Guns and Ammo has an editorial on the NRA’s situation. Among other points:
“Since April 2019, 23 notable former board members resigned from the organization including Pete Brownell, a former NRA President; Julie Golob, a champion sports shooter; Richard Childress, NASCAR team owner; and Duane Liptak, EVP for Magpul Industries, just to name a few. On July 30, 2021, Ted Nugent added his name to the resignation list, as well as Owen “Buz” Mills. Many, though not all, publicly cited the failures in leadership displayed by senior executives or questioned spending. High-profile former leaders also include former President Lt. Col. Oliver North and Chris Cox, the former executive director of the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA). The ongoing controversies have created speculation on whether this year’s NRA Annual Meetings were canceled for other reasons, and COVID-19 happened to be a convenient reason.”
There’s a poll at the bottom in which you might want to vote. We know this is stirring up a hornet’s nest. Director Marion Hammer used her email list to attack the “hateful” article and encouraged list members to vote in the poll.
Update: After Ms. Hammer’s email to her list, the poll had 250 or so responses, the great majority for I trust the NRA completely. Then word got around, and with nearly 3,000 responses, it’s 87% for I’ll only contribute when LaPierre is removed or have completely lost trust.
Ms. Hammer’s response, to her email list:
“Just before 8pm last night, I sat back down at my computer to look at the poll. I was somewhat shocked to see that our support had dropped significantly to 61%. I didn’t think much of it and figured the NRA haters had marshaled an effort against us, just as I had asked you to vote.
“After a few minutes of reading some email, I went back to the page and refreshed it. In a matter of minutes, that number had dropped to less than 50%. I checked in again an hour and half later it had dropped to 19%. Now, I’m certainly not a computer expert — heck, I don’t even do any social media at all — but even I know that is just not legitimately possible.
“This morning I spoke to a couple of folks who are computer experts. Both – separately – told me that there is no humanly possible way for those numbers to drop that fast. In essence both experts told me that they believed the numbers were being artificially manipulated. Needless to say, I was annoyed and angry. But I think there are some good takeaways here for us.
“Like we always do, we marshaled a true grassroots army of individuals and we prevailed. I suspect that our enemies saw the results and probably had an “Oh crap moment” and decided to change the results.”
We don’t know if Ms. Hammer thinks that Guns and Ammo is her enemy and manipulating the figures (if you think you’re progun and that Guns and Ammo is your enemy, better do some re-thinking) or if she thinks that antigunners read Gun and Ammo, or if she thinks that somebody hacked Guns and Ammo just to spite her. But it is starting to seem paranoid. Also, detached from reality. She didn’t muster a “true grassroots army,” she mustered a couple hundred readers of her email list to try to “fix” the poll in NRA leadership’s favor. The other side mustered a grassroots army ten times as large, and she lost.