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Freedom's Future
By Wilson H. Phillips Jr., NRA Treasurer

Freedom Not Exercised Is Freedom Lost

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othing in the world is as precious
as our constitutionally protected
freedoms-no amount of money,
real estate, silver or gold. Generations
of citizens of other nations have toiled
and have even given their lives for just
a simple taste of the freedom that we
too often take for granted. Fortunately,
NRA Ring of Freedom members have
long understood the magnitude of
preserving our precious liberties and
have remained willing to sacrifice and
shoulder the financial load. Our donors
know better than anyone that the job at
hand is a relentless task and that preserving this nation's constitutional integrity
will always be a tough road to travel.
Money talks in the highly charged
political climate that dominates our
everyday world. It buys the advertising,
publishes the brochures, pays for the
communications and grassroots efforts
needed to raise public awareness. The NRA
must win the battle of hearts and minds to
protect the Second Amendment-and in
doing so, each precise, well-chosen word
must be bought and paid for.
Fortunately, our NRA family is a giving
one. Due to the extreme generosity of our
members, we've been able to recharge
depleted war chests and wage war from
full strength whenever the next challenge, the next political attack or the next
crucial election came along. Our programs
have survived and grown, our foundations
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remain solid and the Second Amendment's
future appears bright due to the groundswell of support we receive when each
new challenge intensifies.
Every dollar spent by the NRA through
our successful outreach programs results
in a growing list of hunters, gun owners,
self-defense advocates and rank-andfile Americans who refuse to allow our
constitutional rights to wither and die. As

defense requires. Fortunately, your
generosity in the past has allowed us to
act and speak with a unified voice, and in
doing so we've overwhelmed the vitriol
and animosity of those who rail against
personal liberty and individual rights.
This is a particularly acrimonious
election year. Rancor may drown out
common sense at times and cloud over
well-defined objectives. Consequently, we

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a result, our victories mount and our numbers swell, all because the NRA family has
made it a priority to maintain the fiscal
strength that we need to prevail.
As I write this column, we're only
weeks away from another critical election-one that will determine whether
the Bill of Rights erodes or endures.
Freedoms we take for granted will once
again hang in the balance. Let me be
very clear-the very future of the way of
life we hold dear will be at stake.
As Election Day nears, freedom-loving
Americans from coast to coast will again
place their faith in the NRA. They'll look
to you, me and everyone within the NRA
family to make the sacrifices that freedom's

must remember that when the decibels
rise, our message must never be lost amid
the shouting.
Smoke and mirrors cannot be allowed
to blind the truth about the NRA and
what we stand for. Human dignity-and
the constitutional rights that protect
that dignity-are worth investing in and
fighting for. With your help, we'll do our
job honorably and well, and with God's
grace, we will prevail once again.
Wilson Phillips has served as Treasurer and
CFO of the National Rifle Association and its
affiliated foundations since 1992. He is an
NRA Ring of Freedom Loyalty Fund member
and an NRA Heritage Society Ambassador.

Last Stand for Freedom

reserving freedom for the next
generation is an important motivation
to many of our members, particularly when
they enter the voting booth. An oftenoverlooked way to defend freedom is
through estate giving. By adding a gift to
the NRA into your estate plans, you can
ensure that your very last statement is one
that supports the Second Amendment.
You can support the NRA and still leave
the bulk of your estate to family or

loved ones. Estate gifts to the NRA can be any
size; every dollar counts in the mission to fight
for freedom, and you can still provide and care
for your loved ones.
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