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Thank You For Your Efforts In 2020;
Now Is The Time To Look Ahead

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By Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

YOUR MEMBERSHIP
DUES ARE NOT
ENOUGH.
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right to own and carry a
firearm ...

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Then you need to SUPPORT
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We are the only arm of
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he year 2020 will be remembered as
one of many ups and downs, both for
gun owners and for the country at large.
Yet as I reflect on the year gone by, two
feelings are uppermost in my mind: gratitude
and pride.
I am grateful for the tremendous effort
the National Rifle Association and its more
than five million members have put into
preserving our most fundamental rights:
the right to protect our lives and the lives of
those we love.
And I feel enormous pride that through
every circumstance that 2020 could throw
at us, we-the members and personnel of
the NRA-have never stopped fighting for
the goal that unites us all: the protection and
preservation of the Second Amendment.
Those are the feelings I will carry forward
into 2021, come what may. While much
still remains to be determined about the
conditions and political landscape gun owners
will face in the new year, the gratitude and
pride that comes with striving alongside our
membership in this righteous struggle will
motivate us to keep fighting.
NRA members represent the best of
America.
You have a deep and abiding appreciation
of our freedoms and what it takes, and has
taken, to protect them.
You are stewards of a great body of
knowledge about firearms, gun safety, history,
the management of our country's precious
natural resources, and the most effective
forms of civic and political engagement.
Your commitment is demonstrated not just
by words but by resolute deeds. You are the
nation's leading firearm instructors, sportsmen,
hobbyists, hunters, hunting guides, gunsmiths,
gun sellers and gun collectors.
You are a political force that has changed
the shape of American politics. No one
engages in the political process with more
fervor, savvy or consistency than the men and
women of the NRA.
Politicians understand that you are highly
knowledgeable about issues that affect your
right to keep and bear arms, and that these
issues have a direct impact on the votes
you cast.
They understand you will hold them
accountable at the polls. They know you
unfailingly cast votes in election after election.
Some people merely complain when they
see things heading in the wrong direction.
You, the five million members of the NRA,
on the other hand, act decisively.
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Over the course of the 2020 general
election cycle, you came out in droves to
support President Trump and candidates
like him who pledged to protect the Second
Amendment and who backed up those
pledges with their actions in office.
Besides your votes and the votes of friends
and family who cast their ballots with your
encouragement, in addition to all the yard
signs and bumper stickers you displayed on
your property, you were the foot soldiers in a
massive campaign to elect pro-gun candidates.
Preliminary numbers show that in concert
with our field organizers, you knocked on over
1 million doors to get out the pro-gun vote.
You made over half a million calls to remind
gun owners to vote freedom first.
You sent a staggering 10 million electionrelated texts with information supporting
pro-gun candidates.
With all the millions of dollars billionaires
like Michael Bloomberg and George
Soros spent to curtail your rights, with
the combined forces of the legacy media,
Hollywood, and social media platforms all
united against your Second Amendment
freedoms, you showed up and did the hard
work of freedom. All their dollars, their smug
self-regard, and their casual dismissal of you
and your values could not suppress your
enthusiasm or your determination.
There are never any guarantees when it
comes to politics, except that you cannot
win by being idle. You showed the winning
spirit with your investment of time, energy
and passion.
This article will go to the printing press
before we have learned all the outcomes of
the November elections.
But I don't have to know those outcomes
to feel gratitude and pride for what we
accomplished together.
There will undoubtedly be struggles and
opportunities ahead of us. No matter what
the pundits or pollsters would have you
believe, the future remains up for grabs.
There is no predetermined trajectory to the
trendline of American freedom.
So while I extend my heartfelt "thank you"
for your unselfish and unyielding efforts in
2020, I encourage you to look ahead and
imagine the future you want for yourself, your
children and your grandchildren.
What that future looks like depends on who
is willing to work the hardest for it.
And I would never bet against
the men and women of the NRA
when it comes to that.

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