NRATV, which was started in 2016, is going through uncertain waters as its creator, Ackerman McQueen, is preparing a divorce from the gun organization according to The Oklahoman.
Allegations of betrayal, blackmail, and lies are at the center of this separation.
Ackerman McQueen, an Oklahoma City-based advertising agency, maintained a long-time relationship with the NRA and its CEO, Wayne LaPierre.
For 38 years, Ackerman McQueen has run communications for the non-profit.
However, NRATV’s shock jock material has created internal controversy and has had members question the organization’s dedication to its original mission of gun lobbying.
NRATV has expanded into general political commentary, which is uncharacteristic of its otherwise single-issue focus of lobbying for gun rights.
Former NRA president Marion Hammer questioned the value of NRATV.
“Since the founding of NRATV, some, including myself and other board members, have questioned the value of it.”
She added that “Wayne (LaPierre) has told me and others that NRATV is being constantly evaluated — to make sure it works in the best interest of the organization and provides an appropriate return on investment.”
The NRA has been mired in controversy lately.
It is currently under investigation by the New York State Government, which is determining if the organization should keep its tax-exempt status.
On top of that, the NRA’s spending practices have been placed under considerable scrutiny. A recent BLP report highlights how Wayne LaPierre racked up over $500,000 in spending.
Such a move has raised questions about NRA leadership and their future plans.
Further, Oliver North, who was its president for less than a year, resigned amidst internal controversy.
In today’s hyper-politicized climate, there is simply no room for compromise or counter-signaling.
Indeed, the NRA will have to make numerous tough decisions in the next year or so.
There are numerous organizations that could take up the mantle of Second Amendment activism in a post-NRA world. But if the NRA loses clout because of the combined factors of internal drama and an aggressive gun control movement, the radical Left will likely be emboldened.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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