The NRA’s Meltdown Continues

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The National Rifle Associaton's (NRA) flagship television channel is dead, the lobby is operating in the red, their former president Oliver North is out, and now the association's top lobbyist is departing under shady circumstances.

The NRA's second-highest ranking officials and their top lobbyist for the past 17-years, Chris Cox, has been forced out by CEO Wayne LaPierre.

LaPierre accused Cox of orchestrating a coup against him.

The National Rifle Association’s embattled top lobbyist has resigned after being accused of seeking to overthrow the group’s leader, a person familiar with the matter said. [...]

The NRA filed an explosive lawsuit last week saying that Cox had betrayed the group’s longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, by joining NRA President Oliver North in a coup attempt in April. That followed accusations of lavish spending against LaPierre.

If Wayne LaPierre wants to take down the entire organization with him just because his colleagues exposed the fact that he's been self-dealing, I encourage him to keep going!

Wouldn't it be remarkable if what ultimately brings down the NRA is not mass-shootings, but LaPierre's corrupt spending habits?

Maybe there was no other way for this to end. Maybe an organization funded by blood money can only end bloody.

  • Christopher Foxx

    Wouldn’t it be remarkable if what ultimately brings down the NRA is not mass-shootings, but LaPierre’s corrupt spending habits?

    Actually, pretty par for the course where conservative groups go. It’s always an internal rot and their own excesses that bring them down.

  • muselet

    If the NRA collapses completely, I am in no doubt there will be another band of gun-lickers to take its place in the Righty ecosystem. I’ll worry about that when it happens.

    For now, I’m happy to sit back and watch the NRA’s—and I apologize in advance for this—circular firing squad in action.

    I love the smell of fratricide in the morning (or something like that, only clever).


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    The NRA has two fundamental problems:

    (A) they aren’t trying to “win” – if they were, they’d hire someone who knows how to communicate with the left instead of dialing the rhetoric up to 11 and going for divisiveness. There’d be no reason they gave Obama an F – he did nothing about gun control. If all they wanted was to defend the 2nd Amendment, they could do it by not making it a wedge issue. They’d have to message differently, and maybe compromise a bit, but they’re the reason that “compromise” is a dirty word in the first place. Obviously, their primary interest is fund raising / power on the pretense of defending the 2nd Amendment.

    (B) When you anoint The Left as the bogeyman, it works well to raise funds… but only when the left has power. If the bogeyman is relegated to the woods, the “threat” of gun-seizing-jackbooted-fascist-libtards becomes far less menacing. Now, obviously, I would argue that they should have budgeted better in order to survive the funding highs of Blue-Team rule and the funding lows of Red-Team rule, but, be that as it may, if a President Warren gets sworn in in 2020, the NRA is going to make sooooooooooo much money. If (god forbid), it’s Trump again, they’ll continue to hemorrhage.