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ome years ago, a colleague on
the NRA Publications technical
staff engaged me in a conversation
about the fundamental nature of
fi rearms, specifi cally challenging me
to defi ne " gun " in the simplest terms.
And while my hastily offered answer
was not particularly well-crafted,
he didn't dismiss it entirely. He did,
however, make his opinion known by
suggesting: " A gun is an engine that
converts chemical energy into kinetic
energy. " As I pondered that, I came
to realize that it was a succinct and
technically astute description; but, as
time passed, I considered the matter
in even simpler, more general, terms.
Today, I think I would offer the following:
" A gun is a tool. " And I would
stipulate that it is only in the mind
and through the hands of the user
that such a tool can be commanded to
accomplish any particular task.
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stands in opposition to the steady
stream of lies and disinformation
from the left that attempts
to marginalize and vilify gun
owners and their interest in the
legitimate purchase and use of arms
in America-whether for sport,
survival, self-preservation or even
national defense. When it comes
to that fi rst category-sport- few
countries in history have managed
to best America at the highest levels
of international competition. And,
in this issue, we take a look at
how dedicated Olympians from the
United States have exemplifi ed the
principles of discipline and determination,
in both body and mind,
to compete with guns throughout
the years. Our coverage spans from
a glance back at the 1908 London
games (p. 34) to an overview of the
2020 games in Tokyo (p. 58).
For many of these competitors-
in fact for most NRA members-the
introduction to fi rearms came at an
early age, and often from a family
member. For example, the author of
this month's Favorite Firearms column
(p. 36), citing his prized Remington
788 rifl e as " one of the most reliable
tools in my chest, " recalls his father's
admonition: " There were no excuses for
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irresponsible gun ownership. " It is but
one of countless personal stories that
illustrate how fi rearms have traditionally
been the objects of a positive,
bonding experience for young people,
helping to instill in them the weighty
nature of personal responsibility.
This focus on our national heritage
and pride in fi rearms and their skillful
and responsible use comes during an
important anniversary for your association
and is chronicled in the new hardbound
book To Keep & Bear Freedom:
150 Years Of The National Rifl e
Association. It was produced by the
staff of the NRA Publications Division
and is available at nrastore.com. In
it, you will fi nd myriad examples of
the responsible and life-saving use of
guns in America by competitors, home
defenders, soldiers and law-enforcement
offi cers alike. Such use has
always been endorsed, supported and
encouraged by your NRA and continues
to this day all across our land-albeit
with ever-increasing and unconstitutional
restrictions-just as it has since
the founding of our nation.
My hope is that in this issue, as
always, you will fi nd informative and
helpful material about all sorts of
guns-along with the inspiration to
strive for discipline and determination
in their use in a manner befi tting our
uniquely American values.
-BRIAN C. SHEETZ, EDITOR IN CHIEF
AMERICAN RIFLEMAN
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