‘I’m worried’: Allies fear NRA has lost its power in Washington

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The National Rifle Association’s internal turmoil is preventing the once-mighty organization from crafting a plan to blunt the latest gun control push, highlighting the group’s weakness at a crucial political moment. The disarray at the NRA is alarming allies who say President Donald Trump and Congress appear to have a brief opening to pass legislation while the group is so politically feeble it isn’t able to aggressively lobby lawmakers against proposals or hold them accountable for their votes, according to a half-dozen Republicans familiar with the situation

“There’s no coordinated effort,” according to a person familiar with the NRA’s outreach on the current gun debate. “The staff feels like there is no plan. There’s not a lot of direction or a plan for how to proceed.” In recent months, the NRA has battled numerous scandals — from lavish spending by top executives and a broader financial management crisis to a spate of board member resignations and an attempted coup at the group’s annual conference. It lost President Oliver North and top lobbyist Chris Cox, who is close to Trump. And Ackerman McQueen, its ad agency for nearly four decades, quit.

“There are some very significant problems with the NRA right now, financially, structurally, strategically, that need to be addressed,” said Rob Pincus, a lifetime NRA member who’s involved in Save the Second, whose membership includes other NRA members, prospective members and former members. The group is focused on rebuilding the NRA by promoting institutional change at the organization.

As the NRA remains distracted by its internal woes, Trump and Congress are seriously considering changes — including strengthened background checks during gun sales and red flag laws — after a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead, including the perpetrator in Ohio

‘I’m worried’: Allies fear NRA has lost its power in Washington

Awwwww, thoughts, and prayers to the NRA.
 
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Yes, they're in chaos.
But no, Trump isn't going to do anything to offend them. They spent $30 million getting him elected.

After the Dayton and El Paso massacres Trump suggested that background checks could be a good idea. According to the WaPo, Wayne LaPierre called him several times in the following days to warn him to shut up about that, and at yesterday's NH Bund rally, Trump "forgot" to mention background checks.


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NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre spoke with Trump on Tuesday after the president expressed support for a background check bill and told him it would not be popular among Trump’s supporters, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal talks. LaPierre also argued against the bill’s merits, the officials said.

The two men had several more calls on Wednesday, White House officials said. >>

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HayJenn

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Yes, they're in chaos.
But no, Trump isn't going to do anything to offend them. They spent $30 million getting him elected.


After the Dayton and El Paso massacres Trump suggested that background checks could be a good idea. According to the WaPo, Wayne LaPierre called him several times in the following days to warn him to shut up about that, and at yesterday's NH Bund rally, Trump "forgot" to mention background checks.

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NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre spoke with Trump on Tuesday after the president expressed support for a background check bill and told him it would not be popular among Trump’s supporters, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal talks. LaPierre also argued against the bill’s merits, the officials said.

The two men had several more calls on Wednesday, White House officials said. >>

https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...e9-a091-6a96e67d9cce_story.html?noredirect=on
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