I am deeply saddened by what must have appeared to you as a personal attack. Let me assure that was not intended, at least, not by me. There can be no legitimate question of the successes you have led us to and I don’t believe anyone in attendance meant to do so. Nor is there any doubt that but for the efforts of the NRA, we’d be living in a different world.
As you pointed out, societal morals are changing and the press seems to have license to spread unfounded rumors without limit. In my FORTY TWO (42) years of practice, I have learned that the only way to fight such rumors is with candor and transparency. When the unadulterated facts are laid before the membership, and the public, the lies and rumors fail and move into the past. Whether it is Mayor Cuomo, the liberal press, or the man on the street, none of their rhetoric will survive.
Regrettably, when efforts to learn the truth are greeted with motions to adjourn, investigations conducted by those whose actions have been questioned, and attempts to stifle the discussion, it is that censorship that brews rumors and lack of trust. Even worse, is the presumption that a leader who has remained in power is assumed to have done so by abuse of their power and building a support team that will blindly support them.
I want nothing more than for your integrity to be upheld and for you to remain at the helm. But that trust can not continue in a vacuum. The longer this takes, the more obstacles put in the way, the more harm befalls the NRA. I truly believe the NRA could have the largest fundraising year ever, if we can go to the members with openness and transparency. As President Reagan quoted the Russians, “Trust but verify.” That’s all we need, honest, independent and open verification. Please come to the aid of your loved NRA and open the doors.