The Trump administration has not marked the great ascent of the NRA as leadership and others had hoped. Internal strife surrounding the misuse and mismanagement of the nonprofit’s funds has been one of the ugly revelations over the past couple of years. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, it quietly came out that the NRA had already been laying off dozens of employees, weekly, for many months—possibly hoping not to alarm anyone into paying attention to how dire their financial situation had become.
As the year has progressed, the only stories coming out about the NRA unconnected to their financial troubles were connected to the abject hypocrisy of the organization itself. After decades of painting the idea of background checks as an attack on personal privacy, it turned out the company was selling off their memberships’ personal data to Trump’s pay-to-play friends.
In LaPierre’s letter to membership, he makes it clear that the hope here is to reset the clock, get out from under the investigations into possibly criminal and fraudulent financial practices in New York, and begin again in Texas. “We are DUMPING [sic] New York, and we are pursuing plans to reincorporate the NRA in Texas.”
If karma exists, the NRA has earned this.