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Ding, Dong, Wayne LaPierre Is Gone: NRA EVP Resigns

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Breaking: NRA‘s longstanding CEO has resigned on the eve of a trial for corruption and graft.

Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s long-time leader, announced his resignation from the powerhouse organization yesterday afternoon in what those of us in the business call a “Friday-afternoon news dump.” The idea is to try and bury the news over the course of a weekend. In this case, what is actually being buried is our restraint. You see, we here at Guns & Gadgets Daily will not mock or disparage the NRA. It is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, and remains the Second Amendment’s best bet against those who would infringe on it. But Wayne LaPierre is not the NRA, and even if he had been, Wayne don’t work there no more.

Time for Real Talk

This is one of those complex issues in which many things are true. For example, it is true that New York Attorney General Letitia James’ suit against the NRA is politically motivated. James is a class-A gun grabber. What’s also true, it is clear, are many of James’ allegations. We know this because, three years ago, the NRA declared bankruptcy in an effort to get out from under the lawsuit. In the course of that bankruptcy hearing, LaPierre admitted to them. His long-standing Chief Financial Officer, Woody Phillips, pled the Fifth Amendment over 300 times.

Speaking of implicating oneself, LaPierre is claiming that his resignation is for health reasons. It may even be true that he’s in poor health, but anyone who believes that this wasn’t a desperate, last-minute, Hail-Mary effort to avoid the trial simply has not been paying attention.

It won’t help. The trial will continue. LaPierre is a named defendant in the suit, along with the aforementioned Woody Phillips and the NRA’s secretary, John Frazer. Interestingly, there had been a fourth named defendant, a human rumble strip named Josh Powell. Powell is now off the suit, having cut a deal with the New York AG. The news of that deal was released the evening before LaPierre resigned.

The Insiders: In Vino, Veritas

I’ve been a part of the Second Amendment/gunwriting sphere for a long time. That means I’ve rubbed shoulders with NRA employees and insiders. My observation of them is that they are deeply loyal to the NRA’s membership and to the Second Amendment, and that’s why they tolerate their leadership. They’re very closed-mouthed about what it’s like to work in the rank-and-file … but they’re human, and liquor loosens their tongues. What I’ve learned, over the course of many bar tabs and hunting-camp bonfires, is that NRA employees’ favorite pastime may be shooting, but their second-favorite sport is making fun of Wayne.

Here are some of the statements I’ve heard from various NRA employees over the last five years. (Don’t worry, guys. I’ll never use your names.)

On money: “Hey, remember that $6 million dollar mansion? That same year, we were getting e-mails saying we were using too many pencils and we needed to make sure we ground ’em down to the eraser before going to get a new one.”

On money: “The same year Wayne received over 300k in ‘excess benefits,’ we were all told that there wouldn’t be any raises–not even cost-of-living raises–because there was no money.”

On money: “Remember when we paid like $50K for hair and makeup for Susan LaPierre? That same event, I had an expense report be rejected because the $6 receipt for a doughnut and coffee wasn’t itemized. But hey, donate today! Dig deep in those pockets! Susan needs a new coat of paint.”

In response to a good insult: “Oh shut up or we’ll make you go hunting with Wayne.”

A bit of explanation is in order for that last one. You see, per the employees, Wayne is a menace with a firearm. He may have led the NRA for more than 30 years, but he was notorious as a bad, even dangerous, shooter. But you don’t have to take their word for it, or mine. If you need proof, here’s some of the most upsetting footage I’ve ever watched as an avid hunter and conservationist. In it, Wayne LaPierre empties a magazine into an elephant and still can’t kill it.

On Josh Powell, the former NRA Chief Operating Officer who was eventually fired (and then cut a deal with the NY AG): “Josh Powell is a @#$!” (NRA employees’ swearing could make a sailor blush.) “That $#&@er showed up to a formal dedication ceremony wearing flip-flops with suit pants and his $%&@ing shirt unbuttoned down to his greasy tits. Looking like @#$%ing dollar-store Miami Vice. And he’s a $#%@ing pig to the girls. We can’t even let our female employees go in his office alone. We had to set up a @#$%ing buddy system for the women who work with him.”

On the bankruptcy trial, and Woody Phillips’ pleading the Fifth: “How nice that we can showcase our dedication to the Fifth Amendment as well as the Second.”

On the bankruptcy announcement: “You know when we found out about that? Same time as you. It was on Fox about two hours before we got the official press release. We’re just a bunch of happy little mushrooms around here … keep us in the dark and feed us bull$#%@.”

Jury Selection for the trial is happening now.

We can’t know how the trial will go, or what the outcome will be. We do know that the judge took dissolution of the NRA off the table. What the NRA will look like when the trial is over, who will run it, and whether it will install new procedures to prevent anything like this happening again? We just have to wait.

Make no mistake: We still stand with the NRA, and you should, too. It remains our best bet against the forces that want to take our freedom away. All we can hope for is that this resignation will clear the tarnish from its good name, and that the Second Amendment true believers who have kept it going despite Wayne are able to help the NRA eagle fly proudly again.

 

 

 

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. J. Safari

    January 11, 2024 at 3:46 pm

    The NRA successfully financed itself and began addressing legislation that would have otherwise ended the 2nd Amendment in the 1970’s. The Freedom v. Government dialectic has become a huge financial industry. Without the NRA it is unlikely smaller groups can adequately address or fight
    the end of the 2nd amendment. Wayne and Donald Derangement syndrome. It’s easy to pile on Trump or LaPierre. I am unaware of James Nichols financial or organizational contributions to saving the 2A. My guess is they are dwarfed by LaPierre and Trump. Both of them managed 9 and ten $figure operations which is what the opposing ANTI 2a have access to.ie.. Soros, Bloomberg, Schumer, Pelosi, Biden, Obama. Cuomo, Newsome…Start working on saving the 2A and NRA, teach people gun safety or go back to. watching “The View” is my view. Unfortunately, THE VIEW is the likely 2A future without the NRA.

  2. Jerry Bridges

    January 11, 2024 at 2:57 pm

    I have been a member of the NRA since the 1960’s. My membership is at the Endowment level. It was apparent to me years ago that LaPIerre was a blight on an otherwise fine organization. Every time N got a call from the NRA, I responded “no more contributions until he is gone.” We had a dictator in an organization that was formed to fight for freedom by defending the Second Amendment.

  3. Billie Michael

    January 10, 2024 at 11:01 am

    Sad day. I’m a Life Member of the NRA and have been for 35 years. My Dad was a member before me. In a world where we are fighting an uphill battle daily against the democrats and media(but I repeat myself), we have to be more open and honest than anyone else on the planet because there’s no one carrying our water like the media does for the democrats. Mass shooting happens…I’m hoping it’s a transgendered purple haired freakazoid so the story goes away faster and limits the ammunition against the 2nd Amendment.

  4. Michael

    January 9, 2024 at 10:35 pm

    As a CPA who does work for non-profit organizations, I don’t know why the firm that does the NRA’s audit didn’t bring this issue up. Part of an audit report should have disclosed any excessive spending to the board. That said, I am a life member and will still support them, but I think the need to be better stewards with our money and need to fight like a rabid dog for us.

  5. Biff Malibu

    January 9, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Unfortunately, they are not the preeminent 2A organization anymore. That mantle seems to be jointly held by the Firearms Policy Coalition, Second Amendment Foundation, Gun owners of America, and the National Association of Gun Rights. While NRA was pushing wine and selling us up the river while enriching themselves, those groups were actually FIGHTING and not “compromising” at every turn in the road and signing onto gun control. The other groups were filing lawsuits and winning (that the NRA would sign onto at the very last moment when it was sure that the others had won the case and footed the bill)

  6. Sixty Minutes

    January 9, 2024 at 6:22 pm

    The power to hire and fire and discipline must be given to the board of directors. No more secrets and personal enrichment. The NRA will be destroyed if members cannot trust it.
    As for gun media you need to refrain from dancing on anyone’s grave. Do not give aid and comfort to gun owners enemies. Be careful how you tell the story. This story shows that you obviously hated Wayne. Readers should not be able to tell from your reporting. Do better.

  7. Pat Patterson

    January 7, 2024 at 1:07 am

    When your house is in order and the law shut settled…I will reconsider membership. This should never have happened and should not have gone unchecked for so long. Reads like our politicians of both parties, FBI leadership and Soros monopoly of media influence.

  8. GomeznSA

    January 6, 2024 at 10:37 pm

    Any word on what his golden parachute (more like platinum) is like? He’s gotta maintain his upper class lifestyle after all.

  9. C Donovan

    January 6, 2024 at 7:36 pm

    As a Life Member I told the NRA they would never see another nickel from me as long as Wayne was associated with the organization. Can’t figure out how the grifter kept getting re-elected.

  10. Henry Lingenfelder

    January 6, 2024 at 6:14 pm

    He’s the reason I let my membership go.
    Now that he’s gone, I’m more than elated to renew it.

  11. guy

    January 6, 2024 at 4:44 pm

    It’s about Fxxxxxg time that criminal left, should have been removed years ago

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