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The NRA’s Big-Spending Leader Wants to Sell Ice Cream and Hide in Curtains

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He might run the most powerful gun lobbying group in America, but when National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre went elephant hunting in Africa, he missed three point-blank shots at an enormous pachyderm, which had already been shot and immobilized.

This week on Fever Dreams, hosts Will Sommer and Kelly Weill are joined by NPR correspondent Tim Mak, who discusses his bombshell new book MISFIRE: Inside the Downfall of the NRA. “Privately, people who have known him for decades, say he is anxious. He is cowardly, he’s kind of anxiety ridden, weak-willed, and really afraid of conflict on a personal basis,” Mak says. “And that explains a lot of the reasons why the National Rifle Association finds itself in so much trouble now.”

Fever Dreams host Asawin Suebsaeng also stops by from paternity leave to ask Mak about the book’s wild reporting process, including receiving a trove of NRA documents in a covert handoff. “I ended up renting a moped and driving for what seemed like hours and meeting a source in a parking lot,” Mak recalls.

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