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OFFICIAL JOURNAL

president's column
By James W. Porter II, President

Ask Your Fellow Hunters to Join the NRA

I

f you're a hunter like me-and like
70 percent of NRA's membership-I
suspect you'd agree that hunting is a
priceless American tradition.
Think back on your life. I'll bet some of
your fondest memories were made with
friends and family in the field. My dad was
an avid outdoorsman, and I grew up hunting quail, doves, ducks, turkey and deer by
his side. My first rifle was an M1 carbine that
I hunted deer with, and my first shotgun
was a Browning Superposed that my dad
and I shot, and that my son now shoots.

to ban lead ammo through the Toxic
Substances Control Act, we stopped
them. But like the gun-ban lobby, they're
constantly coming up with new strategies to make firearms and hunting if not
illegal, then unaffordable.
Our hunting lands are threatened by
federal land-grab regulations that make millions of acres of prime public hunting land
inaccessible to hunters like you and me.
And our hunting seasons are threatened by radical groups like the Humane
Society of the United States (HSUS), which

Our hunting lands and our hunting
seasons are threatened by outside
forces. To protect hunting, we need
every hunter to be part of the NRA.
Just as we pass our firearms from
one generation to the next, we also pass
on our outdoors traditions. That means
hunting, like firearms and the freedom
to own them, is a cultural treasure that
could be lost in just a single generation.
Our heritage is being threatened
like never before. It's threatened by the
Obama administration's disdain and
hatred for the right to keep and bear arms
and the traditions that give life and health
to that freedom-including hunting.
Our heritage is also being threatened
by anti-gun, anti-hunting and environmental activists who want to ban all lead
ammunition. Last year, when they tried
NRA OFFICERS
James W. Porter II, PRESIDENT
Allan D. Cors, FIRST VICE PRESIDENT
Pete R. Brownell, SECOND VICE PRESIDENT
Wayne LaPierre, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Edward J. Land Jr., SECRETARY
Wilson H. Phillips Jr., TREASURER
R. Kyle Weaver, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
GENERAL OPERATIONS

Christopher W. Cox, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION

raises millions by masquerading as your
local animal shelter, when in fact it doesn't
operate a single animal shelter and it
spends most of its $165 million annual
budget on lobbying, propaganda and
more fundraising. HSUS has been fighting
for years to stop mourning dove hunting,
and to ban hunting for everything from
bears to mountain lions to wolves. And
they're getting richer every year.
If we're going to protect and preserve
hunting, we need every American hunter
to be a part of the NRA.
That's why, as president of the NRA,
I've made it my top priority to bring
more hunters into the NRA as part of a
strategy to strengthen and expand the
NRA's efforts on behalf of hunters.
As a member, you already know
NRA is the largest, most powerful group
fighting for hunters' rights. With millions
of hunters among our ranks, no other
group in the world comes close.
But there are 35 million hunters in
this country, and far too few of them
realize all we do on their behalf. So tell
them: One of NRA's primary objectives
in our bylaws is "to promote and defend

hunting as a shooting sport and as a viable and necessary method of fostering
the propagation, growth and conservation, and wise use of our renewable
wildlife resources."
The NRA Institute for Legislative Action
(NRA-ILA) has a dozen federal lobbyists,
and 27 more working in all 50 state legislatures for hunters. We coordinate with fish
and game officials at every level on wildlife,
land and related legislative and regulatory
issues. And NRA-ILA is formally recognized
as a non-governmental organization (NGO)
at the United Nations, where we fight to
ensure your hunting rights aren't infringed
by international treaties.
You can see the results of ILA's efforts in
constitutional amendments that protect
the right to hunt in 18 states so far; shooting
range protection laws in 47 states; and
hunter protection laws in all 50 states.
While we fight to safeguard hunting, we work to ensure hunters are safe.
We've been the national authority in that
effort since 1949, when our first hunter
safety-training course became the model
for the nation. We train more Americans
to be safe with firearms-for hunting
or any lawful purpose-than any other
public or private institution, more than a
million Americans every year.
If you want to protect our outdoors
traditions so future generations can enjoy
the gifts with which we have been blessed,
then do your part to protect them.
Join, renew or upgrade your NRA
membership. Mentor a young hunter, or
take someone hunting who might not
otherwise have a chance.
Most importantly, ask your fellow
hunters to do their fair share for hunting
by joining the NRA-the only group big
enough and strong enough to fight for
hunters' rights and win.

For news about your NRA, visit: www.nra.org and www.nranews.com * View this column online at www.nrapublications.org

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