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President’s Column | Giving the Gift of Freedom

President’s Column | Giving the Gift of Freedom

Originally published in the December 2018 Official Journals of the National Rifle Association

In December 1961,
I raised my right hand and made a solemn oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

That vow, made before a U.S. Marine recruiter, is a promise I still keep as president of our NRA. But I need your help to carry out that mission. Here’s why:

Our constitutionally protected rights and freedoms are being threatened like never before by three tyrannical billionaires: George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer.

They claim to be “Gun Control Advocates.” They’re not. They are the secret financiers and puppeteers behind the Disarm America Movement.

We see their dark money funding an all-out assault on the sacred pillars of our heritage and way of life: our flag; our national anthem and our Second Amendment.

Their mega-dollars are behind calls for open borders, sanctuary cities, crushing ice and the vicious smears against Justice Brett Kavanaugh in their failed effort to keep a pro-Second Amendment justice off the Supreme Court.

They fund vile slurs and outright threats against our president, call for mob action against members of his administration, incite hatred toward the men and women in law enforcement—and they openly cheer when a police officer is gunned down in cold blood.

In January, the Disarm America politicians they helped elect in November will introduce in the 116th Congress more disarmament bills than we have ever seen before:

They will push for ammunition and magazine bans, gun-registration schemes, a ban on all semi-automatic firearms and repeal of the Second Amendment. They won’t rest until every American citizen’s gun is confiscated.

The Disarm America Movement is the best-funded, most sophisticated assault on our God-given liberties in American history.

In bloody battles as a U.S. Marine, I learned the only way to rout a determined enemy is to stand and fight. And the only organization with the strength and resolve to defeat the Disarm America Movement is the NRA.

My wife Betsy and I have “skin in this fight”—our 17 grandchildren. We want them to grow up in a country where the Bill of Rights is intact. That’s why I am reaching out to you now.

Today, the NRA has close to 6 million members. But we need reinforcements if we’re going to win the battles ahead.

I’m counting on you to help me recruit new members who want to be part of the oldest civil rights organization in America.

We need every American citizen who wants to preserve our God-given liberty to serve on the front lines of freedom—by joining the NRA.

You can help me accomplish my mission of doubling the number of NRA members. Imagine an NRA of 10 to 12 million patriots!

The  NRA is the only Force For Freedom standing in the way of their plot to transform America into a “progressive,” socialist, disarmed dystopia.

We must double our ranks with patriots who know:

“We The People” are supposed to govern our nation—not wealthy oligarchs who despise us as “deplorables” and denigrate us as people “who cling to our Bibles and guns.”

That is why the opposite page is so important. I’m asking every NRA member receiving this magazine to “sign up” three new members to help:

Defeat the “Disarm America Movement” before they strip away freedoms bought with the blood of American patriots.

In this holiday season, the reduced fee memberships on this card make a wonderful gift. Betsy and I are giving memberships as Christmas presents to friends, family members and neighbors who know:

Preserving the Second Amendment of our Constitution is crucial to retaining the other nine Individual Freedoms in our Bill of Rights;

• Individual Rights come with personal responsibilities;

• NRA members are Proud of our Country & unafraid to show it;

• We believe the u.s. Constitution is the Law of the Land;

• We’re Committed to Civic Duty & Willing to Protect our Freedoms;

• We stand with hands over hearts for our Flag & National Anthem.

Please, use the cards on the next page to sign up relatives, friends or colleagues and return the cards with the appropriate membership payment.

There is no better present than the gift of American Freedom!

Semper Fidelis, Oliver North

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