NRA Board Member Won't Attend Pro-Gun Rally with Donald Trump

| by Michael Allen

Thomas King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) and NRA board member, is boycotting a pro-gun rally in Albany, N.Y. scheduled for tomorrow.

"Let all these other groups go out and do what they want to do, because they don't want to listen anyway," King told the New York Daily News. "I just don't want to be a party to anything that may happen."

King is worried that some of these pro-gun rallies are becoming "contentious and threatening."

Several rallies have been held in protest of the SAFE Act, which New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed in 2013, noted

According to Governor Cuomo's website, "The SAFE Act stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder..."

The pro-gun rally on Tuesday will include Donald Trump, GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and Carl Paladino who lost the governor's race to Cuomo in 2010.

King told his 100,000 members in an email that "screaming obscenities at Cuomo and certainly at large rallies where people stand on stage, pound their chest and tell the attendees to prepare for war frightens the very people we want to attract to our side."

"We do not make threats, we do not tell people to prepare for war nor do we sell bumper stickers that proclaim 'BALLOTS or BULLETS,'" added King wrote.

King has been slammed on several pro-gun websites for his comments. proclaimed, "Tom King is not one of us!" and stated, "This is no time for cowards."

Sources: New York Daily News,,,,