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Find Mark Walters to Learn More About the 2nd Amendment Beyond the NRA
"People where they can find you because I want them to be informed when it comes to our Second Amendment right in our rights or our God given right to be able to defend ourselves. Armed American radio Carl airs every day four to 6 p.m. eastern one to three Pacific. You can look me up at armed American radio for a station to listen or you can watch or listen to the show live on the website. And of course my huge Sunday show airing on over 200 plus radio stations for the last 14 years also available for you at armed American radio dot com. And if you want up to the minute real news separated from real opinion, you can visit armed American news to get your news specifically related to the Second Amendment. And just real quick, let me mention this for those of you that are looking for another outlet beyond the NRA to defend your rights. Mark is on the board of the Second Amendment, foundation. That's a great gun group to be a member of or a two a group to be a member of. So just I just wanted to throw that
Will the NRA Downgrade John Cornyn?
"Are the Democrats are very excited. Don't believe for one minute the media's narrative. Well, it's not everything that they wanted. Nearly 30 years of protecting the Second Amendment out the window over an 80 page gun safety bill that responds to the mass shootings and Yuval, Texas, and buffalo. 14 Republicans are a party to this. Led by John cornyn, senator John cornyn has an a plus rating from the NRA. I wonder if they'll downgrade him. Do you think John cornyn gets to keep his a plus rating? From the National Rifle Association? And you know what's incredible about this knee jerk? Path towards doing something because we got to do something, even if it means shredding the constitution. If you want to do something, well, let's start with law enforcement. Responding to a mass shooting properly.
Why Republicans Really Want to Arm Teachers
"Thing. I think we're sometimes looking at this through the wrong lens, as far as arming teachers, bringing in more security guards, bringing more cops to schools, basically turning schools into military military installments. The reason they're pushing for this should be abundantly clear, but I think the idea that it's a school is kind of sidelining us. They want to sell as many firearms as they possibly can. And so if we're talking about arming whatever it is a 100,000 teachers, we're talking about bringing in security guards, talking about hiring more cops to patrol school campuses. That's a lot of firearms. They want to, yeah. The whole mission here and it's been this way, no matter what Strata of the conversation we're talking about, the whole mission is to sell as many guns as possible. That's the chief mission of the NRA, the gun lobby at large, the Republican Party, people like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, gone down the line. They want to sell as many firearms as possible because more profits for the firearm industry, the for profit firearm industry. By the way, Second Amendment never says anything about making a profit on firearms. Maybe there's an angle there. But regardless, the whole idea is to make that profit as big as possible so that there's more money flowing around into Republican war chests. It certainly into the NRA and all the executives at the NRA. This is all intentional from a purely fiscal wealth building point of
Whoopi Goldberg Tells NRA That AR-15s Have ‘Got to Go’
"Now, I can promise you when Whoopi Goldberg makes a public appearance, she has armed protection. As you should, she's high profile, she's controversial. Nobody wants anything to happen to anybody. I don't care what your ideology is. I can promise you she is in telling her armed guards not to be armed. But she doesn't want you to be armed. Listen, this AR-15s got to go. I'm sorry. Because, you know, I think about those people up in Buffalo who are still suffering because they still can't go shop anywhere 'cause nobody will bring a supermarket where these folks are living. There is too much at stake here. Too many lives have been at stake. And too many damn little kids. I'm sick of seeing people talk about, well, we should do some. No, we should do something. And I don't care NRA. You got to give that gun up. You have your other yeehaw guns, whatever you want. The AR-15 has to go. It's not a hunting gun. It's a weapon. It is not a gun where you're going to go out and shoot your dinner. This gun is meant to kill people. That's what it's for. And you can't have it anymore.
Pres. Trump: We Must Safely Bear Arms Due to the Existence of Evil
"And it's the presence of evil as president Trump put it during his speech Friday in Houston, it's the existence of evil that should allow people law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. But the existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law abiding citizens who know how to use their weapon and can protect a lot of people. The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law abiding citizens. And that is why one of the core missions of the NRA is to train prepare and equip responsible American men and women with the knowledge and tools they need to defend themselves. Their families and their communities have to defend their communities and their families. Every single year the NRA's 125,000 certified instructors, these are highly trained, very, very capable people. They train an incredible 1 million Americans to be safer gun owners, ready to act when the situation calls. Incredible job. Isn't the contrast between Joe Biden and Donald Trump? Stunning,
NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre
"Speakers at the National Rifle Association's convention in Houston lament the Yuval di school shooting while also call for more guns and tighter school security Former president Donald Trump calls a shooting in which 19 students in their two teachers died pure evil saying people bent on killing others need to be in mental hospitals and schools have to become security bastions From this day forward every school in America should have a police officer or an armed resource officer on duty at all times Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz dismisses the calls for banning semi-automatic weapons or initiating gun restrictions Taking guns away from these responsible Americans will not make them safer Nor will it make our nation more secure The NRA says attendees will also reflect on the shooting and pray for the victims I'm Tim
President Trump Honors Uvalde Shooting Victims at NRA Convention
"At 23 And while those he slaughtered are now we've got in heaven he will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of hell As we mourn for so many beautiful victims I know that everyone here joins me in praying for the families who are suddenly missing the brightest light in their lives we see their agony We ask God to ease their suffering and to heal their pain and together we grieve side by side as one great American family
Attendees Cancel NRA Convention Appearances After Uvalde Shooting
"That's starting for a moment of the NRA because they're having their convention. I noticed that there are some people who have who are going to be there who have canceled apparently who's the guy who's sang American pie. He was supposed to perform. Play Greenwood. Barely even add but is not habits going to do a tape message, but he's not going to be there. Now, the NRA might have considered, I mean, if I were the NRA I would not cancel the convention and my reasoning would be to do that is to concede the point. The left's point that somehow the NRA is responsible for this. I responsible gun ownership is somehow responsible for what happened in uvalde and the opposite is true. In fact, if there was responsible gun possession among some of the people at the school, this would not have happened. Right, and I am a member of the NRA, I a card carrying member. I'm going to actually I need to re sign up. You need to renew. I need to renew my membership, but see the NRA is made up of responsible gun owners across the country. And so I think that you made a point because I said, well, you know, maybe they should have canceled given the circumstances and you said, yeah, but to do that would be to give it to the left, saying that, you know, we are in fact guilty. The problem is the gun. The gun. And that a convention about guns is somehow to blame. Exactly. Of course, this is what the left doesn't really like to accept human evil as residing in
Regarding Uvalde, Let's Just Take a Deep Breathe
"Ultimately, we have to just try to take a breath, lift each other up. I know there's a lot of anger right now. There's a lot of anti police sentiment that the timeline is being questioned out of uvalde. A lot of people wondering why it took them so long to go in, there's going to be a lot of second guessing. There's a lot of armchair quarterbacking going on. I don't like it because I don't like the way police get smacked around. I don't like the way we attack police as a society. I don't like what Black Lives Matter. I don't like what so many cop hating people with an agenda are saying right now if the law enforcement community in ivaldi made mistakes, then they need to be held accountable for that. It's really hard to see the video of these parents, these anguished parents calling these cops and saying, get in there, get in there. I know it. I get it. They're being second guessed. They're being attacked. Ultimately, let's just take a deep breath. Let's pump the brakes a little bit and let's relax on the rhetoric. Let's at least let these children be buried. Let's get through the funerals. Let's get through Biden's visit because lord knows what that's going to bring. Let's just we got the NRA convention in Houston, protests swirling around that. Trump is speaking there today, I believe, and people are furious that there will still be an NRA convention. What were they supposed to do? Cancel it?
NRA says it is "committed to making schools secure" and Texas convention will still go on
"Three days after the horrific school shooting and you've all been Texas former president Donald Trump will headline at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston It's a memorial weekend event build as a Texas sized celebration of freedom firearms in the NRA with 14 acres of guns and gear Leaders say attendees will reflect on the school shooting and pledged to redouble their commitment to making schools secure Texas senator Ted Cruz and South Dakota governor Kristi Noem are expected to speak Texas governor Greg Abbott who was slated to attend will instead address the convention by pre recorded video Democrat beto o'rourke who's running for governor says he'll be attending protests outside the convention center Some speakers and performers have dropped out Texas senator John cornyn and congressman Dan Crenshaw are no longer attending and country singer Larry gatlin said he's come to believe background checks would be a step in the right direction NRA member Gary Francis traveled from Wisconsin to attend the meeting He said he opposes any gun control regulations in response to the shooting what happened there is obviously tragic
Biden to console families in Uvalde, press for action
"President Biden will visit Texas on Sunday following a horrific school shooting and you've all the Texas White House spokeswoman karine Jean Pierre says President Biden in the First Lady will travel there on Sunday and meet with community leaders religious leaders and victims families To show their support for the community during this devastating time and to be there for the families of the victims The visit comes on the day the National Rifle Association wraps up a three day annual meeting in Houston 80% of NRA members support background checks And remarks on Wednesday the president called on lawmakers to come together to address gun violence and tighten gun laws in response to the shooting When in God's name will we do what needs to be done to if not completely stop fundamentally change the amount of the carnage that goes on in this country Jennifer King Washington
NRA says it is "committed to making schools secure" and Texas convention will still go on
"I'm Mike Gracia reporting the NRA stages its big show in Texas days after the ivaldi school massacre Three days after the deadly school shooting in ivaldi Texas the National Rifle Association opens its annual convention in Houston today Former president Donald Trump is scheduled to be the headline speaker but other speakers and performers including two Texas lawmakers and American pie singer Don McLean have backed out with emotions running high after the killings of 19 children and two teachers in uvalde and less than two weeks after the deadly buffalo supermarket attack in which ten black people were killed chief Troy finner says Houston police already
"nra" Discussed on Planet Money
"Going to be the worst thing you can imagine. Wow. Okay, so that's Marion hammer calling some of their own members wackos. Hillbillies, idiots, I mean, it sounds like they're really almost embarrassed by some of their own members. I mean, there's always been this divide between NRA officials and their most right-wing members, right? That there are the people who are trying to run the organization, try to mainstream their view of gun politics, and then there are these members who are more ideological and more aggressive about what the Second Amendment should mean for America. And what you're hearing is they're worried that these people will show up after a mass shooting and embarrass the organization. After the break, what the NRA ultimately decides to do about this meeting and how that changed gun politics in America. This message comes from NPR sponsor, inspire, clean energy. Inspire is a residential claim energy company that matches the electricity, your home runs on with 100% clean, renewable energy. By switching to and inspire clean energy plan, you can make an even bigger impact than recycling for 7 years. It's as easy as signing up in minutes. Sign up today and get a free month at inspire clean energy dot com. Terms and conditions apply. This message comes from NPR sponsor Dell, save up to 45% on secure PCs built for business with Windows 10 pro during Dell Technologies, summer sale event. Take the lead with Windows 10 pro devices. Call 8 7 7 ask Dell for a Dell Technologies adviser. All right, we are back. I'm Tom dry's book. And we've been talking about the different camps within the NRA and this internal debate over what the organization to do about its big upcoming meeting after the Columbine shooting. That meeting was supposed to take place in Denver, Colorado, not far from the shooting. And some of the NRA said they should delay the meeting, some said, move it somewhere else. Some said create a victims fund. Another said, don't back down. Don't change anything. So Tim, what did they ultimately decide? What they really do is they land on a middle ground that they're going to cancel the festivities and the exhibit hall, but they are going to still plan for the meeting itself. I think we're all kind of reaching consensus here. I mean, nobody likes the situation, but I think what we have is a kind of architecture here for trying to make the best of it. And that's what we just have to work like hell for, is that this strategy is to live another day at this point. You bet. And what they're really relying here is on the strength of their message and the people who will deliver it. And that's Wayne Lapierre, of course, and the NRA president at the time, Charlton Heston. And for people who don't know, Charlton Heston was a longtime Hollywood actor. He was in Planet of the Apes, the version from the 60s, and then he went on to become the public face of the NRA in the late 90s and early 2000s. That's right, all based on the strength of his kind of booming godlike voice. Literally, wasn't he Moses? How can I lead this people out of bondage? What words can I speak that they will heed? So yeah, he plays, he plays Moses in the ten commandments, right? So that gives you a sense of the sort of almost moral authority he drew from his acting career. So we have the same right as all other citizens to be here. To help shoulder the grief to share our sorrow and to offer our respectful reassured voice to the national discourse that has erupted around this tragedy. Yeah, it's interesting hearing a lot of that message now coming through this incredible booming voice of Charlton Heston, our words and our behavior will be scrutinized more than ever this morning. Those who are hostile towards us will lie in wait to seize on a stunned bite out of context. Ever searching for an embarrassing moment to ridicule us. So let us be mindful. The eyes of the nation are upon us today. It's almost like Charlton Heston is, it sounds like it's trying to talk to them to say, be careful because of Columbine, the cameras are really on us, you know, think about what you say before you say it. Is that him trying to kind of reign those folks in at least on behalf of the leadership? That really seems to be what's happening here, right? That you hear them translating what they were strategizing about into a warning for some of their own members who, behind the scenes, they.
New Details Emerge About Uvalde School Shooting
"We've now learned that in fact the mayor murder was confronted when he went into the school by an armed guard And they exchanged fire and apparently as reported Ramos ran down a small hallway with short hallway And that's when he barricaded himself into the classroom Where he murdered everybody I mean the 19 children and two teachers And oddly enough last night I told you good lord he shot enough kids to be in a single classroom apparently that's what he did And one of the teachers ran to the window to try and let the kids out and he murdered her So when you have people going around yelling at the Republicans or it's the NRA and the gun law these are very cold people
Senate Judiciary Committee holds nomination hearing for ATF head
"A day after a mass shooting at a Texas school kills 19 children and two adults the Senate holds a hearing on a new ATF head Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee President Biden's nominee for ATF director Steven detel box as if confirmed he would advance the cause of public safety I vow to never let politics in any way influence my actions Senate judiciary chair dick Durbin says he's qualified and needs to be confirmed The spot went vacant for four years Why Because the gun groups wanted to go vacant They don't want a strong agency doing its job Ranking committee members senator chuck grassley says he has concerns about dental bock heading the ATF Biden had to withdraw his first ATF nominee after stalling for months because of opposition from Republicans and some Democrats the NRA claimed it campaign to keep David chipman from the post I'm Julie Walker
Larry Keane Describes the National Shooting Sport Foundation
"For our podcast listeners who may, you know, I have them very wide ranging audience some mostly conservative, but not all conservatives are probably gun owners, probably some are not. Some may not know. I mean, they're familiar with the organizations like gun owners of America. NRA, folks like that, let's take a step back a second. Let's talk about national sports shooting federation because I've gotten to know you guys. Know what you do, you're great folks, and especially for the industry part itself. Less scar there and with these ideas of shot show with the administration coming up. What is the foundation of the? Who do you work with? And let's get that foundation and also continue on this conversation. So the national student sports foundation is the firearm ammunition hunting industry sports industries trade association. Our members are and there are over 9000 members are all of the major firearms and ammunition manufacturers you've heard of. You've seen and smaller ones, you may not be as familiar with distributors and dealers, retailers. From the modern pop and the back country road in rural Georgia all the way to the big box corporate retailers like bass pro shop and such. So very broad range of members, everybody that makes something to go in on around or through firearm for hunting, shooting sports, personal protection, so ask that question, well, what's the difference between you guys and say the NRA? And the elevator speech Doug is the dividing line is to check out counter. We represent the industry from the bar stock being delivered to Smith and Wesson to make the firearm to the sell to the consumer after a background check by our retailer somewhere in the United States. And that's really
Guest Host Kurt Schlichter and NRA's Cam Edwards Discuss Firearm Rights
"Want to talk about firearm rights, the guy you go to is our next guest from bearing arms. My friend, cam Edwards, cam. Welcome to the Mike Gallagher show. Hi, can you appreciate the invite? Always good to be here. It's a nice change of pace, because when I was beginning in this, I would do your weekly show or I do your show every week. And that's right. Where's my chops? So to speak. Well, listen, it's cool to have the shoe on the other foot, but you are still an occasional guest on the bearing arms game in W podcast, and I get the opportunity to sit in. You are also a gracious guest as well. So it's good to have this conversation. I'm really glad you got a chance to go shooting. Over the years. I did. I did. I was shot various weapons with members of the family because that's what you do in Texas. 32 caliber Glock, small small frame was not impressed by it. 9 millimeters small frame Glock, not impressed by that either, although I like Glock. And an AR-15 derivative. And nice 22. Those are what we shot? Nice. That's fantastic. Good for you. Yeah. Now, of course, I can't conceal carry because I'm in Los Angeles and all I am is a 27 year army veteran who literally carried a machine gun on the streets of Los Angeles. But in Texas, I could. So I was kind of trying out my conceal carry options. Oh, nice. You know what? I'm actually curious. You should do a science experiment in the new year because Alex villanueva, the sheriff there and LA county. He's liberalized his approval of concealing applications. And that means they've gone from like, okay, can you remind they're like 10 million people in Los Angeles County. Last year, I think there were 200 active concealed carry permits. I think now they're over a thousand. No. One thing you can say, look, man, 400% increase the number of kids you'll carry licenses. But as you say, it's still incredibly difficult. Look, it's not difficult. It's impossible
Dr. Ben Carson on Continuing the American Fight for Freedom
"I have the joy and privilege to speak with doctor Ben, Carson, who has so many things I could use to describe him, I will just say that let's just say he was one of the top of brain surgeons in the world. We'll leave it at that. 60 honorary doctorates. That's just showing off doctor Carson. Was that really necessary? That's just embarrassing. Now, now let me ask you a question. What's the last time you got an NRA doctor? 'cause you know, I think once you get with the Trump gang, those invitations go away. Oh, there's no question about that. A couple of years. It's kind of funny, isn't it? Suddenly, suddenly you're not so wonderful. What happened to you? And once people discover that you're conservative or that you don't follow the thinking that they envision. But that's all the more reason that we have to continue to fight. We have to fight for the freedom in our country. Freedom of speech, freedom of thought. And all you have to do is think back to Venezuela. I've been visited Venezuela a number of times before they turn directly socialists. Very prosperous country. Number one economy in South America, beautiful hotels and resorts and museums and shopping centers. The biggest controversy that the people had was whether or not they were the most beautiful people in the world. That's what they talked about all the time. And now look at them. Worst economy in South America, people fleeing for their freedom, almost overnight. And if you don't think that that can happen in this country, no country ever thinks it can happen there, and then it happens. And that's why we have to so jealously, guard our freedoms, and when we see them slipping away in any manner, be it a vaccine mandate or anything else, we really have to be willing to stand up for what we believe
"nra" Discussed on Red, Blue, and Brady
"I'm jay jay and i'm kelly. Red balloon brady Today we're digging into a story that has been the headlines a lot in twenty twenty one and that's the misbehavior and machination of the national rifle association. Yeah just can't seem to stay out of the news on soda. Really cover everything that's been going on with them or joined by someone who has been researching and writing stories on gun violence. The gun lobby for so long. Journalist tim mack. Yay and tim join us this week to discuss his new book misfire inside the downfall. The nra which the wild blistering expose of the national rifle association. So my name is kim. Mac and on the washington invest who correspondent for npr. So what that means is that i do a lot of punahou investigations and you know one of the matters that i've been looking into for a long time. Is the national lifeless issue in. The book got started a few years ago with some reporting that i did about maria patina or we can talk a little bit more about that later. But she's the person who got charged with being a russian agent and one of the things she was trying to do in the united states was that she was getting in tight with. Nra officials in other words trying to infiltrate the nra as a way to exercise plo power. And that's kind of that. Was that was kind of my introduction to the national rifle association. One thing led to another and here. I am writing a book about the inner workings of the organization. So so the book itself is is what happened behind the scenes. What happened in the conference rooms. What happened inside. Enter each queue. What happened in various places where this story about. How gum policy was determined and all this drama about the clouds. The nra all developed a less decade. And i think for listeners. Who may go like. Oh look look at son's really serious or stodgy. I were shocked by how this really is a book. All about the chaos. The nra seems to be like you think of it is being this big monolithic organisation. Or at least. I do it when it turns out that is that is not things are not okay inside inside the organization. Yeah the national rifle. Association has kind of been a black box to a lot of outside observers. Right there have not been a lot of folks who have been able to peek behind the curtain. See who are these people who is wayne lapierre. What is his personality. What are his course. is he. Competent is he. Incompetent is the courageous is a cowardly. There have been folks who have really been able to penetrate pass that first layer behind the press releases and the the pr to show what the organization is like on the inside. And when i started you know reporting and researching on the organization. You're right. I mean it's a behemoth right. It's it raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And so you think oh well they must be capable of all sorts of things they must be running you know xyz programs and they must be doing it with this kind of ferocious efficiency but when you kind of look inside the organization you see that there's a lot of bungling there's a lot of corruption. There's a lot of almost comedic incompetence Inside the organization as kind of developed over the last decade. In to your point about you know we may hear of these mythical figures somewhat mythical figures like wayne lapierre but we don't really know who they are or what they're really like. Could you talk a little bit about who wayne lapierre really is and why is he so important to what's happened with the nra will. So i found really interesting about wayne is that you get a portrait of him as as a human in this in this book that until now it's all been methology you you've probably seen images of him looking like a greek god at nra conventions and things like that but very few people have Have been able to report out who he is as a person and you find that. He's a very absent minded indecisive person a person who loves the perks of running a multi million dollar nonprofit organization but also someone who kind of get the sense doesn't wanna be there right that he kind of fell backwards into repeated promotions. The organization has somehow woken up one day and he realizes i'm in charge of the national rifle association arguably one of the most powerful political organizations all of america. And you see that he. He takes this position not with the greek degree of responsibility but also with the large degree of self. Pity what does this mean for me when a mass shooting happens. That's like one of the themes of the book is that whenever there are really big events like a mass shooting wayne will react by going to hide her by saying this is gonna be terrible for me personally and you see the book paints a portrait of man in a very different way than we've been led to believe through the various. Pr pushes that have made him out to be. Some sort of almost god like figure. At the head of the second amendment movement in the united states will end. It doesn't based on the research that you did. It doesn't even seem like he's a man who seems to enjoy shooting or firearms or sports shooting or anything like that. It seems like he's almost sort of. There's numerous stories that one. He doesn't really practice firearm safety. To begin with and to the it doesn't seem like it's an area of interest for him so you're right it does seem like he kind of woke up one day and went. Oh my god. I run the. Nra they used to be a joke at nra. Each cue that those who misbehaved or did then meet their quota or whatever Would their punishment would be to go hunting with wayne or to go shooting with way. You really get the sense from people who know him really really well. That wing does not enjoy shooting at all. It does not enjoy the sport of it. Doesn't enjoy talking about guns. Or the various features a lot of people in america who enjoy collecting firearms sesa rising firearms shooting hunting and weighing up here from everything that i know about him. Just doesn't enjoy any of those things. He enjoys the politics of a whip count. He enjoys how does legislation get passed and he originally started the nra as a lobbyist and as a lower level obvious and kind of moved his way through the organization until he became the ceo over several decades but when it comes to whether or not he's a good shot all evidence suggests he's not a good shot and not only that he's kind of bummbly. He's he's nervous. He's he's. He's not someone who who practices as you said firearm safety. He's been known to be distracted and point firearms in the direction of people. Obviously a flag people. He is not. I think the bottom line is he's not he's not a particularly competent firearm user owner. You really get the sense from people who know him really really well. That wing does not enjoy shooting at all. It does not enjoy the sport of it doesn't enjoy talking about guns or the various features are a lot of people in america joy collecting firearms successor in firearms shooting hunting. And wayne up here. Everything that i know about him just doesn't enjoy any of those things he enjoys. The politics of it he enjoys whip counts. He enjoys how does legislation passed.
Ransomware gang says it targeted National Rifle Association
"A ransomware gang known as grief says attacked the computer network of the national rifle association the hacker group grief believed to operate from Russia has published a handful of what appeared to be an array files on a dark web site some of the files relate to grants that the national rifle association has awarded and there are reports there are also minutes from a recent meeting as a way to verify the intrusion a cyber security expert Alan Lisco says it's highly unusual for a politically active group like the NRA to be targeted for a ransomware attack because he says the hackers really go after vulnerable technology not a specific organization an NRA spokesman had no comment on their electronic security I
"nra" Discussed on Red, Blue, and Brady
"Explain to you how to enter. Okay while jj. I don't know about you. But between the book and our conversation with tim i feel like i have a much better understanding of inner workings of the nra. I mean i for one. And i think i've made this clear. I could not believe how much money was just spent on nonsense. I'm yet me too. And and i'm still processing the disconnect between the nra elites and the organization's members. And i mean it just goes to show what we've always been saying brady was that the nra doesn't speak for all americans and they certainly do not speak for or represent all gun owners cyber. Oh one hundred percent. And like i've got to think that it's going to be really hard for those who have identified with the nra for like decades especially to come to terms with what the organization has become rate and so my goal for this week is to really take a long look at the exact support and what they do and to make sure that you know. I'm not being. i'm not being crafted. An also too. I think to just sort of like renew our drive here to make sure that like gun owner and gun violence survivor. Voices are being accurately represented. Yeah that's a good one. Then my goal is to continue to elevate the voices of the majority of americans who support comments gun regulations and safety practices because as we can see wayne and his buddies certainly have no interest in keeping the public's best interest at heart. So we can do that. What is your podcast. Now gonna touch with us here Phone text message simply caller texas at four eight zero seven four four three four five. Two thoughts questions concerns ideas. Whatever kelly neier standing by. Thanks for listening as always. Brady's life saving work in congress. The courts in communities across the country is made possible. Thanks to you for more information on brady or how to get involved in the fight against gun violence. Please like and subscribe to the podcast. Get in touch with us at brady. United dot org oral on social at ready buzz. Be brave and remember take action type..
"nra" Discussed on Red, Blue, and Brady
"America. Dave shape the image. They've shaved the message. They are there for a strategic communications there for crises. When wayne up here over the last few decades has needed help he has tended to turn time and time again the acronym mcqueen which for for many years was run by this guy named angus acquaint. Well and it seems like in many ways to that a lot of what eventually gets lapierre's entering raleigh trouble is at least as trying to sort of be angus in some ways like trying to wear the same very expensive suits and put together the same sort of you know high flying lifestyle. Although you lay on the bucket seems like lapeer really enjoyed his private flights about seem to be you know a fond. There's been a mass shooting. I gotta get to a yacht you know is not something i ever thought i would hear. Somebody say it comes out. Yeah think that you know wing. My hair is the head of a nonprofit organization and there are limits on what you can do. As the head of a nonprofit organization anka's mcqueen is the head of a for profit. Pr consulting firm. And he's a very flashy guy very snappy dresser hyphen clothing private jets. That was just kind of a part of the way part of the way eggs mcqueen lift his life and wayne lapierre became very close with Over the years he saw this and said why. Can't i have a part of that too and that's one of the big reasons for you. Know for the the scandal. That i'm sure a lot of your listeners have heard about which is about private jets. Extravagant meals trips to europe yachts thousands of dollars worth of hair and makeup. That like all of that kind of stems from the lapierre's kind of looking over at the people across the table from them when they're having dinner saying why can't we live that lifestyle to at least it certainly seems that way. That's how that all developed because wayne originally could not you know in the nineties. You talked away lapeer. It'd be very sloppy dresser. Une shine shoes walking around awkwardly on capitol hill as an end as a junior level. Nra lobbyist and he didn't seem to care for fancy suits or lavish meals. And now you look at today and you see that. A lot of the things that he had from self were also thanks to angus mcqueen. One of the things that strikes me too. I wanna because i'm sure most of our listeners. Obviously listening to violence prevention podcast. I'm sure you're sort of aware of sort of the sermon drug. That's happened over the last especially last like four or five years with the nra one of the things that really struck me in reading your work to is that it's not like this is. The nra was party time central for every one right. It's that there were if there's a lot of years there's a few board members at the very top groping paid but you really lay out when you interview a lot of members and staffers who exited after the response to sandy hook in portland where you know we love your doubles down with the good guy with a gun sort of mythos that they create teachers when when that kind of goes down and people start leaving you they detail folks were there like workplace. That's like all of these very stressful very broken fiefdoms with like moldy offices and just incredibly long hours for incredibly low pay you know co workers like actively fighting with one another and so it's a very. It seems that way you describe it as an exceptionally dysfunctional place to you to exist with perks if you can get to the very very top but for everyone else that it's it's certainly was. I wouldn't call. I don't know if you'd call it a labor of love. The you know the nra is is is a two-tiered organisation right for your average person. It's like they work at a nonprofit The cut off the coffee. You gotta stay at the best western. You're gonna travel coach for you. Know for the vast majority of people who work there and then for the executives and certain board members that are favored for for a long period of time it was the private jets thousands of dollars in meals extravagant clothing and there was a real break between those two. The nra is an organization like we're talking about the beginning. You think it's powerful all this money all this influence but inside it's totally dysfunctionally run. It's got all these fiefdoms with warring warlords and they're all arguing with one another. What this book does takes you into each of these chiefdoms. What do they mean. What is you know how did how did. Nra headquarters fight with its lobbyists. Why were there was their continuing sorts of tension. Why did the executives and those who actually did the did the work at Those that are actually doing the work at that. The what was. There's so much tension between those groups of people and so what we do. Is we take you behind the scenes and show you what was happening inside the organization in you actually broke one of the stories that sort of emblematic of this dysfunction. In the victims in february of two thousand seventeen and that's the story of maria boutin. Ah russia and the nra and so. I'm wondering if possible if you could just give us sort of a short version of what that story is in in. How does that. Sort of convey this dysfunction if it is possible to give a short forum. We'll let me try to simplify it as much as possible. But the bottom line was the the nra in twenty thirteen in two thousand. Fifteen sent delegations to moscow and you might think listen organization basically united states that is dedicated to advancing Gun rights in america. Why would they send a delegation to moscow. And that was the question that i asked when i first got into this story. What are the connections between this Russian citizen were Tina and the national rifle association. And why would it. Why would benefit the national rifle association to be associated with her. And you know there were a lot of questions about how or whether rambo tina was Was helping the national rifle association. But what you find in the end is that the national rifle association repeatedly went out of its way to help out. Maria bettina was later charged with being a foreign agent of the russian government without properly being registered. It just it seems. And i highly recommend that everyone read it because it was one of those things where every time i kept going i was like. You can't like eat it. It reads very much. Like if it were and i believe in fact an remember the comment like if it were. Tom clancy novel. You'd be like this one's a little bit too far. This is a little bit zero trophy. But it's real. And i think what got laid out really well is that there is a comedy of errors happening within the nra of just things of assistance. Getting money for their kids weddings and And then also. Rascal flats is brought in for a concert. And it's just it's just all of these levels of sort of graft that if you're a nonprofit you cannot participate in things you for listening familiar. There are very strict rules. On what a nonprofit can spend money on and how that money can be spent and when you do spend money. There are very strict reporting mechanisms for it. You can't just sort of decide to buy two hundred bottle of wine several days a week like that's not how it shakes out and that certainly wasn't the image that i think. Nra donors regretting either true for the most part. I think very few flying in private jets. Like most americans shopping on rodeo drive and getting sort participate in this very fancy lifestyle and i think what what i mean just to kind of look at the narrative arc the book. I mean this book takes you from the ascendancy.
"nra" Discussed on Red, Blue, and Brady
"Hey i'm jay. Jay and i'm kelly and together co-hosts here ra- bloomberg brady welcome. Welcome everybody and we're so happy to be here and happy that you're with us for our alleging view the episode same vibe here and yet that's wild. Crime has gone so quickly. I told you this guy. But just i cannot tell you how much during this every single week has meant to be. It's a huge privilege. And i honestly i think i had the best job in the world and that's super because of all of you who listen and every week join us in the fight against gun violence. So i was the best job ever that i hope goes away. That is the paradox of working in Gdp in i mean. Yeah i kind of weasel my way into this co host slot. And i like you. Jj this is one of my favorite things that i do and i honestly can't believe that i get to do this because we talked to the most amazing people all the time and jj and i often message each other and be like we talked to people who are incredibly inspirational. Who are really reminding us of why we do the work that we do. And why this is so important. And it's a huge privilege and a huge honor every time anyone comes here to tell us their story or share their work with us or their perspective with us. We don't take for granted. Absolutely not although i do i gotta i got to disagree with you. Kelly definitely wasn't always willing to you. Kelly please so unusual that worked out. Okay mutual mutual codependency and slang. I'll take it and someone who i think is so emblematic of just being a fantastic person. Guest someone who. I'm so glad we got one hundred. Fiftieth episode is someone who's been researching and writing stories on gun violence and the gun lobby for so long journalist. Tim mack yes to join us this week to discuss his new book misfire inside the downfall of the nra which is truly wild. It's a blistering expose of the national rifle association. And i think very very helpful to anyone listening who cares about gun violence prevention. So my name is kim mac and on the washington. Investigative correspondent for npr. So what that means is that i do a lot of political investigations and you know one of the the matters that i've been looking to for a long time. Is the national rifle association in had said. The book started a few years ago with some reporting that i did about marie patina or we can talk a little bit more about that later. But she's the person who got charged with being a russian agent and one of the things she was trying to do in the united states was that she was getting in tight with. Nra officials in other words trying to infiltrate the ira as a way to exercise political power. And that's kind of that was four years ago and that was kind of my introduction to the national rifle association one thing led to another and here i am writing a book about the inner workings of the organization. So what the so. The book itself is is what happened behind the scenes. What happened in the conference rooms. What happened inside. Nra each queue. What happened in various places where this story about. How gum policy was determined. And all this drama about the cops. The ira all developed over the last decade and i think for listeners who may go like a book on the internet sounds really serious or stodgy were shocked by how this really is a book. All about the chaos at the nra seems to be like you think of it is being this big monolithic organisation. Or at least. I do when it turns out that is that is not things are not okay inside inside the organization yes. The national rifle association has black box to a lot of outside observers. Right there have not been a lot of folks who have been able to peek behind the curtain and see who are these people like. Who is wayne lapierre. What is his personality. What are his course. Is he competent. Is he incompetent is the courageous is a cowardly there. Haven't been folks who have really been able to penetrate pass that first layer behind the press releases and the pr to show what the organization is like on the inside and when i started reporting and researching on the organization. You're right. I mean it's a behemoth right. It's it raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year. And so you think oh well they must be capable of all sorts of things they must be running you know xyz programs and they must be doing it with this kind of ferocious efficiency but when you kind of look inside the organization you see that there's a lot of bungling there's a lot of corruption. There's a lot of almost comedic incompetence Inside the organization as it kind of developed a decade in to your point about you know we may hear of these mythical figures somewhat mythical figures like wayne lapierre's but we don't really know who they are or what they're really like. Could you talk a little bit about who lapeer really is. And why is he so important to what's happened with nra. What i found really interesting about wayne is that you get a portrait of him as as a human in this in this book that until now it's all been kinda mythology you've probably seen images of him looking like a greek god at nra conventions and things like that but very few people have Have been able to report out who he is as a person and you find that he's a very kind of absent minded Indecisive person a person who loves the perks of running a multi million dollar nonprofit organization but also someone who kind of get the sense doesn't want to be there right that he kind of felt backwards into repeated promotions that the organization has somehow woken up one day and he realizes i'm in charge of the national rifle association arguably one of the most powerful political organizations all of america. And you see that he. He takes this position not with a great degree of responsibility but all almost the large degree of self pity. What does this mean for me when a mass shooting happens. That's like one of the themes of the book is that whenever there are really big events like a mass shooting wayne will react by going into hiding by saying this is gonna be terrible for me personally and you see the book paints a portrait of the man in a very different way than we've been led to believe through the various. Pr pushes.
"nra" Discussed on GunGuyTV: A Firearms
"Now back to the NRA just recently. I've given you my whole spiel now. Okay. Just recently. A local Second Amendment Organization, decided to go after the NRA, I'm not gonNa tell you which one and I'm not gonNa tell you where because I don't WanNa get into calling people out here but they did and they've got an made a video about it and they made a big stink about Iran I thought that was very unwise at this time we are in the middle of a presidential election cycle in which NRA support is more important than trying to get rid of people that we don't like an NRA that you know Wayne here perhaps being one of them right now. Tearing each other apart and using this opportunity to attack one another. Is Not a good thing if anything let's support one another. So I'm going to declare my support right now for the National Rifle Association which I've done many times. I do think after the election's over that Wayne Lapierre's should retire and that we do need to drain the swamp within the National Rifle Association. But now is not the time to do it. The NRA is currently according to a news article. I saw which I may have just mentioned that I'm halfway through a cup of coffee. So if I haven't I'll mention to you. Now there's a news article in which one a member of NRA's management or something was quoted as saying that NRA has been increasing its membership by one thousand members. Since June. Well that's a really good thing. That's a good thing because an arrangement struggling for awhile financially with some other things because of all the attacks on it. But if they're getting a thousand members at daily, tells me a lot one tells me people do support the national rifle. Association also tells me there's an awful lot of brand new gun owners out there who are joining an array because they see nra the premier organization to protect their rights and they're concerned they're gonNA lose their rights if basement Biden of slow Joe Biden if Joe, Biden Ido no. Just my sister and my wife is elected and you know what they're right if he's elected where you're going to have a battle for our rights that is unprecedentedly difficult and we could very well lose them. So, keeping Mr Trump in the oval office is a very good thing and keeping Joe Biden out is a very good thing. So the fact that people are joining on Iran I think is very positive. Now is not the time for me or any other voice out there in the Second Amendment community if we are community and I, hope we are to start ragging on NRA. If we're going to do that. Let's wait till after the election, and then we can go after trying to drain the swamp within the National Rifle Association. Likewise, I would urge those who are part of other organizations not to use this opportunity as a bludgeon to beat an array with for the purpose of expanding their own membership it's time for us to pull together, not attack one. Another and I gotTa tell you. I think that these this attack on the interest going to backfire and I'm not the only one. If you look at the news from yesterday or even today, you're going to see a lot of people commenting in that fashion that this attack on the NRA is going to backfire. In fact Jason Chaffetz I think is his name as a former. Congressman or former senator or something I don't remember. But anyway, he had a an interesting statement, the other day I I read I had to find it for you but this is his statement I don't hear anything new with regard to the AG stuff I don't hear anything new..
"nra" Discussed on WLS-AM 890
"They say that the NRA quote musters its considerable wealth and organizational strength to promote gun ownership and insight gun owners to acts of violence there's no evidence that the NRA insights gun owners to acts of violence that's absurd and yes they do promote gun ownership so do I I'm not a terrorist and that is a San Francisco is now in the business of labeling people terrorists who disagree with them now we are getting into the realm of the dangerous so you move from normal political manipulation that is bad stuff Mitch McConnell stuff. two eight two abnormal political manipulation members of the media attacking people for precisely the opposite of what they're saying to openly labeling everybody to open labeling everybody who you don't like some sort of terrorist. the declaration according to the San Francisco board of supervisors reads quote all countries have violent and hateful people but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large capacity magazines thanks in large part to the national rifle association's influence. how delightful hello okay so all of this is incredibly divisive and then we get to the final step so that one is is bad because that is an actual board of government labeling fellow citizens terrorists on the basis of their belief system which is really nasty and let us not forget that the entire left has suggested that if you use inflammatory language about the positions of people on the left that your inciting violence against them so if you say the L. had a more is a bad person an anti semite she says the or inciting violence against her if you suggest that we should to leaves belief system is wrong and nasty then your inciting violence against her in some sort of way if you label everybody in the United States who supports the second amendment harassed apparently that's totally okay in San Francisco if you live in the NRA which is again a law abiding first amendment exercising organization a terrorist organization that's totally fine none citing violence in anyway. so all of that is that but here's the thing all of that is also unsuccessful. it is no matter how much the San Francisco board of supervisors yells at the NRA that is not going to be an effective pressure tactic because the array is the interact the fact is the Bloomberg could have reported this valley falls in and if we fall sin and the trump administration had just stood strong and fought back they really couldn't have gotten anything done they also shouldn't resign the fact is that in Washington post can write as many editorials as it could possibly want about Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and he's not going to do their bidding he is not going to care he's not going to do their bidding because those are not his constituents none of the people who write for The Washington Post editorial board our our voters in his state of Kentucky. so this has pushed the left to a new form of power politics and that is the exercise of power politics in the corporate sphere now there are times when the exercise of power politics in the corporate sphere is actually good or justified right so let's take an example so back in the nineteen sixties nineteen fifties there were segregated businesses and private people decided to boycott those businesses in order to end segregation so for example the more it's counter. in the early nineteen sixties the Woolworth's lunch counter was segregated and a bunch of civil rights activists young black students the most part went into warts and sat down at the counter and then refused at the counter and this was such a national scandal the war were actually voluntarily desegregated its counters because they didn't want the blowback. I know those those people were acting in courageous ways now have any problem with that and as a general rule it is quite possible that you can pressure a corporation to quote unquote do the right thing. but what we have now seen is that that tactic has been expanded beyond its use in specific situations to simply castigate anybody who disagrees with you on matters of politics and change corporate policy from above and change corporate policy from above from the commanding heights of business. and this has grown beyond specific instances of fighting against discrimination and into we need to get our political preferences done by any means necessary including activating corporate bosses to do our bidding for us coming up the left isn't satisfied to simply say nasty things in the realm of politics or to label and remembers terrorists or anything like that no they've decided that they're going to now vote themselves into the area of corporate America end pressure.
"nra" Discussed on GunGuyTV: A Firearms
"There does help us keep the podcast going all right the first half of the PODCAST. I want to address something. The San Francisco City officials did in designating the array array a domestic terrorist organization and then in the second half of the podcast. I'm going to talk about something less political and hopefully very encouraging and that is why is hunting which is something I love to do. Why is hunting important for us to do or for our kids to do or rush to know at least something about in our American can culture. We'll talk about that in the second half but the first half again is dedicated to this article about what the San Francisco officials did and designated designating the National Rifle Association and as a domestic terrorist group and of course. It's hypocritical as all get out. We'll talk about that in a minute but the story which I'll put a link to in the description of the podcast says the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday declaring the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization and urging other municipalities state and the federal government to do the same the resolution calls out the NRA for inciting acts of violence and spreading quote misinformation and propaganda propaganda unquote and encourages the city to assess and limit contracts with vendors affiliated with the NRA that stopped short though of putting in place any enforcement enforcement mechanisms or new regulations of course because if they tried to do that they'd get sued by NRA. They don't WanNa do that. The article goes on to say and I quote the NRA conspires to limit gun violence research restrict gun violence data sharing and most importantly aggressively tries to block every piece of sensible danceable gun violence prevention legislation proposed on any level local state or federal said this Gal Supervisor Catherine Stefani who apparently is one who sponsored the measure so essentially what Katherine Stefani Reset is saying is that because the NRA disagrees with her fundamentally and fights her for every attempt to rob us of our constitutional rights they are a terrorist organization and by George. She's GonNa make sure that the city declares them as such okay okay now look. I WanNa just take a few minutes here and talk about how incredibly silly that whole declaration is so first of all there there are five plus million American gun owners who are members of the National Rifle Association. I happened to be one of them. I'm a life member of the NRA. My wife is a life member of the NRA. Are we terrorists if we are. I didn't know that we're we're honest. Law Abiding Americans. My wife is a speech and language language pathology. She works with little kids. She has for almost thirty years. We own a small business. We're small business owners. I have this little podcast I we're. NRA members numbers does that make us terrorists now because we happen to belong to the National Rifle Association by the way the NRA has over one hundred twenty five thousand instructor certified by the National Rifle Association as firearms instructors. I happen to be one of those so does my wife so does my son by the way and those sure civilian instructors. I don't know if that counts the law enforcement certified instructors the ones that teach and train police officers and security officers throughout the United States. I happen to be one of those. Are we terrorist because we're firearms instructor certified by the National Rifle Association which by the way in order to be a certified. NRA member yet AH instructor rather you sort of have to be an remember. Oh I should also mention the eight thousand some odd generate coaches who are certified coaches just to coach competitive shooting teams some of the host compete at the Olympic level. I happen to be a certified shotgun coach with the National National Rifle Association and I rather enjoy coaching shotgun sports trap and skeet and that kind of stuff does that make me a terrorist. Did you know that there are two thousand two hundred training counselors actually more than that that are certified by the National Rifle Association. These are the instructors instructors of instructors. These are the folks that teach and train. NRA instructors so that they can teach students effectively early on shooting disciplines. Ra is absolutely outstanding at doing this. I got you know it's kind of curious about this and I looked up the NRA website in the about section. There's a little blurb there. I thought was very interesting and I'll read it to you. It says this is a quote from their website while widely recognized today is a major political medical force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights the NRA has since its inception been the premier firearms education organization in the world but our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service are nearly five million members have given to champion Second Amendment Rights and support and are a programs as former Clinton spokesman George Stephanopoulos once said quote let me make one small vote for the NRA. They're good citizens. They call their congressmen. They right they vote. They contribute and they get what they they want over time unquote that doesn't sound like a terrorist group to me. I know it's not a terrorist group. I've been an remember forever and a day. It's ridiculous regular to think that the NRA is a terrorist organization. That's the nuttiest thing anybody's ever accused. NRA being and by the way so does she know the NRA is not an organization station in and of itself all by itself some loan thing the NRA's made up of five some odd million American gun owners who happen to be members of the NRA array. I happen to as I mentioned to be one of them now. If you want to accuse someone of belonging to a terrorist group you would assume that that group promotes silence which the NRA obviously does not and that the members of that group carry out the violence that group promotes and yet rush limbaugh not too long ago made the statement not a single mass murder has been committed by an NRA member unquote. Do you know as far as I know Mr Limbaugh is right. Not a single mass murders ever been committed binary member. Wouldn't you think if they were territory innovation. They would be doing terrorist things but they're not however this is interesting to note. NRA members have stopped mash shooters. Stephen Wolford heard a plumber and NRA certified destructor stopped the mass shooter at the Sutherland Springs Texas Church and he was instantly famous having done now my understanding is that he still struggles goals emotionally with having to do what he did with the violence. He had to bring in order to stop the violence. Is that sound like a terrorist to you. I gotTa tell you it doesn't sound like a terrorist to me. Sounds like an honest law-abiding American citizen who saw a heinous act being committed committed by a lunatic and stepped up to try to save as many people as he could in the process. He had to shoot another human being and that's not something nothing. That's sitting well with him. Shouldn't I'm glad it's not he would probably a Christian think less of himself if if it were if it didn't bother him apparently it does and I'm proud of him. He is a member of the NRA was an NRA certified at instructor at one time certainly not a terrorist and certainly not a member of a terrorist organization. You know there are roughly flee estimated to be over eighty million gun owners in the United States eighty million over eighty million. That's an amazing statement. That's a lot of gun owners. That's about one third of the population eighty million gun owners are they terrorists what about them now not not all of them belong to the NRA. That's true but many of them a lot of them identify by themselves as members even though to not and that's a fact when surveyed a lot of them will say I'm NRA member because they support the the Second Amendment and in their minds the number one defender of the Second Amendment is the National Rifle Association so they associate themselves with it even though they haven't paid dues and become a member. Are they terrorists to. I don't think so how about America's hunters by the way I happened to be one of those according to the CNN news which is the this is the latest figure I could find in two thousand eleven there were thirteen point seven million hunters in the United States and that number went down for awhile seems to be coming coming back up and oddly enough a lot of the folks that are getting involved in hunting. Now are women a lot of the new gun owners in the United States are women a lot of the new concealed carry permit holders in the United States which without question are among the most law abiding people in the country and that has been proven over and over and over again concealed carry permit holders there gun owners obviously many of them members of the National Rifle Association. Are they terrorist to I don't think so and you know you don't think so and the truth. Earth is the city of San Francisco doesn't think so either this is just an effort to try to bankrupt the NRA. They WANNA make sure that they're taking every step they can to see that bids for contracting or that companies had happened to do business in San Francisco where there might be affected by the city refused. I used to do business with the National Rifle Association if they can possibly take the money away that will hurt the National Rifle Association in a big way and they know it. That's why they're going to do. This is not about declaring them a terrorist organization. They know full well. They're not instead. It's about the money follow the money. I'll give you some specific perfect examples of what I'm talking about. In just a minute I wanNA point out the fact that with Walmart making the decision that they made recently to not sell guns anymore not sell amunition all those things that they're doing that. We we might as gun owners want to start supporting retailers who actually support us and not the retailers who you don't so if we're going to buy ammunition. Let's buy it from a retailer that supports the second amendment. If we're going to buy guns let's buy it from a retailer that supports the second amendment if we're. GonNa buy hunting hunting gear or anything like that that is outdoor sports related or has anything to do with firearms or the second. Let's do it with a company that supports the Second Amendment and I want you to know that sportsman's guide has been supporting Gun Guy TV on Patriot fan for I think almost a year now. It's not a a huge amount but it's it's more than most people do and they didn't. I didn't ask them. They've never ask for anything but they have a whole special deal now that they're doing that is it's really kind of cool and we'll save you. Some money are urge you to check out sportsman's.
"nra" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"To the NRA takes the proper position if they're going to say these people can't be trusted we cannot infringe on the second member this way we simply because of heart cannot take away someone's someone's rights would simply is all allowable it's untenable if that is indeed their position the NRA position is a far more American freedom loving position in the position of Bernie Sanders which is a dictatorial position because of acts we need to save everybody therefore they lose why that is a dictatorial to radical position from an absolutely horrific human being Bernie Sanders for safe Berber believing this this however for us should actually be a conversation I say to you right now we I'm well I am more than willing to have the red flag love conversation they exist in seventeen states my beloved Indiana is one of them it's it's an okay worthwhile conversation it doesn't mean that we're going to agree and doesn't mean we're going to do it means we have to discuss all of the places and then move forward maybe not doing it maybe thinking of another way maybe we gotta keep discussing it out maybe it's gonna take some time I'm not interested in the reactionary kind of things I talk about this California stabbing four people are dead two people are wounded the guy is that they they pick them up coming out of a seven eleven he had a knife and a gun on him he took the gun from a guard it was an attack of more than half a dozen places in over just over two hours this is an important story because a it doesn't improve the bad things to happen as much you don't want them to they do and they're rare and that's why they make news but it also goes into the bigger conversation what we're talking about as we look at el Paso and we look a date you know the president went to visit both and while there are many people who wanted to scream and yell about the president shouldn't comment turns out most people it was a good thing been in the past talking to the community what's the feeling there about the president's visit well allegation the way that the present has talked about Latinos.
"nra" Discussed on KOMO
"Is that the NRA does not represent average gun owners in this country Hey exist to make more profits for the gun industry and that's exactly what Joe Biden you with all his experience knows very well and during his time in the Senate he was a champion for things like the assault weapons ban did want to ask you before we let you go Chris about two candidates who have previously had a radiance with the NRA center cure sensual a brand of New York congressman Jim Ryan also had them previously they both now come out in support of some gun safety measures but they claim that having that edge with the NRA lease previously will help them give them an advantage to start tackle the gun violence issue do you think that's fair I'm not sure I would agree with that statement I think as a gun violence prevention organization what I would say about their records is that there is always room for people to balls around this issue certainly both candidates now their positions are entirely consistent with what Brady supports I think there is no inconsistency with being in a plastic gun violence prevention rated candidate and be and consistently supported by gun owners we saw in the twenty eighteen election a huge shift in the house of representatives with veterans combat veterans running and winning on a strong gun violence prevention platform people like chasing crow and I think there's no reason to assume that there's any inconsistency with being strong on our issue and being supported by a vast majority of the laughter it what do you own guns or not president.
"nra" Discussed on 90.3 KAZU
"Thank you so much for your incredible work with this I remember I was pregnant during sandy hook with my first child and I just can't believe how many times I've heard about gun violence to children especially since my child was born I'm almost six years ago and I absolutely agree what the work that you were doing and restricting gun access that we all are doing that I will do more is the most important thing I wonder on the kind of the next level how do you and does this movement interact with any kind of like mental health support across the country and it almost seems like I know the answer for everything you said today with the NRA lobby is perhaps just kind of putting a wall towards that but I wonder if you have any interaction with mental health issues for the country and especially for me young white males sorry miss because it so it's an important question and and so often and mental illness can be used as a straw man in this discussion particular by Republicans who then who blame mass shootings and shooting tragedies on mental illness and then never do anything about mental illness but if you look at the data only eleven percent of shooters show any kind of mental illness before the shootings took place and we also know from data that people with mental illness are much more likely to be victims of violent crime and not the perpetrators so we have to be careful when we're talking about who is mentally ill verses who just has easy access to guns and and has committed a crime because of that sure we could definitely increase the amount of support we have in this country for mental illness absolutely particularly when it comes to veterans and gun suicides of people in rural communities and in city centers but at the end of the day this really is about easy access to guns.
"nra" Discussed on X96
"But not everything that's offensive translates to a crime. That's true. I mean it may be offensive that he was branding people against their will. But is that a crime against their will? Well, they agreed. So, but how did they really agree? I mean, the prosecutors were able to convince the jury that they did it under some duress part of his intake process was is that he would. Take nude photos, right? And then say I'm going to release these unless you do what I say. Yeah. Yeah. Do exactly what I say. So that's, that's why. And the jury said, Yep. We agree. There's a new wave of. Instagram influencers who are working for the NRA, maybe it's gun bunny gun bunny, Instagram influence. I take it with one on Instagram. They're not naked, but they're scantily clad, and they, they have guns. And there are lots of different sites doing this. That's all that all that Russian money. You know, the NRA has. Yeah. Spend it all there's Kimberly. Mad and army wife with eighty four thousand followers liberty Austin Warren, young, two hundred thousand followers each. That's my problem. I don't have any of those pictures, man, you go. I need to get more follow when you've got the guns. Yes true to get the bikini. The bikini part that I'm not. Yeah. That's what you need do that. Get you've got my daughter was chastising me the other day. She's like, mom. You've got to step up your Instagram game. She said, I think I need to be your social media manager. I said, why she's like 'cause you have way more followers, and she said here, look at this person this person has thirty four thousand followers. I said Josie she's blonde and young. And in a bikini in almost every photo. Ever going to compete with went that conversation shouldn't have even happened. It should have been I should be your media and you handle the ipad. There you go. Yeah. I think it no conversation is correct, though, it's because it's interesting that she didn't see that. Yeah. You know she didn't see that. That's. I'm never going to compete with young blonde, bikini lady, and she would not see that, okay?.
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"The NRA which has for decades been regarded as an unstoppable, powerful political force is now being torn by internal conflicts. A power struggle at the top of the leadership came to a head last month at the NRA's annual convention leaked documents have revealed the CEO's extravagant spending on clothes and travel with the use of NRA money. The NRA is suing its own advertising, PR company, its revenues are falling and its tax exempt status is being investigated by the New York state attorney general my guest is New York Times, investigative reporter, Danny. Hey, Kim who has been writing about these and other issues regarding the NRA Denny? Hey, come, welcome to fresh air so last month at the NRA convention, kind of civil war broke out paint a picture for us. What went on? Well a day or two before the convention started Oliver North, who was the president of the NRA at the time called an aide to Wayne LaPierre, who was the CEO, who is the CEO of the NRA and said that Lapeer needed to resign. And if he didn't resign, hey, damaging letter was going to be sent to the NRA's board. There was going to expose LaPierre's spending practices, his spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars on clothing on travel expenses, things of that nature. And if LOP here did resign, north said he would make sure he had a comfortable retirement package. Lapeer felt like he was being threatened felt like basically being extorted and he told the board that he had no intention of resigning. This started to play out as the group's annual convention began as, as President Trump was addressing the convention and the few days of infighting, followed and Mr La Pierre, who is a, you know, he's been running the NRA for many years veteran, sort of infighter, prevailed and Oliver North was ousted by the end of the convention. So Oliver North threatened to expose financial misspending within the NRA and soon after leaked documents exposing just that kind of thing for published on a website. So what were the documents revealing? What are some of the most telling things that were revealed? Well, Mr. law peer spent about seven hundred and seventy five thousand dollars. At a clothing boutique in Beverly Hills in our money, none of his personal. Well, it was it was Bill to a contractor of the NRA, which is often paid by the NRA. He also spent about two hundred sixty thousand dollars on personal expenses, including air and limo charges for travel to the Bahamas. The Palm Beach to LA Budapest, Italy, places like that. And again, this is an IRA related money, not his personal money. Yes. That's right. That's right. It was paid by the, the NRA contractor. But ultimately, you know, it's on the NRA's dime, so that those are the kinds of details that came out. And there's also questions about money that the NRA has given to executives. That's right. Yeah. Some, some of the other details were money that went to board members and high ranking officials. So, you know, Mary Ann hammer who's a member who's been a lobbyist for the NRA in Florida got about two hundred seventy thousand and consulting fees last year. Even you know, Ted Nugent, the rock musician, his board, member, the NRA paid about sixty thousand dollars to advertise hunting program that he's featured on, and then another NRA official made a shooting range available for competition. The NRA spent more than seventy thousand dollars on that. So, meanwhile, Oliver North threatened to expose the NRA's finance has if we up here didn't step down, but are questions surrounding how Oliver North was paid when he was president of the NRA. So let's talk about that for a minute, because the president position was typically a ceremonial position, whether it wasn't any pain. How much was all of our north getting while he was president? Well, Lapeer has said that he was making millions of dollars. In north was making millions of dollars a year from a contractor Ackerman McQueen to host a web show called American leaders called American heroes and Lapeer also said that even though he was being paid all this money. He he didn't even deliver the shows he was supposed to he was the NRA only had three of the I think it was dozen shows he was supposed to appear in. But yes, the contract was said to pay millions of dollars when LaPierre is making a very hefty salary, and it's increased a lot over the past few years. Can tell us about his salary? Sure he makes around one point four million dollars a year in two thousand fifteen his total pay went over five million dollars because of an early retirement pay out. You don't think you know, part of the question there is, this is a tax exempt group, and in has it does have a, you know, as taxes groups go if it has a fairly high cost structure, I compared it to say, you know, if you look at the American Red Cross, which is another tax exempt group eight of the top officials at the NRA are paid more than the American Red crosses chief executive and the American Red Cross is something like ten times the revenue of the NRA. So as the NRA comes under financial pressure on it's, it's clearly been under some amount of financial pressure. I think questions are natural to be raised about it cost structure. Well, the interest tax exempt status as being challenged right now in New York, the NRA was charted in New, York's of the New York state attorney general has some power here. What is she Letitia James investigating regarding its tax exempt status? Why think there's a few principal areas of inquiry one will be any potential benefits that executives like Mr. LaPierre's any other high ranking executives might be getting from contractors, or from any kind of other sort of transactions outside, transactions that might benefit them. You know, one of those transactions that we reported on was one of the NRA's top officials had a stake in a production company that that was paid millions of dollars by the NRA to produce a TV show their specific rules about tax rules about key officials decision making officials at tax exempt groups and the fact that they're not supposed to be getting benefits for the decisions they make. So anytime you have a ta. Top official of a tax exempt group, getting benefits, personal benefits from transactions of that tax exempt group that's going to attract attention from investigators, but there's also the question of is the NRA improperly transferring money from its charitable arm to its political arm. Tell us about that. Sure. So the, the, the attorney general New York has also looking at the charitable foundation. They sort of eight separate letters to the NRA and the foundation. Now what you know what I found in some of my reporting is that the charitable foundation has transferred or moved about two hundred and six million dollars to the NRA since two thousand ten which, which is a fair amount of money. Now, the way the charitable foundation is set up. You can make tax deductible. Donations to the charitable foundation. You cannot make tax deductible donations to the NRA itself because the NRA, engages in lobbying and political activity. That's the way our tax laws are set up. So a lot of groups the taxes groups that undertake political activity have an affiliated charity, but you have to be very careful about how you move money between one and the one in the other. So what would I found in my reporting is that the amount of money moving from the charity to the NRA itself has gone up. Pretty sharply over the years. And especially in the last few years, the NRA seemed to be relying more on that charity for financial support. How is the money moving from the charitable arm to the NRA? Why I found at least four ways that that's happening. And again, that there could be more. It's not always, you know, it's not always clear, but there are outright transfers of for charitable purposes. So someone will make a charitable donation to the foundation. And then it will be transferred to the NRA extensively to run a charitable program. The size of those transfers has really gone up sharply. It's now about nineteen million dollars a year. Moving from the foundation to the NRA for those purposes. A second way money is moving is that when the NRA originally set up the foundation, it said it wouldn't charge the foundation for office space or staffing. Well over the last several years, it has started charging for office space and staffing now charges more than six million dollars a year for that. That's the second way, the money's moving a third way, is in two thousand seventeen when the NRA had nearly tapped out a twenty five million dollar line of credit. They just took out a five million dollar loan from the foundation. And then there's also some kind of endowment that's been built up at the foundation that the NRA also draws from. So those are at least four different ways I found that the money's moving between the two. So is the NRA's tax exempt status at risk? Because of this New York state attorney general investigation. That's hard to answer. And I think the attorney general in New York can take any number of steps remedy seek any number of remedies in court when it investigates, a tax exempt group, certainly revoking the, the, the tax exempt status could be one. In the case of the foundation of Donald Trump took an even more, you know, and even tougher step that foundation is being shut down. It can also go to court to seek changes in management changes to the board. So the attorney general in New York dealing with a the tax exempt group set up in New York really has a wide range of potential remedies that, that the office can see that if they lost their tax exempt status. How punishing would that be well, that would be very punishing that, that would that would really constrain the group's financial resources. Obviously, if you have to start paying taxes, that changes your whole financial profile, if you're just joining us, my guest is New York Times, investigative reporter, Danny. Hey, come. We'll talk more about the NRA after we take a short break. This is fresh air. This is fresh air were talking about the NRA and kind of civil war within it with Danny come, who's an investigative reporter for the New York Times another area in which the NRA is embattled right now is the, the NRA is suing the PR and advertising company that it's used for for decades Ackerman, McQueen and the NRA saying Ackerman McQueen has refused. The NRA's request to turn over financial records pertaining to its work with the NRA. Tell us more about the relationship between the NRA Ackerman, McQueen, what has Ackerman McQueen down for the NRA over the years. These organizations have really been intertwined. The Ackerman is given the NRA it's voice for decades going back to the I'm the NRA campaign of the nineteen eighties. The also worked a lot with Charlton Heston, who was the, you know, the NRA's celebrity president of the era and the two organizations have just worked very closely. Together, Wayne LaPierre's wife has worked for Ackerman, a lot of employees have gone back and forth. It's just a very central organization to the NRA's, whole messaging and Ackerman created in our ATV, which is a streaming channel on the web. Very controversial. Very very far. Right. Tell us some of the more extreme things that have been said or shown on that channel. Well, yeah. In, in Akron. Not only created they operate enter ATV, but, you know, the kinds of things that. That appear on their, you know, they they'll, they'll go far beyond sort of gun issues. They've attacks a black lives matter..
"nra" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"Drama. The NRA drama is still there. And don't think we are not somehow paying attention to it. My god. How could you not? Of course, the passing of Senator Richard Lugar was the front and center story of the day. Tony cats ninety three WIBC good morning. If you missed my interview with former mayor, Steven Goldsmith with former governor Mitch Daniels. Those will both be available WIBC dot com. You'll be able to check them out there. But the NRA convention brought its own drama with city county councillors Zach Adamson proving that not everyone believes that indie serves all talk about very unwelcoming thing for a an elected official to do to chastise a restaurant for actually serving people who are visiting the city and then making the claim that Shapiro's deli is okay with serving Nazis. This is what he did on his Facebook page stories at WIBC dot com. He wants to try and tonight, he has since deleted the post, but we of course, have the screen shots. And then he questions my credibility. That's that's what you do when you're backed into a corner. And you're not willing to say, you know, what I made a mistake. Beneath your thing for him to do to do that. But he'd have to have some introspection and based on his actions. He's not interested is that got him sin. The vice president of the Indianapolis city county council. And if possibly. Wants to say silence on this. He's more than welcome to. We're just gonna note the silence if the Indianapolis city county councils stay silent on the vice president of the council making a claim that business in Indianapolis is wrong for serving people who come here for convention. Well, then that's on the Indianapolis city county council. I thought indie serves all and I didn't need some nonsense sticker from social Justice warriors to prove it. I knew it because I live here thrilled that I do. And i'm. I'm fighting for an even better city. You know, one of the whole conversation about Lugar about about hudnut about about Goldsmith is what came before. And I'm very honest about the fact that I don't have the the connection to those things. I'm only the beneficiary million times on the beneficiary of what they've done what they did was visionary work. What we have now is regressive vision from the city council, and that's what I'm fighting. And I admit I'm fighting. It's valueless I want I wanna look forward. Look at particularly I see as opportunity performing arts center in Indianapolis. I see the enhancements of the arts as our opportunity than next. Great step. We have done sports eleven park. I love it. Because I love the eleven. But we have proven that sports works. The next step is the arts, not Redline. The arts theater, and museums and installations and performance art. Good Lord poetry, readings people. Historical reenactments. What are we opportunity abounds? And I'm gonna fight for those things, and I'm sure as hell not going to sit idly by when the owner of Shapiro's is called is told he's feeding Nazis 'cause he actually welcomes people to his business, by the way, the response if you have not followed Shapiro's deli Twitter feed holy cow, spitting fire on this subject. And rightfully so. Because Shapiro's actually believes in the idea of indie serves all and they've done a remarkable job of discussing explaining it. Couldn't be more proud of those people turning cats today. We're talk more about the synagogue shooting. I have a lot to get into their. We're talking about the NRA and the problems that they have which are very very real. We'll also get into a little bit more about people use the word Nazi as a crutch. We'll get to that as well. A host of things that pair. He's got traffic.
"nra" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"With NRA officials, Chris cocked and Wayne LaPierre. I wanna thank Chris and Wayne real be here at Indiana with the men and women of the NRA. You are great American patriots. Chris. Way.
"nra" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"The NRA. They are they had enough. They're gonna take it anymore. They're not taking it anymore. You know, they're they're suing New York over the mayor's. Actually, it's the state. It's the governor's this this law that he's put in dead where he pressures it's not a law, but he pressures the bank's not to do business. Not the process of Bank accounts that the O with with gun dealers with the NRA, and they're trying to to choke them. It's like operation choke point under President Obama remember with with Eric Holder where they tried to put pressure on these financial institutions to deal with legal gun businesses. So that they would have no way to process payments credit card companies also being pressured? Well, now, the NRA is suing Los Angeles. They they've filed a lawsuit yesterday over a law there that took effect April. First the law requires companies that once city contract contracts to disclose any NRA. Contacts or sponsorships? The the NRA is saying the laws on constitutional because of violates first amendment rights to free speech and also your right to free association and the fourteenth amendment right to equal protection. It's student Los Angeles federal court, the mayor Eric Garcetti is also named as a defendant. He is the one who signed the law on February eighteenth after it was passed by the LA city council. The LA city council said that providing public funds to our NRA linked contractors undermines efforts to promote gun safety in Los Angeles. I'm not quite sure how that happens. But that's what they're saying. Because the NRA is all about gun safety, right? The NRA is all about teaching gun safety. The mayor Garcetti said, I support this policy. I'm confident in it. And we're not going to be bullied by the NRA. And this lawsuit was filed almost a year after they sued governor Andrew Cuomo because of his pushing insurers and state chartered banks to stop doing business with gun rights groups. Well, there is precedent for this in the supreme court. There was a case in the fifties called W C P versus Alabama Alabama tried to subpoena the membership records of the N double ACP. This is in the you know in the heat of the civil rights era. And the idea was that this would bring intimidation to people who were members of the end of lacy pay and the court pushed back on it and said that this is a freedom of association question. You can't do that. You can't force the release of their membership. So there's plenty of. Precedent here in the NRA should be should be afforded. That. Also isn't the NRA often describes as the country's oldest civil rights organizations. So, you know, they're they're due to be protected. I think the the complaint says this is one of the largest cities in the country using its power to bully lawful businesses and individual members based on their political viewpoint. They called modern day McCarthyism so good for the NRA six fifty WMA. Oh university of Maryland university. College was made to bring a respected state university education to working adults at home and abroad seventy years ago, we sent professors overseas to educate service members and their families on military installations and on the front lines today, we're online because that's where working adults need us. That's where you need us throughout. We'll support your commitment to be a successful student while balancing your life.
"nra" Discussed on WIBC 93.1FM
"And what is that? It's really easy. It's real simple to identify hard to fix. I'll talk a lot more about that. During the show. What is it? It's gun owners turn on each other. It's those of us who are passionate about our gun rights. Attacking each other. I get repeatedly attack because in somebody's view. I'm not passionate enough about defending our second amendment rights or in their view. I'm compromising quota here that all the time. Oh, you're compromising. The NRA the NRA is getting as much criticism from gun owners right now as it is from the people who see NRA as the primary barrier between them and stripping us of our gun rights, as they want to do you ask Hillary Clinton why she didn't get elected. You know, who she's gonna blame? She's gonna blame the FBI. For the letter that came out two weeks before the election. She'll blame the NRA. If Hillary Clinton was going to run again next election assume she is. Or any other rabidly anti second amendment candidate from the Democrats? Ask him the one organization they would like to see implode and go away. So that they can be elected into office and strip us of our constitutional rights. Other than perhaps the entire Republican party. They would say the NRA. Yeah. Go out on social media. As I do consistently and post something from NRA. I I just post the video segments of the shows I do on ener ATV dot com, which are unpaid by the way, I get called an NRA funky or employees or worse. All the time. I hold on. Read them pay meaning money. There have been a whole bunch of dollars change hands between me and then Iraq. It's all flowing ten RA. Then come back to me. I am unpaid I appear on NRA TV or when I. Have NRA guests on my show. I don't get any money from NRA I work for an RA. But I'll post a segment of me appearing on NRA TV. And a good half. If not more of the posts will be critical and and not from liberals. Not from the people want to strip us of our rights. Not the people NRA are fighting against every day from gun owners..