? How does this further your 5 Goals? I envision there being insufficient seating inside, standing room only, with half the “pissed-off” members standing outside the convention hall where they can’t even hear what’s going on.
WLP has proven he doesn’t care what the “pissed-off” members think. Please expound on your plan, and what you hope to achieve.
The Second Amendment does not solely rest with the NRA. You have great organizations out there like the GOA. The idea that everything must revolve around the NRA is laughably bad. They made their bed, let them sleep in it. And I say this as a lifetime NRA member since 1993.
I just want to know the TRUTH. I’ve been a member of the NRA for 50 years and a Patron member the last 10. Could this be a scheme to undermine the NRA?
Define, “Could this be a scheme…” Are you talking about us, Save the Second? We are trying to save/salvage the NRA. Are you talking about the Leadership of the NRA? Yeah, I would say that LaPierre, Meadows, Cotton, Lee, Hammer and more almost have to be intentionally trying to destroy the NRA. By now one would have imagined that they would have had integrity on their malfeasance to save the NRA, but they’ve dug their heels in so deep that they will only go down with the ship, no without it.
I feel LaPierre and his people should go to prison. I feel the only way for the NRA to survive is admit we where taken over and wronged. I also feel the NRA has outlived its usefulness and is more harmful than helpful to the cause. They ignored and failed to support the evil black assault rifles until they where so popular they could no longer do so. There are other groups like GOA that should take the reins. Just look at the recent victory in California, the NRA had nothing to do with one of the biggest 2nd victories in the last couple decades. Don’t get me wrong I love the NRA and I am a lifetime member. They still have a place in competition but as an lobbyist group there are better places to spend your money.
I am looking for people to vote for the Board of directors. Recommendations.
Scott, Frank Tait has a great post about that on his blog here: https://taitnra.substack.com/p/nra-board-of-directors-ballots-are
I haven’t seen my ballot yet, but I’ll be voting for Owen Buz Mills and writing in Frank Tait and Rocky Marshall.