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NRA Issues F Rating To Bugs Bunny For Tying Up Guns Into Pretzel Shape
"In the wake of new. York. Attorney, General, Latisha James's lawsuit against their organization. The powerful National Rifle Association is clapping back. I. Think I'm using that right? Anyway. The Guns Rights Organization today issued an F rating to bugs bunny for tying up guns into Pretzel Shapes. For more I'm joined by OPR senior alcohol tobacco firearms and explosive correspondent Marcy Hammond mercy. What was the NRA's thinking here while the NRA reserved. The F. rating figures at deems is particularly harmful to the rights of gun owners and leadership believes that bugs his long history of firearm destruction qualifies him. Here's how NRA deputy spokesperson Rhonda mcdaniel. Explain their decision time and time. Again, we have seen this radical agitators seeking to curtail the Second Amendment Rights of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam by twisting their lawfully purchased firearms into a big bowl and the NRA has had enough. Now let's be clear. Bugs is a beloved cultural figure with relatively little political sway is it really in line with Americans interest for a gun lobby to be targeting him round the NRA certainly thinks. So while the organization has been weakened over the years due to lawsuits and falling public opinion they signal, they'll be devoting considerable resources to getting what they call a no. Good Rascal Rabbit here's mcdaniel. Again, if these sort of left distant imitation tactics prevail, we're looking at a future where government agents can just come to your home while you're sleeping and bend your gun into a youth shape or jammed the barrels with carrots coastal elites like bugs bunny may be okay with that outcome, but real Americans will never stand for it mercy. Some have accused the gun right's organization of not caring about tune rights they pushed for decades to deregulate bazookas. Dynamite sticks coming from the ACME company. That's true. But the NRA would point you to their a rating for Marvin, the Martian. For providing what they call a sterling example of responsible gun ownership. Sure. But do they have any other tactics to push back against what they see boxes anti-gun stance while the F. reading a tactic in and of itself of course. But beyond that NRA leadership announced, they'll be launching a public pressure campaign encouraging members to email and tweet bugs bunny to tell him actions are harming the American way of life. They're also lobbying Congress to remove him from television claiming that he's been brainwashing our nation's children with anti-gun propaganda, and if those tactics are unsuccessful, they have plans to draw big angle on his head. To, imagine that this separating didn't sit very well with everyone. That's certainly true. Leslie several gun control groups have spoken out against the move with MOMS demand action launching a new ancient stinker ad campaign targeting the NRA. Responded not personally, but a spokesperson reached out to tell reporters quote meet me. Okay. Then Marcie please keep us updated. That's OPR's Marcy
New York Serial Killer Predicted To Be "Totally Bananas"
"New details are emerging in the hunt for a serial killer in upstate New York today psychological profiler from the FBI believed that the ritualistic qualities of the murders could suggest that the serial killer is quote. Totally. Bananas investigators are now searching for a male in his mid thirties who was also a complete gibbering Wackadoo after discovering the suspect took a tooth for each victim as a souvenir which according to authorities was quote like seriously. So freaking crazy
NRA Gives F Rating To Bugs Bunny For Tying Guns Into Pretzel Shape
"In the wake of new. York. Attorney, General, Latisha James's lawsuit against their organization. The powerful National Rifle Association is clapping back. I. Think I'm using that right? Anyway. The Guns Rights Organization today issued an F rating to bugs bunny for tying up guns into Pretzel Shapes. For more I'm joined by OPR senior alcohol tobacco firearms and explosive correspondent Marcy Hammond mercy. What was the NRA's thinking here while the NRA reserved. The F. rating figures at deems is particularly harmful to the rights of gun owners and leadership believes that bugs his long history of firearm destruction qualifies him. Here's how NRA deputy spokesperson Rhonda mcdaniel. Explain their decision time and time. Again, we have seen this radical agitators seeking to curtail the Second Amendment Rights of Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam by twisting their lawfully purchased firearms into a big bowl and the NRA has had enough.
884,000 Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week
"In this pandemic, the supplemental $600 a week unemployment benefit fits under the Cove, it relief act. Expired at the end of July. Since then, congressional leaders have been at an impasse on a new relief bill. Today, the Senate could take up a vote on a pared down version. Senator McConnell's pandemic relief bill is a tiny fraction of the $3 trillion plan passed by Democratic House and McConnell's not even sure it will pass. I would hope this might appeal to some of the Democrats, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's those Republicans must compromise if they come back and meet us in the middle, will be eager to talk to them. Millions of Americans awaiting some new assistance from car NRA's Andy Veiled ABC NEWS Washington President Trump heads to
Boston - Congressional hopeful Becky Grossman understands challenges families face
"Let's go back to Primary day, the race in the fourth Congressional district, It is crowded in the Democratic primary seven Democrats are running to fill the seat left behind by Congressman Joe Kennedy as he faces off against the longtime incumbent Democrat, Senator Ed Markey in the Senate primary. Becky Grossman is running in that fourth congressional district. She is in the final stretch as they all are. She's in her town or she's in the city of Newton today over the Bigelow Middle School polling station Sherry Small caught up with her Democrat Becky Grossman, running in a crowded field of seven Democrats in two Republicans trying to win their party's primary for the fourth Congressional District race. Grossman has practiced law. She's a Newton City councilor, but says the job she cherishes most is being mom, too, to school age Children. That is a voice that is missing, Grossman says out of 430. Five current members of Congress only 25 are mothers of school age Children. If we had 100 or 200, Mom's in Congress, I think we could make progress on all of the issues that we care about whether it's standing up to the NRA, whether it's taking on big oil and whether it is taking on big pharma and quality, affordable child care. That's the lens through which I see the issues in Newton Sherry Small W busy Boston's news
"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.
New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
"On the warning list. The NRA is blasting. The New York attorney general's lawsuit against the Group Association calls it a baseless and premeditated attack. The president says the move is a transparent attempt to score political points. Ahead of the 2020 election. New York Attorney General Leticia James claims millions of dollars have been improved properly used for things like private travel, gifts, membership to golf clubs and other expenses. Without proper documentation or tax violence, a culture of self dealing Miss management and negligent oversight at theory that was illegal. Oppressive. Fragile. James named CEO Wing LaPierre as the center of the scheme and
New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
"Association charging financial fraud, they use million's Upon millions of dollars from the for personal use, including for lavish trips for themselves and their families. Private jets. Expensive meals. And other private travel, New York's attorney general Leticia James, saying Bring it. The NRA is countersuing James CEO Wayne LaPierre tweeting. Her efforts are an affront to democracy and freedom. Washington, D. C's attorney general also filing suit against the Ra's charitable foundation. Major League Baseball says all of its
Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more
"Africa's confirmed corona virus cases have surpassed one million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continents. One point three, billion people. While, experts say infection tolls enrich and nations can be significant undercounts. Launch numbers have undetected cases are greater danger for Africa, with many of the world's weakest health systems. The
Trump signs executive order that could ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days
"President trump's threat to ban. TIKTOK is now a formal order. Trump signed two new executive orders to ban US companies from working with the Chinese parent companies for both the popular video sharing APP Tiktok, and the messaging APP we chat, the ban will go into effect. September. Twentieth is an American company does not by the APPS. First, the president cited national security concerns for the sweeping new restrictions, both APPS, are owned by Chinese companies and tensions between the US and China have continued to escalate. Trump argues the APPS. APPS give the Chinese Communist, party too much access to Americans data and the ability to run disinformation campaigns in the US. Still Tiktok has insisted that is not the case, and that data is not even stored in China to be clear cybersecurity experts have said, it's tough to know for sure one social media professor told USA Today if the Chinese government were to request Americans from Tiktok, the parent company by Dan would likely have no choice but to hand it over. So what would trump's ban really mean? There aren't many specifics out yet, but likely the APPS would no longer be available in apple or android APP stores as a start. Then end, the ban may never actually happen. Remember Microsoft is already confirmed. It's in talks to buy parts of TIKTOK and plans to decide before the orders deadline. Oh and also both executive orders are expected to be challenged in court since they're so unusual. In fact, the reports, it's still unclear if the president actually has the legal authority to enact the ban,
New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
"The NRA says it's ready to fight a fraud lawsuit filed by New York State officials here. CBS's Michael George, New York's attorney general, wants to dissolve the National Rifle Association, the organization went unchecked. For decades. While top executives funneled millions into Their own pockets. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, New York State alleges for Honora leaders, including executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, failed to manage an IRA funds and failed to follow state and federal
New York AG files lawsuit to dissolve NRA for "fraud and abuse"
"Here's the specs. The yacht is called illusions at first was I thought it was called the illusion or illusions. It's just called illusions talking heads. It's one hundred and eight feet long. It has a false staff also chef. It has four state rooms I think stay room in this context means bedroom. But I'm not sure whatever they are. Whatever state rooms are illusions has four of them. Illusions is a big enough boat that it comes with other boats and vehicles that ride on top of it. It comes with two jet skis and sixteen foot long jetboat. It's boat that comes with the boat. I do not know my way around a yacht. I do own a row boat but I don't know anything about you. Know the makings of a good state room if I laid down in one for a nautical nap. But I'll tell you for news purposes. You should know that boats that make the news they tend to have a paper trail online, and so I think this might be the boat in question. This might be illusions when you google illusions yacht at least this is the bad boy that pops up and it does have the the hike embedded jet skis and the vote and the fancy bedrooms and all the rest of it. The reason I went on a very pleasurable Internet. Deep dive for this today. Is that some good ship illusions some yacht of that name. has now been cited as evidence in a long long long long list of allegations of fraud and multimillion dollar self-dealing at the NRA at the national, Rifle Association in a lawsuit that was filed today by New York Attorney. General Letitia James The NRA as an organization is chartered in New York. It has been chartered in New York for well over one hundred years. As a New York institution as a New York charitable institution, it has to follow the rules and laws for nonprofits operating in New York. And according to the Attorney General's lawsuit, the longtime president of the NRA Wayne Lapierre often stayed on the illusions yacht without paying for it. Those trips were present from one of the NRA's vendors with Mr Lapierre getting the US you know the chef and the jet skis and presumably all four state rooms for free. What he didn't do was disclose his acceptance of what The New York ag alleges was this very, very expensive gift on the NRA's financial disclosures in that is something that is required by New York state. Law. From the lawsuit quote Mr Peres testimony to the attorney general he said that the reason he failed to disclose the use of the was for security reasons and because he considered the to have been used for legitimate. A legitimate business per best. But wait there's more according to the New York Attorney General Wayne Lapierre spent five hundred thousand dollars of the NRA's money. That's NRA donors right are members providing money to the NRA for its purpose is a nonprofit instead. Up here is taking a half million dollars of that money to spend specifically on private airplane flights to the Bahamas and back for his family at least eight times over just the last three years. The Attorney General says he spent more than thirteen million dollars of the NRA's money on a private travel consultant arranging additional private flights in luxury cars for him and his family. Over the last six years there was also at least one African Safari for Wayne Lapierre and his wife which the says they improperly accepted from another NRA vendor. The AG. Ticks off lots of fancy Christmas gifts for law peers, friends, and family and golf club membership fees and a twelve thousand dollars hotel bill at the four seasons not for weighing up here but for his niece. Over the course of four years, the lawsuit alleges that Wayne Lapierre was reimbursed for more than a million dollars worth of personal expenses straight out of the NRA's coffers. So. Your uncle with the NRA sticker on the back of his pickup. decided to put up there because it shows that he's an NRA member do-or-die he's been dutifully giving them their money. He's been like putting. Lapierre's niece up in the four seasons and flying Wayne in his family back and forth at the Bahamas. That membership money's been going to. The lawsuit filed today is over one hundred, fifty pages. The New York Attorney General Letitia James sets out in fairly stunning detail her case for how the president of the NRA and several of his top lieutenants drained more than sixty four, million dollars out of the NRA for their own personal gain over a very short period of time just over a period of a few years.
New York attorney general files lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association
"Their own pockets. For years, the diverted millions and millions of dollars away from its charitable mission for personal use by senior leadership to award contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family. It appeared to Dole out lucrative. No show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty. Thiss lawsuit specifically charges the array as a whole. In addition to four individual defendants, one first individual longtime executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, who has been the face Of the way for decades to former treasurer and chief financial Officer Wilson Woody Phillips, three former chief of staff in the executive director of operations Joshua Powell, and four corporate secretary in general counsel John Fraser. These individuals in the area are charged with failing to manage the NRA's funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws, which contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years. Letitia James is the New York state attorney general. Shortly after the New York lawsuit was announced, the attorney general of Washington, D. C. Filing a similar complaint against the foundation, which is the groups A D. C based terrible organization. Also on allegations of misusing charitable funds on Twitter. The NRA is calling today's lawsuit a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms It fights to defend. The president also tweeting about it today and making these comments at the White House Before heading to Ohio. I just heard about that. That is a very terrible thing that just happened. I think the NRA should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life. And I told him that for a long time I think they should move to Texas. Texas would be a great place for to another state off they're using, But I would say that Texas would be a great place in an appropriate place for the NRA has been going on for a long time. They've been absolutely decimated by the cost of that lawsuit on. It's very sad, but I would suggest that that's what they should be doing from those comments from the president and one of the note from the NRA, which says the organization quote will not shrink from this fight. We will confront it and we will prevail in an interview with the Christian Broadcast Network
New York AG seeks to dissolve NRA in lawsuit accusing leaders of self-dealing, causing $64 million in losses
"General filing a lawsuit that seeks to dissolve the National Rifle Association. New York Attorney General Letitia James described years of self dealing and illegal conduct that she said made it impossible for the NRA to continue to exist. We are seeking In order to dissolve the NRA in its entirety. Her lawsuit named four current or former and our executives, including CEO Wayne LaPierre, and said they misappropriated $64 million. The area, unfortunately, was serving as a personal piggy bank to four individual defendants. James has spent the last year and 1/2 investigating the NRA, which has denounced her probe as political Aaron Carter Ski ABC NEWS New York
New York AG files lawsuit to dissolve NRA for "fraud and abuse"
"Moved to dissolve the after a fraud investigation. The attorney general of New York. This is, according to the the NPR. Took actually Thursday to dissolve the National Rifle Association following an 18 month investigation. They found evidence of the powerful gun rights group is quote, fraud or front with fraud and abuse. And here is the New York attorney General Letitia James, talking about just this just a few minutes ago. My office filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association. To dissolve the organization in its entirety. Four years of self dealing. And illegal conduct. Violate New York's charities Law. Undermine its own mission. It's clear that the area has been failing to carry out its stated mission for many, many years and instead Is operated as a breeding ground for greed. Abuse. And brazen illegality.
New York attorney general sues to dissolve NRA
"New York's Attorney general Letitia James says her office filed a lawsuit against the NRA, eh, She's citing an eight month long, an 18 month long investigation. It concluded their top leaders committed fraud, They diverted millions of dollars into their own personal banking. James pointed specifically to the NRA's leader, Wayne LaPierre, who she says exploited the ray for his family's benefit, spending millions on personal travel and perks. Including trips to the Bahamas in a private jet eight times. In a statement, the NRA called her allegations baseless and a premeditated attack on our organization. And the second Amendment freedoms it fights to
New York AG files lawsuit to dissolve NRA for "fraud and abuse"
"Reporting New York State Attorney General Leticia James has filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association. Accusing its leaders of using funds for lavish personal trips, contracts for associates and other expenditures. James says it's time to put the NRA out of business for these years of fraud and misconduct. We are seeking. An order. To dissolve the NRA in its entirety. James highlighted misspending and self dealing claims that have roiled the NRA and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, in recent years from hair and make up for his wife to a $17 million post employment contract for himself. In a statement Enright President Caroline Meadows label James of political opportunist who is pursuing a rank vendetta with an attack on its members. Second
NY Attorney General Lawsuit Seeks to Dissolve National Rifle Association
"The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit today that seeks to dissolve the National Rifle Association A. B C's Aaron Carter Ski reports New York Attorney General Letitia James described years of self dealing and illegal conduct that she said made it impossible for the NRA to continue to exist. We Are seeking an order. To dissolve the NRA in its entirety. Her lawsuit named four current or former and our executives, including CEO Wayne LaPierre, and said they misappropriated $64 million. The area, unfortunately, was serving as a personal piggy bank to four individual defendants. James has spent the last year and 1/2 investigating the NRA, which has denounced her probe as
New York Attorney General Sues NRA and Seeks Its Closure
"Attorney general is suing the National Rifle Association seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business. Over allegations that high ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for personal benefit. Today's lawsuit, filed by Attorney General Leticia James follows an 18 month investigation into the NRA.
"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
"After that happened he was also it'll as it at or as it happened he was also in his final term as lawmaker and he was hoping to be appointed to a circuit court in jacksonville and was among the final three potential candidates for that position and it seemed like he was actually the the favored candidate for governor scott in marion hammer remembering what he did put together a huge campaign in which many thousands of nra members send emails to governor scott telling him under no circumstances to appoint charles mcburney to the circuit court ship and very shortly after that happened mcburney was not appointed to the circuit court judge ship someone else was and it was it was directly i mean you could say directly because of what he did you say that she drafted florida's stand your ground legislation would you just recap for us whether legislation was in florida was the first state to pass stand your ground to describe with legislation lies in mental ask him at her role in drafting sure so stay in her ground which was proposed in the florida legislature in two thousand four enacted in two thousand five reform added a ricans seved florida's selfdefence law and by the way it did that was it said that if you found yourself in a dangerous situation in public or any place you have a right to be that you did not have a duty to retreat the duty to retreat is crucial because that was part of.
"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.