The weekend's National Rifle Association convention, which the liberal media vowed would be among the most controversial ever due to two recent mass shootings and leadership issues in the gun lobby’s boardroom, ended without event — and even included the near-unanimous reelection of Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
LaPierre, under fire by outsiders for spending practices and an unbending pro-gun agenda, faced a weak challenge from former Rep. Allen West (R-FL). But in a sign that LaPierre remains the face and voice of the NRA, he won reelection on a secret ballot in which just one vote was for West, according to a knowledgeable source.
What’s more, the board of directors meeting held in Houston on the tail end of the annual convention reelected Charles Cotton as president, retired Lt. Col. Willes K. Lee as first vice president, and David Coy as second vice president.
Meeting of Members #NRAAM. Overwhelming support for EVP Wayne LaPierre.— Willes Lee (@WillesLee) May 30, 2022
Lee is expected to replace Cotton after next year’s meeting and national convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the presidency, which is typically for two years.
For LaPierre, the convention was a triple win. Not only was he reelected in a runaway, but West’s supporters put up a weak no-confidence vote that they lost, and the post-Uvalde and Buffalo protests failed to stop supporters from attending what is the group’s biggest fundraising and membership event of the year. What's more, the top speakers, including former President Donald Trump, did attend and back the group's efforts.
“I am honored to continue my work for the NRA, and to join our members in their campaign to promote responsible gun ownership and defend Second Amendment freedom for all law-abiding Americans,” he said.
LaPierre has been CEO of the NRA since 1991.
“Like all Americans, we grieve for the people of Uvalde and Texas,” said LaPierre. “And as we do, we join in the call to support brave law enforcement like Deputy Thoman, improve mental health services, and make our schools more safe and secure. Our children are our most treasured and precious resource — making schools safe is a national emergency,” he added.
Cotton noted how uncontroversial the convention turned out to be.
“The NRA stands strong, safe and secure,” said Cotton, adding, “We have never been better positioned to protect the Second Amendment or lend our collective voices in support of important issues like school security.”