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    Chet:

    You are correct. For most of its existence, the NRA was concerned only with gun safety and training, but that all changed in 1968, when the Gun Control Act was passed. In 1977, a man named Harlan Carter was elected as the NRA Executive Vice President, and the organization took a hard turn to the right.

    Carter's 1977 election as NRA Executive Vice President marked a turning point for the organization from promoting marksmanship and sports shooting towards advocacy for less restrictive gun laws. Under Carter's leadership, from 1977 to 1985, the NRA became less compromising on gun rights issues. It also tripled its membership and gained considerable political influence.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Rifle_Association

    Another major turning point came in 1980,due to the actions of then-President Jimmy Carter. Although well-intentioned, President Carter appointed Abner Mikva, a strong proponent of gun control, to a Federal judgeship. In addition, Carter also openly supported the Alaska Lands Bill, which closed off 40,000,000 acres of Alaska to hunting. That’s roughly 10% of the total land area of Alaska, and it’s also roughly the same area as the State of Kentucky.

    In response to Carter’s actions, the NRA (for the first time in its history) endorsed a political candidate, Three days before the 1980 election the NRA endorsed Ronald Reagan (who had received the California Rifle and Pistol Association’s Outstanding Public Service) over Carter. Although the NRA probably didn’t have a huge influence on this election, the fact remains that the main character in “Bedtime for Bonzo” carried 44 states, and the incumbent President only carried 6, plus the District of Columbia.

    As the article below points out, I am NOT a fan of Wayne Lapierre, but he actually did us all a favor by preventing Oliver North from taking over control of the organization.

    https://tohell-andback.blogspot.com/2012/08/impeach-wayne-lapierre.html

    Not all the board members of the NRA are crazy people, but (as far as I know) Ted Nugent is still on the board. If Oliver North had won his battle to oust Wayne Lapierre, the organization would very quickly become even more extreme than it is today.

    Financially, the NRA IS hurting. For the second year in a row, the NRA has spent more than it has taken in, and income in 2017 was a sharp drop from its 2016 income.

    https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/09/nra-in-the-red-for-2nd-straight-year/

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    It seems as though the NRA is rapidly imploding.

    First, Oliver North is denied a second term as president.

    Then, Chris Cox is given the boot, quickly followed by Dana Loesch. On top of all that, NRA TV just got shut down.

    In addition, the fact that Maria Butina, who has strong ties to the NRA, does not bode well for the group. Butina was a Trump supporter, and attended Trump’s inauguration — one of many Russians who attended the event and “toasted to better relations between Russia and the U.S.”

    https://heavy.com/news/2018/07/maria-butina-nra/

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    The carnage continues ...

    Yesterday, it was announced that Jennifer Baker, the NRA's longtime director of public affairs, had resigned her position.

    Baker’s departure, which was confirmed by several people familiar with the matter, could further complicate the group’s ability to play in the 2020 election. She had been playing a key role in mapping out the NRA’s electoral strategy.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/17/nra-public-affairs-departs-1418836

    The net effect of all the departures is that the NRA will be less influential in the 2020 election than they were in the 2016 election - and they are unlikely to pump another $30 million to the Republican Party again.

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    The carnage continues ...

    Yesterday, it was announced that Jennifer Baker, the NRA's longtime director of public affairs, had resigned her position.

    Baker’s departure, which was confirmed by several people familiar with the matter, could further complicate the group’s ability to play in the 2020 election. She had been playing a key role in mapping out the NRA’s electoral strategy.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/17/nra-public-affairs-departs-1418836

    The net effect of all the departures is that the NRA will be less influential in the 2020 election than they were in the 2016 election - and they are unlikely to pump another $30 million to the Republican Party again.

    Except their "members" they will stick with Trump.
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    Things just got worse for the NRA:

    The chief executive of the National Rifle Association and several top lieutenants engaged in a decades-long pattern of fraud to raid the coffers of the powerful gun rights group for personal gain, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday by the New York attorney general, draining $64 million from the nonprofit in just three years.

    In her lawsuit, Attorney General Letitia James called for the dissolution of the NRA and the removal of CEO Wayne LaPierre from the leadership post he has held for the past 39 years, saying he and others used the group’s funds to finance a luxury lifestyle.

    Meanwhile, D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced Thursday that his office filed a separate lawsuit against the NRA Foundation, which is based in Washington. Racine accused the organization of being a puppet of the NRA, despite legal requirements that it independently pursue charitable purposes. Instead, Racine said his office found, the foundation repeatedly loaned the NRA money to address its rising deficits.

    Her office cited as a precedent its previous action against the Trump Foundation, which led President Trump to shut down the charity in 2018 amid allegations that he used it for his personal benefit.

    In one new revelation, the attorney general said her investigation uncovered that LaPierre recently arranged a post-employment contract for himself with the NRA worth $17 million. He never sought board approval for the deal, the suit claims.

    The Washington Post and other news organizations subsequently revealed how the NRA directed funds to board members and how LaPierre racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in charges at a Beverly Hills clothing boutique and on foreign travel.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/nra-lapierre-ny-attorney-general/2020/08/06/8e389794-d794-11ea-930e-d88518c57dcc_story.html

    Here's a list of the current board members. You'll notice that Ted Nugent is still on the board:

    https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/nra-board-members-selleck-nugent/

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    Nice story, which would work and jail people if such would be the case in any "normal" country. However Trump supports this guy and the NRA and therefore the NRA and its corrupt leader will be saved as usual. Of course Trump does not want to loose the gun "lobby" because he gets also "money" via them. Let alone his "sweet sons" who love to shoot protected animals with high powered riffles.

    So people once again forget "honesty" or "justice" or "saving life's". Amen

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    Heaher Cox Richardson posted a lengthy (1147 words) story about the NRA last night.

    Here are some key points:

    The NRA was chartered in New York in 1871, in part to improve the marksmanship of Americans who might be called on to fight another war, and in part to promote in America the British sport of elite shooting. By the 1920's, rifle shooting was a popular sport.

    In the 1930's, amid fears of organized crime, the NRA backed federal legislation to limit concealed weapons, prevent possession by criminals, the mentally ill and children, to require all dealers to be licensed, and to require background checks before delivery.

    The NRA backed the 1934 National Firearms Act, and parts of the 1968 Gun Control Act, designed to stop what seemed to be America’s hurtle toward violence in that turbulent decade.

    But in the mid-1970s, a faction in the NRA forced the organization away from sports and toward opposing “gun control.” It formed a political action committee in 1975, and two years later elected a president who abandoned sporting culture and focused instead on “gun rights.”

    The NRA had gone into politics. Its officials now opposed all limits on gun ownership, even though basic safety measures have always been popular, even within the NRA’s own membership. In 1980, the NRA endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time ever, standing behind Ronald Reagan. Now a player in national politics, the NRA was awash in money from gun and ammunition manufacturers. By 2000, the NRA was one of the three most powerful lobbies in Washington. It spent more than $40 million on the 2008 election.

    In 2016, donations to the NRA jumped sharply. While in 2012, it spent $9 million, and in 2014 it spent $13 million, in 2016, it spent more than $50 million on Republican candidates, including more than $30 million on Trump’s effort to win the White House. This money was vital to Trump, since many other Republican super PACs refused to back him. The NRA spent more money on Trump than any other outside group, including the leading Trump super PAC, which spent $20.3 million.

    Erickson promised to help Butina gain access to Republican lawmakers. When federal investigators began to monitor Butina, he came to their attention, and they discovered his businesses were designed to defraud investors. In November 2019, Erickson pleaded guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in an unrelated case. Last month, he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison.

    But when their NRA scheme was still intact, Butina and Torshin attended NRA annual meetings and other NRA events at the invitation of its leaders, who invited the two to events like the National Prayer Breakfast, where they could meet Republican lawmakers. In turn, Butina and Torshin invited NRA leaders to Moscow, where they met with leaders who promised lucrative business opportunities with Russian oligarchs, including the opportunity to produce weapons for the Russian military. Some of the Russians they met were under sanctions from the U.S. government.

    In September 2019, the Democrats on the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance outlined the work of Butina and Torshin in the U.S., and called the NRA “a foreign asset.”

    Butina served 15 months in the Tallahassee Federal Correction Institution before being deported to Moscow.

    There is at least some reason to wonder if the sudden jump in NRA donations in 2016 had something to do with the Russian oligarchs who were talking with its leaders.

    In 2015, the NRA had a surplus of almost $28 million. By 2018, it was running a $36 million deficit.

    Asked to comment, Trump said “That’s a very terrible thing that just happened. I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life.”

    https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/august-6-2020

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    I watched Attorney General Letitia James on the Rachel Maddow show last night. It sure appears to me that James has an air tight case against the NRA, Wayne La Pierre and his direct reports. Her summary to Rachel was damning, and I would expect her to provide solid evidence of the corruption in court. But this will drag on for a while. She wants to dissolve the NRA in its entirety and any remaining monies (??) after sale of assets would be distributed to real charities.

    They can start up again in Texas from scratch, but they cannot walk away from New York until the paperwork is finished. Ha.

    La Pierre has shown he is more powerful than Oliver North, but a black woman attorney general will take him down for good. That must be humiliating.

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    I guess people forget the honorary "KKK" members named Trump, will protect the NRA all the way. He loves the way they laundered "money" for him and the "family" as well the "money' they provide for his "election" fund. Don't forget that the GOP gun owners may start an huge fight and circle the W.H. to protect Trump and his "sweet" family who has tiger and lion heads with bullet holes in it mounted to the walls of their bedrooms. Ha ha.

    So let the "fun" start

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    And what's the difference between the NRA using donated money as a slush fund, and Trump's corona virus stimulus money he and his organizations received as bailouts? Ans. not much. Except Trump is using government money for his lavish lifestyle, taxpayer money. How much taxpayer money has the NRA received?