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NRA Could 'Be Forced to Shut Down Forever,' Says Executive Vice President
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=50336"><span class="small">Ibn Safir, The Root</span></a>   
Sunday, 31 March 2019 13:27

Safir writes: "NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hit group members with a four-page letter. In it, he blamed the group's financial woes on Andrew Cuomo, who ordered state regulators to encourage insurance companies, state-chartered banks and financial services companies to review their relationships with the NRA."

NRA executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre. (photo: Getty Images)
NRA executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre. (photo: Getty Images)


NRA Could 'Be Forced to Shut Down Forever,' Says Executive Vice President

By Ibn Safir, The Root

31 March 19

 

RA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre hit group members with a four-page letter. In it, he blamed the group’s financial woes on Andrew Cuomo, who ordered state regulators to encourage insurance companies, state-chartered banks and financial services companies to review their relationships with the NRA.

According to The Daily Beast, LaPierre believes the threat is imminent.

Banks are backing out of business with the gun owner’s group that remains silent when black gun owners are killed by police. Mounting pressure could cripple the group, LaPierre said.

“Right now we’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA, but in the entire history of our country. And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever,” LaPierre wrote.

While a suit by the NRA alleging Cuomo violated First Amendment rights is moving forward after a November court decision, the suit claims the association has suffered millions in damages as a result of Cuomo’s directive, warning it “could be forced to shutter its multimillion-dollar television network, NRA TV, or a number of its print publications.”

Beyond the Empire State’s stumbling block, Donald Trump’s pro-gun presidency may have proved the biggest blow to the NRA, as income took a $55 million hit in 2018, the third year of double-digit losses. While the group comes under scrutiny for its ties to Russian officials and its possible illegal coordination with the Trump campaign, its midterm contributions last year were a third of its output during the 2014 election cycle.

With an electorate tiring of guns, the financial faucet running dry and banking institutions heading for the hills, Donald Trump’s presidency may yet prove successful. It might help us leave the NRA in the past.

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+4 # Citizen Mike 2019-03-31 22:26
This is great news, Cuomo is a hero and Wayne is a supporter of terrorism and an enemy of the public interest.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2019-03-31 22:39
Aw, gee whiz!
 
 
+2 # Wordslinger 2019-04-01 00:53
Golly, no NRA to help the gun manufacturers destroy school kids, and the police murder black men,and the Russians to corrupt our democracy? Hey Wayne, don't let the swinging door hit you in the ass as you leave ....
 
 
+3 # DongiC 2019-04-01 02:19
Thank-you for this extraordinary piece of good news - the possible expiration of a truly despicable organization. What a wonderful way of starting the day. Thanks again.
 
 
0 # tedrey 2019-04-01 06:32
There's a place for advocates of responsible gun ownership, but it probably shouldn't be NRA, and certainly shouldn't involve Wayne LaPierre.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-04-01 09:52
OH, BOO HOO. Just take more money from the Russians you Patriots. GOOD BYE and GOOD RIDDANCE.
 
 
+3 # moviebum4u 2019-04-01 11:06
Just this morning there was a news report of an unarmed man being shot to death after knocking on the wrong door of an apartment complex. Witnesses reported seeing the victim apologizing and pleading for his life, yet the perpetrator proceeded to execute him anyway. It's this kind of mental instability that seems to be rampant in this country that prompts the mentally and morally stable people here to call for tighter gun control and the abolition of organizations, like the NRA, that continue to advocate that every American should have access to firearms. How many more innocents have to die before we take control of the out of control way we look at gun violence in this nation?
 
 
+4 # Caliban 2019-04-01 11:27
The "NRA will ... shut down forever”?

Is this a promise, Wayne? Shutting down your right wing propaganda machine would be your finest hour as an American and an executive.
 
 
0 # Questioner 2019-04-01 18:56
Could it just be another scare attempt to squeeze more funds from the faithful?
Do we really want government "leaders" to utilize taxpayer deep pockets to blackmail some organizations into not dealing with other organizations they have decided to destroy? Can this same tactic be used against organizations RSN readers are in favor of? Maybe even RSN itself?
 
 
0 # tidyidy 2019-04-02 07:36
Excellent news. It's never too late.

But I'm a crone so from my 92.5 year view the real problem is that we need to become people who think, "Community first." We are still people who think, "Me first."

L&B&L