American Rifleman - July 2017 - 16

POLITICAL REPORT

A New Day for the Second Amendment:
Donald Trump Addresses the NRA

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By Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA
Executive Director

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ENOUGH.
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right to own and carry a
firearm ...

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he drumbeat of fake news continues,
as the elites who were disappointed by
the 2016 election dedicate themselves
to "resisting" the Trump administration.
Among their many false narratives is the
one that says Americans are no longer interested in firearms now that Barack Obama is
out of the White House.
At least two big groups of people didn't
get that memo.
One is comprised of the 2,045,564
Americans who were queried through the
FBI's firearm background check database in
April 2017. This was the second-busiest April
ever for that system. In fact, each month of
Trump's presidency has seen more than 2 million firearm-related background checks. Only
in 2016, when Americans faced losing their
Second Amendment-protected rights forever,
did the FBI run more checks during a January
to April period.
The other group included the nearly
82,000 people who attended the NRA's
Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta in
late April. This was our second-highest
total of attendees ever. Fifteen acres of
guns and gear on display at the Georgia
World Congress Center said all that needed
to be said about the vitality of America's
firearm industry.
But those weren't the only encouraging signs that greeted the NRA's extended
family reunion in the Peach State. Our annual
ILA Leadership Forum drew an impressive
line-up of speakers. Besides three sitting U.S.
senators (Georgia's David Purdue, Alabama's
Luther Strange, and Texas' Ted Cruz), we
heard from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Lt. Col. Allen
West and Milwaukee County Sheriff David
A. Clarke provided a distinguished presence
from the uniformed ranks. And rounding out
the guest list were Nevada Attorney General
Adam Laxalt, former Major League Baseball
great Adam LaRoche and campus-carry advocate Antonia Okafor.
But that was just the undercard, as it were.
Because for only the second time in the NRA's
history, we welcomed the sitting president
of the United States (the last one before him
being Ronald Reagan in 1983). For those of us
who were on the front lines of the brutal 2016
election (and that included every NRA member present), it was not only an honor to have
President Donald Trump address the NRA, but
it was also one of the clearest possible lessons
of the power the common person still holds in
American democracy.
JULY 2017

I began my remarks with a montage of film
clips showing condescending figures from the
political, media and entertainment establishments dismissing Trump's chances of winning
the election, contrasted with footage of the
partnership forged between the NRA and
Donald Trump. NRA members have always
stood apart from the prevailing winds of elite
opinion and political correctness to focus
on the enduring values that have bound our
country together from the beginning.
That resolve was never as evident or
necessary as it was in 2016, when the fate
of our country and the Second Amendment
literally hung in the balance of the presidential contest. On the one hand was globalist
and Second Amendment opponent Hillary
Clinton, who claimed that the Supreme Court
was "wrong" to recognize an individual's
right to keep and bear arms. On the other
was Trump, who had a Second Amendment
position paper posted on his website that
began, "The Second Amendment to our
Constitution is clear. The right of the people
to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed
upon. Period."At stake was which of them
would be elected and would get to appoint
the Second Amendment's tie-breaking vote
on the U.S. Supreme Court.
By the time President Trump addressed
the crowd in Atlanta, he had already made
that appointment by filling the late Justice
Antonin Scalia's seat with another constitutional originalist, Neil M. Gorsuch. Once
again, we have a majority of support on the
high court for our right to keep a gun in our
home for self-defense.
President Trump had many stirring things
to say during his address. But the line that
all of us will remember the most is when he
assured the members of the NRA: "You came
through for me, and I am going to come
through for you."
More than that, however, you-the NRA's
members-came through for America and for
the freedoms we hold dear. And American
democracy and its elevation of the common
man and woman came through for all of us.
As ever, the fight for America's soul will
continue. But that Friday in Atlanta showed
with the utmost clarity that the battle is one
we can win.

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN


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