Standing Guard | NRA Strong!

posted on July 18, 2023
Wayne LaPierre

I get asked all the time: “What does the future of our freedom look like?” The question often relates to a specific policy debate taking place in Washington, D.C., or to the possible outcome of an upcoming election or to a big Second Amendment case being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

But if you really want to see what the future of our freedom looks like, look no further than our recent, massive gathering of more than 77,000 NRA members and patriots at our Annual Meetings and celebration weekend in Indianapolis. Together, we showed all of America that freedom’s future is forever protected by the men and women of the National Rifle Association!

The mainstream media frequently tries to depict NRA as a faceless corporate entity. It’s all part of their decades-long, calculated strategy to dehumanize NRA members and reduce us to nothing more than a concrete building just outside our nation’s capital.

Freedom’s future is forever protected by the men and women of the NRA!

And yet, every year at our big annual gathering, we force the partisan hacks in the media to confront the blatant truth: The National Rifle Association of America is the largest assembly of gun-owning, freedom-loving patriots in the country!

In fact, NRA is the only powerhouse capable of holding a major event that attracts tens of thousands of members and supporters—year after year after year.

And that’s why every year, our nation’s most-influential freedom fighters take time out of their busy schedules to come and meet with us. They know, as you and I do, that NRA’s most-powerful weapon is our membership. One by one, millions strong, it’s you and your fellow NRA patriots who personally and powerfully shape the direction of freedom in America.

For all those who couldn’t make it to Indy this year, I want to share with you just a little of what some of our Second Amendment allies had to say.

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, whose wife Janet is a certified NRA pistol instructor, delivered a warm and welcoming address to all NRA members and told us: “Thank you for standing strong on this side of freedom and this side of the wall!”

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took to the stage and signed an executive order blocking her state’s agencies from doing business with any financial institutions that discriminate against businesses in the firearms community.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson: “It’s such a privilege to be here today. Thank you for fighting for our freedoms through the years!”

Former Vice President Mike Pence: “It’s good to be back with all the patriots of the NRA—men and women who stand on the ramparts of freedom, defending all the God-given liberties enshrined in the Constitution of the United States every day.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: “I want to thank the National Rifle Association for all you do to preserve, protect and defend the Second Amendment rights of the American people.”

Former South Carolina Gov. and Ambassador Nikki Haley: “The NRA has been a great partner for a long time. When I was governor, we worked together as I expanded the Castle Doctrine, we backed constitutional carry, we did reciprocity with my sister state, Georgia, and so much more.”

Sen. Tim Scott: “I am excited to have an A rating from the NRA. I will always stand in the gap to make sure Americans are the best, safest people on Earth. Unfortunately, the radical left, they want Americans to be unsafe and unarmed. But not on my watch!”

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu: “I was out there walking the floor today seeing all the incredible manufacturers and thousands of people getting excited about … freedom, the individual opportunity to be part of something a little bit bigger than ourselves. That is exactly what America is all about.”

Sen. Mike Braun: “The right to defend yourself and your family is in our Constitution. It’s a moral right and a solemn duty.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan: “I just came to say, ‘thank you.’ Thank you for being in the fight. Thank you for being part of this great organization that is committed to protecting freedom.”

Vivek Ramaswamy: “I grew up in an anti-gun household … but the reason I became a gun owner is that the Second Amendment was made for moments like today.”

Former President Donald Trump: “I’m proud to be back with the hard-working, God-fearing, card-carrying patriots of the NRA … I want to thank the NRA members who make up this incredible organization. It’s really a tremendous force for freedom!”

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for being an NRA member. As long as NRA is millions strong, the future of our freedom will always be bright!


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