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NRA Chief Hid On A Yacht After The Sandy Hook And Parkland Shootings: Court Deposition

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has a saying they’re fond of spouting whenever there’s a mass shooting in the United States: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

However, the NRA doesn’t actually believe that platitude. It’s just a slogan they use to get donations that they later waste on bullshit like fancy office buildings, mansions for their leaders, massive campaign contributions, and other perks.

So what does stop a bad guy with a gun? Well, based on a court deposition released Tuesday, it seems that the best way to avoid getting shot is to go into hiding on a luxury yacht owned by one of your filthy rich friends.

According to the New York Daily News:

“NRA leader Wayne LaPierre says he faced an unprecedented ‘security threat’ in the wake of bloody rampages at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut and a Parkland, Fla., high school — and had to seek refuge aboard his Hollywood producer pal’s 108-foot yacht.

“In a chutzpah-rich deposition, the politically powerful gun-rights advocate said the fancy vessel christened ‘Illusions’ was one of the few places he felt safe from the national outrage that erupted after the slaughter of innocent children with military-grade firearms.”

Why didn’t LaPierre just arm himself with an AR-15 rifle and wait for the bad guys to show up? Does he actually know how to fire a gun, or is that just a bullshit line he uses to drum up new members who are gullible enough to give him access to their credit card number?

LaPierre tried to justify his actions thusly:

“They simply let me use it as a security retreat because they knew the threat that I was under. And I was basically under presidential threat without presidential security in terms of the number of threats I was getting. And this was the one place that I hope could feel safe, where I remember getting there going, ‘Thank God I’m safe, nobody can get me here.’ And that’s how it happened. That’s why I used it.”

Couldn’t the NRA bigwig have called some NRA members and had them come serve as his private security force? Or was he afraid he’d have to pay them out of his own pocket?

Bottom line: The NRA is all about the grift. They don’t give a damn about the Second Amendment or your right to own a gun. They only care about lining their own pockets and buying members of Congress by the bushel basket. That’s why we have so few common sense gun laws on the books.

Wayne LaPierre is a gutless coward. When you’re under threat, you call the police. Wayne goes for a cruise on a yacht. See the difference?


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Donald Trump Jr. Wants To Take Over The NRA As A Prelude To His Own White House Run

Now that he can sense that his father is likely at the end of his political career, Donald Trump Jr. is reportedly ready to make his move toward the White House by first becoming executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

According to Business Insider, Don Jr. is ready to challenge the current head of the NRA, Wayne LaPierre for the top spot of the gun group:

“Donald Trump Jr. and his tight-knit team have been pondering taking control of the National Rifle Association. It’s one more way the Trump family is making big plays to cement itself in GOP conservative politics for the next 4 years.”

However, another Republican source said he doubted the Junior would actually move forward to run the NRA:

“Don is just not getting involved in that pissing match.”

Don Jr. also denied he has any aspirations to be head of the NRA in a tweet:

Of course, when you consider that Don Jr. lies almost as much as his father (remember when he said he’d never met with any Russians during the 2016 presidential race to obtain “dirt” on Hillary Clinton and then told Sean Hannity he had?), anything he says cannot be taken as factual.

Making a play to be head of the NRA makes perfect sense for Don Jr. It would give him a perfect platform from which he could attack everything President-Elect Biden does and also allow him to raise millions for an exploratory committee as he eyes running for president in 2024.

But there is one problem with Junior’s getting too deeply involved with the NRA: The lobbying group is a financial basket case and has been accused of wasting member’s dues on personal perks:

“The gun group’s longtime chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, billed $275,000 for purchases at the Zegna luxury men’s wear boutique in Beverly Hills. Its largely ceremonial president, Oliver L. North, had a contract worth millions of dollars a year. And a litany of payments benefited prominent officials, like the $60,000 for advertising on a TV show featuring the rock musician and N.R.A. board member Ted Nugent.”

In other words, Junior would feel right at home in the NRA because he could continue to let others pay his bills while he gets all the benefits.


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The NRA’s Latest Legal Problems Could Doom Many Republican Candidates

Four years ago, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was the single-largest donor to the campaign of Donald Trump, spending more than $30 million on behalf of Trump and nearly $55 million total on candidates (mostly Republicans) who promised to help protect their interests and vote the way the gun lobby wanted.

But with the announcement from New York Attorney General Tish James on Thursday that she will sue the NRA and seek to have it utterly dissolved as an entity, the longtime player in national politics is facing an existential threat like never before.

Bloomberg reports that the bad news from New York isn’t just a problem for the NRA. It also threatens many in the GOP who depend on the organization for campaign funds:

“‘The legal battles will hurt the NRA politically in the next three months’, said Daniel Kurtz, an attorney at Pryor Cashman LLP who represents non-profit organizations. ‘It will diminish its direct influence because they’re going to have to be in defense mode,’ Kurtz said.

“GOP politicians, from Trump to down-ballot candidates, have much to lose, as polls suggest some congressmen and senators are facing surprisingly strong challenges for seats previously considered safe. In past elections, the Republican party has benefited as the NRA energized its base, got people to the polls and funded its campaigns.”

Even before AG James made her move against the NRA, the gun lobby was already having to dial back its political contributions, with giving records making it clear the NRA won’t be a major player in the 2020 election:

“So far, the group and its political action committee have spent $901,119 on the 2020 federal elections, Center for Responsive Politics data indicates. It has also reserved $3.6 million of advertising time in the coming weeks, according to Advertising Analytics. Those figures compare to $54.4 million in all that the NRA spent on federal elections in 2016, the Center for Responsive Politics says. There wasn’t a ready comparison to this point in the last election cycle.”

There’s an old saying in politics that holds true to this day: Money is the mother’s milk of any campaign. The NRA, however, seems on the verge of running out of milk or even surviving. If the gun lobby group does indeed go belly up, that’ll be one less crooked organization to funnel blood money to Republicans.

In other words, good riddance to bad trash.

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NRA Panics As NY Attorney General Subpoenas Witnesses In Criminal Investigation Of Gun Group

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is terrified of what’s taking place in New York, where Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into the pro-gun group and subpoenaed multiple witnesses, including former president Oliver North.

How terrified? Well, they’ve made the highly unusual move of requesting that lawyers NRA be allowed to sit in next week when the AG deposes former NRA president Oliver North, according to Courthouse News Service:

“At North’s examination, the NRA wants its lawyers present to lodge concise objections aimed at preserving privileges belonging to the NRA, its counsel, and its board counsel, including communications protected by the attorney-client privilege, the work-product doctrine, and as trial-preparation material.”

On her show Friday evening, Rachel Maddow noted that the NRA is so worked up over the subpoena of North by AG James that they went to court and filed suit:

“The reason they’re suing her is because the NRA is apparently quite freaked out about the prospect of what Tish James might hear from one of the people she has subpoenaed. Again, she’s issued more than 90 subpoenas. But what the NRA is suing her about, what they are freaked out about is one of the subpoenas she sent to Oliver North. Yes, that Oliver North, the fellow from the Iran-Contra scandal.”

And all of this does not bode well for the NRA, Maddow warned:

“Whether or not you care about their drama, and how they are or are not resolving things amongst themselves, what is it that Oliver North might say to the New York Attorney general that has the NRA so freaked out that they want their own lawyers there for questioning? I don’t know. Whether or not all this drama engages you, whatever is going on at the NRA with all these guys, it has resulted over these last four months or so, in a cascade of terrible and increasingly damning with embarrassing revelations about what the NRA does. About what happens to the donations that they get from their members and their donors.”

There have been allegations in the past that the NRA may have laundered Russian campaign contributions and then passed those along to the 2016 Trump campaign. If that can be proven, the NRA could be facing racketeering charges, which would be the death knell for them.

Also, without the assistance of the NRA — which spend $30 million to help get Trump elected — the incumbent president could be facing a massive loss as he seeks reelection.

All of this bears watching in the days ahead. Things are getting very interesting.

Here’s Maddow:–REeWjg

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Was The NRA Engaged In A Massive Money Laundering Conspiracy With Trump And Russia?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, the National Rifle Association (NRA) spent more than $30 million to make sure Donald Trump was elected, the most the gun lobby had ever expended on behalf of any candidate.

But it now looks like the NRA’s efforts — which involved donations from Russia — may have been a massive illegal money laundering operation that was part of the larger Russian campaign to guarantee Trump was elected.

Thanks to a new report from CNN, we now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is taking a close look at the NRA’s contributions to Trump, and that means he suspects federal laws were broken:

“Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has expressed interest in the Trump campaign’s relationship with the National Rifle Association during the 2016 campaign.

“‘When I was interviewed by the special counsel’s office, I was asked about the Trump campaign and our dealings with the NRA,’ Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide, told CNN.

“The special counsel’s team was curious to learn more about how Donald Trump and his operatives first formed a relationship with the NRA and how Trump wound up speaking at the group’s annual meeting in 2015, just months before announcing his presidential bid, Nunberg said.”

This latest revelation, added to the fact that Russian national Maria Butina infiltrated the NRA with offers of money and sex in exchange for access to the highest levels of the gun lobbying organization, suggests that the NRA may have been a conduit for millions of dollars in illegal foreign money from Russian oligarchs, mafia figures, and members of the Russian intelligence service. If any money at all from Russia made its way into the NRA’s coffers, that alone would be a crime. However, if the NRA served as a willing partner to such behavior, Mueller could well charge the NRA with a larger conspiracy and seize every dollar they have through forfeiture statutes found in federal racketeering law.

The NRA hitched their wagon to the wrong person, a man with so many questionable connections and such a checkered past that it was only a matter of time until Trump’s stench made them smell like a skunk, too.

By the time Robert Mueller is finished, both Trump and the NRA may wind up being completely destroyed.