This Week, Everytown Support Fund Released A New Report Chronicling The NRA’s Year of Chaos
Today, the National Rifle Association will hold its rescheduled 2021 annual meeting in Charlotte. While we won’t know for sure until Saturday, NRA President Carolyn Meadows’ recent confirmation that she won’t be running for another term likely sets the stage for current NRA 1st Vice President Charles Cotton to become the new NRA president and Willes Lee to ascend to 1st Vice President (setting him up to be next in line to the NRA presidency). Everytown experts are available to discuss the state of play for the organization.
While the power and influence they have built will take years to dissipate fully, the NRA has been through a year marked by internal chaos, from the NRA’s failed bankruptcy earlier this year to continued legal battles in the many cases facing it.
Below are three questions for the NRA as it pretends to turn a new leaf while pushing its deadly agenda.
- Did Wayne LaPierre fly to the Charlotte meeting by private jet? LaPierre’s lavish perks have been at the center of much of the NRA’s legal woes, especially travel by private jet. LaPierre should publicly confirm how he got to Charlotte this weekend — and if it was by a private jet paid for by the NRA.
- After all the legal trouble that has centered around LaPierre and other executives, will the NRA double down by re-electing him and making his loyalists its new President and 1st Vice President? The NRA faces a big decision this weekend, as it elects new board leadership — and decides whether to re-elect LaPierre. If it chooses to double-down on the leaders and allies who got them into this mess, it will be clear that little has changed at the organization.
- After pushing extremist policies over the objections of law enforcement, will the NRA officially add opposing law enforcement to its agenda? Over the past few years, the NRA has increasingly found itself not only at odds with the public at large, but with law enforcement as well. Earlier this year, the Associated Press detailed how police have vocally opposed dangerous NRA-backed policies like permitless carry.
This week, Everytown released a new report, “Broken and Bankrupt: The NRA in 2021,” chronicling the NRA’s past year defined by mismanagement, chaos, and legal investigations. Everytown has extensive information about the lawsuits against the NRA and additional context at NRAWatch.org. For further information about the state of play for the NRA, please email [email protected].