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The following are the two resolutions submitted by Jeff Knox to the membership of the National Rifle Association at their Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 15, 2023.
Both of these resolutions were defeated by a majority of the members voting in the meeting.
For background information and documentation of the statements in these resolutions, type “NRA” in the Search Bar in the upper-right of the Home screen.
Resolution of No Confidence in the Officers
Submitted by Jeff Knox, Endowment Member, Tombstone, Arizona
April 15, 2023
Whereas it is the sworn duty of all members of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association, and particularly the officers of the Board, to put the needs and interests of the Association above any personal considerations or other loyalties, and
Whereas Directors and officers of the NRA have a legal, ethical, and moral responsibility to be honest and above-board in their dealings with fellow Directors, staff, and the members of the Association, and
Whereas it is the duty of the members of the Audit Committee, as explained in the Committee’s Mission Statement; “to assist the Board of Directors in its oversight of the integrity of financial information, Continue reading Knox Resolutions: NRA 2023→
In preparation for the trial in the New York AG’s suit against NRA and Wayne LaPierre, which is finally supposed to begin this Fall, the AG’s office hired two experts on nonprofit organizations to examine the available evidence and present reports.
One Report is by an expert in nonprofit governance matters, while the other is from an expert who specializes in forensic accounting. Both reports are scathing indictments of Wayne LaPierre and other executives, as well as the Board of Directors and particularly the Audit Committee, which was supposed to identify problems like improper contracting, excessive expenses, and conflicts of interest.
It’s worth noting that NRA President Charles Cotton has been the Chairman of the Audit Committee for many years, and Second Vice President David Coy, who has been Cotton’s Vice Chair on the Audit Committee, was the Chair of that committee prior to Cotton. Between them, they’ve been in control of the Audit Committee for over two decades, and both continue in that capacity, in spite of becoming officers of the Association.
The experts’ reports are both long and detailed, and both are well worth reading, but you might want to be sure to wear a hat and take a couple of wraps of Duck Tape first, to keep your head from exploding. Some of what they reveal is truly astounding.
We found the text of a Resolution put forward by the NRA Finance Committee recently, and we believe, passed by the Board. We believe this to be an accurate copy of the resolution, but have not been able to verify it or other details with NRA HQ yet. Since almost everything done at NRA Board meetings these days is done in closed-door, Executive Session — binding Directors to secrecy — it’s difficult to keep up with their actions.
It seems, based on some of the language of this resolution, that it is, to a large degree, a CYA action, authorizing Wayne to do exactly what he’s been doing for years in direct violation of Board policy. Continue reading NRA Gift of Firearms Policy Resolution→
IRS Form 990 is required to be filed and publicly disclosed by nonprofits. It provides a useful look into an organization’s finances. The form changes some from year to year, so it can be confusing when making comparisons, but most of the same information is included each year, you just have to find it.
A couple of the files are split into two parts due to excessive size.
Historically, we have reserved our newsletter, The Hard Corps Report, to only our paid subscribers, but this issue covers important NRA news and plans, that are critical for every NRA member to see.
Feel free to share this among your fellow NRA members as we prepare for the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Houston, Texas, May 28.
I am taking a moment to look back at a couple of relevant excerpts from Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War. One is a piece written written in in the aftermath of Hurricane Hugo, which raked the East Coast in 1989. The piece became what Dad used to call an “evergreen” piece that is always current.
The second was written in the middle of the Los Angeles riots of 1992. This one became especially relevant when Philadelphia announced that arrests for certain low-level crimes would be “delayed” during the current virus outbreak, and in almost the same breath, that firearms purchase checks would not be acted on by police.
It was in the Los Angeles madness that police gave rare acknowledgement to the fact that you, Dear Citizen, own your own security, defense, and survival. It is not the police department’s job to protect you personally. It was in those riots that the “Roof Korean” meme embedded itself in gun lore.
I included both pieces in Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War because they both bring such a simple, yet apparently hard-to-learn lesson: The Second Amendment exists to protect the security of a free state. To accomplish that end, the individuals who make up that state must be able to individually bear arms in defense of themselves, their family, and ultimately, their nation. To infringe on the right to arms — especially in a time of imminent threat — infringes on a human’s right to exist.
As I post this, we face a pandemic. At the moment, we are in a surreal calm before … something. No one knows how it will turn out. Our contingency playbooks are mostly geared toward localized, or at most, regional disasters. The only ones who had really thought about a global pandemic were those crazy preppers. You can tell them by their smug smiles as they watch the panic buying.
No one knows how this will play out because no one has been through it. We are fortunate to have power and communications, and the stores that are open with only spot shortages — for now. No one I know has gotten sick — yet. And, while I am doing my part to make sure I don’t get sick, I am less concerned about being sick than I am about people being stupid.
The really big concern for me is what stupid people may do when faced with a serious problem — such as store shelves that stay empty for a couple of weeks.
And that’s why, along with the modest inventory of extra groceries my wife and I have laid in against a contingency, I have also set aside a few extra boxes of ammo and keep a piece of hardware accessible. I hope you’re doing the same, and I especially hope that if you’ve made the decision to keep and bear arms, that you have also gotten the training to do it safely and effectively.
God bless us all, our nation, and the rest of the world. We will get through this. Let’s learn from the experience.
It’s been ten years since Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War found its way to print. We’re pleased to announce the release of an updated and expanded Electronic Edition. The link will take you to a list of stores where it is currently available.