NYT Book Review: In Act of Heresy, N.R.A.’s Former No. 2 Calls for Gun Control

Joshua Powell was chief of staff for the National Rifle Association’s executive director, Wayne LaPierre. In his new book, Mr. Powell calls for universal background checks. Credit: Michael A. McCoy for The New York Times

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BOOK REVIEW

By Danny Hakim and  | New York Times | September 3, 2020

The National Rifle Association’s former second-in-command is breaking with the group’s orthodoxy and calling for universal background checks and so-called red flag laws in a new book assailing the organization as more focused on money and internal intrigue than the Second Amendment, while thwarting constructive dialogue on gun violence.

The former executive, Joshua L. Powell, who was fired by the N.R.A. in January, reinforces the kind of criticism made of the organization by gun control groups and state regulators, but it is the first critical look at its recent history by such a high-ranking insider… more

ABOUT THE BOOK

A Tell-All Account of Corruption, Greed, and Paranoia within the Most Powerful Political Group in America

A shocking exposé of rampant, decades-long incompetence at the National Rifle Association, as told by a former member of its senior leadership.

Joshua L. Powell is the NRA—a lifelong gun advocate, in 2016, he began his new role as a senior strategist and chief of staff to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

What Powell uncovered was horrifying: “the waste and dysfunction at the NRA was staggering.”

INSIDE THE NRA reveals for the first time the rise and fall of the most powerful political organization in America–how the NRA became feared as the Death Star of Washington lobbies and so militant and extreme as “to create and fuel the toxicity of the gun debate until it became outright explosive.”

INSIDE THE NRA explains this intentional toxic messaging was wholly the product of LaPierre’s leadership and the extremist branding by his longtime PR puppet master Angus McQueen. In damning detail, Powell exposes the NRA’s plan to “pour gasoline” on the fire in the fight against gun control, to sow discord to fill its coffers, and to secure the presidency for Donald J. Trump.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

From 2016 to 2019 Joshua L. Powell served as Senior Strategist to the NRA and Chief of Staff to NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre.

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