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From The Editor | The NRA Mentor Initiative

From The Editor | The NRA Mentor Initiative

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


Few things are as important to the future of the Second Amendment as introducing others to shooting. Please read this message from NRA Publications Executive Director Doug Hamlin on how you can do your part.


Dear Fellow Member,

One thing NRA members have in common is a lesson that changed their lives for the better. Somewhere along the line, virtually every one of us received an introduction to firearms and shooting. It was an empowering event that helped us to take responsibility for protecting family and friends. For millions, it was the first step on the trail to lifelong sporting pursuits like target competition and hunting.

Every America’s 1st Freedom reader can soon make a positive difference in someone’s life by taking part in the NRA Mentor Initiative sponsored by EAA Corp., Winchester Ammunition, Taurus and Walker’s Game Ear. In 2015, more than 20,000 NRA members became mentors, thus taking the initiative to help NRA grow and get stronger, to help folks in their communities, and to register for a chance to win valuable prizes. And the only requirement was doing one of their favorite activities.Given fair opportunity, nearly everyone discovers how enjoyable it is to shoot, and how fulfilling it is to start learning such a practical, affirmative skill.   

During May 2016, we’re encouraging all 5 million NRA members to mentor beginning shooters. Talk to them about their shooting interests, then—most importantly—make a date to take a beginner to the range. More than 40 million Americans have purchased their first guns in recent years: neighbors, co-workers and even family members, many of whom need qualified assistance. Along with providing a safe place to shoot, you can help them learn the basics of firearm safety, handling and range protocol. You can, as a new NRA program suggests, help someone Make a First, thereby changing their life. Learn more at makeafirst.org.

We believe every new shooter is a prime candidate to become a new NRA member, so we have included a membership application with promotional rates. Think how strong the NRA could be going into the 2016 elections—elections we must win—if just a fraction of all those new gun owners joined our ranks.

NRA leads the nation in firearms safety and education, and at nrainstructors.org you can learn about the many courses offered by NRA Certified Instructors—or even how to become one yourself.

Given fair opportunity, nearly everyone discovers how enjoyable it is to shoot, and how fulfilling it is to start learning such a practical, affirmative skill. By lending a hand, we can show, once again, that NRA members are the good guys.

Please join me in becoming an NRA mentor! 

Doug Hamlin
Executive Director
NRA Publications


This is an outstanding program that is important to the future of freedom. Please consider participating this year.