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A Crucial Moment In History
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By Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President
rom the time I joined the NRA, I always
felt we were the underdog, even though
a majority of America was on our side.
We are perpetually fighting against massive
media conglomerates, Hollywood elites, antigun
politicians at every level of government and
the billionaire tycoons who do their bidding.
However, NRA members have always had
something more powerful: a streak of independence
that courses through our veins today and
runs straight back to our founders. A yearning
for freedom fuels us for the fight.
Despite the infinite volume of money and
power aligned against us, the accomplishments
of our five million NRA members, and the many
millions who came before us, are historical.
In fact, they almost defy belief. Just consider
how NRA has defended, preserved, and
won back lost freedoms during an era that
has seen citizens of almost every other nation
disarmed and stripped of their freedom.
We passed a law securing the right of lawWHEN
FUTURE
GENERATIONS
LOOK BACK AT
THIS CRUCIAL
MOMENT IN
HISTORY, LET
THEM RECORD
THAT NRA
MEMBERS ONCE
AGAIN WIELDED
THE SWORD OF
FREEDOM.
abiding Americans to travel through any state
in the U.S. with their firearms. Plus we passed
preemption bills in virtually every state so you
don't have to navigate a crazy patchwork of
local city and town laws in your own state.
We fought hard to remove the mostegregious
parts of the 1968 Gun Control Act,
and continue to fight for the restoration of gun
owners' rights at every level.
We passed laws protecting ranges and
stopped government from denying access to
millions of acres of hunting land.
We passed laws so officials cannot confiscate
our guns in an emergency, like they did after
Hurricane Katrina, leaving us defenseless when
we need our firearms the most.
We passed laws arming airline pilots/retired
police officers and Castle Doctrine laws.
Together, we saved the American firearm
industry by passing federal legislation to stop
predatory, anti-gun lawsuits that would have
driven gun manufacturers out of business.
We passed right-to-carry laws in more
than 40 states so that Americans never have
to face evil with empty hands. When we first
started this mission, there were only about
three states with decent carry laws-working
together, we changed that!
Through the landmark Heller and McDonald
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Supreme Court decisions, we affirmed what our
Founding Fathers wrote plainly in the Second
Amendment, and what we all know to be true:
Our right to keep and bear arms is a guaranteed,
natural and individual right that no government
can take away from us!
And there's no other member organization
more directly responsible for the election of
two recent U.S. presidents, thousands of U.S.
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senators, representatives and state legislators-
not to mention the hundreds of pro-freedom
judges that came from those victories!
As NRA celebrates the 150th anniversary of
our founding this year, we can say indisputably:
We are the oldest, strongest and most successful
civil-rights organization in American history.
However, because of our strength and
record of success, we are now under attack in
a way that should horrify every American.
NRA is fighting a politically weaponized
concentration of government power at the
New York state level, and increasingly at the
federal level-fueled by the bottomless coffers
of government and anti-gun billionaires-like no
political organization has ever seen before.
Our adversaries have not been able to defeat
us on a fair, legal and democratic playing field.
So now, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and
Attorney General Letitia James have resorted to
weaponizing government and regulatory power
to destroy and eliminate the NRA. They want
to literally snuff out our voice and our existence.
Their assault is unconstitutional, tyrannical and in
complete defiance of the rule of law.
The real question to be answered here is this:
Can a United States citizen or organization take
a position, or have a political viewpoint different
from government officials, and not be unjustly
persecuted and targeted for destruction? The
fact is, crushing free speech is the same evil
deed whether it takes place in Cuba, China,
Russia or our own country.
This cuts to the very core of what has always
separated America from so much of the world.
I believe this attack ranks right up there with
the shots fired at Concord Bridge. And right now,
we find ourselves at a moment in history that will
be remembered for the next 150 years or more.
If our government leaders so lose their way
that they abuse power to annihilate organizations
or individuals who have a different point
of view, then the promise of our Founding
Fathers will be lost. Our God-given right to
speak freely, bear arms, practice our faith,
own property-every sacred freedom
enumerated in the Bill of Rights-is at risk.
NRA members are a special breed-
freedom warriors who always stand up and
never back down when our sacred rights are
threatened. Because our cause is just.
When future generations look back at
this crucial moment in history, let them
record that NRA members once again
wielded the sword of freedom, stared down
overwhelming odds and saved this great
nation from those who would destroy it!
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