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Fresh update on "nra" discussed on Eric Harley and Gary McNamara
"The anonymous donor contacted the Cornerstone Baptist Church seven years ago to organize an AC unit giveaway. After hearing about somebody who died because of the summer Heat Pastor Chris Simmons says they usually give away 150 units every year, and the phone is already starting to ring Governor. Abbott has signed a slew of legislation that's aimed to protect the Second Amendment Clayton Neville reports during his ceremonial bill signing the measure that does away with the need for a license to carry a gun in Texas was up first Constitutional. Kerry is now along with Speaker Dave feeling that has signed Governor Abbott saying to build that makes Texas a sanctuary. Second Amendment State. This is a prolific day for the Second Amendment in the state of Texas. NRA executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre applauded lawmakers at the signing all the leaders that lead the way the governor signed five other gun rights bills, including one that bar state agencies from banning gun sales during a declared disaster. Clayton Neville W B A P News.
Fresh update on "nra" discussed on Lars Larson
"One said to me, why is it that a nice young girl with everything before her should drink? They told me about themselves, and I found out that there were a lot of other people who are just like me who drank Not out of problems, but because the desire to drink was stronger than anything else in the world. They didn't say to me. If only you do this, you wouldn't drink. They said, Welcome. Come in and sit down. We know how you feel. Alcoholics Anonymous phone or check your newspaper? Oh, holding the government accountable. Year after year after year. This is the lures Larson shows that's right it is And if you want to join the best conversation and talk journalism, it happens right here every night at 866. Hey, Lars. That's 8664395 to 77 emails. Go to talk at Lars Larson dot com. I always promise you that I will disclose if I believe I have a dog in the fight or a bias of one kind or another. I believe in the Second Amendment. I own guns. I have carry permits for several states and I carry a gun regularly when I'm outside my home, and there's one closer to hand when I'm inside my home. So if I have a dog in the fight, that's fair to say. Rick Manning is the president of Americans for limited government. Rick Welcome back to the program. Let's talk about what happened in Texas when Governor Abbott signed the legislation on June 16 making Texas the 21st state to remove all state and local licensing on carrying a gun and something about the history of this that suggests that Gun carry requirements might have been rooted in racism. Yes, it's large. First of all, I have to tell you. This is really near and dear to my heart. Um, I was an NRA lobbyist. A lobbyist for nine years at the beginning of my career and 34. Years ago, I launched the first concealed Carrie effort in Texas. Have to re successfully passed it in Florida. Your prior. So this is something that, um I'm pretty invest is also where we were 1918 19 in the 1987 is the long the books was written. During the, um right after the post post Civil war came it was designed to make it so law enforcement could basically decide who had a gun who didn't have a gun. Complete arbitrary. So we had a gun. They didn't want to have this ticket from them. And it was a it was designed to keep blacks from having guns very simply, and that was the law. Really until 19 about 1995 in Texas, and to really drive that point home when I was pushing as an injury lobbyist for concealed carry permits in Texas in 1987. I literally was surrounded by law enforcement, discussing this with a dark recess of the Capitol building. My buddy who was loving when the escaped through a door and was sitting in an office, laughing about the precarious situation. I found myself thing and so we were going jaw to jaw about. This is one of the guys who was there flat out, told me Listen, we can we determine who can care who can have a gun? Who can't We know who should have a gun into account who shouldn't and there's no and you guys aren't going to change this law because we know this. We've known it forever. And you guys in the discretion is important, essentially, and it was clearly since the bill was actually introduced by a black defense attorney from Houston. His point was, it's arbitrarily enforced against blacks, even in the eighties, so that's the root of gun control. That's the root of the concert carry laws taxes five years later, a few years later passed concealed carry long and now it's over 20 years later, they have passed constitutional carry the full about face in terms of allowing citizens to make the determination if they want to carry or not without having your permission from anyone. And that's the true meaning of the Second Amendment. That's the right to bear arms. It's not the right to bear arms that the government says that was the right to bear arms because it's your right. And now if you're real ineligible to carry a gun and attention with it, you go to jail. Yeah. Which is suicide, Uh, law bank Citizen, if you're a jeweller, and you don't feel the need to have a concealed, carry permit, And I would say you don't need to carry again all the time. But if you've got something you've got to carry and you know that, you know you really want protection. Absolutely. You shouldn't have to ask permission to be able to go and and protect something. Your woman waitresses coming out of their work at late at night, you know, Guess what you're carrying Cash. You have a right without having to ask anybody to be able to have a have a firearm in your pocket if you need to. And your purse if you need to. To be able to get from your car to your from your work to your car, and then from your home from your car to your home. And by the way, Rick Rick, we should mention to people number one. An awful lot of the the first chapters of the NRA were established in the in the South were established by Black Americans because of exactly those kind of limitations, they said. We need the NRA to go too bad for us because the local sheriff doesn't want us to have guns and in many cases Those were black American citizens who needed a way to protect themselves against the Klan. I mean, this is quite a while ago, but against other people who hated them because their skin color and they said, we need to be protected, and we don't have the right to do this. And and I always remind people of this when they say, Oh, we should outlaw guns. I said, Do you think America is in favor of that? They said, Oh, yeah, yeah, they are. And I said, Well, then why is it that America has gone in the space of my career and 46 years we've gone from a couple of 100 million privately owned guns to about 400 million privately owned guns. We've gone from where we didn't have every state in the in the nation allowed concealed carry. There was a smaller number of states that allowed it. To where now in every single state, at least in theory, you have the right to get a carry permit. And now we have with Texas added on. Does that make 17 or 18 states that recognized constitutional carry now? It's actually 21 21 states and here's the basic part about that. And 9 19. Oh, five, Vermont because the court gets neighbors 19 Oh, six, um, and a court case, it was determined the Vermont had to have a allow for constitutional carry. Vermont essentially just said Okay, great..
Glenn Kirschner's Top Line Thoughts on the Criminal Probe of Trump Organization
"To be joined today by my friend. Former federal prosecutor for many decades but not five decades like andrew. Giuliani claims that he's been in politics even though he's only thirty five years old and also hosted the justice matters podcasts. Justice matters youtube channel because welcome glen kirschner. Glenn welcome are you doing. I'm doing well thank you. It's been an interesting day so far in the news. I know biden just signed the anti asian hate act and hate crimes act and i think that that's a great speech that you made and we've got a lot going on and boy the investigative pressure. The legal troubles are mounting for the former guy as we learned just last night that not only is the new york attorney general tips james teaming up with Vance on the trump organization investigation making her civil suit also criminal investigation but that she has had a criminal investigation open against weisselberg. Cfo the trump organization and sent a letter letting them all know back in january. She's been doing this for months now. And i find that fascinating. And i was hoping to get your top line thoughts so top line thoughts are okay. What do we know based on this announcement by attorney general james and what can we reasonably infer. Well what we know. Is that if you're the target of an investigation and it goes from being a civil investigation to being a criminal investigation. We know that's bad for you. That's bad for donald trump. that's bad for the trump organization because civil investigations are all about money. All somebody can do to the target of a civil investigation is you know levy fines and penalties and make them pay restitution and then maybe at the most extreme they can prohibit you from running a business in the future kind of like when james shut down the trump charity and when she went after and is still going after the nra. But you know what civil doesn't land anybody in prison. Criminal can land people imprisoned. So we know that's bad for donald trump. We also know that too. Prosecutorial heads are better than one right. So tisch james has a full staff of lawyers with experience and expertise in certain areas and advance. The district attorney for manhattan has a whole battalion of lawyers with experience and expertise in certain areas. The fact that these two offices are jordan joining forces. I think spells real trouble for trump and
Dallas Judge Dismisses NRA Bankruptcy Case in Blow to Gun Group
NRA Wrong to File for Bankruptcy, Texas Judge Rules
NRA Bankruptcy Filing Blocked by Texas Judge
"Safety groups have been celebrating. Today's thunderclap ruling against the nra by a federal judge in texas who ruled that the nra cannot escape a new york lawsuit that aims to end the organization that aims to dissolve it as an organization. The nra had tried to declare bankruptcy to avoid that fate. Federal bankruptcy. judge today blocked. That told them. no they can't do it. The president of every town for gun safety said in response quote. Today's disastrous decision for the nra shows that they can't even file for bankruptcy correctly which doesn't bode well for the many lawsuits and investigations. They must now face shannon watts. Founder of moms demand action said this quote we showed the world the nra could be taken on and beaten not only by exposing them but by notching victory after victory in statehouses school board. City councils in boardrooms the nra got its clock cleaned in court but the gun safety movement is stronger than ever
Judge Dismisses NRA Bankruptcy Case in Blow to Gun Group
"A Texas judge has dismissed a bankruptcy filing by the national rifle association disrupting the group's plans to relocate to Texas federal judge Harlon hill says he's dismissing the NRA's bankruptcy case after eleven days of testimony because he believes it was not filed in good faith judge Hale writes it appears the bankruptcy was filed to gain an unfair advantage in litigation or to avoid a regulatory scheme the ruling leaves the NRA registered in New York facing a lawsuit from the state Attorney General which alleges financial abuses by its top leaders with the goal of putting the NRA out of business the group's embattled top executive Wayne lapierre says he's disappointed by the ruling but vows to continue fighting for gun owners rights I'm Jackie Quinn
The Maria Butina I Know
"Over the past six episodes we've followed maria. Boutin story in the united states from roller coaster rides at disneyworld. I came back to childhood to the center of a huge political scandal. Prosecutors claim maria boutin was secretly sent by the russian federation to infiltrate political candidates and the nra. I step outside and they put handcuffs on me and that was my last minute. The freedom a wild political saga involving russian influence powerful politicians and the fbi. This time she was very direct and she said dr grow here is. I've actually been sent from russia to make contact with you visas. Wow you guys ought to be careful. You know you don't want getting out. Into the american media could be problem. She was just heaving and sobbing. Give me out. i'll do anything again. Me out of there. Don't think of putin as while. She was aspire. She wasn't a spy. That's not the construct to think of her the way to think of her as somebody who was able to gain access to a group of people that provided a benefit to various russian interests i was drawn to the story because i wanted to know who maria was an over the past few years. I've spent a lot of time doing my best to get to know her. How does that feel. Feel like you've lost your identity. And you have to rebuild. I feel that they have a chance to start over. His hair wasn't on the right stage of my mind. And now i just. I think god gave me additional town and one watch him token you can you make. It's right now. And i'm gonna make this time
Gaetz sought blanket pardon from Trump White House
"Something in return gates privately. Asked the white house for blanket preemptive pardons for himself and unidentified congressional allies for any crimes they may have committed according to two people told of the discussions the times reports tonight that it's unclear whether congressman gates or the white house new at the time that he was under federal criminal investigation for child sex trafficking when he asked for this pardon but the times does note that if he was aware of that at the time he did not tell the white house about it when he made the pardon request now congressman gates. Didn't get any such pardon from president trump. At least one that we know of the times is reporting tonight at the white house. Thought that that kind of preemptive blanket pardon in the absence of any charges is something that might set a bad precedent. Not that that's the sort of thing they usually cared about. And other scandals during the trump administration but the times reports that quote in recent days some some trump associates have speculated that mr gates is request for a group pardon for him and other members of congress was an attempt to camouflage his own potential criminal exposure the theory being that he knew he was essentially in federal criminal danger so we asked for a pardon for himself and lots of other guys just in case
NRA exec sheltered on borrowed yacht after mass shootings
"NRA leader Wayne lapierre is way of getting away from the criticism of his group following school shootings was on a borough job away from the mainland in a deposition in the national rifle association's federal bankruptcy trial in Dallas long time head Wayne lapierre acknowledged sailing to the Bahamas with his family as a security retreat following a twenty twelve school shooting a Connecticut and a twenty eighteen massacre in Florida the deposition quotes lapierre saying thank god I'm safe nobody can get me here as he used to borrow job with its motor boat in cedars the N. R. A. declared bankruptcy in January to end its incorporation in New York for more gun friendly Texas New York Attorney General the teacher James is suing to dissolve the NRA amid claims executives it legally diverted tens of millions of dollars I'm Jim acquire
Will they take our Guns?
"Right so. I was thinking of the episode. We're gonna do the myth fact debunking the guy the gun. Lobby's favorite talking points because listen every time there's a mass shooting we always get the same you know same. Bs oh we're gonna we're gonna try to pass a law. Try to pass them temple reform from the left and then the right conseillers the trend. They're trying to they're trying to gones you know and i get it. It can look that way because these measures are you know trying to ban assault rifles from a ban certain type of ammo band bump stocks. Hold all these different things in. It can be a lot for somebody to understand or digest or to even think about when it comes majority was don't even have guns so it doesn't even come to our thoughts like oh let me by gun but it has been more and more common especially nowadays with the craziness. Going around people. Being tapped will being killed the pandemic. It's like the perfect storm in regards to what to do for guns and gun lobbying gun control so that being said let's dive right into it. The biggest myth is only a gun. Makes you safer. The fact is only in gun puts you at a higher and high in risk for gun violence. The nra often argues that the united states is a dangerous place in that owning and carrying a gun is the only way to protect oneself and one's family which i mean it logically when he say it makes sense. Somebody who really burst in topic would be like. Oh well that's logical. But numerous studies have found that gun ownership increases the risk of both gun related homicides and suicides. That's that's you know. Let's think about that for a second obviously can be somewhat true because there's people who are really unstable in regards to mental help. A lot of states. Luckily new york is one of the states in regards to the strictest gun control laws but a lot of days as a matter of showing up going. I d doing background check within a couple of days. You've got a lot of on mental siebel things going on and i'm going to touch bit guns in their homes particularly dangerous for victims of domestic violence. The presents were going in a home with the history of domestic violence increases the risks that a woman will be killed by five hundred percent guns intended for self are calmly and fatal accidents. Studies have shown that across states higher lows of gun ownership are linked to the higher rates of unintentional firearm. Deaths
Keepin it 100 with Kirti Dewan from Bugsnag
"In this episode. Nelson interviewed. cure. T. day one. Vp of marketing at bucks neck. Which as you may have guessed helps fix software. Bugs charity is a veteran of the consulting industry and she understands the difficulty of gaining new clients. But what's what's secret sauce being your authentic self and not afraid of cold prospecting have listen. This hope consulting world really cool. You mentioned that one of the greatest difficulties was at the same time that you have to execute you also have to to do some business development and get some clients and hopefully land a client. That's that's quite large With the duration of the contract as long enough to keep you entertained in happy so that you don't have to hunt right. What advice would you have to someone. Who's in a similar boat was thinking about that. And that's one of their. Maybe i guess the biggest thing is how do i get clients so any any advice to the audience some on the maybe the hardest art about consulting so there are these consultant networks and if you become a part of the network and you are able to specify of company the functionary that you likely working probably certain audience that you like air into more than the out and they do the be for you and they make these opportunities consulting gigs available and then you can apply and they do the matching for you and then if it works out at tell you have your next opportunity so i did about a gun. Remember exactly now is probably do betwee containing projects that way by being barred of these networks. One of my favorite stories from my consulting experience has been that. don't give up on cold calling. It actually works. And i was completely surprised and shocked by when it worked for me and i couldn't believe and that's why to this day. It's one of my favorite stories to. I met someone at a product marketing conference or rather on stage. The said that so and so from this company is has all these job. Openings andering copy lower you know go and say hi and check with that person so when gawk our came about as you can imagine there were four rings of people that were swarming this person right and Before you know it. The person's already latch so did have a look at the jobs. And i said all the all four of food i'm employee positions. What can i do here and just out of a whim. I send linked in and i said hit. I love what you said on stage. I loved her talk. I gotta get a hold of you dance by. You're just totally surrounded. And i know your jobs are for jobs. I cannot apply to any of them. Because i'm conducting an consulting for these reasons however if you need head in any of these areas i'm more than happy to have a jack and response and i had a meeting and it just went from there so always quit for the person who gave me a chance and do the the fact that you know. He responded and he was just so open minded about it. And i think the takeaway from there is do. Just be yourself. just be authentic. You know. I literally wrote the lincoln message as though it was a conversation like you. Nra speaking and that is what it was. Hey here are the facts. But i would. I would love to if you have something. I would love to chat in if you don't have something right now but something down the road if we could just don't form a connection if not and you have any before that will be great but if you don't even have that that's totally fine so just plain speak only genuine and sincere and going to work every single dime right because people have different circumstances as well that didn't work within the parameters within their own jobs and companies but i feel that it it. It does that sometime. People do like to have other pedo.
Lauren Oyler Talks About Deception Online
"Lauren. Oiler joins us now. From ithaca new york. Her first novel is just out. It's called a fake accounts. Lauren thanks so much for being here. Thank you for having me alright. So people know your name even before this novel moseley probably as credit. You've written book reviews for the new york times booker view but also for many other places. Talk a little bit if you would about your reviewing. And how did you get into this well. I started reviewing as elliptical writer. As i think. Many increasingly many writers wrench generation will have to sort of similar background. Just about the millennial generation yes. I'm eleni on thirty years old. So i consider myself a true millennial smack in the middle and i said in english and college and when i graduated i moved to berlin and part because it was really cheap to live there and i wanted to work on my writing and the first sort of opportunity i got with to write liberals about books so every week i think for over a year i would write like a top ten list about top ten bucks three when you're sad and second your house or or whatever and you just made these like did you just come up with all by yourself or did you sort of pull friends. How did you compile them. Sometimes they would suggest something so if there was some event or you know if there was a holiday. Do something related to that. But it was really like. I could do whatever i wanted. And i think i was being paid. Twenty five pounds per article. Which means that. I had a lot of freedom to sort of cover the kind of books that i wanted to cover and do sort of weirder things and in the process of researching this column. I read a lot of criticism. I read a lot of weird sort of book websites. And i learned a lot about what was going to contemporary literature. Learned a lot about what i liked. Agent like in criticism as well. I want to hear everything you learned in all of those areas. I mean i. I guess what. What were the weird book websites. Well at the time we were living through a period which is now referred to as it right so the author but maybe many listeners will know from this movement is tau win. But there was a large group of sort of internet inflicted writers and poets and novelists who are doing sort of experimental literature. That was very much inflicted by the internet. And what kind of book criticism did you read. Where did you turn to other than us. Oh of course. I was reading really widely. But the thing that the way that i really got into it in the way that i sort of developed my style was by reading. Lots of old issues of el arbi wonder review of books online. And i just found that that you know. They're sort of signature combination of of very sort of cheeky. It's not cheeky. But it's it's very indepth in a along review. In which many sort of the books. The books are viewed for many different angles but ultimately there's a real perspective that's gone into those pieces that i really connected west. We should say at this point because it doesn't necessarily show up in your voice that you grew up in west virginia so this is like a very presumably big cultural shift going to berlin and reading the l. r. Did you grow up exposed to a lot of books and to criticism as as a as a kid or a teenager. No absolutely not. Don't overstate might rural upbringing raw. Basically not in a suburb but but something like a suburb But there wasn't you know there wasn't a lot of there weren't a lot of magazines around like i wasn't reading the new yorker. My family was reading the new yorker and my family our readers but they're reading sort of marshawn nra Stuff which is fine. And i should have to do my customary disclosure. Which is that. I did go to jail so that is really where. I got my my hose. Anything you can see the semi writing as well which is a real combination of of colloquial like mainstream kind of slang and the higher register that could be interpreted as literary or more serious. And i think that it really does come from this kind of normal upbringing in west virginia combined with suddenly. I'm at yale. And then i moved to europe.
NRA counter-sues New York attorney general trying to dismantle gun rights group
"Is countersuing New York State's attorney general Leticia James. The move coming is James continues her legal effort to dissolve the gun rights group. Here's NPR's Brian Mann. James sued the N R a last August in the state court in Manhattan, alleging its leaders, including Wayne LaPierre committed fraud, siphoning off tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions. At the time. James, a Democrat who supports tough gun control measures, said she hoped to quote dissolve the N R A because no organization is above the law. Now, the N R A, which is incorporated in New York is countersuing. In a new legal filing. The gun group accuses James of inappropriately using state laws to target a political organization, calling the effort of blatant and malicious retaliation campaign. Earlier this year, the financially troubled gun rights group filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to reincorporate in Texas. Brian Mann NPR NEWS A federal judge has
New York seeks dismissal of NRA bankruptcy case in Dallas
"Are asking a judge in Texas to throw out the National Rifle Association's bankruptcy case. In a brief filed in Dallas, New York officials claim the N R a file this bankruptcy case in bad faith while claiming to be solvent. The N R A has also announced plans to relocate his headquarters from New York. More gun friendly Texas It's 10 49, a
Building a Grassroots Movement From Scratch
"Two thousand and four memoir guidebook called looking for a few good mom's how one mom rallied a million others against the gun lobby earned her the could spoil award from oprah. The book was also cited by the atlantic in two thousand eight as one of the best books on female leadership in two thousand fifteen her daily beast essay. How to organize. The mother of all protests led to a nationwide grassroots effort. The following year called the concert across america to end gun violence in which she served as co chair also in two thousand sixteen co produced and co directed the award winning documentary five a week about the women of louisiana who reform the state's domestic violence laws by getting the nra to stand down over the years. She's promoted gun violence prevention and grassroots activism in hundreds of media outlets including meet the press face the nation the today show and the nbc nightly news in addition to her activism. Donna has spent most of her professional career in new york city at the cbs network. On its communications team. She has represented numerous high profile talent. Including dan rather david letterman and bob schieffer. I'm also joined by sheikha hamilton. She is currently the national organizing and chapter development manager for the brady campaign to prevent gun by violence. She's been working on the issue of gun violence prevention since the year. Two thousand one while living in detroit at the time she helped organize million mom march the largest protests against gun violence in the us history until two thousand eighteen in the march for our lives. She's worked on this issue every day. Since then held various roles from chapter leader the state chapter president to the first elected million mom march leader elected to the brady campaign board of trustees to the national spokesperson for the million mom march. Rally to renew the assault weapons ban. She has also appeared on cnn msnbc and a host of media outlets. She is a licensed attorney in california and michigan. Her boots are on the ground and she has worked for decades to pass gun control legislation in her home. State worth noting all of those credentials. Both of you donna. And she thank you for having to stone who anka joan. So we've all sat in front of tv news and seeing the horrors of gun violence. We can rattle off the names. Columbine sandy ok- oklahoma city. Pulse las vegas and those literally just came off the top of my head in a hot second. Some of us gas cry others write checks. Many don't do much of anything. I'd really like to hear what you believe. It takes to get off the couch and do something can start with donna. And then she got great well. I didn't really have foot. Spur right off the bat. It took me about a week to actually hall cap without police to get an application to march on washington i. I tried to volunteer of one of the many noble and fabulous gun violence prevention nonprofits in our existed. But what. I didn't realize at the time that they get death. Threats constantly get harassing phone calls and so there are a lot of. It's very hard to reach our back. Then you know one of these nonprofits. So i tried for about a week to volunteer and i got very frustrated or mike okay. Here's a problem. I know there must be lots of people just like me who wanna volunteer and they have nowhere to go. I did what i think. A lotta women. Do i picked up the phone. And i called women friends and i said i applied for permit to march on washington and i need of your help and get it was on a seven day says from being outraged by that shooting to actually plans to the permanent. So i i wanna put a pin in and come back to something. You said that. I want my listeners to really attend to. Which is that. Donna tried to reach out to nonprofit organization. Say hey i'm here. I'm outraged and i'm available and i wanna help and i'm not sure. The donna is the only person that has had an experience like that she got. What did it take for you to say. I've had enough. I want to do something about this. Well i i know i feel like it's a build up I grew up in california where there were a lot of shootings right back in the eighties and early nineties. And i didn't do anything about i. Stockton schoolyard shooting. There was a law firm shooting right across from where i worked. I didn't do anything. I was a young mom holding my baby when columbine happened at endure anything but then that mother instinct kicked in when i saw little blip on the news saying million moms are marching in dc. I called up my friend who worked for my congresswoman and said what are you going to do about it. And then i went to the million mom march website in. This is the key thing i went there. It was very simple. It said the problem and the solutions and how to get involved. I emailed the purse. I it just email. I emailed and would i don't know maybe in an hour i got a response and they asked me to come to a meeting. Me was like that i was
Lawsuit: NRA's rhetoric spurred deadly synagogue shooting
"What's being described as inflammatory. Rhetoric is the basis of a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a shooting at a synagogue mark simmons. Parents were among the eleven people who died after the shooting at the tree of life synagogue and twenty eighteen. He's suing the national rifle association accusing it of radicalizing people with what he said are white supremacists conspiracy theories the nra which recently filed for bankruptcy has not commented on the suit. Simon is also suing the shooter robert. Bowers colt's manufacturing the gun baker and the gun shop that sold bowers the ar fifteen rifle bowers has pleaded not guilty to the killing swallow trial. Date has not been set prosecutors. Say they will seek the death. Penalty
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, a Trump Appointee, Resigns
"Army secretary ryan mccarthy has resigned. He resigned wednesday that he sent a letter to the military's largest branch capping a term of tumultuous moments that ended with the unprecedented use of the national guard at home his departure comes amid questions about his role readying national guard troops to respond to the us capitol riot in washington on january six and about whether delays contributed to the disastrous outcome. They did his responsibilities included overseeing the use of guard members in
Judge: New York lawsuit seeking NRA's dissolution can go forward
"A request by the National Rifle Association to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to dissolve the gun rights. Crew. York State attorney general The T shirt James in her lawsuit against the National Rifle Association, and several top officials claims the group mismanaged funds violated state and federal laws and even violated its own by laws and policies. A state judge Thursday rejected the entire race request to move the lawsuit out of New York City and to issue a stay or dismiss the case out right. James, in a statement says the ruling reaffirms that the N R A does not get to dictate if and where they will answer for their actions. The nation's largest gun rights group filed for bankruptcy protection last week and announced plans to reincorporate in Texas after 150 years in New York. Steve
NRA files for bankruptcy, plans move to Texas as nonprofit
"Nra files for bankruptcy and plans to leave new york the gun rights advocacy. Group said it would restructure as texas nonprofit to exit. What it said was a corrupt political and regulatory environment in new york where it's currently registered and are and executive vice president wing lapierre's issued a statement saying the nra is not insolvent in the move to texas would make the organization stronger and the nra is as financially strong as they've been in years the coronavirus pandemic has also up ended the group which last year laid off dozens of employees and canceled its national convention. Lapierre's says the nra has no plans at this time to move. Its headquarters from fairfax virginia.
"nra" Discussed on Skullduggery
"He was seen as we candidate and there are a lot of comparisons there to Biden. Also, he wasn't seen as being a brightest person Congress could put up he was at this inflection point and he was a good politician and he reached out expanded base Roosevelt did the one difference I would say is that hoover did not have these really committed hoover rights you know we're no equivalence of Manhattan. Face Kluber. He didn't really have a base in the same way that trump does. So that would be an advantage that trump has over hoover however. The middle class suburban I you know had no reason. To Ditch Hoover the. You know sort of more prosperous businessman and now a lot of them do ever reason to to dump trump. Let's talk about Jocelyn talk a little bit more about the FDR Biden comparison this particular moment. So Biden. Talk about his basement strategy but actually, he's been proposing a lot of fairly bold domestic policies. His rhetoric I think is not as stirring. Build back better is okay but I don't know that it's Roosevelt in but there's another thing that I remember you writing about in the defining moment that I was thinking about in terms of Biden, because one of the things that FDR had and that I think Biden has and trump doesn't have a sense of empathy and ability to use that to develop a relationship with the American people and both of them I think you argued that FDR developed at empathy by overcoming polio dealing with that huge physical challenge and understanding suffering. And of course, Biden, did the same way a different challenge in his life losing his wife and his baby girl. So is that an important comparison in terms of Biden's political abilities? Yeah. I think both of them are important comparison. So I I would disagree a little bit on build back better I think build back better is an excellent slogan and I think next year Biden wins you're GonNa see you know Biden's BBB program all over the place and it's a new deal for America which started at the nineteen thirty two. Convention when you when you think about it, you know a new deal like new bargain is that is that that great of a slug? It's it's definitely not any worse than build back better. And Actually Biden being more specific about the structural. Change that he would push for in his first year then Roosevelt was Roosevelt was much more vague in nineteen, thirty, two campaign. But I think you're empathy. Point is a really good one and with Roosevelt sort of a sub textual level it was. You. Know if he can stand up and walk again after polio, which people wrongly thought he could walk then maybe we can stand up as a country out of this depression. You know he's giving us hope that he could heal us right? Well, he was healed and this is why I think Biden's. Rhetoric of healing is is very effective the country to change the channel on the ugliness and they're ready. For a more empathetic but also just inclusive approach you know one of trump's great political mistakes. Is that he he didn't understand at any level that he was the president of all Americans and that Americans expect their president even if he's very partisan, some of the time to other occasions reach out to people who are very different. and. So this most recent example with John Lewis John Lewis. Salted trump didn't show up it is inauguration. And trump wasn't a big enough man to look past that and say something nice when he died the same thing with McCain right so it's amazing how many Republicans have run into When I asked them why they can't support trump anymore they say, well, you know it goes back to the way treated John McCain. There's a certain decency that people expecting their presidents. And Biden has it and trump doesn't. Mean, look at the response during the the the Swan interview when he brings up. John Lewis, and the first thing he says is, well, he didn't show up on. Me Right. All about again. Tribulation to civil rights. I mean it was pretty assumption right and so what happened is people were so traumatized by his election in two thousand sixteen. And by his bullying. And most people are they when they see a bully, they don't really know what to do and they tend to ascribe like great political power and authority to the bully especially if they've been traumatized, but he's been a crafty politician along. And people need to like get out of there you know. Defensive Crouch in there and stop analyzing through this worry lands. And do a real cold hard analysis. And a cold analysis suggests. that. He is highly likely to lose the election. And is what is the percent that? He could sneak through again as five percent. I don't know exactly what it is of those years in a world of hurt politically right now and I don't see how he Gets out of it except like cheating who's Bein GonNa pick as beep. Well. The latest reporting is found to camera Harrison Susan Rice that Karen Bass who was coming on strong that you know there's just too much stuff that's coming out about or Praising Communist in scientologists. Cuba over and over again and cure but say. In Florida that's not gonNA fly. So break that down for us the to harass and Susan Rice because of my gut tells me that Biden would wanNA pick Susan Rice because he would feel more simpatico with her to use his word he respects her and thinks that she understands governing. Held elective office or run a campaign, and he's less more distrustful of Kamla Harris. So how do you think that but they're pros and cons on both sides? How how do you assess it? Well, I I wrote a piece recently, the case for Susan Rice. I mean I think she would be as best choice and the you know the arguments. Used against her basically boil down to Benghazi and the fact that she has run for elective office. I think the Benghazi argument is really silly. You know. The idea that any undecided voters, GonNa go oh, she used. CIA talking points on face the nation you know many years ago I was going to vote for. Biden I guess going for trump now you know it's a call to sack a dead end. For trump every day that he tries to resurrect the Benghazi scandal is another day when he's not making a more potent argument against. Joe Biden and people you know might get as base wrapped up for a week but that's a week off the clock. The other objections Susan Rice is more serious one. And that's that she's never run through elective office, and if you're a politician late Joe by you respect other politicians who subject themselves to the voters and you you're not fully confident that when the cruelly burly starts they're going to be able to stand up. So you like LBJ used to say you know I wish somebody. Somebody around your second about the best and the brightest. so-called best and Abrasive Advisors I. Wish they run for Sheriff you know and Susan Rice is kind of a best and brightest type. She's a former Rhode scholar you know who served as ambassador to the UN National Security Adviser. But the difference, there's two reasons why I think that that argument is not that important. This year twenty twenty is a different kind of campaign. If it was another year without code you could go well, Susan Rice, she's never worked a rope line. She's never we don't know whether she gave a rousing speech. Well, there are no rope lines rousing speeches this shit, right. So all that matters the higher campaign is going to be, how do you do answering tough questions on television and she does really well at that she's really presidential in the way she comes across and she has a lot of experience in the executive branch and with foreign leaders that Biden really needs because he's not going to have the time to travel around the world restoring America's global standard..
"nra" Discussed on Skullduggery
"When there was embezzlement scandal up in to the Cincinnati row seventy, seventy-seven, the NRA publish their annual financial reports without editing them every year in the American Rifleman magazine after the Cincinnati revolt in nine, hundred, seventy, seven, these financial reports disappeared the the leaders of the Cincinnati Revolt Consolidate Power and they eliminated all oversight idiological reasons. But by eliminating oversight, they opened the door to the corruption that has now mushroomed into the attorney general's charges. Today we should point out that the key figure in that nineteen seventy, seven revolt was Harlan Carter who had. A interesting past that it wasn't widely known for many years tell us about Harlan Carter and what you learned about his background piling Carter is the son of border. Patrol, officer who himself later became the director of the border. Patrol. So he was a shift in leadership in from the NRA because they enjoy before largely from national guard military forces when and Carter was a minor seventeen years old he got into a dispute with the number of with several Hispanic youths near his home and they had a confrontation one of the boys pulled. Out a knife, our in carbon was holding a shotgun and he said according to court testimony in his murder trial, you don't think I'll use this and he shot the boy point blank in the chest. The boy fell to the ground bleeding out dying the boy lead his his friends from Ramon casino was his name bid his two friends farewell and then he reached his hand to Carter and he said you're my friend to as he was dying and according to witnesses Carter turned him and said, you're my friend nothing as he died Carter. was convicted of this boy's murder spent as a juvenile spent time in jail, and then the murder conviction was overturned on appeal on self defence grounds Carter than change the vowel of his first name from Harland Harland and managed to keep the entire incident quiet for fifty years. Until after we take over the NRA and the New York Times discovered this and reported one, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety one now that seems like a quaint piece of history but just this last fall Wayne Lapierre's the current DP and CEO of the NRA Reference Carter in. One of his columns as a way of brandishing his own ties Cincinnati revolt even though he would never say those words out loud and Harlin Carter is the only NRA leader of any era through the century and a half of the organization whose likeness is on display at NRA headqaurters headquarters inside the NRA National Firearms Museum a tall pedal pedestal in the middle of a display room showing you that this is an organization that changed fundamentally the Cincinnati revolt at a still following the path of that of that table hailing has one of its. Great Statesman a once convicted murderer, which is. kind of a delicious detail and also the connection between Carter and Wayne. Lapierre's I didn't realize that that Lop Year has lavish praise and did they did they work together at all was was Lapierre's there in one thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, seven during the Cincinnati rable Lapierre's joined the NRA one year later in one, thousand, nine, hundred, seventy, eight when he was twenty eight after having worked as a substitute special ed teacher and then as an. Aide in the California State House for a blue dog Democrat. So and he referenced when he wrote Last year and this is one of the only times he's ever mentioned Carter's name. He tries to keep it quiet. He said I learned from great leaders such as Harling be Carter. He wanted people to know hey, I come from that tradition forget about these people trying to house me I represent what the NRA is stood for since that. So Frank I guess your theory of the case for why the NRA. has become such a cesspool of. I mean, is it a story about power corrupting and absolute power corrupting absolutely or were the seeds of what we're seeing there now planted back when all of this was happening and Wayne Lapierre joined the organization how did this happen? Well, I think it I think the roots of this, all come nineteen, seventy seven, and the notion that you mentioned absolute power corrupts absolutely power corrupts absolutely. After the Cincinnati revolt, they eliminated transparency in the organization. So. The NRA was no longer responsive to members released in share information with them. Financial reports that were published every year for fifty years suddenly were no longer available in the magazine or what the NRA has put out are just edited versions of the actual real reports the NRA also in seventy seven consolidated power before the editors of American rifleman. Later, American hunter where one of the editors come from the Saturday Evening Post. So it was. A BONA FIDE journalists and editor in his own right after the Cincinnati revolt everything went through three people that are Carter put in place under him. So no everyone had a report up the new chain of command. So this consolidation of power also eliminated any oversight in the organization which had been set up in one, thousand, nine, hundred, eighty five after the first embezzlement scandal in the organization when you have an organization that is intellectual ideological. Driven what Carter said is that he has an unyielding quote unquote take on gun rights sloppier as recently said that he has an absolutist take on gun rights when you are ideologically driven that means everything is for the 'cause people are spending less time worrying about somebody stealing money or are they spending too much money because over the past forty, three years the NRA has been a successful has had a successful business model is Lapierre's has called. Why getting gun manufacturers support the NRA and also spreading their ideology of gun rights throughout the nation and getting rank and file members of the NRA. For most of the past forty three years to pay most of the NRA's contribute most of their revenue through their dues and it's these revenues that the leadership has been pilfering. Now according to the to the complaint just quite detail French more for decades has there been a widespread revolt among the membership or does the ideology in the members. So much that they're sticking with sticking to their guns as it were idiot, ideology has affected the members to the point that the sentence quite minimal and only seven percent of. Eligible NRA members eligible to vote tend to vote in our elections. So these are hard group of activists who tend to be even more conservative than the board just to give you a send the leadership just to give you was sense. The NRA has tried to diversify the board a little more so than it already is and they tried to promote A. Gentleman from Puerto Rico. Antonio Hernandez to be on the board and the way the elections are controlled. Nominating Committee Makes Recommendations and voters vote for twenty out of twenty, four names on ballot. So it's a very strange system is designed for the leadership to maintain control, and they failed to get these competitive rifle shooter from from Puerto Rico onto the board. There's also. A gentleman from Greensboro North Carolina who became quite famous when his speech to the Greensboro City Council defending gun rights went viral. He also started a number of NRA I the NRA commercials just in the past two years the the nominating committee recommended Mark Robinson for the board again, the board did not elect him that elect him either so it's a situation. Where the ideology counts for a lot in most NRA members simply have no had no idea how the organization is run in the patent. In the last year at the annual meeting, there was a bit of an uprising at the members meaning on the floor at a number of different people. A few dozen different people spoke out at different times demanding more transparent. But the leadership managed to us. First of all, they pulled in some heavyweights Marion. Amer legendary in our a lobbyist from Florida hadn't been in an NRA meeting over a decade and she came to defend Lop Year James W Porter..
"nra" Discussed on Skullduggery
"By James, a Democrat has enormous political implications given the huge sums the NRA is spent. In recent years to boost the campaigns, of Donald, trump and Republican members of Congress will discuss the NRA lawsuit with Yahoo News is Hunter Walker and with Frank Smyth author of a new unauthorized history of gun rights organization, and we'll talk to our old Newsweek colleague John Alter the comparisons between this year's presidential race and that in nineteen thirty two when FDR swamped Herbert Hoover during the height of the Great Depression all on this episode of skulduggery. Because people have gotta know whether or not their president's across while I'm not a crook I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart to my best intentions still tell me that's true. But the facts and the evidence tell it is not I did not have sexual relations with that. There will be no lies we will honor the American people with the truth and nothing else. On My. Chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo. News and I'm Dan Kleinman editor in chief of Yahoo News, and we are joined today by our Yahoo News colleague. Hunter Walker Hunter Welcome back to skulduggery. Thanks for having me happy Friday guys happy Friday so quite a lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday seeking to dissolve the NRA. Now, just sort of basics the NRA is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. Some believe it's the most powerful. Does this lawsuit actually have any chance of succeeding? Well, you know. If she might be pursuing sort of a lesser settlement if this is a negotiating tactic and she she didn't shoot down that possibility to use a gun pun. She said she just doesn't discuss those types of things in public. So sure it will this far but you know she named a Quartet of current and former NRA executives including you know the public face of the group way up here and you know this lawsuit is largely about their individual conduct as well and I do think that they are certainly in hot water and likely facing penalties and potentially remove from the organism. Well, let's just back up for a second for those who have not had a chance to read up on this lawsuit about what the underlying allegations are because they're fairly shocking. Essentially. Wayne Lapierre and a number of other top NRA officials some of whom have by now left the organization we're using the NRA as a personal piggy bank, but go through some of the specific allegations that. are made in this lawsuits hunter? Yes. One important thing to note is that the N. R. A. is a not for profit corporation registered in new. York. So it his James the Attorney General there has jurisdiction and the. Essentially operating as a charity donations from its membership, what the suit alleges is that way up here in these other executives, used it as James. Said as a quote personal piggy bank and it's basically a hundred and I believe hundred and sixty nine page lawsuit just filled with specific instances of alleged financial mismanagement. Lop here comes in for particular scorn James described him as the central figure in the scheme and the suit document tim doing things like taking multiple private jet trips to the Bahamas paying for lavish meals paying for a things for his family, his private security hold improvements. So this millions of dollars. In essentially miss identified expenses. James accused the NRA of using what she described as an illegal pass through arrangement with their longtime added agency, and essentially the allegation is that appear the others would build these things to the AD agency is expensive. The AD agency would then handover a lump sum bill to the NRA James said without receipts that would encompass all of these different things without scrutiny from the NRA's board. So the evidence does seem to be pretty thorough. The NRA is actually in a dispute with this ad agency because they were going to investigate it, they accused of overbilling and it Kinda Thad. And turned over all documents. So impatient of extensive. Now this is a civil lawsuit but do. Any of these NRA officials including Lapierre have criminal exposure because it sounds like there could be fraud involved. It sounds like there could be tax issues here. What does it look like in terms of the potential for criminal charges? Well, you're absolutely right Dan there are there are wide reaching implications from the suit on the Criminal Front on the Federal Fronts and then also for president trump. So you know to go through those jayme fed that you know just the Way New York nonprofit law works. The attorney general only has civil jurisdiction here, but she stressed several times that the investigation is quote on quote ongoing and indicated that she could potentially make a criminal referral to the Manhattan district. Attorney. Who would have the criminal jurisdiction? In this case, she said the same thing when asked about you know potential damages to the irs in fact, she went to step further and basically said, they are submitting our complaint to the IRS. So that's part of what I was getting out when I said you know these four guys could likely pay fines I mean it sounds like a very detailed notes. It's being sent over to the IRS and then there's the president you know and the most obvious implication for him is that as you were alluding to earlier, the NRA has just been extremely powerful largely Republican lobbying group they pumped around thirty million dollars into electing trump in two, thousand sixteen. So. Financial woes, and all of the tunnels you know basically takes them off the table as a major donor, but it also goes beyond that because you know in addition to tips games, we're seeing the New York State Department of Finance doing its investigation into the NRA and you know as she was with other things, James was coy when asked if they were looking into the NRA's campaign contributions so there's a direct connection to trump the NRA came up in the muller probe because it also had connections to Russian officials but more importantly, we need to look at the character of Tips James this is a former. Brooklyn. Who later became public advocate in the city and she was elected in twenty eighteen in the special election to replace the disgraced Attorney General Eric Schneiderman I spent time with her on the campaign trail then and you know James came into office basically saying she wanted to set her sights on president trump. She is investigating his businesses which are headquartered in New York, and I think this case just. Shows that you know she's willing to use laws that have not been touched in a long time to go after businesses. She's eager to investigate the president and his allies and she's getting results on this front. You're talking about her setting her sights on all that is she setting her sights as well on Gracie mansion or all the she's got political ambition doesn't she?.
"nra" Discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind
"Years was responsible for all of the messaging that we associate with the NRA from Charlton Heston raising his fist above his head with a rifle in it citing from my cold dead hands to NRA TV which was completely the brainchild at run by Akron. So. a divorce with your ad agency might seem like a small thing but with the NRA, it's like a divorce of a couple that had been married for fifty years and incredibly difficult to to to pull them apart and to separate them in a neat way and indeed that lawsuit has become so nasty. That the that Ackerman McQueen as already agreed to to cooperate with the New York Attorney General, and trying to put the NRA out of business so that acrimonious internal squabble clearly is what is behind The New York Attorney General's action now at the same Time York attorney. General. James has old her case. There's another one file in Washington DC by the Attorney General. Tell me about that one. How similar to or different from New York. So it is similar but slightly different. So when we talk about the NRA like many nonprofits, there's actually a couple of different organizations that are incorporated in different places in different ways. So the main NRA organization, the nonprofit that the attorney general has filed an action against. is a five. Oh, one C. Four social welfare organization that can engage in some political activity as long as it's engaged a generally educational purposes, but it also has like many nonprofits five. Oh One C. Three a charitable arm, the NRA Foundation, and that organization can engage in any political activity but can engage in charitable or educational activities and that the NRA. The charitable arm of the NRA is actually incorporated in Washington DC Not your and the DC attorney. General is basically raising very similar allegations against the NRA foundation. Attorney General has raised against the NRA's five. Oh One C. Four organization that's corporated in New York. So it's a little complicated in terms of corporate organization. The basic idea is the same that there's mismanagement at the top financial self-dealing insider deals that were sweetheart deals that were not fair and reasonable to the organization that didn't follow the proper procedures. So they're very similar actions and I'm sure that the attorney to Attorney General's office have been coordinating and sharing information on this case but they go after two different elements of the NRA, the C. Three and the secret war. So what would happen if as may have suggested. The NRA mood at New York and went instead to Texas. Well of course, it's not that easy to do you know. It would be if you'd like every time like the the local police decided to come into your house you just GonNa move to another state you can't get me. It just doesn't work that way New York has jurisdiction over the NRA and the NRA's assets tries to move the assets to another state there still within the control of the Nra and York will still be able to get access to them It is true that if the NRA is dissolve the NRA or a similar organization could say the National Revolver Association rather than the National Rifle Association could incorporate and do exactly the same kinds of things that the NRA was doing in Texas or somewhere else however, if the NRA is dissolved, then all of its assets will be distributed by the New York attorney general so it can't NRA. People behind the NRA could form a new organisation doing the exact same kind of thing, or they don't get to take all the assets that have been built up over one hundred fifty years of the NRA's life and bring them with them to that new organization. That's that would not be allowed. So for better or worse, they're stuck in New York for the time being so to. Would those as speed distributed? Well, that's the interesting thing. In some strange way dissolving the NRA could be a boon for other gun rights organizations under the terms of New York law if the assets of a nonprofit are. Distributed because of disillusion, those assets will be distributed to other organizations or or entities that are serving the donor's interest. The idea is this organization can't be trusted to serve the donors interest. So we're going to give the money and assets to other organizations that will serve the donors interests and will serve the donors tat, which means that those those assets and resources would still go to to advancing the cause of gun rights and marksmanship, training. You know you might be wondering how those? Revelations about the. NRA, A. Spending I mean two-point one, million a year salary for wait in line for just. Starters. How do you suppose they might those who able Asians might be affecting Those voters who are part. The NRA. Well, I think this action by the New York Attorney General might have. Paradoxical effects on voting behaviour on the one hand it certainly reveals more. Allegations of mismanagement and misuse of numbers funds by the NRA, which could sour some donors who give to the NRA and say, Hey, wait my money's being used for bad purposes. I'm not going to give money to the NRA at the same time I think these allegations really do help in the law at least in the short run donald trump and the GOP because in this coming election they were always going to say that Joe Biden and the Democrats want to take away your Second Amendment Rights. But now they have really some meat behind that claim because they can say look they're trying to put the NRA out of business they're. Trying to take away your rights and I think that this action by the Attorney General of your will actually probably inspire more single issue pro gun voters turn out this November and vote for the. GOP. So I think in some ways in the summer of very, very bad news for the president and for the GOP this is actually sort of a a real gift to them in terms of how it might mobilize voters election day it might not trust the NRA but they're gonNA want to protect the right to bear arms. So do you think it was his mistake on the part of the New York Attorney General to bring this lawsuit now? I wouldn't say mistake I think that the appropriate behavior of the attorney general is if there is a case to be made and you think that the case is a strong one and worth prosecuting, you should prosecute it and you prosecute without regard to the effect on the elections, it would be seemingly wrong if they were to try to. Manipulate the timing or aspects of this lawsuit in a way that was designed to help Democrats or help Joe. Biden that would seem fundamentally incorrect and. Wrong to do it that way. So I think this might have an effect on the election. It might be might be one that helps Republicans rather than Democrats but whether it was a mistake or not I think probably not because.
"nra" Discussed on Post Reports
"The NRA. It's a tax exempt group, and they have certain guidelines are supposed to be following. And she said she was going to dig into the records and one of the potential points of legal scrutiny could be the way that board members like north have received money from the NRA, even though they're supposed to be in charge of supervising and our finances. We wanted to learn more about the boards oversight and that was why we looked at whether members or receiving compensation, what did you learn? So we learned a lot about the board of the NRA, first of all, it's large bore. Their seventy six members there are no term limits. So some of the board members have served for a very long time, and we learned that a number of them eighteen and all in the last three years, we looked at documents from two thousand sixteen to two thousand eighteen had received some kind of compensation as a result of some kind of business arrangement that they made with the NRA or that their business made with the NRA. Here are some of the examples David Keene, who is a former president of the NRA got about one hundred twelve thousand dollars in the last three years for making public appearances some consulting another director, Sandra. Froman she's a lawyer her. Lawfirm was paid almost one hundred thousand dollars for her public appearances, Dave Butz, who is an ex NFL player played in the Super Bowl, or maybe a couple of Super Bowls. Got four hundred thousand dollars in the last couple of years, it's almost half a million dollars in this seems unusual to me, because at least from what I understand about how nonprofit boards, you're supposed to function if that this board is they're primarily either to raise money for the organization or to provide some kind of financial oversight of the organization, but it sounds like in this case, the NRA is giving them money, so many nonprofits, have what's called give or get policies meeting. You have to give a certain amount of money or get raise a certain amount of money for the organization. The NRA does not require that of its board of directors. Instead, you have a quarter of the board, receiving financial benefits, and why is that important or potentially problematic? It's problematic in that. That if you have a board member, who is being asked to carefully review the organization's finances, and may be raised questions about excessive spending. But at the same time is getting paid then their own financial interests at times could conflict with their duties as a board member now. It's legal for board members to do business with the organization as long as it's properly disclosed. But the experts that we talked to said the number of board members who are doing business with the organization. You know, the pattern raises questions about the number of potential conflicts of interests, and that weakening the rigor of their oversight, what do the board members? And what does Wayne LaPierre see about this? So the board members, I'm Wayne LaPierre have rallied to the defense of the NRA saying that they're spending is on the up and up that these are. Arrangements were disclosed properly, which appears to be the case in big, Apple's that we've found, and they have sued their longtime public relations agency Ackerman McQueen, which they were paying forty million dollars to last year alone alleging that they have leaked confidential information. They have failed to account for their spending. So you said the NRA is one of the most powerful political organization in the country, and has a lot of money and wields a lot of power. And a lot of that power comes from the fact that they had so many members across the country, so many, very loyal members. When you've talked to average NRA members, what do they have to say about these new revelations some of them are angry? They cared deeply about the 'cause they wanna make sure they're gun rights are protected but at the same time they feel like there are being squandered even people who feel passionate about gun rights are looking at. The NRA and saying, maybe this isn't the best place for me to be spending my money. Exactly the same time. I, I would be overstating it to say there's any kind of a large exodus. I mean, this is a century and a half old organization with five million members. Then are as the NRA exactly. But there are signs that they are not as strong as they have been in the past, they're spending in two thousand eighteen in the midterms declines. They've got a shortfall in their most recent tax filings of seventeen million dollars. So while it's typical when you have an administration in power that supports gun rights, that membership and donations declined because people aren't as worried and agitated. There are concerns that the NRA may be losing ground, this new information about the behind the scenes finances of the NRA, and some of the bad press that, that comes with that, what do you think that says about the current? State of the NRA, I think we've seen a bit of inflection point in terms of public sentiment. After the parkland.
"nra" Discussed on The Takeaway
"Almost a century intentionally building a political identity among its members so there's some really great research on this from this researcher named matt lacomb he's a phd candidate at northwestern university who studying the nra and what his research finds is that nra members are specially receptive to calls to action from the nra because they have a really strong social identity around gun ownership what he did was matt looked at the language used in the nra's magazine the american rifleman and he compared it to the language used by gun rights activists in letters that they wrote to newspapers and he looked at data over nine decades and showed that the nra used its membership communications like it's magazines to foster this positive gun owner identity among its members and that that really worked and then the nra would appeal to that identity in order to mobilize people they would say look we know that you are law abiding we know that you are gun owners who care about the safety of your family and the safety of this country and that's why we need you to contact your legislators and fight gun control and it was really effective the second piece that i think is really really critical is that the nra's interests are aligned with an industry's interests so the nra is really in the business of protecting a commercial product which is the gun and that means that they can build their entire revenue model around that product they can sell magazines with articles on which guns you should buy they have trainings on how to use your gun they offer firearms insurance they can sort of weather certain storms that may become from mass shootings and just provide these services and these advertisements and these product placements gun control organizations on the other hand are fighting again.
"nra" Discussed on KTLK 1130 AM
"When they are called to active duty they leave behind a family a community and a job employer supported the garden reserve a department of defense agency honors and protects the bond between service members and their civilian employers whether serving our country or supporting those who do we all serve to learn more about es gr call one eight hundred three three six four five nine zero or visit es g r dot mil glenn beck the program you know be nra is and i want you to i want you to push back the tweets of chest morons on the ra it's it's amazing the the parkland advocates are pushing this this narrative that the nra is banning guns at they're convention because mike pence is coming let me give you some of the tweets way way way way way you're telling me to make the vp safe there aren't any weapons around but when it comes to the children they want guns everywhere can someone explain this to me because it sounds like the nra wants to protect people who help them sell guns not kids are they really putting the vp at risk if they think a no gun zone is going to work on so many levels this is a lightning according to the nra we should want everyone to have weapons when we're in public but when they're put on when they put on a convention the weapons are a concern i thought giving everyone was a gun away to enhance safety am i missing something yes yes you are i'm so glad they keep asking these questions at the the fact here is what's your here's what you're missing title eighteen of the united states code section thirty fifty six and seventeen fifty to the secret service due to attendance of the vice president united states the us secret service will be responsible for events security at the nra i l a leadership forum as a result firearms and firearm accessories knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to enduring his attendance so it's the secret service doing this not the.
"nra" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"How do you describe what the nra is the nra calls itself the oldest civil rights organization in america which is laughable they are absolutely a lobbying organisation they have an annual budget of three hundred fifty million dollars that includes not just lobbying but also television channels and magazines a whole plethora of marketing efforts to sell guns and they also gave about fifty five million dollars in campaign contributions in two thousand sixteen which they won't say where most of it came from they don't have to um and in fact they won't say that it didn't come from russia in look we don't believe the nra has five million members they've been saying that number forever interestingly it hasn't gone up reporters have dug into this and found that they think many of the the members are actually no longer living or they signed up when they bought a gun for discounts we do not believe the nra has five million members and in fact the nra could have zero members and still be incredibly effective because they have this huge budget for gunmen you factures they do not rely on on membership or jews and in fact the members have very little power themselves they don't decide on the agenda i think it's important and some of the students have been saying those who want to hear what you up to say when people talk about the nra spokespeople for the nra like to take that as an attack on know individual gun owners who lawabiding how do you separate in your mind what you say about the nra versus what you say about people who lawfully own guns right so we always say nra leaders her nra lobbyists we're not talking about nra members seventy four percent of who support stronger gun laws according to polling done by republican pollster frank luntz but i also want to make it clear that a vast majority of gun owners in this country don't belong to enter a about one in ten of every gun owners belongs to the nra so again they are not powerful because they have membership.
"nra" Discussed on Stay Tuned with Preet
"The nra has opposed every single attempt in all five states to pass redflag laws for example in oregon when we helped passed the law last year the inner he claimed it was antigun in a slippery slope to confiscation there is no law that i know of that the nra actually does support that would address this issue there saying they support fix knicks but they also said they supported the prohibition of bump stocks in the wake of las vegas and we saw how that turned out so i the nra opposes red flag laws they posed laws to disarm domestic abusers we recently fought the nra for three years in rhode island to pass a law that would disarm domestic abusers and they put out a press release saying that sometimes women lie about abuse and so we would be taking guns away from from people who should have them removed they are insidious and they are blocking any attempts at safety in this country we talk about some of your roof review moves are think there's not as much information understanding of the nra in part because of the nonsense spewed by people who speak on behalf of the nra to try to make themselves out to be something more knock you was than they are that i got into an exchange with dana lesch on twitter over this absurd pronouncement she made that the nra is not a lobbying group cheer for the nra's a fellowship of gun owners lots and lots of people pointed out that the nra is in fact a lobbying group there is an arm of it that's internal to the nra called the institute for legislative action that technically does the lobbying work but the nra is actually the registrant on lobbying forms filed with the federal government the nra has as its leader wayne lapierre who's himself register lobbyist so part of the point of that is that the most important thing in the world that the nra lobbies or doesn't it's the lying and falsification of you know what the nra does to try to make them seem innocuous right.
"nra" Discussed on The Takeaway
"From my cold that applause line at the nra convention adam winkler echoed throughout the culture you still here it today almost a political cliche in american life when you hear that old charleton heston cut what do you think about while that was a really important moment in the gun the bait because al gore was expected to win that presidential election the economy was doing well and he ended up losing and losing in part because he lost his home state of tennessee and all analysts believe that the gun issue was an important issue he had taken a strong stand in favor of some new gun control measures and i think that was a moment where the nra really exercised its political power it motivated a lot of voters and here's the key to the nra we think about the nra as a powerhouse because of its money but it's real power comes not just from the money but from the voters that get swayed by people like charleton heston adam let's talk about gun manufacture here's how important are they really to the nra now i mean it is a membership organization you said that more important than there lobbying money is the political marching orders they can imbue to their members essentially a many analysts have basically branded the nra as our front group four firearms manufacturers saying that their policies reflect the profit motives of manufacturers and and little more but it is that an accurate picture of what the nra is it's an incomplete picture because certainly the nra has a very close symbiotic relationship with the gun industry uh their magazines are supported by advertisements by gunmakers and gun accessory makers but i don't think that's the full picture you have to understand that there is a lot of single issue progun voters who think of this issue in cultural terms lifestyle terms they're supporting gun rights not because they love big gunmakers they support gun rights because they think it's really essential to their identity and that's the real strength of the nra.
"nra" Discussed on Inside the Hive with Nick Bilton
"So so nra dana responds with with this this complete and utter nonsense around the puk olgun and she said that the puk gun had been around for seventy five years is so i did a little research as everyone did the puk gun apparently could shoot nine rounds per minute whereas the and they are fifteen with the bump suck could shoot sixty six hundred this dis when the nra responds to these in this at the point to this whole thing as when when the nra response these things this is clearly a talking point from them are are they did they believe these arguments that they're making or is this just the like oh this whole shut someone upper doesn't know anything about a possible gun for until i get out of this conversation and then they can debating online later it what is the the the thought process behind this because they cannot truly believe that that is an accurate portrayal of of what existed when the second and members written law so i think it all it i don't believe that you know they're just like yes this talking point proves proves me right in that everything i do is great but i think you know the thing people forget is that the nra is a lobbying group that represents gun manufacturers so their entire purpose is to help gun manufacturers sell more guns and some were ammunition and that's that's their job that's their whole purpose so i think no matter what like what they want is they want more higher gun sales they want higher ammunition sales they just want this happened so i think you know what ever however they can achieve that whether that's you know talking about some gun that nobody really knows about in you know that is is kind of nebulous to the conversation that is happening currently in america i think it doesn't matter because ultimately their objective is to sell more guns in america and know if that looks like army nmore teachers in schools there they achieved their mission.
"nra" Discussed on Fresh Air
"I'm not sure there is a simple and satisfying answer to the question but i do think that people misunderstand the appeal of the nra and what makes it a distinctly different entity for many other special interest group like for example the aarp which is a group that has a fair amount of power or emily's list the nra is more than just a group that pushes gun rights it is much closer to a religion or like a very particular way of life and that's what it sells its members they say they have five million members which ultimately is a pretty small portion of the populace but many of those members really do care in a way that is distinctly different then members of other special interest groups like the the aarp the nra has become essentially an organ of the republican party it doesn't do anything for democrats it hasn't for a long time and the fact that way it spends on election bears that out at spends essentially all of its money and quite a lot of money tried to keep republicans empower putting new ones in power so i say that because it's also useful for republicans to sell the idea that the nra has power because enables them to keep their caucus together it's a symbiotic relationship the republican party in the nra use each other and then of course as more practical matter especially since two thousand ten the nra has spent well over one hundred million dollars on federal elections always ranking them among the top outside sprinters in last year no outside group spend more supporting donald trump's in the nra did has president trump them things in support of the nra.
"nra" Discussed on Fresh Air
"But that's important for the nra because if you're going to enable people to carry guns concealed handguns in public which the nra's is responsible for that through the organization that created the original right to conceal carry legislation then you also to some degree you you also need a law that will facilitate or allow people to use their weapons in a way that they previously would not have been able to do if you're going to give people the right to carry guns in public and you're telling them that they need the guns because they have to defend themselves than standard grand is away a sort of code fighing that message so marion hammer the florida nra lobbyist also created the model for concealed carry legislation well at loves the legislation that passed in florida at she drafted it's really a relatively recent phenomenon that people are allowed to carry concealed handguns in public and not just their elaborate states have to give allow them to do it if they qualify for what is called the concealed carry permit and she created the permit system in florida that essentially was you know that that has been the basis for every states concealed carry permit system in the country and that gets you will carry permit system is if you want to carry handgun a public you have to apply to get a permit usually you have to pay a fee and you have to undergo some kind of training previously most states at a system in which only under the a very specific circumstances would you be allowed to carry a handgun in this basically came round and said if you're a lawful gun owner you can carry handgun a public so long as you go through the very simple protocol to do so too are on the subject of concealed carry the nra on the national level is trying to make it so that if if you live in an estate where it's legal to have concealed carry you can do that in other states even were it not legal would you explain that they think that if you get a concealed carry permits say in utah or any state that your permit should function the same as your driver's license so if you have a driver's license and you tiger legally allowed to drive anywhere if that license.
"nra" Discussed on Fresh Air
"And because she so enmeshed in the culture of the state uh and because florida is a state that has a very high population of nra members she is able to function as an unelected legislator by and often has more power than legislators doing as ever tell governors what to do an ebola toll republican lawmakers there what to do that and that is that is what she does she sounds like a very colorful person would you describe her little that she is very colorful she is a less than five feet tall and she has a pageboy haircut and she carries a laserguided pistol on her purse and she is a very legendarily vindictive person who plays the kind of har ball politics nets i'd say putting a politely that people think of when they watch like house of cards but don't think of as being real she's almost a movie character television show character in that way see if so that marion hammered the nra lobbyist in florida's very vindictive and that if you you know if you vote against en en nra bill then ugandan you're going to hear about it so can you give us an example where she worked against somebody who had voted four some kind of gun safety organ control legislation sure uh last year there is a perfect example a representative named charles mcburney you had an a plus rating for the nra and always voted with marion hammer was the chair of the judiciary committee there and there is an attempt to pass a bill that actually uh would have enhanced florida's standard ground statute that bill actually passed this year but uh without getting into the nittygritty of that law he also was a lawyer in addition to being lawmaker and he thought that the additional protections for shooters which is what the law or the bill proposed were unnecessary and would have made jobs for prosecutors impossible so he effectively killed the bill by refusing to put it on the the calendar of his committee.
"nra" Discussed on Fresh Air
"The thread is if you don't have the good grade if you're a republican specifically if you don't have the good grade than you can easily get primary id from your from your right flank which is something that has happened and the nra will field a candidate to do that to you uh there is a great story actually from 2012 uh a very prominent state lawmaker in tennessee's name was debra maggard for years had been one of the nra's most our allies in the state shed an a plus she was a very reliable vote and the nra wanted to pass a piece of legislation there that ran into some obstacles from the state's business community so maggert ultimately decided to table the legislation she didn't even oppose it she actually was reflecting the wo ver caucus and the idea was that once it was tabled they would study it more but the nra didn't like that so they spent less than fifty thousand dollars putting up billboards in her district essentially conflicting debra maggert with president obama and gun control and they completely it's it's hard to like really get across how ludicrous it was that that was what she was being punished for but also just because she someone that had been really really great for them and then what they did was they fielded a candidate who had no political experience but who is further to the right on the political spectrum from her to run against her in the primary with the billboards in then with also like just one or two really simple youtube advertisements characterizing her as a gun grabber and in like a month her ratings dropped she was someone who is very popular in her district and she wound up losing the primary and you do that once he just a few times where every now and again it's enough to clearly put the.
"nra" Discussed on Fresh Air
"So there hasn't been a major gun bill that would expand the rights of gun owners hasn't passed at the federal level and quite some time but you have seen over the last 10 years or bills that go in the other direction in the wake of new town there was that huge effort to pass a universal background check bill or a bill that would essentially impose universal background checks in that that ultimately failed by fairly thin margin at a moment when it seemed like there is a huge hunger or desire on behalf many americans to see action but at any rate that's been the nra's task federally is just off the centrally to fight off what would be restrict but they would consider to be restrictive legislation that also includes with they call legislation that was push last year to close the terror gap which sought to essentially prevent anyone that was on the fbi's tear watchlist fear on that watchlist you can't boredin airplane yong it was what the camp were near point you probably shouldn't be able to purchase a gun either but the nra successfully beat that back as well at the state level the maps just been exceptionally favorable to the nra especially since 2010 when republicans took control of a majority of state legislatures around the country and governor's offices to so it's the place where they're able to advance gun rights and experiment so what you've seen over the last decade is a proliferation of legislation that has been enacted that has allowed people to carry firearms in places that they've never male to carry before that includes bars churches college campuses daycare centers government buildings that's ultimately at the core of their agenda is to normalize guncarrying and as many places as possible until it just becomes as natural of a thing to see in society as any other accessory that people carry around so the nra is working for this on the state level.
"nra" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Men and can levitan who works firm vector management which manages a big not a large number of nra country artists in nashville and he's very clear that it's about selling records i also going to overstate these sort of influence of in our country in the larger country music world because there are many country music fans and even people who work in industry have never heard of in our country and there there are many big country artists who have nothing to do with it most country artists have nothing to do with it to be clear and i guess sort of the main point that i'd like to make about its influence is that eric country and the nra has been much more eager in the past ten years to sort of promote its partnership with country music than viceversa is it just country music has the nra tried this type of thing with other kinds of art other kinds of music not that i know of i don't know there's no nra hip hop is no nra edm that i know of but i do know that the nra has tried in other ways to serve target a variety of of sort of young untraditional audiences in the past ten years i mean they have there's an nra women channel on on and are atv which is of this almost sort of like their own tv network that they have online sort of an online tv network um they have a socalled nawar featuring hosts an in qalanou are who's this like young attractive black millennial die hosts a show about the nra a so there there's a whole host of initiatives on the inner his part to attract a number of untraditional and are a demographics but as far as music i've i've only ever heard of in our country will given what you've reported about nra country it seems like the organization is on dual tracks here may be according to how old the target audiences i mean nra country seems to be really positive a lifestyle brand is it really focus so much on gun rights of the sec in amendment i have been to nra meetings i've watched wayne lapierre speeches i think is accurate to say they're fairly bellicose fairly paranoid and it's a.