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New York attorney general sues NRA

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 8/06/20, 02:49 pm

If New York Attorney General Letitia James gets her way, the National Rifle Association won’t exist anymore. James, a Democrat, sued the organization and four of its current and former leaders on Thursday to drive it out of business over allegations of financial mismanagement that led to losses of $64 million over three years.

How much trouble is the NRA in? The lawsuit comes on the heels of an 18-month investigation into alleged misspending and self-dealing by the organization and CEO Wayne LaPierre. The District of Columbia attorney general also has sued the NRA Foundation, the organization’s charitable arm, over similar accusations. NRA President Carolyn Meadows said the group is countersuing the New York attorney general’s office. “This is a baseless, premeditated attack on our organization and the Second Amendment freedoms it fights to defend,” she said in an email to Forbes.

Dig deeper: Read Harvest Prude’s report in The Stew about congressional Republicans’ struggle to find a unified response to gun violence.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • JR
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 07:09 am

    Maybe I don't understand how this works but if there is financial mismanagement would it not make sense for the members to sue rather than an Attorney General? If they have a problem I would like it to be fixed but this seems like the wrong way to go about it.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 08:47 am

    The AG really cares about gun owners and their right to own guns! Are you kidding me? It is all about destroying an organization that has fought for gun rights. In other words, they don't want the average citizen to own weapons. Is this about stopping "gun violence"? No, it is about who has control and power.

    They realize they cannot dominate Christians, other conservatives, and libertarians without taking away their guns. Why did Obama and other liberals talk about conservatives clinging to their God, guns and Bibles? They don't like the fact that we can show up in mass with our guns out confronting their rule. They hate our God and bibles and don't want us to have religious rights!  They consider our views on homosexuality as hate speech and they want to eliminate our voice. The youth are destroying statues of "old white guys" because they view them all as racist. Given our Christian heritage, they view that as racist too.  In other words, it is a clash of world views and ideas.


    The liberal pig slop that we have thought was ok to feed to the minds of our youth in schools and universities is coming back to bite us. They see their power as growing and with more power they are emboldened to attack us in more direct means such as attacking the organizations that fight for our gun rights. This is not only about "gun rights" but it is about destroying our religious rights, dominating us politically, erasing our voice from society, and eliminating us in general. It is time for Christians to wake up from our slumber, see the fight and go and attack with gusto. If we don't, it won't be long before police show up at the door demanding we turn in our guns, God and Bibles! 

  • PAMom
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 09:29 am

    Well said, Cyborg3!

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 11:34 am

    I am pretty convinced that any charges brought by a liberal anti-gun New York Attorney General against the NRA are pure baloney!

    Ms. James can fume and sue all she wants, but the NRA will not cease to exist. In fact, despite some dissension and accusations within the organization, membership has been steadily increasing. People do not join simply by signing some online petition, people pay annual dues to join.  This is a sign of commitment that is absolutely unmatched by any and all of the supposed grass-roots anti-gun organizations, which would dissolve practically overnight if not for the millions of dollars kicked in by wanna-be dictators like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. 

     Disclosure:  I am an NRA "Life Member," having paid a large one-time membership fee some years ago in support of what is probably the largest and oldest civil-rights organization in the USA. And yes, we members believe that in supporting the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, we are also defending the First, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and all of our other Constitutional Rights. 

    Attorney General James' lawsuits probably are going to have the opposite of her intended effect, serving to increase NRA membership!

  • not silent
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 05:59 pm

    Re Cyborg: I'm not sure I understand this statement: "They don't like the fact that we can show up in mass with our guns out confronting their rule."  That sounds to me like the groups in Portland and Seattle who are threatening legally elected officials with violence and insisting they meet all demands.  (Some of the protesters are apparenlty armed.)  

    I guess I don't understand how someone can talk about how America is a "light to the world" on one hand and tout our system but then act as if it's okay to join a large group with guns and threaten the very same government if they don't like what is happening.  It's always been my understanding that, in our system, we solved our problems by voting, not violence or the threat of violence. 

    This isn't intended to be an attack, Cyborg. It's a request for clarification. 

  • Allen Johnson
    Posted: Fri, 08/07/2020 08:44 pm

    The lawsuit details involve using money for personal luxury and perks that were extravegant. Some televangelists do the same.

    I will raise two issues. (1) Are some Christians so enamored with their guns that these have become idols? That is, guns are saviors and protectors foremost, rather than God.  (2) NRA seems to me to be a bully at times.

    By the way, I have two 12 gauge shotguns, a .22, and a 30.06. But I have no weapons.  Think about what I just said.