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PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

NRA Will Focus on Outreach
With a Broad Spectrum of Programs

I
By Pete R. Brownell
President

NRA OFFICERS
Pete R. Brownell
President

Richard Childress
First Vice President

Carolyn D. Meadows
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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am humbled to serve as the president
of the National Rifle Association. I look
forward to traveling to every corner of the
nation to meet with individual members and
with leaders in our great community. It is the
honor of a lifetime.
My connection with our unique organization literally goes back to the day of my
birth when my father, Frank Brownell, gave
me a Life membership. My grandfather,
Bob Brownell, founded our business 75 years
ago, and with my dad's guidance it grew into
what it is today. For me, I have been blessed
working in my family business since I was a
youngster. I hope my skills as a CEO and my
deep affinity with gun owners will translate
into great service for NRA members.
Growing up in a business that fills the
needs of shooters, hunters, gunsmiths and
hobbyists-as well as those serving in the
military and law enforcement-I have spent
my life dedicated to serving those who live
the promise of the Second Amendment. It
has given me a unique perspective.
Most Americans are familiar with the NRA
as the savviest political force in the nation.
But there is the other side of NRA-aspects
that even some members and much of our
unaffiliated supporting public at large know
little about.
The NRA exists to serve the needs of
all gun owners, whatever their interests. In
that role, we offer more than 100 programs.
These run the gamut: safety training; firearms
instruction covering a host of disciplines;
assisting our military and law enforcement;
hunter education and services; historic preservation; women's programs; range development and safety; programs for youngsters.
Those are just the beginning.
We invented firearm safety training. Our
network of certified instructors is unequaled.
To the NRA, safety means teaching, coaching, training-all to provide individuals young
and old with knowledge that will serve as
lifelong lessons in the safe handling and use
of firearms.
In our range programs, we have been
instrumental in providing places for
Americans to safely shoot, places where
they can hone their skills or participate in the
satisfaction of competition.
We also provide life-saving instruction
for police.
The NRA is the foremost authority on
firearm collecting. Our museums house the
finest collections anywhere-beginning with
the NRA National Firearms Museum at our
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headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and including the
NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at the
Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo., and the
Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at
the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, N.M.
We are dedicated to preserving the artifacts of our unique national firearm history.
For scholars and collectors, NRA's preservation programs are unmatched.
And, of course, there is a whole universe
of competitions. In terms of organized shooting, we have been at the forefront since the
founding of the association in 1871.
Serving to save the rights that protect
the liberties of all Americans, we are indeed

WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY
PREDECESSOR, OUTREACH
HAS GROWN INTO A MAJOR
VISION FOR THE NRA.
the oldest civil rights organization in the
country. Among the prouder marks of our
history, which began in 1871, is that after
the Civil War and during the difficult years
that followed, the NRA was perhaps the only
organization that was totally colorblind.
And that brings me to what I consider to
be one of the most important elements of
our future-outreach. It started with the leadership of the late Roy Innis, who was among
the greatest civil rights leaders of his era.
With the fullest support of my predecessor,
Allan Cors, outreach has grown into a major
vision for the NRA.
Among our top priorities is an aggressive
effort to represent peaceable gun owners
from every segment of our society. We will
be telling our story. And in doing so, I am
certain we will represent a diverse cross section of firearm owners who should be in our
family, thus bringing more women and more
minorities into to our community of safety,
sport and preservation of freedom.
As NRA president, I will be using this
future space in the weeks and months ahead
to discuss programs in detail, in hopes that
each member might find something of interest they didn't know about. I am also hoping
that you will find interests that might attract
unaffiliated gun owners and friends to consider membership.

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