America's First Freedom - March 2015 - 10

P R E S I D E N T ' S
by

C O L U M N

James W. Porter ii, President

Ask Your Fellow Hunters
To Join The NRA

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f you're a hunter like me-and like 70 percent of nra's membership-I suspect
you'd agree that hunting is a priceless American tradition.
Think back on your life. I'll bet some of your fondest memories were made with
friends and family in the field. My dad was an avid outdoorsman, and I grew up
hunting quail, doves, ducks, turkey and deer by his side. My first rifle was an m1
carbine that I hunted deer with, and my first shotgun was a Browning Superposed
that my dad and I shot, and that my son now shoots.
Just as we pass our firearms from one generation to the next, we also pass on
our outdoors traditions. That means hunting, like firearms and the freedom to own
them, is a cultural treasure that could be lost in just a single generation.
Our heritage is being threatened like never before. It's threatened by the Obama
administration's disdain and hatred for the right to keep and bear arms and the
traditions that give life and health to that freedom-including hunting.
Our heritage is also being threatened by anti-gun, anti-hunting and environmental
activists who want to ban all lead ammunition. Last year, when they tried to ban lead
ammo through the Toxic Substances Control Act, we stopped them. But like the
gun-ban lobby, they're constantly coming up with new strategies to make firearms
and hunting if not illegal, then unaffordable.
Our hunting lands are threatened by federal land-grab regulations that make
millions of acres of prime public hunting land inaccessible to hunters like you and me.
And our hunting seasons are threatened by radical groups like the Humane
Society of the United States (hsus), which raises millions by masquerading as your
local animal shelter-when in fact it doesn't operate a single animal shelter, and it
spends most of its $165 million annual budget on lobbying, propaganda and more

Our hunting lands and our hunting
seasons are threatened by outside forces.
To protect hunting, we need every hunter
to be part of the NRA.
fundraising. hsus has been fighting for years to stop mourning dove hunting, and
to ban hunting for everything from bears to mountain lions to wolves. And they're
getting richer every year.
If we're going to protect and preserve hunting, we need every American hunter to
be a part of the nra.
That's why, as president of the nra, I've made it my top priority to bring more
hunters into the nra as part of a strategy to strengthen and expand the nra's efforts
on behalf of hunters.
As a member, you already know nra is the largest, most powerful group fighting
for hunters' rights. With millions of hunters among our ranks, no other group in the
world comes close.
But there are 35 million hunters in this country, and far too few of them realize
all we do on their behalf. So tell them: One of nra's primary objectives in our bylaws
is "to promote and defend hunting as a shooting sport and as a viable and necessary
method of fostering the propagation, growth and conservation, and wise use of our
renewable wildlife resources."

NRA OFFICERS

PRESIDENT
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS
Christopher W. Cox EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION
James W. Porter II
Allan D. Cors
Pete R. Brownell
Wayne LaPierre
Edward J. Land Jr.
Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
R. Kyle Weaver

The nra Institute for Legislative
Action (ila) has a dozen federal
lobbyists, and 27 more working in all
50 state legislatures for hunters. We
coordinate with fish and game officials
at every level on wildlife, land and
related legislative and regulatory issues.
And ila is formally recognized as a
non-governmental organization (ngo)
at the United Nations, where we fight
to ensure your hunting rights aren't
infringed by international treaties.
You can see the results of ila's efforts
in constitutional amendments that
protect the right to hunt in 18 states so
far, shooting range protection laws in
47 states, and hunter protection laws in
all 50 states.
While we fight to safeguard hunting,
we work to ensure hunters are safe. We've
been the national authority in that effort
since 1949, when our first hunter safety
training course became the model for the
nation. We train more Americans to be
safe with firearms-for hunting or any
lawful purpose-than any other public or
private institution, more than a million
Americans every year.
If you want to protect our outdoors
traditions so future generations can enjoy
the gifts with which we have been blessed,
then do your part to protect them.
Join, renew or upgrade your nra
membership. Mentor a young hunter, or
take someone hunting who might not
otherwise have a chance.
Most importantly, ask your fellow
hunters to do their fair share for hunting
by joining the nra-the only group big
enough and strong enough to fight for
hunters' rights and win.

For news about legislation and your NRA, visit: www.nraila.org, www.nranews.com and www.nra.org.
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