Will No Compromise Gun Organizations be Next?
The National Rifle Association is facing an unprecedented threat from anti-gun forces.
The Trace reported on some of the NRA’s latest fundraising efforts where Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre “warned that liberal regulators were threatening to destroy the organization.”
LaPierre wrote “We’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA but in the entire history of our country.”
The NRA Executive Vice President continued “The Second Amendment cannot survive without the NRA, and the NRA cannot survive without your help right now.”
This is in reference to the state of New York’s current campaign to shutdown some of the NRA’s insurance services.
LaPierre’s assertions have validity since the NRA has “run annual deficits of as much as $40 million.” Such financial troubles have seen the NRA become “mainly a media company, promoting a lifestyle built around loving guns and hating anyone who might take them away.”
Particularly interesting is Ackerman McQueen, a public-relations firm out of Oklahoma, and its involvement in cultivating the NRA’s brand. Many NRA figures such as Dana Loesch and Oliver North have received considerable payments from this firm.
However, this relationship has been a double-edged sword according to Mike Spies of The Trace. Spies claims that “a small group of NRA executives, contractors, and vendors has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements.”
According to a memo from a senior NRA employee, the NRA workplace has been “distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object.”
In 2017, when the NRA made its tax filings public, the organization has been placed under considerable scrutiny.
Marc Owens, who was the head of the Internal Revenue Service division that oversees tax-exempt enterprises, claims that the “litany of red flags is just extraordinary” after reviewing the NRA’s tax filings. Owens continued, “The materials reflect one of the broadest arrays of likely transgressions that I’ve ever seen. There is a tremendous range of what appears to be the misuse of assets for the benefit of certain vendors and people in control.”
Owens then concluded, “Those facts, if confirmed, could lead to the revocation of the NRA’s tax-exempt status”, effectively putting the organization’s existence in peril.
The NRA’s Carry Guard program has also earned it considerable criticism in recent times. This liability insurance program protects NRA members who use their firearms in self-defense.
Many on the anti-gun Left have derided this program as “murder insurance” and are now targeting it via financial regulations.
The Parkland shooting of 2018 saw numerous states pass draconian forms of gun control, with New York being one of those states.
In the wake of the Parkland shooting, the State Department of Financial Services in New York has specifically targeted Carry Guard and declared that it “could no longer be sold in the state.”
This has prompted the NRA to take the DFS and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to court.
It remains to be seen how this decision will turn out, but the NRA is facing an unprecedented threat from anti-gunners.
Many gun owners on the no compromise side of the aisle have criticized NRA for not taking hardline stances in favor of fully restoring gun rights. BLP reported on NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox defending red flag gun confiscation legislation a year ago.
However, this recent episode of the New York State government trying to punish the NRA shows the lengths the anti-gun Left will take to put the clamps on pro-gun organizations. They are willing to weaponize the U.S.’s flawed tax system as a means of shutting down conservative groups. If the NRA goes down, other organizations such as GOA and NAGR will likely be in their crosshairs.
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Bill Gates Believes Everything Won’t be Normal Until there is Widespread Vaccination in America
However, there’s a catch.
Things will not go back to “normal” until the population is “widely vaccinated.”
During an interview with CBS This Morning, that went out on April 2, Gates predicted that people’s concerns about large public gatherings would be alleviated “once we have the vaccination.” This could potentially take 18 months to come about.
“Our foundation works a lot on diagnostics and vaccines,” Gates stated. Vaccine producers are the ones “that can really get things back on track where we’re not worried about large public gatherings.”
In Gates’ view, “there’s a lot of dialog between our foundation experts and the government,” about opening up life to normal activities after the pandemic is under control.
“Which activities, like schools, have such benefit and can be done in a way that the risk of transmission is very low? And which activities, like mass gatherings, may be – in a certain sense – more optional? And so until you’re widely vaccinated, those may not come back at all.”
The Microsoft founder floated 18 months as a possible timeline for a reversion to normalcy.
Gates is a well-known proponent of abortion and population control. He has talked about using vaccines in the past as a means of controlling world’s population.
“Now if we do a really great job on new vaccines, health care, reproductive health services, we lower that [the population] by perhaps 10 or 15 percent,” he said at a 2010 TED conference.
Some parents are obviously concerned about the implications for parental rights, health, or religious freedoms if a vaccine is introduced.
During the CBS interview, Gates claimed that there are currently “seven or more” potential vaccines that could fight the Wuhan Virus pandemic. In order to guarantee that there are billions of doses of the vaccine available right out of the gate, Gates put forward the idea of building factories that would mass produce each of these vaccines as testing is being conducted concurrently.
Gates admitted that “only probably two of the vaccines will be the ones we go ahead with,” conceding that there exist major risks involved in seeing this plan through.
Gates also commented that a national strategy to the Wuhan Virus pandemic is needed, alluding to what he wrote about in a Washington Post op-ed on April 1.
“Because people can travel freely across state lines, so can the virus. The country’s leaders need to be clear: Shutdown anywhere means shutdown everywhere. Until the case numbers start to go down across America – which could take 10 weeks or more – no one can continue business as usual or relax the shutdown,” Gates commented.
In the CBS This Morning interview, Gates stressed the importance of acting quickly after the Wuhan Virus outbreak.
“We understand what needs to be done here. It’s going to be very painful. But taking the pain early means there’s a lot less pain both medically and economically than if we dilly-dally and wait until every town has big numbers before we react.”
Gates said that the Wuhan Virus pandemic will cost trillions of dollars, on top of hundreds of thousands of lives globally when it’s all said and done. “For the next one, we will be far more ready than we were for this one,” he predicted.
As many Americans seek to protect their liberties in a time of uncertainty — as evidenced by the number of people rushing to buy firearms and ammo — globalist oligarchs like Gates are concocting plots to advance crony capitalist projects that will infringe on the rights of millions of Americans.
Gates may have been a great entrepreneur, his politics, on the other hand, are straight out of the globalist playbook.
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