Allen West on the WSJ, Wayne LaPierre and the NRA

It has become very apparent that I need to speak out about what is happening at the National Rifle Association.

I am in my second term as a Board member, and I am deeply concerned about the actions and statements being made. The recent statements by Charles Cotton and Carolyn Meadows that are appearing in the Wall Street Journal, and now other news outlets, are outright lies. I have never been told, advised, informed or consulted about any of these details mentioned in the WSJ, and who knows how much more despicable spending of members’ money.

These statements have maliciously, recklessly and purposefully put me, and uninformed Board members, in legal jeopardy.

Prior to the NRAAM in Indianapolis I sent an email to Wayne LaPierre’s managing director, Millie Hallow, expressing my sentiment that Wayne LaPierre resign immediately.

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10 Responses to Allen West on the WSJ, Wayne LaPierre and the NRA

  1. Alan says:

    Don’t know Allen West, never met the man. However, what I have read, I’m inclined to like and trust him. I do know he made that rank not just by time-in-service, time-in-grade. You get promoted there by being sharp, and it’s a small crowd. So I believe what he’s saying.

  2. Bad_Brad says:

    I don’t think it’s just LaPierre that has to go. The people that are keeping him in power are just as corrupt.

    • Wirecutter says:

      General West seems to advocate the same thing with shrinking the BoD to 30 and imposing term limits.

      • Bad_Brad says:

        Dana Loesch’s husband/manager, blocked me from both their Twitter accounts for asking questions along these lines. But then I managed to get permanently banned from from Twitter anyway. I think the NRA has been taken over by a bunch of parasites using it as their own personal revenue stream.

  3. Headin' for the border says:

    Kenny, thanks for posting this, been trying to find out who or what to believe, Col North seemed like a extremely flawed guy to have as the leader of the NRA and after seeing what kind of expenses LaPierre was running up it is clear he need’s to be canned. The NRA is a critical org and it cannot afford having crooks or scammers at the top. Allen West would be a good pick for CEO.

  4. pigpen51 says:

    It is obvious that LaPierre needs to go, either on his own, or by a vote of the board, who should also be turned around or turned out. I thought a long time before rejoining the NRA, and I did so with my eyes wide opened. I won’t cut and run this time, but will stay and hope that they get their act together. The fight is too important to abandon the largest group who is working to maintain our 2nd amendment rights, no matter how flawed their leadership may be. Leadership can be changed. The fight to keep our gun rights should never be abandoned.

    • Hybo says:

      Exactly, said it better that I could. This is the reason I will NOT abandon the NRA.

  5. FaCubeItches says:

    “the board, who should also be turned around or turned out.”

    Turned out? Damn, how much money do you think the board would bring in as streetwalkin’ hos?

  6. Peter B says:

    Paul Caron’s TaxProf blog has details. His conclusion:

    “The extent of the group’s financial problems has in some ways been masked by the foundation, which is sitting on more than $29 million that is counted as an asset on the N.R.A.’s books. Without it, the N.R.A. would have a negative net worth. The gun group said the money was largely an endowment set up for the N.R.A., but also encompassed reimbursements to the N.R.A. — for staff, supplies and rent — that had not yet been transferred.

    Marcus Owens, a partner at Loeb & Loeb who served for a decade as director of the exempt organizations division of the Internal Revenue Service, said the sums moving to the N.R.A. from the foundation were “substantial related-party transactions,” and that “in normal times, they would attract regulatory attention from the I.R.S. and a state attorney general.””

    Yep, that independent Board of Directors has definitely been doing its job.

    No wonder the NRA keep flogging memberships and hustling for contributions.

  7. engleberg says:

    It’s never been a cash cow. Worst case we pass the mailing list around and start a new magazine, call it Arms and the Man or The American Rifleman or something equally original.

Play nice.