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O FFI C I A L J O UR NA L
President's Column

Why They Fear Us

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By Carolyn D. Meadows
President

NRA OFFICERS

Carolyn D. Meadows
President
Charles L. Cotton
First Vice President

Willes K. Lee
Second Vice President

Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
John Frazer
Secretary
Craig Spray
Treasurer

Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,

General Operations

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s we brace for impending battles
for our freedom, it's worth
remembering what gun-control
proponents fear most about Americans
who cherish their God-given, and Second
Amendment-protected, right to keep and
bear arms.
First, they fear the Second Amendment
because it is a cornerstone of liberty. It
is practical and unmoving. In contrast,
the Left prefers and advocates for judges
and legislators who will, when they can,
treat the U.S. Constitution as a " living
document " they can reinterpret to dead
letters if they so desire. They want the
ability to put a gravestone over your
rights, but can't because the NRA-most
importantly all of you members-are
standing in their way.
The gun-control crowd can't stand
that our right to keep and bear arms has
been a fundamental part of American
DNA since before 1776. They've tried
many times to rewrite the history books,
aiming to erase the truth that this right was
always cherished and put to daily use by
the American populace. They've done this
because if they can revise history, then they
can shape the future behind the false claim
that this right isn't an individual right at all.
Those who seek to take away our
freedom also don't like that the Second
Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights
protects a universal human right to selfpreservation. The fact that it empowers
women, minorities, senior citizens and
everyone else is appalling to the Left, as
this individual freedom emboldens and
fosters a free people, no matter what
their individual characteristics might be.
Gun-control advocates want control, but
are often stopped because the Second
Amendment fundamentally undermines
their attempt to turn people into
submissive subjects of a controlling state.
They also fear that more gun owners will
stand together. This is a big reason why
they so often attack the NRA. They fear
the massive voting block our membership
represents. They fear that the NRA has
continued to grow. With over 7.5 million
new gun owners in 2020 alone, according
to figures gathered by the National
Shooting Sports Foundation, gun-control
advocates are now very afraid.
This is why even Michael Bloomberg
didn't put a lot of emphasis on gun-control
before last November's election. They
didn't want to rile America's 100-millionplus gun owners, because they know that

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an overwhelming majority of American
citizens want their freedom left alone.
Anti-freedom advocates also fear the
simple, but very profound, truth that
gun ownership leads to a safer nation, as
individuals can protect themselves from
predators on our streets and in their
homes until help can arrive. This autonomy
is directly opposite to how gun-control
groups would like to reshape America.
And make no mistake, politicians like
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris aren't kidding
when they say they want to fundamentally
reshape America. They want to create
a subservient citizenry that begs for
government handouts and carveouts,
that has to cower to thieves, rapists and
murderers while they wait for the police to
get there. They don't care about you; they
care about control.

LET NEW AND POTENTIAL
GUN OWNERS HEAR YOUR
ENTHUSIASM, YOUR LOVE
OF FREEDOM, AS YOU TELL
THEM ABOUT THIS RIGHT
AND HOW YOU PRACTICE IT.
It is important, right now, to keep this
in mind because we do have the power
to protect our freedom if we stand boldly
together with our shoulders back, our
eyes wide open and with a kind, strong
and stubborn insistence in our voices and
hearts that our civil rights, including our allimportant Second Amendment rights, will
not be taken from us.
In essence, they are afraid of us because
we are free. Never forget that and don't let
it go. They are afraid; we are not. We might
get frustrated, even angry, when a court or
legislature imperils our freedom, but that
is not fear-rather, it is our American spirit
rising up to the challenge.
With this strength, let new and potential
gun owners hear your enthusiasm, your
love of freedom, as you tell them about this
right and how you practice it. Offer to take
others to the range. Let them experience
how empowering it is to use this freedom.
And then talk to them about joining
the greatest organization ever seen for
protecting this bedrock of human freedom,
the National Rifle Association.


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