Rats leaving a sinking ship.
Courtesy of CBS News:
A fourth member of the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors has resigned. The string of vacancies on the top gun advocate’s board comes amid a rash of inner turmoil and renewed scrutiny in the wake of two deadly mass shootings earlier this month.
Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter, wrote a resignation letter on her personal blog posted on Tuesday, saying she can “no longer commit to fulfilling the duties of a director.”
In recent days, leaked documents showed the group’s longtime leader Wayne LaPierre may have misused member dues, spending nearly $300,000 on designer clothes over 10 years and charging the NRA for luxury travel to the Bahamas, Budapest and Italy. Rising costs and controversy also led the group to shutter its entertainment arm — NRATV.
Earlier this year, the organization’s president Oliver North was pushed out of leadership after raising concerns about the NRA’s finances. LaPierre accused North and NRA’s top lobbyist Chris Cox of extortion at the time.
Now the group’s tax-exempt status is being investigated by both the New York and D.C. attorney general. Despite the growing exodus of leadership roles, the NRA still has deep pockets. It took in $170 million in member dues alone last year and, according to FEC filings from the presidential election, it has the president’s ear after spending $30 million to help him get elected in 2016.
This is an organization having a very public nervous breakdown.
And I love it!
I hope that they lose everybody off of their board and that the organization collapses like a house of cards on a windy day.
Perhaps THEN we could pass the kind of gun control measures like universal background checks and a ban on assault-style weapons that the majoirty of Americans support.
The only question to ask is now many more people will die unnecessarily before that happens?