This is an Awful Idea

I’m reasonably OK with the NRA reincorporating in Texas, but I think “Certain executives are relocating to Texas, and will use this office space in connection with the NRA establishing a principal place of business in the state” will be a disaster for NRA. It would be a disaster for any organization. Ask Boeing how well having their executives far away from the people who do the work has worked out for them?

NRA has to stay in the DC area. If they are worried about Virginia’s gun laws, look at West Virginia, parts of which are turning into suburbs for long-haul commuters to DC. At least then they won’t be too far from where the worker bees need to be.

I think NRA is looking at Texas because that’s where Wayne wants to be (or maybe at least where Mrs. Wayne wants to be), and instead of just retiring like a normal person in his 70s, he’s going to drag the whole organization along with him.

11 Responses to “This is an Awful Idea”

  1. Andy B. says:

    “It would be a disaster for any organization.”

    That is how I recall the arguments going back in 1977, when it was proposed to move NRA-HQ to Colorado. Except then, it was argued that NRA needed to be near the seat of power in Washington, DC, and not that having different divisions in different states would be a problem, per se. Lockheed-Martin (which purchased aerospace divisions in the Delaware Valley that I used to work for) operates from sites all over the country, without too many problems that my friends who worked for them have reported. But, they too keep their headquarters close to Washington, DC, because their real business is farming government, not building flying machines.

  2. Ratus says:


    Didn’t you know that the NRA is Wayne’s personal fiefdom.

  3. Roberta X says:

    Wayne and a small office staff go to Texas, the people who work for a living remain at the existing facility?

    Kind of a win-win, and lines him up to become “President Emeritus” after a year or two. He’s dug in like a tick up an elephant’s bum. This may be as much as the reformers can get.

  4. Andy B. says:

    “Wayne and a small office staff go to Texas, the people who work for a living remain at the existing facility…Kind of a win-win…

    If that’s how things work out.

    But with the present state of apparent factionalism, the next thing I could imagine would be, a contest to move NRA’s “principal place of business” (or as you put it, “the workers”) to Texas. People with power get hooked on power, and they’ll know when they no longer have it; then they’ll begin intrigues to regain it.

    The last thing the gun rights movement needs right now is more intrigue.
    Personal Memory/Old Story: A division I worked for in industry, had it’s VP/General Manager fired by corporate. He was a sixty-something guy with an early-30s wife. He got a mouth-watering Golden Parachute, that left them both rich, but she hatted-up and left him in no time. Presumably he was tolerable when he was a source of power and glamor, but not when he was out grazing in a sweet pasture.

  5. Wiregrass says:

    It’s no wonder the NRA jumped on the Trump train so soon in 2016. Wayne and Trump are very like minded and probably got along great right from the start.

    • HappyWarrior6 says:

      If Sebastian’s categorization of Wayne as a policy wonk is correct then no I would not see them as two peas in a pod. Trump didn’t have enough collective patience to study any policy issue for more than a minute or so, and only then to fashion a sound bite to recite as a frequent guest on Fox and Friends.

    • Sebastian says:

      I tend to agree that Wayne and Trump are two different types of people.

    • Andy B. says:

      “It’s no wonder the NRA jumped on the Trump train so soon in 2016.”

      I don’t think Wayne had much to do with it at all. I began to detect the infiltration of what later would come to be known as “Trumpism” years before Trump became its standard-bearer.

      I’ll accept that Wayne may have had a hand in that infiltration, but I’m convinced Trumpism already had a solid footing in the NRA before Trump ever rode down that escalator.

  6. Bterclinger says:

    There are numerous ways to contact the NRA here, including anonymously on a form at the bottom the page:

    Anyone who complains about LaPierres corruption should tell the NRA you will not renew or donate until he is GONE.

    Do it and forward to other likeminded people or please STHU and stop complaining.

    • Charlie Foxtrot says:

      Do you even know what happens with these comments to the NRA organization? Have you talked to a Board member about that? Me thinks you haven’t! If you assume that such comments will have any impact, then you are rather naive! We are well past such nonsense.

      Heck, we had to resort to open letters with prominent support in 2019 right before the NRA Annual Meeting to get at least some attention. Some of those prominent supporters were promptly removed from their NRA positions and supportive NRA Board members resigned later that summer as a result.

      The NRA is done! The NRA leadership doesn’t care about any comments. Not even from, now former, NRA Board member and Magpul EVP Duane Liptak. The ONLY option NRA members have is to stop renewing and let the organization go down the drain.

      Open Letters (Plural) to the 2019 NRA Board of Directors


  7. Andy B. says:

    “The ONLY option NRA members have is to stop renewing and let the organization go down the drain.”

    While I’m pessimistic, I wouldn’t discount starting now to lay the foundations for a new organization. Though, weeding out all the charlatans who will rush forward will be an impossible task. They all have their factions of fans who take their different brands of bullshit at face value, and who regard competing bullshit as apostasy.

    A very complicating factor is that thanks to the NRA (aka National Republican Apologists) the fortunes of the gun rights movement have become inextricably linked to the fortunes of the Republican Party, and to enter a little dramatization, it is very likely we are about to see a “battle for the soul of the Republican Party.” Think in terms of, which faction the public image of the gun rights movement is now identified with, and which faction will win in the court of public (= mass) opinion over the long term.