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PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

No One Knows How To Fight Gun-Control
Legislation And Win Like The NRA

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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

Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
NRA-ILA

Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,

General Operations

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aw-abiding American gun owners are
presently facing the most vicious and
broad-based attacks this nation has
ever seen on our cherished right to keep
and bear arms. And your NRA is the focal
point for those who want to abolish the
Second Amendment.
Indeed, our adversaries seek to discredit
and then to erase the Second Amendment
altogether, while stripping away our guns,
our ability to defend ourselves, our freedom
to participate in shooting sports and our
ability to feed our families as part of the
most-successful conservation system on earth.
The enemies of freedom and their fake-news
media allies love the idea of forbidding the
sale of guns and ammunition. They have done
just that in once-great American cities and
now want to export their failing ideology to
all corners of our country. Corporate titans are
even putting their personal anti-gun politics
above free-market common sense in an
attempt to bully loyal customers with hostile
and discriminatory business policies.
There is little the gun-haters won't stoop
to. Lies, name calling, and now the most vile
and divisive slander of all, branding the NRA
and our members "domestic terrorists,"
as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors
recently did in an official act.
As your NRA president, I have not been
immune to personal attacks, nor have
members of our Board of Directors. But the
chief target of our adversaries' desperate
assault is NRA Executive Vice President
Wayne LaPierre. There is a reason. Wayne
represents an insurmountable roadblock to
the ambitions of:
n Bored billionaire despots jealous of the
greatness of true patriots, from the
Founding Fathers who gave us the Second
Amendment to those of us today who
remain true to the U.S. Constitution;
n Partisan gun-grabbers trying to outdo one
another to gain political advantage;
n Arrogant media celebrities who have
warped the honorable "people's-rightto-know" mission of real journalists into a
"people's obligation to think like I do,"; and
n No-name, no-constituency gun-control
agitators eager for headlines.
Misinformation and factual distortion are
essential elements of their shared tactics
when it comes to discussing what to do
about firearms and law-abiding gun owners.
With lies and blame for the acts of criminals
and the dangerously mentally ill, they are
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attempting to destroy the NRA-from the
organization itself to Wayne, myself and
even you, the members, who stand more
than 5 million strong.
Make no mistake about what we
face. The Second Amendment is a legal
foundation. That's why the most-serious
threats to it rise at the time of tragic
events sensationalized in the media. When
you parse all the outrageous, politicized
statements made by anti-gunners at such
times, it's clear the only "do something"
they seek is our destruction.
And you understand how important it is,
and has been, for the NRA to fight each and
every battle-in legislative bodies, through
the judicial system, and in the court of public
opinion-to preserve the fundamental right
that guards all other rights.
Leading these complex and timeconsuming efforts-and scoring win after win
for you, me, and the NRA for four decades-
is our political quarterback, Wayne LaPierre.
Soon after the NRA's Institute for Legislative
Action was founded, he began his career as
a lobbyist in the thick of battles at the state
level, in Congress, and head-to-head with
anti-gun Presidential administrations. Wayne
has seen it all. He knows the legislative
power plays. He knows the opposing players
and their tactics. I encourage you to read
Standing Guard in this month's magazine to
learn much more about the legacy of success
compiled on Wayne's watch.
If ever the NRA and America needed a
battle-tested leader to spur us to victory for
the Second Amendment, it's now. Opposition
lawmakers in Congress, state capitals and
city councils are doing their worst to drum up
fervor for legislating your gun rights out of
existence. Off-year elections are taking place
in various states this month, and next year,
the White House and control of Congress is
at stake. History has called us to this place in
time. We must take action, foremost of which
is standing with Wayne LaPierre.
We must stand up for what we believe.
We must unite behind the NRA, as the NRA.
Never forget, we are America's oldest, most
effective civil-rights organization. As your
president, I ask each and every NRA member
to be proud of who we are and to join in
facing the challenges that lie ahead. We've
got a lot of work to do to keep our Second
Amendment as strong as ever. Let's do it!

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