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This feature appears in the December ‘16 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

A word from me to the 5 million NRA members

We’re in the season of Thanksgiving now, and in this column I’d like to give thanks to you, the NRA member. Over the years I’ve had the chance to meet thousands of you at NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, Friends of NRA events, or even when you randomly show up in Farmville, Va., to say hello. (I especially love it when you bring your pet llama, like Greg from North Carolina did.) My life is immeasurably richer because of you, and, working together, I know that we will continue our activism and defense of our right to keep and bear arms in the year ahead. We are the NRA, and we will continue to stand and fight as one.

On a more personal note, I want to thank the listeners of “Cam & Company” who’ve reached out to me over the past few months. I’ve tried to keep viewers and listeners aware of what’s been going on behind the scenes, but in case you missed the news, for most of this summer my wife was dealing with a mysterious lung ailment, which turned out to be cancer. Thankfully her prognosis is good, but it’s obviously been a challenging time for her, and to a lesser degree, for the rest of the family.

The words of encouragement, shared personal stories and even offers to help with farm chores and show research have been incredibly generous, and it seems serendipitous how an email or a message on Instagram would arrive right as my wife or myself were feeling low. The media constantly tries to portray the NRA and its members as deplorable and irredeemable, but the NRA members I know are some of the best people I know, period. Thank you again for your commitment to the NRA community, your support for the Second Amendment, and for your friendship.

We’ve got a lot of fights ahead in 2017, but I take heart in knowing we’ll fight them together.

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