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NEW YORK POST 5:28PM June 20, 2019 - The National Rifle Association suspended its chief lobbyist amid allegations that he conspired with the group’s former president in a “failed coup attempt,” against the head of the gun organization, it was revealed Thursday.
Chris Cox — the NRA’s second-in-command — allegedly worked with public relations firm Ackerman McQueen, ex-NRA president Oliver North and NRA board member Dan Boren to try to force out CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, a new lawsuit filed by the gun organization against North claimed.
The Manhattan Supreme Court suit filed late Wednesday says that emails and text messages showed that “Chris Cox—once thought by some to be a likely successor for Mr. LaPierre—participated in the Ackerman/North/Boren conspiracy.”
An NRA spokesperson told The New York Times that Cox was placed on administrative leave while it conducts an internal review.
In April, the NRA sued Ackerman — who has been working with the gun group in its public imaging since the 1980s — claiming the media firm was hiding information about how it was spending tens of millions they received from the NRA every year.
The newest suit claims that North — who still sits on the NRA board — is asking for the association to pay his legal bills related to subpoenas he’s received in ongoing lawsuits and a probe by the Senate Committee of Finance.
The NRA says it shouldn’t have to pay, since North incurred the costs because of his “own misconduct” in his attempt to blackmail LaPierre into resigning, the court papers say.
The suit also claims that North hid the particulars of his contract with Ackerman — whom he began work with in May 2018 — which posed a conflict of interest in his position as president of the gun group, the court papers say.
North declined to comment.
A working number could not immediately be found for Cox.
This is a breaking story. Watch for updates Friday.
FDR Said It: “The Only Thing We Have To Fear Is…Fear, Itself”
There are plenty of things to demonize when it comes to the gun control discussion. The perennial favorite, of course, is the so-called “assault weapon.” These terrifying death machines, despite being used in only a small fraction of crimes involving guns, are the scariest things ever dreamed up, more horrifying than any monster in a Stephen King story while being less real than the monsters in Stephen King stories. But the parade of vilified monsters doesn’t stop with these military-grade weapons of war that are not used by the military in war.
After Las Vegas, the bump stock was the scariest thing ever dreamed up, capable of turning a normal old rifle into a machine gun. The scaremongers, of course, hoped no one noticed that they were trying to scare people over bump stocks for creating machine guns out of guns they’d already been spending three decades trying to scare people about for already being machine guns. Simultaneously, they hoped no one noticed that only one criminal ever appears to have actually used a bump stock during a crime.
Then there’s the so-called “high capacity magazine.” These ultra-devastating devices allow a would-be killer to—get this—carry bullets. Magazines are boxes with bullets in them, but more than 5 bullets or 7 bullets or 10 bullets or whatever the local politicians can manage to get away with banning somehow turns a regular old rifle into an unstoppable death machine. They hope no one is aware of the fact that many gun crimes are committed by shooters without so-called “high-capacity” magazines and that the exceptions would not have had significantly different outcomes had the evil super-sized bullet boxes been absent.
Most recently, the so-called “silencer” is in the crosshairs. [Read More]
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