It seems the New York Attorney-General has filed suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association (NRA) in response to what she calls “fraud and abuse”.
Attorney General Letitia James claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday that she found financial misconduct in the millions of dollars and that it contributed to a loss of more than $64 million over a three-year period.
The suit alleges that top NRA executives misused charitable funds for personal gain, awarded contracts to friends and family members, and provided contracts to former employees to ensure loyalty.
There’s more at the link.
On the one hand, I’m reluctant to see the NRA disappear, because it does so much good for the shooting community: education and training programs, assistance to local shooting ranges, etc. On the other hand, as I’ve said in these pages before, the open corruption exhibited by its current leadership is inexcusable. There’s no way I’ll donate to or support the organization unless and until a wholesale house-cleaning has been conducted, and Wayne LaPierre and all his cronies and supporters are evicted from the NRA once and for all.
I’m very conflicted about this lawsuit. It’s been filed by an Attorney-General who’s been outspoken in her determination to tackle the NRA as a symbol of the “gun culture” she deplores. I’m sure there’s political animus involved on her part. On the other hand, if she’s right about finding corruption and illegal activity in the NRA, she’s entirely within her rights to file for its dissolution – and that may not be a bad thing. Indeed, if LaPierre and his cronies are determined to hold onto control no matter what, it may be the only way to get rid of them. The problem will be to stop them moving into other organizations and mounting a take-over bid. Prison terms might be the only way to avoid that.
Whatever happens, the shooting sports community will be impacted by this mess. I suggest we all do our best to support other activist groups who’ll work to support our Second Amendment rights – organizations such as Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation, etc., as well as regional and local groups. I also hope right-minded individuals within the NRA are already taking steps to “export” its training programs and other important operations to other groups, so that if the NRA disappears, they can continue seamlessly under another umbrella.
Even if the NRA survives, there’s the problem of what to do with those complicit in any illegal or corrupt acts. I hope they go to prison. They deserve no better, and they’ve forfeited our trust. Strip them of their ill-gotten gains, and let them rot behind bars.