- The nation’s largest gun rights group has been plagued with financial and legal problems in recent years.
- Opponents of the NRA have called it a broken organization and a shell of itself.
- The group still holds considerable influence, attracting A-list speakers to Texas this week.
- The rally comes days after a gunman shot and killed 19 fourth graders in Uvalde, Texas.
The nation’s largest gun rights group seemed out of breath. National Rifle Association leaders have been accused of using its funds to pay for car services, private jets to the Caribbean and other personal travel. The New York Attorney General has sued to shut it down.
The organization filed for bankruptcy. A gun control group said it had become a “shell of the juggernaut that once wielded a dangerous influence”. Another proclaimed last year that the NRA was “broken”, its leaders “on borrowed time”.