Another Top NRA Official Resigns As the Gun Lobby Group Sinks Under Wave Of Scandals
In the latest sign that the National Rifle Association in an irreversible down spiral, a fourth board member has announced that she is quitting the gun lobby group amid the mountain scandals plaguing the organization.
Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter on Monday became the fourth person in two weeks to announce her resignation from the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Board of Directors, The Washington Post reports.
“I am proud to have had the opportunity to represent the members of the NRA but I can no longer commit to fulfilling the duties of a director,” Golob wrote on her website Monday.
Golob’s departure comes after the firing of ex-President Oliver North amid accusations from longtime CEO Wayne LaPierre that he attempted to extort him over the NRA’s finances.
Lobbyist Christopher Cox also left the organization in June, resigning amid allegations he was involved in a scheme to push LaPierre out.
While LaPierre triumphed in the leadership struggle, he has been dogged by questions about his handling of the organization’s finances, most recently in connection with an NRA proposal to buy him a $6 million Dallas-area mansion.
Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), another board member who has himself called for LaPierre’s resignation, told the Post earlier in August that “The optics [of the mansion] ain’t going to look good to the membership.”
David Chipman, a senior policy adviser at the Courage to Fight Gun Violence organization, founded by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), said the turmoil indicated “the NRA isn’t really representing the values of gun owners and this has opened up a space” for gun owners who don’t feel the group speaks for them, according to the Post.
Golob’s departure comes as the NRA seeks to stay relevant in the wake of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, which led President Trump to announce his support for some form of stronger background checks. LaPierre reportedly reached out to Trump last week to tell him the NRA opposes such a move.