American Rifleman - September 2017 - 14

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Pew Report Shows Broad Support
For Gun Rights in America

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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-protected
freedom to keep and bear arms is
alive and well in America!
That's according to a recent survey
conducted by the Pew Research Center.
While most of the media ignored the study,
its findings pointed to good news for NRA
members, America's gun owners, and
everyone who cherishes our constitutional
liberties.
The survey examined the views of 3,900
Americans, including 1,200 gun owners, and
found that 55 percent of American adults
believe the NRA has too little or the right
amount of influence.
Among gun owners, the majority grows
to 70 percent. And 19 percent of gun owners said they were a member of the NRA.
While your NRA has grown to more than
5 million members, the survey indicates that
another 15 to 20 million Americans believe
in NRA's mission and message.
But the Pew study did far more than confirm NRA as an integral part of our culture
and political landscape. The survey dug
deeper into gun ownership in America.
Contrary to what Second Amendment
detractors say, the study found gun ownership to be broad and far-reaching, to include
22 percent of women, 24 percent of AfricanAmericans and 15 percent of Hispanics.
Additionally, the study concluded that while
nearly half of all gun owners live in rural
areas, about 20 percent live in urban communities and another 28 percent are from
suburban areas.
This confirms what gun owners have long
known and previous industry studies have
proven: We are a diverse group, growing
larger in popularity and representing all walks
of life. As evidence illustrates, the majority
of first-time gun owners are predominantly
women and minorities; this is especially true
for Americans in their 20s and 30s who live in
urban or suburban communities.
NRA members should be proud that,
because of all of our hard work over the last
two decades, the right to carry a firearm
has expanded to almost every corner of the
country. But we aren't finished and won't
stop until the National Right to Carry has
been adopted by Congress and signed into
law by the president!
I am confident we can get that job
done. NRA members represent America's
freedom-loving gun owners and are among
the most politically engaged citizens in the
country.
September 2017

With the support of our membership,
America once again has a pro-Second
Amendment administration. This does not
mean we have won, it means we are now on
offense. This is no time for rest! The hard work
is just beginning ... and we need your help.
The continued growth of the NRA is
the primary reason anti-gun legislators lie
awake at night. If you are committed to the
Second Amendment, self-defense, carrying
a firearm on a regular basis, going shooting,
taking safety courses and being politically
engaged, then you've made the choice to
stand with the NRA. If you are among the
millions who identify with the NRA enough
to "say" you are a member, then join us!

THE STUDY FOUND GUN
OWNERSHIP TO BE BROAD
AND FAR-REACHING, TO
INCLUDE 22 PERCENT OF
WOMEN, 24 PERCENT OF
AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND
15 PERCENT OF HISPANICS.
THIS CONFIRMS WHAT
GUN OWNERS HAVE LONG
KNOWN: WE ARE A DIVERSE
GROUP, GROWING LARGER
IN POPULARITY.
I'm often asked, "What can I do to
strengthen our Second Amendment"? My
answer is simple: set a great example for
other gun owners, expose new people to
our lifestyle, and yes, recruit friends and
family to join the NRA.
If you want your voice to make a difference in capitol buildings around the country
and in Washington, D.C.-join!
There is no freedom more fundamental
than our constitutionally protected Second
Amendment rights.
America's gun owners believe in that
freedom. NRA members fight for that
freedom and, more and more, your NRA has
become, truly, Freedom's Safest Place.

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