Bio for 2019 NRA election

Bio for 2019 NRA election

As approved by Office of the NRA Secretary (there are very strict guidelines, in addition to the 150-word limit).

Current Director. Selected by Nominating Committee. Benefactor member. Proven defender of freedom as combat leader and uncompromising activist. USMA-West Point graduate. Ranger, Airborne, Armor officer. Veteran of Cold War, Europe Anti-Terrorism, Desert Storm. Chairman, NRA Outreach; Vice Chairman, Collegiate Programs; member, Military & Veterans’ Affairs, Legislative Policy, Grassroots Development Committees; Federal Affairs Subcommittee. Staunch Second Amendment advocate. Promotes women’s programs, Eddie Eagle®, NRA School Shield, NRA Foundation Friends Dinners. Former University of Kentucky Rifle Team sponsor. President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies, American Conservative Union Foundation Board member; former GOP State Chairman (Hawaii)/RNC member. Co-Chairman Trump-Pence Second Amendment Coalition. Life GOA, CCRKBA/SAF. Endorsed by Hawaii Rifle Association. SAF Defender of Liberty Award. Member VSSA, VCDL. NRA keynote Minnesota Gun Caucus rally. Led fight against Honolulu PD destruction of $500,000 of firearms. Army expert M1911, M16, M9, M3. Member Order of Saint George, Army’s mounted-force top award. Life VFW, MOAA.

You have been nominated ……

You have been nominated ……

August 27, from NRA Secretary.

Dear Colonel Lee, Congratulations! You have been nominated by the National Rifle Association’s Nominating Committee for election to the NRA Board of Directors. Your name will be placed on the ballot … that will be sent to all members entitled to vote in the 2019 election of Directors.”

The Committee “deliberated over a total of 176 recommendations for 59 individuals.”

The Committee nominated 33. Two more are running by petition. A total of 35 (as of now) will appear “on the 2019 ballot to fill 25 three-year terms that expire in 2022 and two one-year terms that expire in 2020.”

How the NRA Board election “works”

How the NRA Board election “works”

Celebrities, inside the gun world and out, don’t campaign much. They don’t have too. Name recognition often earns them a top spot in the results. The rest of us campaign. NRA doesn’t tell who or where are the life & 5-year members. Grassroots candidates hope to send our message far and wide, hope to hit an NRA voter, hope to earn that voter’s support, then hope that voter mails their ballot.  Overall, historically, on;y about 7%, you read that right, return ballots. (Though, clearly 100% + several million more of us have an opinion about the NRA or who sits on the Board).

The only way I can get my message out is if you Share, repost or Forward my information, bio, endorsements to your contacts, and ask them to do the same to theirs.  Some voting members are obvious, others are found in the most unlikely places and states. If you support me, push the word to others in your world, hope they are a voter, hope they will submit their ballot.

There are a lot of good choices this year! From my interview “At this level, with an issue this sacrosanct, there is no room for beginners, no room for amateurs. Learn and practice before you get here, serve on a committee, learn to raise millions of dollars. There is no learning on the job. The NRA is a national, crucial, half-billion-dollar enterprise with hundreds of staff, thousands of volunteers, and millions of members representing 120 million firearms owners and even more believers in the Constitution. You better be ready when you get here, and you better be tough.”

Bullet vote.  I want to earn your vote.  Explained here  Regardless, mathematics tell us that if you vote for 25 folks to fill 25 slots, we’re all the same. Do your research. Name recognition of celebs is fine if you know the person, their work, and their commitment.  To get the right people, those being the candidates you REALLY want on the Board, you must bullet vote. Vote for one (hopefully, me), perhaps three you know and trust, and absolutely no more than five. That separates them from the rest of the field, and helps ensure your vote(s) have weight. Then, you must Share your choice(s) for Board. It is MOST helpful if you produce a meme or short video and post it to all your social media – from Facebook, email, Instagram, Pintrest, Twitter and any other.  Tag me, I’ll share your support. However, nothing has the impact with your friends as a does a message from you. YOU MUST SHARE.

It shouldn’t be the  case, but NRA is all you have between you and a handgun ban, or an AR ban. The political world has gotten tougher as our opponents have gotten more savvy. The NRA Board election is as important for you, the 2A supporter, as any important public office election. This is your NRA. It is all you have to safeguard your 2A. Take this responsibility seriously. Vote in the NRA election. I humbly ask for your vote.

Hawaii & Hawaii Friends of NRA Banquet

East coast late election results, 4:30 am at the airport for 15 hour travel. More 2A to do. Doh. Now, another 2 hours delay, so far. Five total. Uh, did I mention how much Unitedairlines sucks? 2 hours ago: United message here at gate “we are delayed doing a maintenance inspection.” So you waited until departure to do an inspection??? Way-to-go. ‬… 

First thing I did, 24-hours from start of trip thanks to @unitedairlines, walk to the beach. Less sun at 10 pm than my original landing time in the afternoon. No sympathy, it is the beach.

I know. Life sucks w that way-too-long flight into the middle of the night. Then, bam, 8am for a 2-hour conference call (note the earphones). Hey, it’s difficult to hold coffee, phone, pad, pen in the sand.  So far, made all my appointments & meetings even when I didn’t want too (joshing, it’s been good & valuable). #politics #2A #discipline #transparency 

Proud of Hawaii Rifle Association Hawaii Rifle Association President Harvey Gerwig & Kerry who do an amazing job in ALL facets of the association from training, safety, shooting, legislation….in a very tough (political) environment. (brief rain brought a rainbow). Met w former State Senator Sam Slom yesterday, last saw him at Second Amendment  Foundation #GRPC#SecondAmendment #2A #M2AGA #StandandFight #NRAClubsandAssociations 

Veterans Day commemoration w Sub Vets and US PACFLT Sub Force, Pearl Harbor. #lovevets #myflag #veteransday #WillesLee #subs #submarines #GoArmyBeatNavy Brett Kulbis #torpedo #PearlHarbor 

Aloha. Different sorta office. ”Freezing” cold & windy day (yes, cold is relative) for Hawaii Republican Action – HIRA meeting. As National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), bittersweet to give up duty as Hawai’i National Director (maybe keep honorary, or emeritus stuff so I can attend these beach-front gatherings). Hawaii team led by BFF Eric Ryan is very effective, great, at holding liberals, Democrats & Republicans, accountable. Mahalo. #politics #HIRA #NFRA #conservative #conservativesolutions #truth #transparency #merica 

Doh. Be calm, this is last year’s meeting. I’m still here, at least you think you know it’s me. #sharksinthewater #whowon #SCUBA #seenbigger #holdmybeer h/t BFF Emil Svrcina for reposting.

Asked to give brief remarks to FNRA Banquet (anyone been knows these run way-long if you dally up front) on Veterans Day, 100th commemoration of the WWI Armistice. Sold out Marine Corps Base-Hawaii venue at 300+ in solid liberal blue-state w many #SecondAmendment supporters. Only Dinner that is organized & run by scholastic student-athlete shooters (this year, one set state girl’s record, another girl headed to Jr Oly). My message 1. NRA President Oliver North’s challenge to us to double NRA membership, join or sign up a friend 2. Per NRA Outreach Chairman (me) invite a non-#2A friend to a range, meeting, gun store, competition. It’s Hawai’i Veterans Day: watch when I ask vets, service members, & families to stand for recognition, more than 2/3 of the room stands. Great sponsors make this Dinner work. This is NRA Foundation, not political, but for an idea of the political environment, not a single sitting Republican legislator (only 5/76, & they’re liberal) attended. PS – no, NRA does not pay for this trip. #NRA #NRABoard #WillesLee #FreedomsSafestPlace #FNRAinParadise #KBay #gunowners @WillesLee Harvey Gerwig Dawn Horn #studentathletes #firearms #gunrights #USA #NRAFoundation #keepshooting #freedom Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors #aloha