NRA EVP and CEO Wayne LaPierre has simply published a piece at Americas1stFreedom.org defending himself and the Association in opposition to the lawsuit that’s been filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The lawsuit — which LaPierre calls “a transparent attempt to score political points and attack the leading voice in opposition to the leftist agenda” — seeks the reimbursement of tens of tens of millions of money James claims have been wrongly paid to LaPierre and different NRA officers in addition to the dissolution of the Association.
There’s actually nothing new right here. According to LaPierre, it’s all only a baseless partisan assault and Andrew Cuomo and AG James can’t be allowed to succeed.
As LaPierre writes:
In 2018, James infamously vowed to “target the NRA” and “investigate the legitimacy of the NRA as a charitable organization” whereas on the marketing campaign path, earlier than spending even sooner or later in workplace and with out any proof of compliance failures. She referred to as us a “criminal enterprise” and a “terrorist organization.”
Therefore, it was no shock when James undertook an investigation of the NRA instantly after assuming workplace.
And now, regardless of an avalanche of proof relating to the monetary stability of our Association, years of unpolluted audits by impartial CPAs, and dedication to good governance, James filed a authorized motion in opposition to the NRA. She seeks to dissolve our Association and pressure us to shut its doorways.
It’s all so pathetic. And predictable.
In truth, years in the past, NRA board member Tom King was privately warned by then NYAG Eric Schneiderman that an assault was being engineered in opposition to the NRA. An “investigation” of our Association – from the best ranges of presidency – was on the horizon. That looks like a political nightmare that might solely occur in a spot what place folks dwell with out our constitutional freedoms. But it occurred proper right here – in America.
And but regardless of this, NRA brass made no try to maneuver the Association’s constitution from virulently anti-gun New York to a friendlier state. As for any wrongdoing, LaPierre says he took care of all of that.
If there was any wrongdoing, I took swift, decisive motion.
We terminated distributors and eliminated disgraced former companions and staff who abused the belief that was positioned in them by the NRA. Many of those dangerous actors threatened me with a smear marketing campaign, after which had the nerve to execute it after I wouldn’t succumb to their calls for. I definitely paid a heavy worth within the public environment.
These have been onerous however principled choices. And I stand by each choice we’ve made in help of you, our members.
And Wayne pledges to battle on.
I do know lots of you’re following these fights, and you’re as troubled as me that we have now to have them.
But the NRA is effectively ruled, financially sturdy, and dedicated to good governance.
We won’t again down throughout this time: that is our second of reality. …
It doesn’t matter if it’s the First Amendment or the Second. These are your constitutional freedoms, and we’ll defend them with vitality and fervour. You have a proper to free speech and free affiliation with others who share your want to protect the suitable to maintain and bear arms. These are the freedoms that outline you … and outline the spirit of America.
Read the whole thing here.