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

C O L U M N

LtC ol Oliver L. North,
USMC (R et.), Second Vice President

As Children Head Back To Class,
NRA School Shield Stands Ready

Editor's Note: This month, we're pleased to feature a guest column by Second Vice
President-and soon to be nra's new president-LtCol Oliver L. North, usmc (Ret.)

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s the calendar turns to September, American families are focused on getting
children "back to school." Notebooks, backpacks and new wardrobes are all
needed. Kids and parents are adjusting their schedules. It's all about school.
My wife, Betsy, and I raised four children and are blessed with 17 grandchildren.
Though I spent much of my life on the "Front Lines of Freedom" as a u.s. Marine, I
know what the "front line" of "back to school" looks like.
But as our children head back to the classroom, millions of American parents are
worried about the safety of their children. For them, the "front line" is school security.
There are more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States. Recent
surveys indicate that 65 percent of those schools have recorded one or more incidents of
violent criminal behavior.
Yet our banks, airports, office buildings and sports stadiums are more secure from
attack than our schools. It's unconscionable that our most precious resource-our
children-aren't better protected.
Even the National Zoo in Washington, d.c., is reportedly considering extra security to
protect its resident animals and guests. Are our schools and our children less important
than zoos?
Surely, every nra member agrees that protecting our children in their classrooms
ought to be a national imperative.
Our nra Executive Vice President and ceo, Wayne LaPierre, has been talking about
protecting our children for years and wrote about this in his column last month. As
incoming nra president, I'm fully committed to the mission of safeguarding our schools
and saving our children from the mayhem of madmen bent on senseless murder.
That is why the nra launched the nra School Shield program six years ago, the
singular purpose of which is to protect schoolchildren in their learning environment.
I urge you to take a few moments and visit nationalschoolshield.org to learn more
about this effort. I also encourage you to join the thousands of nra members whose
contributions assist schools nationwide.
Any American school that needs help designing its own specific security solutions
should contact nra School Shield. Our expert assistance is absolutely free, thanks
to generous donations to the nra Foundation, which funnels money to the
nra School Shield program.
That's right. Thanks to nra members who care about protecting our schoolchildren,
nra School Shield assistance is offered free of charge. No other political group, media
conglomerate or the Hollywood crowd has ever offered anything like this.
Evil walks among us. That stark reality is one reason nra members so fervently
treasure the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms to defend ourselves and
our families. We will never waver from our fight to protect our constitutional freedom
and safeguard our children.
The nra School Shield program engages communities and empowers local
leaders to make our schools safer. Schools and districts nationwide have received

NRA OFFICERS
Carolyn D. Meadows
Richard Childress
Oliver L. North
Wayne LaPierre
John Frazer
Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
Christopher W. Cox
Josh Powell

INTERIM PRESIDENT
FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS

nra School Shield grants for pragmatic,
effective security solutions.
These grants are critical because so
many schools report inadequate funding
as the reason for not enhancing security.
As an nra member, be proud that your
nra Foundation is raising funds essential
to enhancing school security and helping
keep our kids safe.
Of course, you won't hear much
about this extraordinary effort in the
national news media. That good news
doesn't fit their agenda of demonizing
the nra and the freedom for which we
all fight. If the masters of the so-called
mainstream media had their way, the
Second Amendment would be obliterated
and we would all be disarmed.
But if disarming American citizens
leads to greater safety and security,
then let's remove armed security from
Congress, Hollywood, our banks, office
buildings and sports venues.
My point is this-if those institutions
and people deserve protection, don't our
own children deserve at least that much
safety? Of course they do.
The Second Amendment safeguards
our individual freedom to protect our
lives, homes and families. When we stand
and fight for that freedom, we do so for
all Americans.
If you have a child or grandchild in
an unprotected school, ask the principal,
superintendent or school board to
contact nra School Shield today. Nothing
is more important.
Semper Fidelis,

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