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PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

Second Amendment Belongs to
All Americans, Regardless of
Race, Creed or Gender

T

By Pete R. Brownell
President

NRA OFFICERS
Pete R. Brownell
President

Richard Childress
First Vice President

Carolyn D. Meadows
Second Vice President

Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
John Frazer
Secretary

Wilson H. Phillips Jr.
Treasurer
Josh Powell
Executive Director,
General Operations

Christopher W. Cox
Executive Director,

Institute For Legislative
Action

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he Second Amendment belongs to
every American. The freedom secured
by the Second Amendment cannot be
put asunder by any conceivable element of
discrimination-not by color, race, age, sex,
sexual orientation, language, religion, political ideology or national origin.
This is the simple, direct message of the
National Rifle Association to all Americans. I'm
proud of our minority outreach efforts to date,
but more work needs to be done. A central
focus of my NRA presidency is to help the
NRA be more inclusive than it's ever been.
The Constitution does not care about
the tone of your skin, whom you love, which
political party you've vowed to support
or which language you speak-if you're
speaking the language of freedom. If you're
willing to protect your family no matter the
cost, and if you want to have a say when
it comes to your rights as a law-abiding,
responsible American gun owner, then I
want you to join us.
There is a tremendous opportunity at our
doorstep right now. A once-powerful and
biased media is on the ropes; people across
our great nation are becoming wise to their
tactics and asking questions like never
before. We must seize this opportunity
to own the narrative about who we really
are. We must seize this opportunity to tell
our story. We must tell the world-on our
terms-what we believe.
I'm an NRA Life member-I have been,
literally, from day one. My family has actively
participated in NRA programs and efforts
for more than 70 years. I know the NRA
and thousands of NRA members. I'm proud
to say, without question, this organization is brimming with hard-working men
and women who are proud of their families, proud of their country, and proud of
America's heritage of freedom and diversity.
This is an inconvenient truth for much of
our nation's media who seek to portray us as
narrow-minded bigots.
Millions of our fellow Americans, many of
them minorities, are becoming gun owners
for the very first time. Unfortunately, some
seem to have been deceived by false rhetoric about us peddled by anti-gunners. It's on
us to quash the rhetoric; it's on us to prove
anti-gunners wrong.
All Americans, even those who may have
incorrectly believed the NRA wasn't an organization for them, are beginning to understand
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the virtues of gun ownership. A 2014 Pew
Research study indicates more than half of
African-Americans believe "gun ownership
is more likely to protect people than to put
them at risk." That percentage nearly doubled
from the results of a 2012 study.
It is our duty to connect with these
groups, invite them to experience our
organization, and to see with their own eyes
the NRA and our Second Amendment are, in
fact, for everyone.

THERE IS A TREMENDOUS
OPPORTUNITY AT OUR
DOORSTEP RIGHT NOW.
A ONCE-POWERFUL AND
BIASED MEDIA IS ON THE
ROPES; PEOPLE ACROSS
OUR GREAT NATION ARE
BECOMING WISE TO THEIR
TACTICS AND ASKING
QUESTIONS LIKE NEVER
BEFORE. ... WE MUST TELL
THE WORLD-ON OUR
TERMS-WHAT WE BELIEVE.
That's why NRA has continued to lead
a concerted outreach effort to minority
communities. Through platforms such as
YouTube videos featuring personalities such
as Colion Noir, along with the late Roy Innis,
who was one of America's great civil rights
leaders and who led the NRA's Urban Affairs
Committee-now named the Outreach
Committee-we hope to continue to lead
on the issue of gun ownership, personal protection and gun rights. However, we can't
do it alone.
Outreach-at the most basic level-
involves us all. Every NRA member knows
someone who ought to be part of our community-our family. Reaching out to others is
among our most fundamental duties as citizens who cherish and exercise the freedoms
guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

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