American Rifleman - November 2021 - 14

president's column
Gratitude And Vigilance
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By Carolyn D. Meadows
President
s I'm sure you're already aware, the
ongoing challenges presented by
COVID-19 and its variants forced us
to cancel the 2021 NRA Annual Meetings
in Houston-a huge disappointment to
us all. There is one silver lining to this
for me, however, which is that I have the
opportunity to write to you, the patriotic
members of our Association, once more.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this
November, I'm grateful first for this
wonderful country, for the brave colonists
who landed at Plymouth, and then for
all the brave settlers who first stood up
and demanded their rights as free men.
I'm grateful for their wisdom in crafting
the Declaration of Independence, the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights,
especially the Second Amendment.
I'm thankful for those who continue to
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Second Vice President
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Treasurer and
Chief Financial Officer
Jason Ouimet
Executive Director,
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Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,
General Operations
fight for those rights today, and for each
hard-won legislative victory that helps hold
tyranny at bay.
Looking back on this year, I'm grateful
the United States Supreme Court
has agreed to hear a crucial Second
Amendment case, New York State Rifle
& Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen. This is
the first case they've agreed to hear since
their important decisions in McDonald v.
Chicago and District of Columbia v. Heller,
presenting the opportunity to affirm the
Second Amendment right of Americans
to not just keep but also to bear arms for
their defense. We hope it will also beat
back the poor decisions lower courts
have made in defiance of the high court's
previous rulings on the right to keep and
bear arms.
I'm also thankful that gun-grabbing
activist David Chipman will not be head of
the ATF, as President Biden and the antigun
Left dearly wanted. Chipman has made
it clear through his statements and actions
over the years that he does not believe in
the individual right to keep and bear arms,
and he, no doubt, would have used this
unelected but powerful post to chip away
at our rights.
I'm also grateful that Texas, Tennessee,
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Iowa, Montana and Utah enacted
Constitutional Carry this year, joining
16 other states where law-abiding gun
owners can now carry their means of selfprotection,
openly or concealed, without
an additional license or tax. There were so
many other pro-freedom victories across
the country in 2021 that I urge you to check
out NRAILA.org to see the important work
done by your NRA at the state level.
November 2021
Even as we give thanks to God for
these victories, though, we must remain
mindful of the constant threats presented
by the well-organized and well-funded
anti-gun movement. The Biden/Harris
administration, rather than upholding the
Constitution as sworn to do, continually
look for opportunities to erode our rights.
And, while vowing to render patriotic, lawabiding
Americans defenseless, Biden, as
commander-in-chief, is directly responsible
for arming the Taliban with tactical
vehicles, aircraft and guns during his
fumbling withdrawal of American troops
from Afghanistan.
THE SETTLERS AT PLYMOUTH
COULDN'T HAVE KNOWN
IT AT THE TIME, BUT THEIR
ACTIONS STARTED SOMETHING
EXCEPTIONAL-SOMETHING
UNSEEN IN THE WORLD
BEFORE-A COUNTRY WHERE
CITIZENS COULD TRULY BE FREE.
And let me remind you that these
constant threats to our freedom are not just
happening at the top levels of government.
That is why I hope you are aware of-and
actively engaged in-your local politics.
There are a handful of elections this month,
and your vote is critically important for
the future of the Second Amendment. No
doubt there will be a lot of distractions as
we roll into next year's midterm elections,
but believe me, the gun-control crowd is
not going to let it pass by without their
influence. Billions of dollars are once
again being spent by the likes of Michael
Bloomberg and George Soros to elect their
handpicked anti-gun candidates.
We can't let that happen. We must
remain vigilant. I know we are all very busy,
especially this holiday season, but we must
remember that the radical Left would gladly
follow the Taliban's example of disarming
everyday citizens, leaving us helpless
against both small- and large-scale threats.
The settlers at Plymouth couldn't have
known it at the time, but their actions
started something exceptional-something
unseen in the world before-a country
where citizens could truly be free. It is on
us to keep it that way. Let us not waver, but
stand and fight!
After all, we have a country to save!
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