A North Jersey country club has cancelled an event where a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) was set to the be guest speaker after some members of the club lodged a protest.
Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown told the Morris County Women’s Republican Club that they need to find a new location for their April brunch. Scott Bach, the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and the only NRA board member from New Jersey, was the keynoter.
Angelique Scholl, the MCWRC president, did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. David Bachman, the general manager of the country club, did not immediately respond to an e-mail.
Officials of the Morris County Democratic Women’s Caucus and former Harding Mayor Nicolas Platt, a Republican, criticized the Morris GOP for inviting Bach, a Morris County resident who was described by the MCWRC as “a gun rights leader in the most hostile territory imaginable for nearly two decades.”
“I am pleased to hear that the Springbrook country club listened to its members and cancelled the planned event with Scott Bach,” said Bella Bhimani, who organized the Morristown March For Our Lives last Saturday. “Planning an event with such an outspoken member of the NRA right after the student-led March For Our Lives is a slap in the face of our non-partisan effort to make our schools safer.
“At a time in our country when our Second Amendment rights are being threatened and the political climate is more polarizing than ever, Morris County is leading the way with civil discourse on this incredibly important topic,” Scholl said when announcing the event. “Our elected leaders, volunteers, and members are as enthused as ever to protect our freedoms and revitalize the Republican Party in New Jersey.”