America's First Freedom - September 2021 - 10

OFFICIAL JOURNAL
President's Column
What Happens When
Gun Owners Stand Together
By Carolyn D. Meadows
President
his September, tens of thousands
of NRA members will descend on
Houston, Texas, to celebrate 150
years of our NRA. Our Annual Meeting
will showcase NRA's strength in defending
the Second Amendment, supporting the
shooting sports, and teaching law-abiding
Americans how to safely and responsibly
use firearms. At every NRA Annual Meeting
I attend, I'm reminded of the patriotism of
NRA members and gun owners, and how
powerful we are when we stand together.
The anti-gun left hated last year's record
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
Sonya Rowling
Treasurer and
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA
Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,
General Operations
of first-time gun owners, estimated at
around 8.4 million Americans, according to
the National Shooting Sports Foundation
(NSSF). And they were even more enraged
that an estimated 23 million firearms were
sold in 2020 alone. Women and minorities
make up an ever-increasing portion of
these purchasers.
Despite these impressive numbers
showing that most Americans see the
need for self-protection and are willing
to embrace the concepts of personal
responsibility and freedom, the gun-control
crowd continually tries to paint gun owners
as some extreme element of society. If
each and every gun owner would commit
to making their voices heard in the political
arena, they could drown out the slander,
misinformation and outright lies of those
who are actively working to destroy our
Second Amendment.
We now live in a free country with our Bill
of Rights intact, although these protections
are under constant attack. We have the
right to defend ourselves and our families
from threats. But if we want to keep this
right, we must stand up and we must act.
We must loudly use our First Amendment
rights in support of our Second. We must
outmaneuver, outspend, out-strategize, and
remove those from power who would subvert
and undermine the principles our Founding
Fathers knew would be necessary to create
and keep a free nation. We must support
candidates for public office who support the
Second Amendment and who understand
the words, " Shall not be infringed. "
Purchasing a gun is a first step toward
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understanding and embracing our freedom
like never before. We welcome each of our
family members, co-workers and neighbors
who have taken that recent step. Now let's
teach them gun safety, train them and take
them to a range-all important parts of gun
ownership. But we cannot stop there!
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We must educate ourselves and
show others the political aspects of gun
ownership. It's the way to secure and keep
our cherished rights. Contact your elected
representatives at all levels and let them
know the importance of gun ownership.
Several states are holding elections this
fall, and midterm elections are next year.
Candidates for public office need to know
that gun owners pay attention. We are the
grassroots-the citizens those politicians
are supposed to work for.
WE CAN STOP THE SLIDE
AWAY FROM FREEDOM,
BUT ONLY IF WE COME
TOGETHER.
Here's the good news-you don't have to
fight this battle alone! There are many ways to
connect with like-minded gun owners. Go to an
NRA event, join a club or association, donate,
take part in NRA-ILA grassroots efforts and
share your own story to help remind people
that gun owners are their neighbors (about
one-third of the U.S. population!). Stay involved
and engaged. Go to explore.nra.org and
nraila.org for more information on how to
stand up for your rights in solidarity with the
millions of other gun owners in America.
We can stop the slide away from
freedom, but only if we come together.
Gun-grabbers know how powerful we are
when we work as one-that's the reason
they always target the NRA. Together, we
can show the real face of gun owners-the
face of citizens who care deeply about their
families and their country. And we can share
our knowledge and our passion to positively
influence our culture.
Together, we must remind politicians that
they work for us, the American people, and
that we will never give up our foundational
freedoms. We must remind anti-gun
politicians that we expect them to uphold
the Constitution, just as they vowed to do
when they took office. Together, we can oust
from office those who don't stand behind
our individual rights as enumerated in our
founding documents and replace them with
those who will. That's what happens when
gun owners unite. And it is necessary that
we do just that. Why? Because, as I always
say, we have a country to save!
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