"Ricochet casts an eye-opening spotlight on the shadowy world of behind-the-scenes gun politics. Is it accurate? Absolutely! I was there."--John Aquilino, former Director, NRA Public Education
"Ricochet tells the truth. With each page I can hear the echo of footsteps down the Rayburn Building's marbled halls as Feldman tells the intimate story few know and even fewer survive."--Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), former Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee
It's no secret that the National Rifle Association is probably the most powerful lobbying group in America, noted for its no-nonsense tactics and fervent membership. Beyond that, virtually everything about the NRA's political agenda, its financial structure, and how it spends the vast amounts of money it collects from contributors has been kept a tightly guarded secret, not only from the public but from NRA members as welluntil now.
In Ricochet, a onetime NRA lobbyist and avid Second Amendment defender unmasks the inner workings, influence, and goals of this highly secretive political behemoth. From internecine warfare, media manipulation, and executive bankrolling to gun control bills and school massacres, Richard Feldman, former NRA regional political director and lobbyist for the firearm industry, exposes the NRA as a cynical, mercenary political cult obsessed with wielding power while exploiting members' fear in order to maximize contributions.
Among the many dirty little secrets that Feldman exposes are the phenomenal salaries received by CEO Wayne LaPierre and other high-ranking NRA officials. These generous remunerations, which place NRA executives among the highest-paid officials of any tax-exempt organization, are funded by biannual "crisis du jour" fund-raising drives, in which members are exhorted to donate additional funds to fend off the latest alleged threat to their Second Amendment rights.
Looking back over his long association with the NRA, Feldman reveals the inside stories behind the organization's responses to the Bernie Goetz subway shootings, the Assault Weapons Ban, gun control legislation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Long Island Railroad shootings, and Feldman's own voluntary gun-lock agreement. He explains how the NRA's inflexible positions have placed the nation's most prominent representative of law-abiding gun owners in increasing opposition to law enforcement, gun makers, and moderate Republicans. The upshot is that the NRA is not an effective advocate for its members' interests. Obsessed with fund-raising, scare-mongering, and wielding political power, NRA leadership undermines commonsense solutions that would protect gun-owners' rights while reducing accidental shootings and gun violence.
Ricochet is not for gun control advocates: It is a wake-up call for gun owners who cherish their Second Amendment rights. The message is that the NRA has betrayed your trust, misused your hard-earned donations, and strengthened the hand of those who would take your guns away. Read this hard-hitting exposé to discover how this has happened and what you can do about it.
While this book did provide some interesting insights as to the inner-workings of the industry and especially the NRA, it is really a about self gratification of the author. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John H. Hyman
I heard mixed reviews about this book, but decided to give it a shot. It is an insider's account of the gun lobby in the US during a very tumultuous time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Big Mike 0311
Even though the author and I would disagree on some of our perceptions regarding issues of firearms policy, he offers significant historical information about and insight into the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Will Vizzard
While it is a little slow reading, it does give an insiders account of what goes on a huge lobbying organization. The NRA has always been after the money!Published 14 months ago by AHD
I suppose if you want to get back at someone or something, writing a book knocking about them is the best way of doing it. Read morePublished 15 months ago by jimmyjet
Very interesting story from someone who was on the inside. The NRA, like our government has become large and inefficient.As a life member of the NRA, I will always support them. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Nyffeler
If you've ever been an NRA member this comes as no great surprise: The NRA seeks to prolong the struggle over gun control to gather money and influence. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Marcus N. Morgan
I was introduced to Richard Feldman when I read "Glock: The Rise of America's Gun". This is an interesting read if you want to see some of the inner workings of the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Robin A. Hemmer
I want my money back if i could give this a zero i would. So bad it is what it deservesPublished 19 months ago by Lynn Kelley