President’s Column | Welcome Others To Freedom

President’s Column | Welcome Others To Freedom

As your new NRA president, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve our Association and protect your right to keep and bear arms. Over the past 20 years, as a member of the Board of Directors, I’ve seen how different NRA presidents have used their position to advance a variety of worthwhile efforts. Today, I’d like to use that bully pulpit to call on each of you to do your part, individually in your own community, to expand our constituency, to share the Second Amendment’s blessings with a wider audience and, in the process, to save innocent lives. Before I explain how, let me back up a bit. I’m old enough to remember when gun rights were considered off limits to political maneuvering. In Texas and much of the South, the right to keep and bear arms was part of the fabric of life. Few questioned it. Still fewer—Republicans or Democrats—dared to attack it. Today, all that has changed. I believe a big part of why is because many of the Second Amendment’s most natural allies have been fed a lifetime of lies about it. So, it’s easy to see how a young, single mom living in the inner city, who has never fired or even seen a gun, can be deceived into believing the lies of anti-gun politicians. This doesn’t just endanger your freedom to own a gun. More importantly, it also endangers her right, and the right of every one of us, to protect […]

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