The New York Times reports that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has discontinued NRATV.
The nationally-recognized gun rights organization also broke ties with Ackerman McQueen, its disgruntled PR firm, which has brought the organization considerable scrutiny in the last two years.
NRATV is likely to continue past broadcasts, but it is pulling the plug on its live programming. In the same token, its on-air-personalities will no longer be the NRA’s public faces.
NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre issued a message to NRA members on Wednesday, “Many members expressed concern about the messaging on NRATV becoming too far removed from our core mission: defending the Second Amendment.”
The NRA leader detailed the organization’s new path going forward:
So, after careful consideration, I am announcing that starting today, we are undergoing a significant change in our communications strategy. We are no longer airing ‘live TV’ programming.
Things look quite tense in NRA HQ as gun activists from all over want the organization to drastically reform its practices and stick to its original mission—protecting the Second Amendment.
Many in the “no compromise” gun community have been disappointed with the NRA’s milquetoast track record in defending gun rights.
Some activists have argued that NRA has conceded too much ground to the Left on the gun issue.
With how emboldened the Left has become, the NRA falling apart will be a major feather in their cap.
Hopefully, the NRA can put the pieces back together and take a more hardline approach to gun lobbying in the case that it gets new leadership.
In the meantime, strict pro-gun groups will have to step up their operations and position themselves as viable alternatives to the NRA.
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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