Three members of the National Rifle Association’s board resigned on Thursday August 1, 2019.
Concerns about fiscal impropriety and mismanagement motivated the board members to resign from the organization.
The three board members — Esther Schneider of Texas, Sean Maloney of Ohio and Timothy Knight of Tennessee — claimed that they were stripped of their committee assignments after they questioned NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s spending habits.
BLP reported on concerns about LaPierre’s lavish spending a few months ago, which has drawn considerable criticism from members of the gun rights community.
In a letter to the NRA, the former board members wrote “While our belief in the NRA’s mission remains as strong today as ever, our confidence in the NRA’s leadership has been shattered.”
NRA President Carolyn D. Meadows said in a statement that the gun rights organization accepts the reisgnations.
She said “We look forward to working with our new board members in furthering our noble mission of protecting our Second Amendment rights on behalf of our millions of members.”
Things are not going so well in NRA land. NRA President Oliver North stepped down after voicing his concern about the group’s finances and the NRA’s chief lobbying Chris Cox resigned after he was accused of allegedly participating in an extortion scheme to oust LaPierre.
BLP reported that the NRA is also facing a political witch hunt in New York from the state’s Attorney General, who is demanding that the organization disclose financial records.
Even gun rights activists are disenchanted with the NRA’s recent management structure, with some like David Codrea calling on LaPierre to resign.
BLP interviewed Aaron Dorr, the Vice President of Political Operations for the newly formed American Firearms Coalition, who questioned the NRA’s leadership on the issue of gun rights and believes they have been ineffective in defending said rights.
All in all, things do not look well for the NRA at the moment.
It remains to be seen if the NRA will survive from this fallout.
Nevertheless, its reputation among gun owners is now tarnished, and there’s no telling how low far this decline will go.
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President Trump: Best Pro-Life President Ever?
Karen Cross, the Political Director for National Right to Life, praised President Donald Trump for his pro-life efforts during his administration.
At Life News, she wrote “President Donald J. Trump and his Administration have established more pro-life policies than any other president in history.
The National Right to Life Committee endorsed president Trump’s re-election bid on July 4, 2019.
That day, Carol Tobias, the president of National Right to Life, said:
“As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life. From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”
One of the Trump administration’s first actions as president was to restore the Mexico City Policy, which bars tax funds from going to organizations that carry out abortions or lobby to bring pro-abortion laws to host countries. Trump followed up by expanding this policy to keep $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to bankroll the global abortion industry.
The Trump Administration also slashed funding to the United Nations Population Fund due to that agency’s involvement with China’s forced abortion program.
President Trump originally pledged “to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any state.”
According to Cross, President Trump vowed to sign the following pro-life legislative items:
- The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
- The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; and
- The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
The National Right to Life Political Director emphasized the importance of the 2020 elections. She stated that this election “will determine who appoints justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal judges to lower courts.”
Having Republican control of the Senate will allow Trump to continue to nominate conservative judges.
So far, Trump has nominated 192 federal judges, which include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Having Nancy Pelosi out of the picture as House Speaker will allow for pro-life legislation to actually move out of the House.
All in all, pro-lifers’ best bet for any type of policy change will be for Republicans to gain control of all three branches of government.
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