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The Future of the NRA: Donald Trump Jr. vs. Wayne LaPierre

Amidst years of scandal and investigations, it’s not hard to believe the NRA might be thinking about new leadership. But what’s truly unthinkable is that it may soon be led by someone even more extreme than Wayne LaPierre, who has run the NRA since 1991. Business Insider reported that Donald Trump Jr. may be eyeing a run for the NRA’s chief leadership position.

Trump Jr. and LaPierre have a fair amount in common—from wrongly billing their constituents for personal expenses to siding with gun manufacturers on the deregulation of gun silencers. But whether the NRA is led by Donald Trump Jr. or anyone else, we expect they will continue to pursue an extreme ‘guns everywhere’ agenda into 2021 and beyond.

See the similarities for yourself.

Exotic Travel

Wayne LaPierre

The NRA acknowledged, in a tax filing, improper excessive benefits to Wayne LaPierre in approximately $300,000 in travel expenses which had been billed to the NRA.

Washington Post

Donald Trump Jr.

“Taxpayers Paid More Than $76,000 for Don Jr. to Kill a Mongolian Sheep”

Vanity Fair

Being Named a Defendant in the Investigation of a Charity

Wayne LaPierre

State of New York vs. NRA, Wayne LaPierre, Josh Powell, Woody Phillips, and John Frazer (2020)

Donald Trump Jr.

State of New York vs. The Donald Trump Foundation, Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump (2018)

Running an Organization to the Brink of Financial Ruin

Wayne LaPierre

“The National Rifle Association’s legal troubles have cost the powerful gun rights group $100 million,” with LaPierre commenting that he was forced to take the NRA “down to the studs.”

NPR

NRA has run a deficit for four straight years.

Washington Post

Donald Trump Jr.

“Don Jr. and a business partner racked up lawsuits and tax liens in South Carolina venture.”

Washington Post

Photo Ops with Foreign Agents

Wayne LaPierre

Donald Trump Jr.

An Irrational Fear of Earplugs

Wayne LaPierre

NRA Wants to Ease Laws on Buying Gun Silencers

Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump Jr.

How Donald Trump Jr. Helped Push the Now Highly Controversial Gun Silencer Bill

The Daily Beast

An Appreciation of Haute Couture

Wayne LaPierre

“The CEO of the NRA Spent Almost $300,000 on Suits.” The purchases were made at the upscale designer store Zenga and paid for by the NRA.

GQ

Donald Trump Jr.

“Donald Trump Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle did date night New York Fashion Week-style, joining his former stepmother, Marla Maples, in the front row at designer Zang Toi‘s runway show.”

Yahoo News

Always on the Lookout for a New Home in a Gated Community

Wayne LaPierre

“NRA Promised $6.5 Million to Buy Mansion for CEO Wayne LaPierre, Document Shows”

Wall Street Journal

Donald Trump Jr.

Purchased a $4.5 million home in Bridgehampton, NY: “The 9,200-square-foot home in a gated community sits on 3.9 acres boasting a heated pool with a waterfall and access to a 25-acre kettle pond.”

Realtor.com

The NRA in 2020: Mismanagement, Scandal, and Investigations

The details of the NRA’s alleged corruption and scandal are coming to light in several court cases across the country and in the work of investigative journalists. NRA Watch investigates the allegations of extortion, corruption, and a failed coup attempt in the NRA in 2020.

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