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.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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