This is an update from the post from yesterday about an alleged “gag order” from NRA to its Board of Directors, as reported by Red State. From Tom King, President of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, and also a member of the NRA Board.
NRA Members of New York,
There are a myriad of rumors regarding the NRA cluttering the internet but one in particular is causing me personal anguish. That rumor reports that the NRA staff has issued a gag order to the NRA Board of Directors regarding comments on the nomination of Elena Kagen to the Supreme Court. Let me explain something about the structure of the NRA; authority to do anything within the NRA comes from you the members of the NRA. That authority is delegated to your elected Board of Directors who in turn elects officers and formulate policy that is then issued to the Executive Vice President/CEO who then turns that policy into action through the professional staff. Gag orders for the Board of Directors do not exist.
Friends; those of you close to me should know by now that telling me I canâ€™t speak up on an issue of vital importance to the 2nd Amendment is going to get you into a war. I spoke vociferously regarding the nomination of Sonya Sotomayor to the Supreme Court; in fact I joined a number of national 2nd Amendment leaders protesting the appointment and urging through a nationally published letter she not be confirmed. I did that because of her ties to New York State and the position she took, on then recent, anti 2nd Amendment decisions. I have not taken a position on Elena Kagenâ€™s nomination to the Supreme Court because I find it absurd that anyone with no judicial experience would be nominated to the Supreme Court and fervently hope the Republican Senators will block this nomination.
The 2nd Amendment protects all the rest. Why would the NRA, the protector of the 2nd Amendment, attempt to limit the 1st Amendment rights of itsâ€™ own Board of Directors? It does not but if you think the Board members you voted for could be gagged then you voted for the wrong guys.
NRA Board of Directors
NYS Rifle & Pistol Association
So I think it’s safe to say that no such gag order exists. Like I said, really, the best NRA staff can do is ask. They’re not really in any position to demand. NRA has stated its position on this nomination, and we’re still going through the confirmation hearings currently.