Coronavirus forces the NRA to lay off dozens of employees

Source: Daily Mail Online - View Original Article
Published: May 04, 2020
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98% "But we will rise from this stronger and well positioned to lead the fight to protect our Second Amendment, the First Amendment, and all ..."
96% "Spitzer said the NRA's base - many of whom are Trump supporters - are still active and still loyal. '""
92% "Over the years, we've weathered more tough times than most,' LaPierre said in an email to NRA employees, obtained by The Associated Press. '""
89% "Gun-control groups are mobilizing to influence the 2020 election and contend the NRA's financial troubles will leave it incapable of playing a significant role ..."
88% "Corporate America began pushing back, with some major retailers stopping gun sales and banks dropping discounts or certain services for NRA members and gunmakers.""
85% "After spending $30million in 2016 toward efforts to elect Trump, the NRA saw its political influence wane in 2018 when it got outspent by ..."
83% "The National Rifle Association has laid off dozens of employees and scrapped fundraising events in major setbacks for the powerful gun lobby ahead of ..."

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98% : But we will rise from this stronger and well positioned to lead the fight to protect our Second Amendment, the First Amendment, and all our constitutional freedoms during the crucial upcoming elections and for years to come.'
96% : The NRA also faces regulatory pressures in New York, where the group's charter was created in New York.
96% : Spitzer said the NRA's base - many of whom are Trump supporters - are still active and still loyal. '
92% : The five-million member group has also imposed a four-day work week for its remaining employees and slashed salaries across the board, including chief executive Wayne LaPierre.
92% : Over the years, we've weathered more tough times than most,' LaPierre said in an email to NRA employees, obtained by The Associated Press. '
89% : Gun-control groups are mobilizing to influence the 2020 election and contend the NRA's financial troubles will leave it incapable of playing a significant role in Trump's campaign.
88% : Corporate America began pushing back, with some major retailers stopping gun sales and banks dropping discounts or certain services for NRA members and gunmakers.
85% : The 2018 massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida, led to a groundswell of opposition to the NRA, driven by student-led protests over gun violence.
85% : After spending $30million in 2016 toward efforts to elect Trump, the NRA saw its political influence wane in 2018 when it got outspent by several gun-control groups.
83% : The National Rifle Association has laid off dozens of employees and scrapped fundraising events in major setbacks for the powerful gun lobby ahead of November's election.
82% : It's also facing rising public frustration over gun laws in the wake of mass shootings.
78% : 'Everybody's in the same boat as the NRA.
78% : 'Defending freedom has never been easy.
77% : The NRA's waning campaign machine and influence will dismay gun owners riled up over what they see as an effort by authorities to trample on their Second Amendment rights.
77% : The five-million member group has also imposed a four-day work week for its remaining employees and slashed salaries across the board, including chief executive Wayne LaPierre (pictured) 'It simply does not bode well for their impact on the upcoming election.'
76% : Donald Trump and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre who has been forced to lay off dozens of employees and scrap fundraising events in major setbacks for the powerful gun lobby ahead of November's election An NRA member and Trump supporter wearing a MAGA hat looks at a shotgun during last year's National Rifle Association convention
74% : The immediate hope is that such legal challenges will persuade authorities to back down.
73% : The cutbacks have coincided with the NRA finding a new platform for its message during the pandemic.
73% : Gun owners have been flocking to state capitols to protest the restrictions, most prominently in Michigan.
72% : He said the staffing reductions and other changes were intended to be temporary.
70% : With the world panicked over the coronavirus, Americans bought record numbers of guns in March, based on background check data that is the best barometer of firearms sales in the U.S.
69% : But the NRA is also hoping the legal fights over 'essential' activity will strengthen their hand in the courts and make it harder to restrict gun rights in the future.
65% : Just this week, the CEO of Wells Fargo, a bank known for its past willingness to be the go-to bank for the firearms industry, said its relationship with the NRA was 'declining.'
63% : National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2020, at the National Harbor LaPierre earned about $2million in compensation, according to the group´s most-recent tax filings.
61% : 'The cancellation of the annual meeting had a significant financial impact but, beyond that, the health crisis has caused us to postpone countless fundraising and membership events along with competitions, training seminars and other revenue streams - those disruptions are the primary drivers of our decision-making process,' said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the NRA. 'Like every other business and nonprofit, we are forced to make tough choices in this new economic environment.
59% : It has canceled its convention, a big money-spinner for the pro-gun lobby
59% : That hasn't really changed,' he said.
56% : The coronavirus has exacerbated financial woes that were already serving as a drag on the NRA as it wages legal fights with regulators and its once-loyal marketing firm and faces anger from rank-and-file members over stewardship of the gun group.
51% : All of this comes against a backdrop of a rough couple of years, with legal fights, public and corporate backlash over guns and criticism of LaPierre's salary, leadership and extravagant spending habits.
50% : The NRA and other gun-rights groups have been aggressively filing lawsuits challenging authorities in places across the U.S. that have declared gun shops and ranges as not being 'essential' businesses and therefore allowed to remain open during stay-at-home directives.
49% : Lockdown has been bruising for the organisation and forced it to make cuts at a time when it would usually be shoring up its campaign war chest.
41% : The NRA's real problem is they had real existing financial problems before this happened,' said Robert J. Spitzer, chairman of political science at the State University of New York at Cortland and a longtime watcher of the NRA.
38% : 'You need to have an open checkbook to have a seat at the table,' he said.
34% : 'I would be shocked if the NRA were able to sustain the investment in support of Trump in 2020 that it made in 2016,' said Peter Ambler, executive director of the Giffords group, named after former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was seriously wounded after being shot in 2011.
34% : But the money challenges are likely to mean a more-muted voice.
29% : In a memo to staff, LaPierre said 20 per cent salary cuts were across the board while some senior staffers 'voluntarily' reduced their wages even more.
28% : The NRA would not say how much of a pay cut he's taking.
26% : Save the Second, a group of NRA members seeking changes to the organization, called the recent cutbacks the result of poor choices for years not the coronavirus.
25% : Its money-spinning national convention, which would likely have attracted big-ticket speakers such as President Trump, has been canceled as have other shooting events.
19% : The state attorney general there has launched legal actions along with her counterpart in Washington, D.C., that threaten the NRA's nonprofit status.
15% : In a recent email to its followers, the group disputed putting blame on the pandemic: 'Mr. LaPierre, if your organization was squeaky clean and ethically ran, we wouldn't be in this mess in the first place.'

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