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The Future Of The NRA
By Wayne LaPierre

Executive Vice President

How Freedom Can And Must Triumph Again

W

hen I see an NRA hat across
the room, I smile because I
know that person is a boldlyproud American. I know that person is
for individual freedom. I know that man
or woman is someone we can count on
when times are hard. I know that individual appreciates how unique and fragile
this American freedom of ours really is.
I know all this because no other
membership can tell as much about a
person as an NRA shirt or hat. There
simply has never been another association like the NRA.
So yes, I feel stronger when I see
those hats.
I feel this way because I know the
NRA stands for liberty. And who is
the NRA, but you? And I do mean
you. You are part of the wall protecting our Second Amendment, the right
that protects the rest of our rights, and
America needs you now more than ever.
Other nations, even when they've
gotten their hands on real freedom,
have lost key parts of their natural
rights because they didn't have an
NRA. The media elite doesn't want
you to realize that fundamental truth
about America and your NRA. They
also don't want you to know just how
unusual and precious this American
freedom is. Their mission is to destroy
the NRA by whatever means they can
dream up, because they know a strong
NRA protects a cornerstone of American liberty and thereby impedes their
goal of attaining power over you.
Lately, the mainstream media has
been trying to get their way by attacking me personally. They have sunk
to targeting me with horribly dishonest ad hominem attacks. I've quietly
disregarded much of this, knowing I

can take all the spin and outright lies
they can concoct. What none of us can
stand still for, however, is their attempt
to fool the American electorate into
voting away their hard-won freedoms.
This is why I want to speak plainly
to tell you what your NRA has done
and what our future can hold if we
continue to stand together.
We've Come A Long Way Together
In this critical election season, the
mainstream media, and many of the
politicians now running for the Democratic nomination for president, want
us to lose our way in clouds of their
disinformation. They want us to lose
momentum, to turn against each other
and to forget what we're fighting for.
At times like these it's critical to
remember that all of the Second
Amendment freedom you now enjoy
didn't just come to you organically. It
was earned, political battle by battle,
thanks to your NRA membership dues
and support. The simple truth is there
is no other gun-rights organization
anything like the NRA. There is no
association other than the NRA that
can continue to protect your freedom
and to pry more of your rights from
the clutches of government.
I started as a state lobbyist for the
NRA in 1978, on the staff of the NRA
Institute for Legislative Action (ILA),

Wayne LaPierre joined NRA-ILA in
1978. In the 1980s he worked with the
Reagan administration to overhaul the
entire Gun Control Act of 1968 and to
pass The Firearm Owners' Protection
Act of 1986.
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