NRA facing internal strife over its strident stances on gun control

Embattled NRA Chief LaPierre: Under fire from within. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

Embattled NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre: Under fire from within.
(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)

While the National Rifle Association publicly trumpets what it calls astounding growth in membership during its strident opposition to any efforts to tighten laws on gun ownership, reports from within the organization’s headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia reveal growing concern over member backlash against leader Wayne LaPierre‘s hard-core stances.

“A growing number of letters, emails and phone calls question our stance on the issues and the actions of Wayne,” admits one staff member, who asks not to be identified.

Fueled by public reaction to growing concerns by TV talk host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman and gun owner, the cries to at least put a muzzle on LaPierre or — at most — fire him are growing.

Capitol Hill Blue has learned that NRA’s board of directors has met secretly to discuss the problem and LaPierre’s public appearances have been limited since his response to the December 14 shooting of first grade students and teachers at Sandy Hook Clementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

It’s not the first time that LaPierre’s actions have come under scrutiny or demands for his dismissal have surfaced in the NRA.

“Wayne is a lighting rod,” says one NRA Capitol Hill lobbyist.  “That’s a big part of his job.”

Scarborough has called for LaPierre’s removal and says the NRA chief is hurting the organization and the image of gun owners with his blistering remarks.

LaPierre has come out against any changes in gun laws in the wake of recent violent shootings and claims President Barack Obama wants to “limit American freedoms.”

Scarborough calls LaPierre’s actions “shameful” and his co-host compares the NRA leaders to Sarah Palin for his “stupid remarks.”

During his tenure in Congress, Scarborough earned an “A plus” rating from NRA for his positions on gun issues.

Scarborough says his positions haven’t changed but the NRA has changed, going too far in its stridency.

Besides, Scarborough says, the NRA’s claims that it represents average American gun owners is a lie.

The NRA, Scarborough says, exists to support the money-grubbing gun industry and doesn’t live a damn about those who own guns and obey the law.

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5 Responses to "NRA facing internal strife over its strident stances on gun control"

  1. Scott McMillan  February 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Scarborough doesn’t speak for me or the NRA. Quit making up stories.

  2. snadert  February 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Wayne LaPierre for president. I joined the NRA because of a Wayne LaPierre speech. I have a family to protect and he is the tip of the spear of the very organization fighting as hard as possible to protect my right to protect my family. Long live Wayne LaPierre and the NRA.

  3. Bill Cravener  February 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    The NRA is an extremist group for morons who love guns, that is their only useful purpose!

  4. woody188  February 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    C’mon Mr. Dawkins, what did you do, watch Morning Joe, make one phone call and find out that complaints went from 5 letters to 6, a “growing number” supported by an unidentified source, and then pen this story?

    If you wanted to find more irrelevant infotainment, MSNBC is the right place to go.

    Perhaps the worst part was parroting the typical soundbyte in the last paragraph of your article about how the NRA no longer represents firearm owners, but manufacturers. Considering their membership has increased nearly 20% in just the last 2 months, I’d say that is a proven false statement.

    Pretty lousy reporting CHB…pretty lousy.

  5. D. Wright  February 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    God help anyone who imagines they can lean on the broken reed of talk show host Joe Scarborough’s craving of acceptance, for the preservation of their political or natural rights.

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