Does anyone else find it odd that a mere 90 days from a presidential election, and one of the most controversial ones known in our history, that a liberal New York Attorney General is suddenly suing the National Rifle Association with the intent of dissolution?
If you hadn’t heard, NY AG Letitia James, a known liberal and avid anti-gun rights activist, filed a civil suit on Thursday against the NRA. But unlike the many that the NRA has seen as of late, this suit is just seeking reparations to be made or high-level executives to be punished. Nope, it is calling for the complete and utter dissolution of the Second Amendment advocacy group.
According to AG James and her 169-page suit, the organization as a whole, as well as four particular high-ranking leaders are guilty of embezzlement, essentially treating the funds of the group as a “personal piggy bank” for executive vice president Wayne LaPierre as well as others. James accuses LaPierre and others of “self-dealing, mismanagement and negligent oversight.”
#BREAKING: We are suing the NRA Foundation for misusing charitable funds.
Donors gave money to fund firearms safety, firearms education and marksmanship training. Instead, that money was diverted to support wasteful spending by the NRA and its executives: https://t.co/5uLweQ207l
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) August 6, 2020
In a news conference on Thursday, James stated, “As today’s complaint lays out, (the NRA) fostered a culture of noncompliance and disregard for internal controls that led to the waste and loss of millions of assets and contributed to the NRA’s current deteriorated financial state.”
Now, if you keep tabs on the NRA at all, you will likely know that the group has been under investigation and accused of by others for similar allegations.
In fact, over the past two years, the pro-gun rights group has had to spend near $54 million in legal fees as it has battled with its former public relations firm, Ackerman McQueen, in court. This suit also had to so with the excessive spending the leadership has allegedly been involved in, including the $6.5 million home that the non-profit supposedly purchased for Wayne LaPierre.
In addition, LaPierre has been accused of giving himself unnecessary raises, as well as promoting specific individuals that could further deepen his pockets. The result of such allegations has led to much infighting within the group and the recent resignation of former NRA president and military veteran Oliver North.
LaPierre maintains that the allegations are false, as such, James suit is nothing more than a cheap political stunt to get something she and her cohorts have dreamed of: the end of one of the Second Amendment’s fiercest advocates.
If there's fraud and self-dealing (and it seems like there is), prosecute the people who did it. I've been very critical of the NRA, but dissolution seems really heavy-handed. It's also an absolute gift to Trump, 3 months before the election.https://t.co/Ym4VWiv92w
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) August 6, 2020
He wrote in a recent social media statement, “This is an unconstitutional, premeditated attack aiming to dismantle and destroy the NRA – the fiercest defend of America’s freedom at the ballot box for decades. And he added, contrary to James’ statement, “The NRA is well governed, financially solvent, and committed to good governance. We’re ready for the fight. Bring it on.”
Now, I am not saying that LaPierre and others in the NRA’s leadership are free of guilt in this matter. However, I can neither say that James suit, as well as the timing of it, doesn’t have some political motives.
She may say that she and her staff are doing this because NRA members have been wronged and all that. But were that the case, why not demand LaPierre and the others pay back the funds they allegedly took, as well as their resignation. Hell, she could even mandate a significant amount of jail time.
But she’s not.
Instead, she is calling for the entire group to eliminated, wiped out, and never thought of again.
James is no idiot. She knows that the NRA is the single largest and well-funded gun rights group in the nation. And as such, they have the power and reach to push back on a great deal of legislation and regulations that could enforce stricter gun control.
With the NRA dissolved, it wouldn’t be hard for the left to pull all the right strings, effectively getting guns banned and our Second Amendment eliminated.
Another thing to consider is the timing.
As you well know, the NRA is a strong supporter of President Trump and was known to contribute heavily to his election in 2016.
Just like Radical Left New York is trying to destroy the NRA, if Biden becomes President your GREAT SECOND AMENDMENT doesn’t have a chance. Your guns will be taken away, immediately and without notice. No police, no guns!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2020
The plan for 2020 was very similar, as far as campaign support goes. However, with the suit being filed so close to the election, the group will be forced to pull back on its time and funding of Trump in the last hour to refocus on keeping itself above water. Plus, for the progressive left, it’s always nice to point out Trump or his allies’ failings.
While I cannot condone the actions NRA leadership is said to have taken, there is no doubt in my mind that the Second Amendment and its freedoms will not be allowed to continue if the NRA is lost to us. Maybe the group needs some vast restructuring or something, but we can simply not afford to have something like the NRA, who fights so hard for our gun rights.