Oh yeah. That's another issue I have with the NRA. Can you say "monopoly?" Most gun clubs across the nation require NRA membership as a prerequisite to joining....and the CMP requires you to be a member to purchase one of their rifles...and the concealed carry requirements for NRA sanctioned training you mentioned above...and I'm sure there are other examples. That's the problem here. An organization gets so big that it begins to operate more like a labor union eg. "you can't do this or that unless you are a dues paying member."On of the biggest dynamics on top of all this is that many states require an NRA firearms training certificate to get a carry license. Arizona required that of me even after I sent in the course completion from a retired military Police academy firearms instructor who had not completed the NRA falderal. I got the NRA certificate additionally and ended up getting the AZ license in addition to my CT LTC
CMP requires that you belong to a club that is NRA affiliated for competition type shooting. The particular club may or may not require that you are also an NRA member. That requirement may change in light of the recent scandals with the NRA. I still think that NRA can fix their issues if they really want to. Let that be a lesson that in any organization you need to always have multiple leaders and a board of directors that do not allow the organization to stray from their cause. That is why it is very important to screen any person who will be in a leadership position and there should be very strict organization rules and power to kick out any leader if they are not serving the interest of the whole club.Oh yeah. That's another issue I have with the NRA. Can you say "monopoly?" Most gun clubs across the nation require NRA membership as a prerequisite to joining....and the CMP requires you to be a member to purchase one of their rifles...and the concealed carry requirements for NRA sanctioned training you mentioned above...and I'm sure there are other examples. That's the problem here. An organization gets so big that it begins to operate more like a labor union eg. "you can't do this or that unless you are a dues paying member."
I hope you are correct, but TBH fixing their problems is a pretty tall order. For people like me, anything they do is probably a case of too little too late. In fact, I think the NYAG's actions are a blessing to the NRA and couldn't have happened at a better time in the organizations history. It's popularity with members is at an all time low after the spending revelations. The NRA...or I should say Lapierre...is exploiting the current situation and rallying members by presenting the NYAG as the latest anti-gun boogie man.I still think that NRA can fix their issues if they really want to.
They are both 2nd A patriots with very different opinions on how the 2nd A should be defended and promoted. Both could have a very big impact on the future of the NRA. I think the NRA needs to salvage their core (Life Members and Instructors).even though I have a feeling they really don't "bond", I'd bet that Ollie North and Ted Nugent could have a big impact on changing the current status of the NRA.
I'm not sure I agree. Even if your "divide and conquer from within" theory is correct, it was the NRA's own mismanagement which left it vulnerable to that particular angle of attack. Put another way, there is nothing the NYAG and the anti-gunners can do to the NRA which it hasn't already done to itself. The division was already there...and most all of NRA's problems came from within. I also disagree with your statement that we need to maintain the status quo and that LaPierre needs to stay on until after the next election. He needs to go NOW...for if not now, then when? What will the excuse be next time? More impending gun control legislation that needs fixed? That there is the problem and it is why the leadership keeps on keepin on. They will always have some urgent matter, some boogie man to present to their followers to keep them supporting the organization. In fact, people like Bloomberg and the antis are the best friends that the NRA has...because they have kept it in business all these years and as long as they are out there in the world, the NRA is guaranteed to exist and profit. Make no mistake, the NRA is in the business of peddling fear...which keeps people sending checks. Keep in mind that LaPierre has been at the head of the NRA for almost 30 years now. That alone is a good enough reason for changing leadership RIGHT NOW. Name me any other corporation where the CEO there has held their position for almost three decades. We have term limits for our President in the White House...and for a very good reason. With the exception of the late Fidel Castro I can't even think of many dictator-style leaders overseas who have been in power 30 years...not Putin, not Xi-Jinping, not Maduro probably not the Iranian Ayatollahs. LaPierre needs to go...and I'm not the only one saying it.This a purely political act driven by an AG elected with George Soros money. The purpose is to divide and conquer the NRA from within. As you can tell from this thread, it is working. There are people on here whose sole purpose is to stoke dissent within the ranks and drive a wedge between NRA members and dilute their political influence. Keep that in mind. WLP needs to go- AFTER THE NEXT ELECTION. In the meantime, we need all four of the major pro-gun organizations to protect our rights.