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President’s Column | Hold Their Feet To The Fire

President’s Column | Hold Their Feet To The Fire

On behalf of the NRA Board of Directors, I’d like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and joyous holiday season. In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, I urge you to consider the greatest danger to your Second Amendment rights and the most effective action you can take in 2022 to defend your rights.

Let’s be clear: The greatest threat to our right to keep and bear arms right now is the anti-gun Biden-Harris Administration and its anti-freedom allies in Congress. And the best way to defend your right to protect yourself and your family is to replace those anti-gun politicians with solid pro-gun majorities in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in this year’s mid-term elections. There is no more important task we face in 2022 than this. Here’s why:

We all saw how the Biden Administration, its socialist government tax-and-deficit-spending insanity, its debacle in Afghanistan, its refusal to secure our southern border and its radical-leftist social agenda were rebuked by voters in the off-year elections in November.

Their policies put you in danger. While Biden’s anti-gun allies push to defund our nation’s police, crime is skyrocketing. According to the FBI, murder in the U.S. spiked by 29% in 2020. Shootings in Chicago alone have more than doubled in a year and more than tripled in two years. And ambush shootings against police have more than doubled in the past year.

Yet instead of fighting to strengthen our nation’s police and put violent criminals behind bars where they can’t harm us, the Biden Administration has pushed more anti-gun gimmicks that only disarm law-abiding people like you and me. After scarcely two months in office, Biden said, “I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to act. We can ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in this country ...” Two weeks later, Biden unilaterally pushed a slew of anti-gun executive orders. He even tried to appoint anti-gun zealot and former gun-ban lobby employee David Chipman to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).

The best way to defend your right to protect yourself and your family is to replace anti-gun politicians with solid pro-gun majorities.

The reason is simple: Biden and his anti-gun allies in Congress want to divert attention away from their own dereliction of duty by scapegoating you and your Second Amendment rights for rising violent crime. In the U.S. Senate, Dianne Feinstein and 34 other anti-gun senators introduced a bill to ban your AR-15 and more than 200 other semi-automatic firearms. In the House, they’ve passed bills to outlaw the private sale of firearms without government approval. And they’ve introduced bills imposing a wide variety of prohibitions on you: Gun owner licensing—even to possess ammunition. Gun registration. Mandatory “firearm risk” insurance policies for gun owners. Bans on guns that don’t incorporate so-called “smart” technology that makes guns inoperable. Gun-lockup schemes that render firearms useless in your home for defense against intruders. The list goes on.

You can bet this is likely to get worse before it gets better. We all saw how Joe Biden’s former boss, President Barack Obama, tried to blame you, your firearms and your freedom for the crimes committed by Mexican drug cartels in the “Fast and Furious” ATF gun-smuggling debacle. And we all saw how, when President Bill Clinton wanted to divert attention away from the Monica Lewinsky scandal, he staged a big campaign to push new anti-gun laws. As soon as the Biden Administration wants to change the subject away from one of its many policy disasters, you can count on them to resort to the same cynical playbook.

They want to distract, discourage and divide gun owners as a voting force in this year’s elections. It’s up to you and every NRA member and gun owner in this country to hold their feet to the fire and hold them accountable in November.

So, here’s how you can do your part: First, if you’re not registered to vote, get registered now. And get every gun owner you know to do the same.

Second, sign up for email alerts from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action to stay up-to-date on legislative developments in Washington and your own state capitol. Third, consider becoming an NRA-ILA FrontLines Volunteer, which will give you access to NRA-ILA Grassroots Coordinators at NRA headquarters and around the country.

Together, let’s take back the U.S. Senate and House and give our freedom the representation it demands.

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