2015 – The NRA Is Facing Disaster

The NRA is one of America’s oldest civil rights organizations and it’s only been as effective as it has because of the drive and direction provided by its Board of Directors. That effectiveness is in grave danger of being diluted by poor selections for nominees, chosen more for inside connections or “tradition” than for their ability and willingness to actually get things done. There are current Board members who have provided lackluster leadership (some don’t even show up for Board meetings) or who have actually damaged our reputation, and candidates who, from what we’ve seen in looking into their track record, might even undermine our organization’s effectiveness. With another election imminent, we can’t let this get worse.
We’ve tried to sound an alarm and work within the ranks to make changes but our objections have been repeatedly ignored so we’re “going public” in an effort to share our concerns with fellow voting members before the 2015 Board elections. We’re not happy about this public airing – there are enough people opposed to our rights who are already happy to knock the NRA – but we aren’t doing this to grind any axes or engage in some petty “high school clique” nonsense. As the name of our site plainly says, we are loyal and long-time members who see our NRA starting to head down a bad road and are trying to correct our course.
Our nomination process is broken. The most egregious example of this is the nomination of John K. Brown.
As President of the National Firearms Act Traders and Collectors Association (NFATCA), John Brown went beyond aiding the BATFE in development of Rule 41P’s infringement on Trusts and actually submitted the petition to initiate the rulemaking. His comment included the verbiage:
“Interestingly enough, there is absolutely no background or NICS check required. Having no background check on someone buying a machine gun or other NFA item creates a tremendous risk to all those who have collected NFA items for years. Knowing that convicted felons have procured NFA items through a trust means there must be changes made at some point in this process.“
The bolded statement was not backed up with any information beyond Brown’s statements to the Firearms Industry Consulting Group (FICG) that he didn’t know of any incidents personally but was going off of things he learned “inside the ATF for 10 years.” This means the ATF told him there was a crime, then he submitted a public comment “reporting” that crime to the ATF, validated the conclusion they already wanted to reach.
Based on many other details published here, Brown appears to be little more than a stalking horse for the BATFE, allowing NFATCA to act as an independent, “civilian” organization that rubber stamps and validates regulations the ATF wishes to impose. Having him on the Board of the NRA would just give more credence to his words and very likely will undermine the effectiveness of the NRA’s work against further encroachment of our rights.
These details were found in all of five minutes’ worth of internet searching on his name. How was this not found earlier? Are our nomination committee candidates not being vetted? Or do the committee members see no danger or inappropriateness in this submission? This candidacy should be withdrawn immediately or, if not, this man should not be allowed a seat on our Board.
Another five minutes of searching showed us more differences and contrasts in candidates. Several new nominees such as Brian Pemberton and Timothy Knight are aggressively campaigning and have set up websites specifically to outline their positions and qualifications (http://pemberton4nra.com/ and http://www.knight4nra.com/). This is the type of fire we would expect from all candidates, but many new nominees have not bothered to take that simple step. Searching on their names and “NRA” turns up nearly nothing – they are unknowns beyond the fact that they are “competitive shooters.” What else have they done? Why do they wish to be on the Board? What have they done to earn this?
There are current Board members who seem to believe their re-election should be a given since they’re already “in the club”. It’s our belief that their position isn’t a social club membership. We expect Board members to work for their slot and work in it once there. Another simple search turned up a huge volume of work done by nominee Sean Maloney (http://www.maloneyfornra.com/) who has traveled around the country in support of every cause from the 2013 recalls in Colorado to rallying for pro-gun candidates in the 2014 elections. Why isn’t there a similar record for each of our other Board members? We should be nominating motivated, passionate people for our leadership, not people with a sense of entitlement.
We’re not trying to repeat “Cincinnati ’77” but we need our members to make informed decisions on who sits on the Board. This January, there will be 25 seats available on the Board. 35 people are running. The people we choose will shape the organization we get, and that organization will shape the future of our second amendment rights.
Do your due diligence, take the time to look into the candidates, and vote only for those who you think will steer the organization in the direction it needs to go in the next few years.

A Last-Ditch Effort to Protect the Integrity of the NRA Board of Directors