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Thank You for Letting Me Serve
During a Remarkable Era for NRA

I
By Allan D. Cors
President

NRA OFFICERS

Allan D. Cors, President
Pete R. Brownell,

First Vice President

Richard Childress,

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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have been a member of the National Rifle
Association since I was a youngster in the
1950s. I have watched our association transform itself from a politically innocent national
shooting club into the most sophisticated and
successful political force in the nation.
Serving as NRA president for the past two
years has been among the most rewarding
experiences I could wish for. I have traveled to every corner of the nation and met
countless good citizens who are the heart
and soul of the NRA. Your sense of honor,
decency, duty and patriotism have preserved
our ever-endangered rights and the freedom
they secure.
In the long months before the 2016 elections one thing was certain: there existed a
clear sense that NRA members were about to
change American history.
The moment NRA-ILA Executive Director
Chris Cox stepped on the stage at our May
2016 Annual Meetings in Louisville, Ky.,
and announced our unprecedented early
endorsement of Donald Trump's bid for the
presidency of the United States, there was a
seismic shift in American politics.
Most people missed it.
But our members felt it. Across the nation,
NRA members fostered a growing certainty
about the outcome of the presidential election. As it turned out, the NRA proved once
again to be the savviest voters in the nation.
Our influence on the American political
landscape was indeed earth-shaking.
Nobody among the establishment elites-
especially the media-had a clue as to what
was brewing among ordinary Americans, especially among the nation's gun owners. Virtually
every NRA member was confident that Trump
would defeat epic gun-banner Hillary Clinton.
With the leadership of NRA Executive
Vice President Wayne LaPierre and Cox, the
NRA changed the dynamic of the election.
But you were the key. You did it.
For the first time in decades we have both
a pro-Second Amendment president and we
have Second Amendment majorities in the
U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
NRA members, your families, friends,
neighbors and colleagues saved the future of
American liberty.
For now.
The truth is that our individual calling as
guardians of our unique American freedom
will never end. The threats will never go
away, and they must be met with continued
strength and courage.
Every time we hold the line against the
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enemies of liberty-protecting against their
predations against the Second and First
amendments-what we are preserving is
profoundly summed up in the words of the
Declaration of Independence, "Life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness."
In fact, protecting and practicing those
elements of American freedom-"life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness"-defines the
core mission of the NRA.
Life. When you think about it, saving lives
through the use of peaceable armed selfdefense is an essential Second Amendment
protection. Without the NRA's decades of
work preparing for the ultimate test before
the U.S. Supreme Court back-to-back decisions in Heller and McDonald, the right to
keep and bear arms simply would have been
extinguished years ago.
Life. Embodied in that word are years of
NRA leadership in firearm safety training.
Life. Consider how far we have come
in enacting life-saving concealed-carry and
"Stand Your Ground" laws-all of which
are about giving peaceable individuals the
means to protect their lives against criminal
predators.
Liberty. Preserving the rights that secure
our unique American liberty is what NRA is
about. We are the oldest and foremost civil
rights organization in the nation.
Pursuit of Happiness. For the NRA, the
pursuit of happiness represents the exercise
of freedom by individual Americans engaging
in every conceivable aspect of private firearm
ownership-from collecting, to hunting, to
the shooting sports, to self-defense.
When I became NRA president, I pledged
to work to introduce more people to peaceable gun ownership and to the enjoyment
inherent in "pulling triggers."
That goal will be carried on by incoming
president Pete Brownell, who has dedicated his life to maintaining and enhancing
all aspects of the shooting sports. You can
expect this skilled young man to work to
bring into our NRA family the millions of citizens who reacted to Barack Obama's incessant attacks on the Second Amendment by
voting with their pocketbooks and becoming
first-time gun owners.
Pete will be a dynamic force for the future
of the NRA, especially when it comes to our
pursuit of happiness.

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