‘Misfire’ is a scathing look at nepotism, fraud and corruption in the NRA

'Misfire' is a scathing look at nepotism, fraud and corruption in the NRA

NRA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Wayne LaPierre speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on May 3, 2013 in Houston. Image: Steve Ueckert/AP The National Rifle Association — once one of the most well-known and influential lobbying organizations in the country — is a wounded beast. Tim Mak’s Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA might be the final blow in terms of exposing the organization’s rotten core and showing how a boundless love for money and power — as well as nepotism, fraud, and corruption — have been eating away at the NRA’s foundations for a long time. The history of the NRA and its transition from an institution formed in 1871 that taught soldiers marksmanship, to a far-right political group that strategizes a defense as soon as a school shooting happens — and has deep links to Russia — is long and complicated. But Mak, an investigative reporter for NPR, has crafted an engaging, meticulously researched chronicle of this history that is as immersive as it is shocking. Using more than 100 interviews with NRA staff and insiders, newspaper and magazine articles, leaked documents, speeches, emails, depositions, and court documents, Mak follows the NRA and two of its main figures: CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and LaPierre’s wife Susan, who has wielded almost as much power and influence. He tracks how they, along with many others, shifted the organization’s trajectory with a series of bad decisions, crimes, […]

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