Oliver North vs Wayne LaPierre – Gun Rights Cannot Afford Division in the Camp
The NRA became embroiled in an internal power struggle between President Oliver North and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, according to Fox. But gun rights advocates cannot afford these kind of antics at a time when Democrats are proposing serious left wing ideas in hopes of gaining ground against guns. And they are making headway in many states. Only a united front can stop them…and it appears that such a united front is beginning to crumble with the public display of struggle.
LaPierre accused North of extorting him by attempting to force him to resign. North believes that the NRA’s finances are a mess and accused the organization of financial misconduct. LaPierre believes that part of the problem is their long time advertising firm: Ackerman McQueen, which has allegedly overbilled the NRA, and has ties to Oliver North. A lawsuit against Ackerman McQueen was filed in March.
“Yesterday evening, I was forced to confront one of those defining choices — styled, in the parlance of extortionists — as an offer I couldn’t refuse. I refused it… the letter would not be sent — if I were to abruptly resign. He stated that he could ‘negotiate’ an ‘excellent retirement’ for me.” Wayne LaPierre
LaPierre has stated previously that the original message (gun safety and the outdoors) of the NRA had been driven off course by the advertising firm. Oliver North will not run for second term as president of the NRA and essentially walked away.
Wayne LaPierre has been the “face” of the NRA for years. Oliver North has been a board member for years, but President only a short year. According to reporter Tim Mak who was at the NRA meeting, the division was palpable. Members felt they weren’t heard during the meeting.
Massive room packed with NRA members.— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 27, 2019
Incredibly silent as Oliver North who has been a decades long board member essentially resigns and steps away from the National Rifle Association
There is a motion to adjourn the meeting before members of the NRA have been able to ask questions of the board!— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 27, 2019
NRA leadership not having a great time from all appearances pic.twitter.com/kSWUxTl0eA— Tim Mak (@timkmak) April 27, 2019
A motion was made to oust Wayne LaPierre as CEO. But the NRA membership was very supportive of him and the motion was voted down.
“I’ve seen some shit, but I’ve never seen shit like this.” NRA member
The power struggle isn’t only between North and LaPierre- it has to do with NRATV, which is run by the advertising firm Ackerman McQueen. The station has drifted far from the original purpose, delving into right wing politics instead of keeping it centered on gun rights.
“The power struggle within the N.R.A. is an abrupt escalation of a legal battle between the organization and Ackerman McQueen. The Times reported earlier this year that prominent members of the N.R.A. board had grown dismayed at the performance of Ackerman because of its NRATV online media service, which has drifted into right-wing politics far beyond gun rights. Ackerman employs Mr. North, who hosts an NRATV series called “American Heroes.” “Crooks and Liars website
What matters now is that gun rights advocates can ill afford to be in the game for themselves. They must unite to fight against people who view the 2nd amendment as “outdated because the British aren’t shooting at us anymore.” These opponents’ knowledge of history is lame. Their common sense is lacking. Their ability to actually think above their desire to disarm Americans is nonexistent. We must have focused leadership to save our gun rights.
Whether this issue was caused by too much power, too much money, or some other personal conflict, it must stop and stop now. Left wingers have targeted the NRA for several years and have succeeded in causing harm to their organization. With this turmoil, their reputation suffers even more.
Always keep in mind that the plans of the left include destruction from the inside out.