“I vow on this day, NRA members will stand shoulder-to-shoulder. We will stand and we will fight ... and in 2016, by God, we will elect our next great president of the United States of America, and it will not be Hillary Rodham Clinton!”
“Freedom is the right of every individual but it is not a guarantee ... it has to be defended by a selfless people willing to fight and willing to take action. That’s why all of you are here today. That is why the National Rifle Association is the most effective civil rights organization in our country.”
“When the historians look back at this era, let them remark that a group of patriots rose up in the challenge of our time, that we did not flinch in the face of threats to freedom ... and we protected the liberty guaranteed to every American.”
“The Second Amendment is one area where the Obama administration has run into a wall. And that wall is the Kevlar-covered wall of the NRA. Because you all have stayed informed on the issues, you’ve organized and you’ve made your voices heard.”
“Freedom is not free. You have to fight for it every single day. The people who founded this nation understood that concept ... and what we must now recognize is that the baton of freedom is in our hands.”
“A strong Second Amendment will ensure a strong America for your family, for my family and for every family in this nation. So thank you for what you do. Thank you for your work. God bless our country."
“As a new mom, my determination to protect my family is greater than ever. And that’s why I find it so offensive when other men—invariably, liberal Democrats—think they can tell me how best to defend myself against other men. Whether that’s on a college campus, or some other gun-free zone, or in my own home.”
“When any bill comes up—for the Second Amendment or against the Second Amendment—the NRA legislative team, led by Chris, is there on your behalf. ... Thanks to the NRA, we’ve beaten back the most aggressive gun-control agenda, I think, in the history of the country. And I’m proud to say that without the NRA, we would not be able to do it.”
“It’s a great honor to be here. I love the NRA. I love the Second Amendment. And it’s really something, having a room like this, and having so many great Americans, great taxpayers, wonderful people and hard workers.”
“Bloomberg tried to take me out with his wallet in my re-election. And only because of your help was I able to kick him out of Dodge, so to speak ... and I want to thank you, because if not for your efforts and the help of the NRA, Bloomberg probably prevails.”
“We are seeing an unprecedented threat to our liberties each and every day ... yet I want to tell you I am inspired, I am optimistic, I am hopeful, because of each and every one of you. NRA, the men and women here are men and women of action. You are leaders who stand and fight for your constitutional rights.”
“When we signed into law concealed carry ... it was about freedom. When we signed into law Castle Doctrine ... it was ultimately about freedom. Because we wanted to give people in our state the right to stand up and protect themselves, their family, their loved ones and their property.”
No trip to Nashville is complete without stopping for some live country music—and NRA Country Jam V delivered. Before multi-platinum country music legend Hank Williams Jr. stepped out on stage, opening musicians Colt Ford and Sunny Sweeney had already started bringing down the house. Wayne LaPierre and Chris W. Cox emceed this unforgettable event, which drew more than 40,000 fans.
While there were an unbelievable number of things to see and do at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, next year’s event promises to be even more spectacular. Start making plans now to join us in Louisville, Ky., for the 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, May 20-22, 2016!
A little more than a decade ago, an event like this would have been unimaginable.
But thanks to the hard work, dedication and generous commitment of NRA-ILA patriots like you, our annual Leadership Forum is now one of the most politically significant and popular events in the country.
Thanks to you, our Leadership Forum is now a critical stop for any serious candidate for the highest levels of elected office.
Thanks to you, more than 600 media outlets came to Nashville and covered our Forum from start to finish.
Most important, thanks to you, we showed politicians across America that they have only two choices. They can either stand strong with you, me and NRA-ILA in defense of our Second Amendment-protected freedom, or they can start looking for another job at election time.
So, again, thank you for making this year’s Leadership Forum a success beyond all measure. And thank you for all you do to help NRA-ILA defend freedom.
Striking A Popular Chord In Nashville
The music went beyond the streets in Nashville, Tenn., in April as thousands of National Rifle Association members inside Music City Center were following the drumbeat of a cherished American freedom.
The message was simple: Responsible gun owners don’t want more government limitations on our right to bear arms, and we need pro-gun political leadership.
“When it comes to those elitists looking down their noses and telling us how to live, it’s time they got the message loud and clear,” outgoing NRA President James W. Porter II told a packed house at the Members Meeting. “You elitists live however you want. But when it comes to us, get your hands off our freedom and leave us the hell alone.”
The 2015 Annual Meetings & Exhibits sponsored by MidwayUSA came as the 2016 political field was starting to take shape. In light of the importance of preserving our Second Amendment-protected rights, 78,865 NRA members attended.
Rightly so, the future direction of this country’s national politics was a dominant force, and the NRA Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum featured speeches by some of the top contenders for the Republican nomination.
But it was more than that.
It was a chance to see the latest offerings from more than 550 companies at the exhibit hall.
It was a chance for family fun at the Pyramyd Air indoor air gun range and Youth Day events.
It was a chance to attend a slew of Cabela’s-sponsored seminars, ranging from how to prepare wild game to firearms in the Falkland Islands War and more.
It was a chance for music, with Country Jam V (sponsored by Bushnell and Folds of Honor), the 33 country music acts on the NRA Country soundstage during the Freedom Festival (presented by Beretta), and the “Keepin’ It Country” tour with Alan Jackson and Jeff Foxworthy.
And it was a chance to enjoy spending time with like-minded patriots, at the Prayer Breakfast (sponsored by Trijicon and Universal Coin & Bullion); the Freedom Festival’s two pavilions of exhibits and huge outdoor cafe; the Members Meeting; or other events.