Good morning, Bulletin readers. A pair of bombshell developments concerning the continuing drama at the NRA lead your Friday roundup.
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WHAT TO KNOW TODAY
The NRA suspended its second-in-command for his alleged involvement in April’s failed leadership shakeup. Chris Cox heads the group’s Institute for Legislative Action and had been considered an heir apparent to CEO Wayne LaPierre. In legal filings first flagged by The New York Times, the National Rifle Association accused Cox of participating in an alleged conspiracy to oust LaPierre during the group’s annual meeting in April. An NRA spokesman told the Times that Cox has been placed on administrative leave. Catch up on this latest twist here.
Meanwhile, the NRA’s longtime marketing firm threatened to shut down NRATV. In a court filing on Wednesday, Ackerman McQueen said that if the NRA doesn’t post a $3 million letter of credit, Ackerman “will suffer immediate irreparable harm” and be forced to lay off nearly half its staff. That would spell the end of the Ackerman-produced NRATV.
Ten people were shot outside a Pennsylvania nightclub. Police say several shooters opened fire as patrons were gathered on the sidewalk in the city of Allentown early Thursday. Many of the victims were hospitalized for treatment; all are expected to survive.
The brother of the would-be Dallas mass shooter warned the FBI about him in 2016. He called a tip line three years ago and said the Army vet was “suicidal and had a fascination with guns.” But authorities couldn’t seize weapons from the man because there was no specific threat. The ATF said the gunman legally obtained the assault-style rifle he used in last Monday’s attempted attack, but that the FBI barred the agency from releasing further details. Police fatally shot the man before he could harm anyone.
A police officer was killed in California. Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was ambushed by a rifle-wielding man during a domestic violence call in Sacramento on Wednesday evening. The suspect held off officers for eight hours before being apprehended. O’Sullivan, a community service officer, joined the force in January 2018.
An Oregon lawmaker threatened to shoot police officers if they try to end a Republican walkout. GOP state senators have fled the capitol to deny the Democratic majority the quorum necessary to vote on a climate protection package. The state’s Democratic governor has authorized the State Police to arrest the AWOL legislators and compel them to return to complete the special session. To which state Senator Brian Boquist warned, “Send bachelors and come heavily armed.”
ONE LAST THING
A short documentary explores the link between toxic masculinity and gun violence. More than 80 percent of perpetrators and victims of gun violence are men, according to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention. A 13-minute film from The Washington Post examines why American masculinity, which is closely tied to both gun culture and gun violence, doesn’t have a larger role in the gun debate. “Guns are really symbols of protection, and providing for men and their families,” said Scott Melzer, a sociology professor at Albion College. “But they’re also symbols of independence, and that’s a broader, bigger idea about what it means to be a man.” He added, “When we expect boys and men to be dominant, powerful, in control, in charge, to not give in, then we’re essentially coaching them, training them, rewarding them for potentially engaging in violence when they feel like they’ve lost control.”