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

C O L U M N

James W. Porter ii, President

Outgoing President
Reflects On The Past,
Looks To The Future

S

erving you as president of the National Rifle Association for the past two years
has been among the most treasured experiences of my life. I have traveled across
our United States and have been privileged to meet with nra members in every corner
of the nation. During these two years, through your untiring efforts, we have seen the
nra grow in strength, influence and national respect.
I have the distinct honor of being the first legacy president of the nra, following
my father, Irvine Porter, into the office 53 years after he held the chair. Dad was
one of 15 individuals to receive nra's highest honor, Honorary Life member. In 1977,
in Cincinnati, when the members of our association re-established the core mission
of nra as safeguarding the Second Amendment above all else, my father chaired that
historic assemblage.
Seeing the nra transformed from his perspective has been a remarkable asset for
my two years as president.
When he was elected president in 1959, nra was very different-existing in a
time where gun control meant accuracy and safety. As an nra kid, I so enjoyed those
wonderful summer days spent with my dad at the Camp Perry National Matches. In
those days, the meaning of the Second Amendment was not in question, and books
about shooting and hunting were on the best-seller lists. President John F. Kennedy
was a proud nra Life member.
With the hyper-reaction to three political assassinations-President Kennedy, civil
rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and then-u.s. Sen. Robert Kennedy-times changed
in the space of a few years. I lived that change, and watched my father help bring the nra
into its modern role as the foremost defender of the Second Amendment.
The epiphany for many within the nra leadership-that we had to move
beyond our principle role as a shooting organization-came with the passage of the
Gun Control Act of 1968. Absent any grassroots command, or any organized presence
in the halls of Congress, national gun-control restrictions became a reality.
I was a 19-year-old student when that happened. My father's determination
that the nra must change had a profound effect on me. He provided a remarkable
connection between generations in shaping the nra into the most effective grassroots,
civil rights organization in the country.
In the mid-1960s, when the newly minted gun-banners in the Congress were
hatching their sweeping gun-control ideas, a young lawyer from Ohio-a devoted
shooter and firearm collector-served as minority counsel to the House Judiciary
Committee. Were it not for the tireless work of that young man, the disaster of the
'68 Act would have been far worse.
His name is Allan Cors.
Allan and a few others, working behind the scenes, prevented a far greater disaster
from being written into law.
For those of you who don't know Allan, this is by way of a heartfelt introduction to
the man slated to be your new president.
In 1975, Allan, my father and then-Michigan Congressman John Dingell were among
those who led the way when the nra Board of Directors created the nra Institute for
Legislative Action. At the time, Allan was a prominent corporate lawyer/lobbyist, and
knew better than anyone the critical importance of a strong, permanent nra voice, not
only in the nation's capital, but in the states as well.

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

Allan started on his lifelong passion
with firearms, shooting and hunting
when he was 11 years old. As a young
High Power shooter, he earned the
coveted Distinguished Rifleman badge.
He served on the National Board for the
Promotion of Rifle Practice.
For seven years, Allan has been a
director of The nra Foundation, which
is integral to preserving the Second
Amendment, and has been involved
in efforts to promote every aspect of
shooting and gun ownership.
Over the years, Allan created one
of the finest military arms collections
anywhere, with many of his rarer pieces
residing in the National Firearms
Museum at nra Headquarters.
He is also the founder and chairman
of the National Museum of Americans in
Wartime-dedicated to telling the story
of the sacrifice of our men and women in
uniform from the 20th century through
today, and paying equal tribute to those
on the home front.
As I close out these two years as
nra president, I want to thank each of
you for doing your part to safeguard
our rights and the liberty they secure.
I know you will support Allan in the
same way you supported me. Every day,
every contact I have with nra members
reaffirms my faith that the men, women
and youngsters who belong to our
wonderful organization are the heart
and soul of our country. Our values
are the bedrock of the goodness and
exceptionalism that has made our
nation the freest, most prosperous and
most generous in history.

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