For many years I have been a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). I am currently a permanent “Patron Member” of the organization.
The NRA is a venerable civil rights association that supports marksmanship skills, shooting sports, self defense rights, and firearm safety. In addition, it has lobbying and political action arms that advocate for candidates and legislation that support the individual human right to keep and bear arms. It has typically been quite effective, and I have been happy to support its efforts. I have made numerous donations to its gun safety programs, as well as to its political action committee.
Unfortunately, the NRA is now embroiled in a major internal crisis. There are claims of malfeasance, self-dealing, and other violations of the members’ trust. The association has failed to credibly respond to these claims. Until it cleans house, I cannot in good conscience continue to support the organization.
I will maintain my “Patron Member” status, which allows me the right to vote in NRA board elections, but I am suspending all other support until I am satisfied that the corrupt leaders have been removed and the other controversies have been resolved. Funds in support of the right to keep and bear arms will be directed to other organizations, including the Second Amendment Foundation and Gun Owners of America.