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Re: WATCH: Shannon Watts Discusses NRA Bankruptcy Trial on Maddow — ‘The NRA used to be a power broker and now they’re just broken’

April 7, 2021

As the NRA bankruptcy begins Day 3 today (and exposes further extravagant spending and financial mismanagement), Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts joined The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC last night. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre is expected to testify during today’s trial, which begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts

  • “Wayne LaPierre is a man who has spent years and made millions of dollars saying the only protection from a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. And basically what he’s saying now is the only protection is actually a good friend with a 100-foot yacht.” 
  • The NRA’s “lawyer has even said we should expect more ‘cringeworthy’ revelations. So, the NRA’s best argument seems to be: ‘yes, we looted, yes, we set this horrific fire, but look how hard we’re trying to put it out.’”
  • “Let’s be clear, the NRA used to be a powerbroker and now they’re just broken.”
  • “While [the NRA] is busy in bankruptcy court, our 6 million supporters are demanding action, demanding more than thoughts and prayers. In fact we have this Road Trip for Background Checks and over the next 10 days our volunteers are going across the country — 60 stops in 22 states, very COVID-safe, about 16,000 miles long — and we’re telling D.C. where this will culminate that we want our Senators to act. And this is the perfect time. Our organization and movement is stronger than it’s ever been, the NRA is weaker than they’ve ever been.”

Watch the full interview here and learn more about the Road Trip for Background Checks here.

For further, detailed information about the NRA and the consequences of this week’s trial, please email [email protected]. Everytown has also chronicled court filings and news articles about the various NRA scandals at A specific page dedicated to filings in the bankruptcy can be found at

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