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Bloomberg Re-emerges to
Shower Cash on Anti-gun Causes

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n 2014, billionaire Michael Bloomberg
pledged $50 million that would be
used to "take on the NRA."
Three years later, America's embrace
of Second Amendment-protected
rights are as strong as ever, and progun sentiments dominate both chambers of Congress, the White House,
and the bulk of state legislatures and
governor's mansions.
A Politico article published in April,
however, reports that the former New
York City mayor is poised to throw away
more money, with another $25-million
infusion of cash to help elect anti-gun
politicians in the 2018 election cycle and
fight passage of a federal concealed
carry reciprocity bill.
Politico's inaccurate description of
what such a bill would do aptly illustrates how media mogul Bloomberg
hopes to use the anti-gun press to
promote his phony gun control message. "That measure," the article
claims, "would effectively loosen gun
laws significantly by holding gun owners to the laws of their own state when
carrying their weapons in other states,
no matter how different the laws are in,
for example, Texas versus New York."
In fact, the pending concealedcarry reciprocity bills would not
change any state law. They would
simply mean that if a Texan (to use
Politico's example), who was lawfully
licensed in the Lone Star State, were

to travel to New York, his Texas license
would have to be recognized as valid.
America has already embraced the
idea of carrying concealed handguns
in public for self-defense as a matter
of right. It's the law in 42 U.S. states,
and the trend since 1987 has been for
states to increase the freedom to carry
within their own borders and broaden
recognition of nonresident permits.
Places like New York City are the true
outliers. A more accurate description of
what Bloomberg hopes to accomplish
is to "normalize" New York City values
across the rest of America.
But whatever can be said of the
Big Apple, it does not represent the
country at large. And Bloomberg's
unfamiliarity with-and contempt
for-the rest of the country beyond
his island habitat is precisely why he
continues to fail in his bid to influence
public opinion.
Yet Bloomberg is still a very, very
wealthy man.
And money talks loudly in politics.
So we shouldn't dismiss the threat
of his ego or his riches when it comes
to our rights.
One vote at a time, one membership at a time, we must continue to
secure our liberties and make sure
Mr. "Big City" Bloomberg has nothing
more to show for his efforts than tax
write-offs and fawning editorials from
The New York Times.

IN MEMORY NRA-ILA CONTRIBUTIONS
March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Tom Clark, Dayton, NV (from: John and Mabel Batto and Sandra Maple); Bradley Edward
Meyers, Sammamish, WA (from: Charles Ford); Larry G. Lawson, Blackwell, OK (from:
Betty L. Lawson); John Albino, Branford, CT (from: Barbara Fruin); Joseph Meyette III,
Cornish, NH (from: Brian H. Meyette); Fred Bodycomb, Springfield, CO (from: Jody
Clingenpeel, Beth Curran, Daniel Bodycomb and F.M. Bodycomb Jr.); Peggy Mitchell,
Franklinton, NC (from: Dale P. Nelson); Bob States, Barbeau, MI (from: Carolyn States);
Daniel Pettit, Lansing, KS (from: Al Stevens).

ILA CONTRIBUTIONS

(The following have contributed $1,000 or more to the NRA Institute for Legislative
Action: March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017)
Anne T. Draper, Littleton, CO; Mathew J. Reno, Gillette, WY; Turner's Operations Inc.,
Cucamonga, CA; Mark A. Clancy, Orlando, FL; Austin B. Thompson, Northborough, MA;
David M. Sizemore, Fairbanks, AK; Thomas R. Zeigler, Gardners, PA; Ray Austin,
Montague, CA; Dan Bennett, Tallahassee, FL; Leo Ripley, Naples, FL; John Eike,
Tijeras, NM; Robert Wood, McAllister, MT; Kyle Meier, Colona, IL; John P. Sweeney,
Chevy Chase, MD; Bobbie Pace, Auburn, AL; Dannie E. Stutzman, Newtown, MO;
William S. Mahan, Warren, PA; Karen Lien, Perkasie, PA; James J. Milano, Longboat Key, FL;
Michael A. Flavoni, Massapequa, NY; John H. Quinn, Naples, FL; Wells Rifle & Pistol Club,
Wells, MN; Cape Radiology Group Care, Cape Girardeau, MO; Carmault B. Jackson,
Colorado Springs, CO; Joe Wofford, George West, TX; Michael W. Freeland,
Wynnewood, PA; James Auer, Oshkosh, WI; Richard E. Neldner, Fairbanks, AK;
James A. Brown, Abingdon, VA; Philip B. Voght, Centerville, OH; Lawrence J. Rybka,
Peninsula, OH; Ruth Brewer, Platteville, CO; Cary Peterson, Fernandina, FL; Alan Mosseburg,
Tierra Verde, FL; Kenneth A. Lyddon, Rhinelander, WI; George Helms, Canton, MI;
Mark Ammondson, Butte, MT; James J. Stewart, Kennebunk, ME.
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Gretchen Wilson

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ountry music
star Gretchen
Wilson is known
for having chart-topping
songs, selling millions of albums and
winning many music awards. But did you
know the "Redneck Woman" is an NRA
Life member? In 2010, Wilson wrote a
check or her lifetime membership fee
and personally handed it to Wayne
LaPierre and Chris Cox.
In many ways Gretchen embodies the
values that the NRA represents. After
some crazy years of writing, recording
and touring, Gretchen took a break to
spend time with her teenage daughter,
Grace. "I took a few years off, mainly
because I'm a single mom and my
daughter was at that critical teenage
place in a girl's life where I needed to be
less Gretchen Wilson and more Grace's
mom," Gretchen recently said. "It's the
job I was appointed first and I think it's
the most important job that any person
has, to raise our children."
NRA furthered the relationship with
Gretchen when NRA Country named her
its Featured Artist in 2015. She performed at the 2017 Annual Meetings &
Exhibits in Atlanta, appearing with Hank
Williams Jr. and Lee Brice, both NRA Life
members. And Gretchen is back in the
saddle with a new single, "Rowdy," and
a new album is slated for a June release,
with a summer tour to follow. As the next
chapter in her life is still being written,
this head of a large business enterprise,
major touring artist and modern mom, has
come a long way. "I feel like I've grown
so much spiritually, emotionally and
professionally in the last couple of years.
Everything has evolved and I'm more in
the moment now than I used to be."
NRA Country is proud to announce
Gretchen Wilson as its Featured Artist
again in 2017. Be sure to watch for her
new album and visit nracountry.com
for more info on everything related to
Wilson and the NRA.


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