Shannon Watts came out firing this week against the National Rifle Association in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Watts was relishing in the fact that the execs from the nation’s gun lobby were testifying in federal court Tuesday and Wednesday at the organization’s bankruptcy hearing down in Dallas, TX.
“Wayne LaPierre is a man who has spent years and made millions of dollars saying the only protection from a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said the founder of Moms Demand Action. “And basically what he’s saying now is the only protection is actually a good friend with a 100-foot yacht.”
NRA is seeking to move its charter from New York down to Texas to avoid, what it’s characterized as, “politically motivated” attacks from Empire State bureaucrats, specifically state Attorney General Letitia James.
A.G. James sued the NRA in August of 2020, seeking to dissolve the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. As part of the lawsuit, James accused execs of mismanaging donor dollars to the benefit of leadership.
In a 2019 tax filing, submitted last year, the NRA acknowledged following an internal audit that some executives received “excess benefits” while on the job, including current Exec. Vice President Wayne Lapierre.
However, the filing made it clear that LaPierre has since “corrected” his misappropriation of funds, cutting a $300,000 personal check directly to the organization for travel expenses from 2015-2019.
Watts couldn’t help but to gloat.
The NRA’s “lawyer has even said we should expect more ‘cringeworthy’ revelations. So, the NRA’s best argument seems to be: ‘yes, we looted, yes, we set this horrific fire, but look how hard we’re trying to put it out.’”
“Let’s be clear, the NRA used to be a powerbroker and now they’re just broken,” she added.
NRA is maintaining that its righted all of its wrongs and that its members are looking forward to starting anew in the Lone Star State.
“The message is loud and clear: The NRA board is united in support of the course set by its leadership,” said Charles Cotton, an NRA board member before the start of the hearing.
Along with throwing jabs at LaPierre, Watts also wanted to use this as an opportunity to make headway on the gun-control front. Criminalizing private transfers remains her organization’s highest priority.
“While [the NRA] is busy in bankruptcy court, our 6 million supporters are demanding action, demanding more than thoughts and prayers,” she said.
“In fact we have this Road Trip for Background Checks and over the next 10 days our volunteers are going across the country — 60 stops in 22 states, very COVID-safe, about 16,000 miles long — and we’re telling D.C. where this will culminate that we want our Senators to act. And this is the perfect time,” she continued. “Our organization and movement is stronger than it’s ever been, the NRA is weaker than they’ve ever been.”