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News is circulating that combat veteran and former congressman Lt. Col. Allen West may challenge the leadership of Wayne Lapierre at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, TX. West is being urged to take on the LaPierre, the current exec. vice president (EVP), by a group of current and former NRA board members and lifetime members. “We need a new leader who will work to resolve the outstanding litigation in New York and the District of Columbia,” said former NRA Board member Rocky Marshall in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. “Only then will the NRA be able to effectively serve all members, especially in the crucial upcoming elections, and get the NRA back to serving our members and reaching out to the 7.5 million new gun owners since 2019,” he added. “We think Allen West is that leader.”...

Read more: West May Make A Run to Unseat LaPierre At NRA Annual Meetings - GunsAmerica Digest

... If he did run, he told Bloomberg he would seek to restore the “honor, the character and the competency” of the NRA. ...
 

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Lt. Col. Allen West would be excellent, hope he does run and unseats LaPierre. If he does, I'll definitely re-up but not until LaPierre is gone.

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LTC Allen West ~ Please Challenge Wayne LaPierre for NRA EVP/CEO Position

Ammoland Inc. Posted on May 5, 2022, by F Riehl, Editor in Chief

Houston, TX. – -(Ammoland.com)- A group of current, and former NRA Directors as well as a number of concerned life members led by current Board member Judge Phillip Journey, former Board members Rocky Marshall and Bill Dailey, and board candidate Frank Tait, are:

Calling on former NRA Board member, Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Ret) Allen West to stand for election as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association at the NRA Board meeting on Monday, May 30, 2022.

This would be the second time in Wayne LaPierre’s 31-year tenure as EVP that he was challenged.

Former NRA Board member Rocky Marshall said, “We need a new leader who will work to resolve the outstanding litigation in New York and the District of Columbia. Only then will the NRA be able to effectively serve all members, especially in the crucial upcoming elections, and get the NRA back to serving our members and reaching out to the 7.5 million new gun owners since 2019. We think Allen West is that leader.”

Former NRA Board Member Bill Dailey said, “The verified pleadings in the New York Attorney Generals litigation and evidence thus far questioning the propriety of Wayne Lapierre’s leadership requires the Board of Directors to exercise their fiduciary duty to select a replacement who is able to provide the leadership to effectively and properly represent NRA members and protect the Second Amendment in the future.”

Current NRA Board member, Hon. Phillip Journey stated: “After watching the NRA’s Bankruptcy hearings, reviewing the evidence presented and New York law, I have concluded that the likelihood of the NYAG winning her lawsuit against Wayne La Pierre and the other defendants is very high. If she wins, they will be prohibited from serving in any NY non-profit. Wayne will be removed from office by court order. As an NRA member and a member of its Board of Directors, I have a duty to plan for that contingency.”

“I know Col. Allen West will make a great Executive Vice President of the NRA. Col. West is a nationally recognized advocate for the Second Amendment. He has extensive political experience and a record of speaking out on the NRA Board of Directors for the reform and the restoration of the National Rifle Association.”

About Col West...

Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Ret) Allen West is the Executive Director of the American Constitutional Conservative Rights Union and the ACRU Action Fund. He is a constitutional conservative, combat veteran, and former member of the US Congress. During his 22-year career in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. West served in several combat zones and received many honors, including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993, he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. He is also a former commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. West was elected to the United States Congress representing Florida’s 22d District. As a member of the 112th Congress, West sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees.

In July of 2020, Col. West was elected Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas by an overwhelming majority of State delegates. He is a legacy life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a life member of the American Legion, a life member of the Association of the United States Army, the Society of the First Infantry Division, the 4th Infantry Division, and the 101st Airborne Division. He is a Patriot Life Member (Benefactor) of the National Rifle Association, and a former Board Member and Life Member (Benefactor) of the Texas Rifle Association. West is an inductee into the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

Lt. Col. West is the author of three books” Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith, and Freedom; Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death; and We Can Overcome: An American Black Conservative Manifesto.
 

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Lt. Col. Allen West would be excellent, hope he does run and unseats LaPierre. If he does, I'll definitely re-up but not until LaPierre is gone.

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IMHO as a life member and Pistol instructor Lt. Col. Allen West is the perfect person for the job. I will not donate any funds to the ILA as long as Wayne is still the point man.
 

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Lt. Col. Allen West would be excellent, hope he does run and unseats LaPierre. If he does, I'll definitely re-up but not until LaPierre is gone.

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I've been waiting more than 20 years for him to get booted to re-join. Until he and his boys are gone the NRA has no credibility. It's dead in the water going nowhere fast.
Don't hold your breath though, if I tried that I'd have suffocated a long time ago.
 

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I've been waiting more than 20 years for him to get booted to re-join. Until he and his boys are gone the NRA has no credibility. It's dead in the water going nowhere fast.
Don't hold your breath though, if I tried that I'd have suffocated a long time ago.

I hear ya. I've been supporting the GOA for nearly 30yrs and will continue. I do hope LaPierra gets unseated and West to take over as I believe he would restore the NRA.

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Every time Wayne begs me for money it turns my stomach.
Us life members and instructors have invested a lot into the NRA. We will not be giving donations to the ILA unless they can show that the money is being put to good use defending the 2nd A. It's a shame that money that should have been used to fight frivolous gun bans was used to fund Wayne's lavish perks.
 

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SOURCE: https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2022/05/09/west-to-challenge-lapierre-for-nras-top-leadership-position-n58094

West to challenge Lapierre for NRA's top leadership position
By Cam Edwards | May 09, 2022, 3:30 PM ET
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The 151st Annual Meetings of the National Rifle Association are set to kick off in Houston, Texas in less than three weeks, and there’s already a lot of anticipation over this year’s meetings, which are the first to be held on a full-scale basis since 2019. Tens of thousands of NRA members are expected in Houston, and while many of them will be content to wander through the acres of guns and gear, take in some of the speeches at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, and meet and greet friends they haven’t seen since the last convention, some are heading to Houston with another item on their to-do list: replace Wayne LaPierre as the NRA’s executive vice president.

According to a press release issued today by NRA board member (and Kansas judge) Phil Journey, retired Army Lt. Col. Allen West has “answered the call” of those who say the NRA is in dire need of internal reforms and will stand for election as executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, challenging the 30-year reign of LaPierre, who has been EVP and CEO of the gun rights group since 1991. From the press release:

Col. West said, “In the military, we have a saying, it is that Warriors move to the sound of the guns. It is with sincere humility that I have consented to my nomination to be Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. History has taught us that when the people are disarmed, they are subjugated, enslaved to tyranny and totalitarianism. The Nation’s oldest civil rights institution is the National Rifle Association. I would be honored to secure that legacy going forward for future generations of legal, law-abiding American citizens and gun owners. My goals are to restore the honor, integrity, and character of this venerable organization along with refocusing on our core competencies, shooting sports/marksmanship, and defense of our Second Amendment constitutional right.”
West’s potential challenge to the current NRA leadership has been rumored for several days now, but this would seem to make it official. It’s worth noting that in West’s comment he doesn’t directly refer to Wayne LaPierre or the investigation of the organization by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who originally tried to dissolve the gun rights group over alleged financial misdeeds but was thwarted by a federal judge earlier this year. Instead, the judge said that James can continue to go after any individual NRA executives or board members who may have violated the law but can’t try to “help” NRA members by scuttling their organization, which would only harm the interests of NRA members.

James recently responded with an amended complaint seeking the removal of Wayne LaPierre and NRA general counsel John Frazer, while also asking for an “independent compliance monitor” and “independent governance expert” to be named to oversee the organization. Former NRA board member Rocky Marshall, who’s a part of the group of “reformers” encouraging West to challenge LaPierre, said in that same press release that the “management of the NRA will be replaced at the annual meeting in Houston or by the New York courts in the upcoming trial,” and called West a “man of integrity, honesty, and humility” who is ready to lead the NRA.

Uninstalling Wayne Lapierre won’t be easy, however, and it won’t be up to NRA members, at least not directly. Instead, the position of executive vice president will be determined by a vote of the NRA’s 76 directions, and as The Reload’s Stephen Gutowski notes, a challenge by Rocky Marshall last year ended up with a lopsided victory for the incumbent.

Board member Philip Journey, alongside former board members Rocky Marshall and Bill Dailey, hopes West will have more sway with the board than when Marshall ran against LaPierre last year. LaPierre received 44 votes in that race, while Marshall got only 2. However, the roll call vote was the first official challenge to LaPierre’s leadership in years, and about 30 members of the board did not vote for either candidate.
West is a former board member himself, but that doesn’t mean that his candidacy will be any more popular than Marshall’s was a year ago. Still, West’s name and resume do mean this race should get a little more attention from members, especially since it will be taking place at the end of the first full-blown Annual Meeting since the start of the COVID pandemic. If attendees become aware and vocally supportive of West’s bid while they’re in Houston (especially at Saturday’s member’s meeting) the director’s meeting could become very interesting, but I think it will take clear signs of widespread disapproval of Wayne LaPierre on the part of the membership (including high-dollar donors) in order for West to have a real shot at winning over enough board members to be successful.
 

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News is circulating that combat veteran and former congressman Lt. Col. Allen West may challenge the leadership of Wayne Lapierre at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, TX. West is being urged to take on the LaPierre, the current exec. vice president (EVP), by a group of current and former NRA board members and lifetime members. “We need a new leader who will work to resolve the outstanding litigation in New York and the District of Columbia,” said former NRA Board member Rocky Marshall in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. “Only then will the NRA be able to effectively serve all members, especially in the crucial upcoming elections, and get the NRA back to serving our members and reaching out to the 7.5 million new gun owners since 2019,” he added. “We think Allen West is that leader.”...

Read more: West May Make A Run to Unseat LaPierre At NRA Annual Meetings - GunsAmerica Digest

... If he did run, he told Bloomberg he would seek to restore the “honor, the character and the competency” of the NRA. ...

My Life Membership, circa 1974, vote will be for the Lt. Col.. Strong ethics, moral character, and a good old fashoned house cleaning is in order. The Lt. Col. understands a thing or two about the benefits of discipline, will, and desire. For far too many years the NRA has been leaking strength, membership, and clout in direct proportions to poor leadership decisions and personal behavioral/character flaws.

They missed out with Dana several years ago. What an opportunity to attract new and retain membership, waisted.

West would be a great leader to start a new chapter!
 
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