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PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

The Good Fight For Our Freedoms
Now And For Future Generations

I
Carolyn D. Meadows
President

NRA OFFICERS

Carolyn D. Meadows
President
Charles L. Cotton
First Vice President

Willes K. Lee
Second Vice President

Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
John Frazer
Secretary
Craig Spray
Treasurer

Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,

General Operations

Christopher W. Cox
Executive Director,

Institute For Legislative
Action

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t is with great pleasure that I address
you, my fellow patriots and members of
the NRA, in my first monthly column as
president of the NRA Board of Directors.
It's an honor to serve as NRA president
and also to work alongside Wayne LaPierre,
executive vice president, and Chris Cox,
executive director of NRA-ILA. I'm also
looking forward to fighting the good fight
with John Frazer, secretary; Craig Spray,
treasurer; and Joseph DeBergalis, Jr.,
executive director of General Operations.
I also want to welcome our new Board
officers, First Vice President Charles L.
Cotton, and Willes K. Lee as second vice
president. We are very fortunate to have
them leading the NRA.
Last year when I served the NRA as
interim president, I wrote about the great
honor of being able to address NRA
members in this column. Growing up, I
came from a family active in hunting and
competitive shooting. Our country has
changed in many ways since those times.
The freedoms we all grew up with in this
great nation, as given to us by God and
enumerated by our Founding Fathers, are
being threatened like never before. Not
only are guns being vilified, but so are
law-abiding gun owners who face attacks
on every side. The fundamental rights of all
Americans-you and I, even those who will
follow us-are at stake.
We have a right to bear arms. We have
a right to defend ourselves. We have a
right to hunt as a sport or to put food on
the table. We have a right to free speech.
We have a right to buy our firearms or
conduct any other lawful business without
financial discrimination. We have a right
to exist with those whose opinions are
different from our own. We have a right
to provide protection to the students in
our schools. We have a right to elect those
who will support our cause in the halls of
government. Our government is by the
people and for the people. The NRA shares
these beliefs. I share them and so do over
5 million NRA members.
Recently, I had the opportunity to
meet many NRA members at the 148th
Annual NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in
Indianapolis, Ind., attended by over 81,000
people. For the second straight year, we
had both President Donald Trump and Vice
President Mike Pence speak at the NRAILA Leadership Forum.

JULY 2019

President Trump vowed he will protect
the firearm freedoms of law-abiding
Americans and oppose efforts to restrict
the Second Amendment. Vice President
Pence also reaffirmed this administration's
commitment to stand strong against
attempts to undermine our rights. It's
important for every NRA member to
continue standing with them as we head
toward Election Day 2020.
We are proud of our country, proud of
the NRA and proud of all the generations
of patriots who have stood up to fight for
freedom. It's time to stand up again. All of
us. Use your voice, your wallet, and enlist
your family, friends, and neighbors to stand
with the NRA as it defends freedom in the
corridors of power and on Election Day.

IT'S ORDINARY PEOPLE LIKE
YOU AND ME WHO ARE CALLED
UPON TO MAKE A STAND.
TOGETHER, WE BECOME
EXTRAORDINARY. THAT'S
WHAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE.
THAT'S WHAT WINS THE
FIGHT. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE
ALL ABOUT AS AMERICANS.
We can and will win this together. We've
seen it happen throughout our history when
those who act mighty and try to impose
their far-fetched oppressive ideas on the
American people are met with defeat and
failure. Tyrants don't succeed no matter how
hard they bluster or shout into a microphone.
It's ordinary people like you and me who are
called upon to make a stand. Together, we
become extraordinary. That's what makes a
difference. That's what wins the fight. That's
what we're all about as Americans.
I look forward to helping our
Association chart its course for the future.
As NRA president, I can tell you that the
board stands behind our leadership as
we represent members concerned about
the future of this great nation. Let's come
together to fight for our rights and the
other freedoms at stake. Let's show them
what we are made of at the NRA.

AMERICAN RIFLEMAN


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