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From The Editor | Freedom's Safest Place

From The Editor | Freedom's Safest Place

When National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre took the podium at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, Tenn., in April and declared NRA to be “freedom’s safest place,” it struck a chord with members.

“Where do you think freedom’s safest place is?” LaPierre asked the large crowd gathered in Music City. “In the news media, The New York Times and MSNBC? In one of the political parties? 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?“I cower to no one, because I am the National Rifle Association, and I am freedom’s safest place.”

“The safest place for American freedom is the National Rifle Association,” he continued. “The safest place for American freedom is in the hearts of our members. So take our country back from the liars, the cheats, the press and political elites who want to take away our ability to define our own destiny. Join the NRA—we truly are freedom’s safest place.”

The theme “Freedom’s Safest Place” is so powerful that it is now being used in seven new television commercials featuring freedom-minded individuals from all walks of life.

In “My Freedom,” veteran U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, whose story was portrayed in the movie “Lone Survivor,” directly addresses radical Islamic terrorists who want to do away with the American way of life.

“I will say what I think, worship according to my beliefs and raise my children how I see fit. And I will defend it all with the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” Luttrell says in the 60-second spot. “I cower to no one, because I am the National Rifle Association, and I am freedom’s safest place.”

LtCol Oliver North, in a spot titled “My Heroes,” calls out President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton for their lack of respect for our military.“...the one thing that separates America from every other country … is our freedom. And the one freedom that protects all the others … is our Second Amendment.”

“The young Americans who raised their hands to fight radical Islamic terror deserve a commander-in-chief as courageous as they are,” North says, directly addressing Obama and Clinton. “They volunteered to fight an enemy you won’t name … and many gave their limbs and lives to win ground you surrendered. These are my heroes, willing to fight and die for my freedom. And I demand a commander-in-chief worthy of such sacrifice.”

In a spot titled “My Honor,” outspoken Second Amendment advocate and Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke addressed the negative attitude some Americans have toward our nation’s law enforcement officers.

“Critics don’t define our honor,” Clarke says. “American police officers will never back down from their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. The National Rifle Association fights for those very same rights.”

Most A1F Daily readers know the story of Carol Bowne, the New Jersey hairdresser murdered in her driveway by her convicted felon ex-boyfriend while she waited for the state of New Jersey to approve her handgun permit. In a hard-hitting 90-second spot titled “Carol Bowne’s Story,” NRA’s Wayne LaPierre tells her tragic story.

“Carol Bowne didn’t choose to be utterly defenseless when her predator stabbed her to death in her driveway two days later,” LaPierre says. “That choice was made by the state of New Jersey. Government policies that deny us our right to defend our lives are not just ineffective. They are IMMORAL.”

Well-known conservative radio personality and mother Dana Loesch is also featured in the Freedom’s Safest Place campaign, in a spot titled “Moms Like Us.”

“We’re responsible, we’re law-abiding and we’re everything that makes America strong,” Loesch says of American mothers. “It’s time for moms like me to speak out. We are the majority. We demand the freedom to defend our families. And we challenge the media to tell the truth about our rights.” 

In “My Rights,” a Delaware woman tells of her life in government housing where gang members roamed the halls on a nightly basis and the housing authority refused to allow her to own a firearm. She later won an NRA-backed court challenge against the housing authority, allowing her and other residents the same right of self-defense enjoyed by those in nicer neighborhoods.“If I am not free because of my address today, what makes you think you’ll be free tomorrow?”

“If I am not free because of my address today, what makes you think you’ll be free tomorrow?” she asks. “I marched behind Martin Luther King at Selma. I know my rights. Now I have my gun. I am the National Rifle Association of America. And I’m freedom’s safest place.”

Finally, in a spot titled “My Story,” a Greek immigrant tells how he avoided Nazi bombs and troops during World War II and finally made his way to America—the greatest, freest country on earth.

“I've been blessed by the freedom and opportunity only America can offer,” he says. “Today, I feel a duty to speak out.

“There will always be evil in this world. But the one thing that separates America from every other country … is our freedom. And the one freedom that protects all the others … is our Second Amendment. Never give it up. Never.”

I encourage A1F Daily readers to watch all of the Freedom’s Safest Place television spots here. And share them with your friends and family. They’ll be glad that you did.

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