A Special Message from Wayne LaPierre and Chris W. Cox

(Editor’s note: This letter first appeared in the November issue of NRA’s publications. I’m syndicating it here on GunsAmerica because whether you love Chris and Wayne or hate Chris and Wayne, or even if you’re completely indifferent to Chris and Wayne, what they’re saying rings true. Bloomberg and co. are outspending pro-gun forces this election cycle.  We cannot rest on our laurels, i.e. the election of Trump or the recent appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to SCOTUS.  This is a forever war we’re waging.  Get to the polls, vote!)

Spending this election cycle compared to previous years. (Photo:OpenSecrets.org)

Dear Fellow NRA Member:

On November 6, millions of Americans will go to the polls to decide the future of everything we hold dear. Our freedoms and our fundamental right to defend ourselves is on the ballot. We can’t afford to sit this one out.

Working together, we elected Donald Trump, the most pro-gun candidate to ever win the White House. But since that historic victory, the anti-gun left has mobilized like never before, with funding from Michael Bloomberg and George Soros – along with a complicit media – in order to elect freedom-hating candidates at all levels of government. We cannot let that happen.

The current Supreme Court confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh shows exactly what’s at stake in this election. Never before have we witnessed such violent protest against a Supreme Court nominee. Those actions, are however, a mere shadow of what the anti-gun left will do if they win on November 6th. Together – along with every other freedom-loving American – we must protect the U.S. Senate and House against those who would eliminate our rights by sending a clear message on Election Day.

Our work isn’t just in races for U.S. Congress. As critically important as maintaining pro-gun majorities in the U.S. Senate and House is, every level of government is being targeted by our opponents. In every governor’s race and also in state legislative races, we need pro-gun candidates to protect our freedom for future generations.

Please start by reviewing NRA-PVF’s Grades and Endorsements. Learn about these candidates and whether they support our Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Make sure every freedom-loving American you know understands what’s at stake in this election.

We have a great opportunity on November 6, 2018 to secure our freedom by voting for candidates who support the Second Amendment. Thank you for all you do each and every day in our never-ending fight for freedom.

Sincerely yours,

Wayne R. LaPierre Chris W. Cox

Executive Vice President, NRA Executive Director, NRA-ILA

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  • sly November 4, 2018, 3:09 pm

    Maybe i said something wrong but let me repeat myself. Their are a few people here who are not in denial about the Russian NRA, with the Far-Right agenda. They have laundered Russian Money and sent it to the Trump’s Campaign and The GOP supporters. The only people refuse to see the gravity of this are Trump supporters. Mueller have found the truth and The NRA has become apart of the Russian Investigation for Russian conspiracies. You don’t have to like what i said but the truth has a tendency to hurt. I’m a retired Airman, I made my living, gave my youth to fighting Russians, now you know what i think of the NRA. I love my guns, i have a quit a few and i continue to buy them for when Trump and The NRA bring their Russians friends to attack us

    • Pantexan November 5, 2018, 9:57 am

      LOL

  • Arizona Don November 4, 2018, 1:07 pm

    The second amendment was put in place in the Bill of Rights for a singular purpose. For the people to have a means to defend against a tyrannical government. Not for hunting or even self-defense although it is such a means. The fledgling United States had just fought a revolutionary war with the most powerful military in the world at the time and won. They were able to win because all Americans were armed (the militia) and those arms were the means for them to defeat that strong foreign military. The manner in which they fought the war forced upon them also was a factor in their defeat. However, the founders knew the guns must remain. That is also the reason why it was stated the way it was. “Shall not be infringed.” The second amendment is the most disputed statement in the bill of rights. While the second amendment is also the most abused of all the amendments. It is infringed upon.In actuality the second amendment is the keystone of the whole of the constitution. It helps keep the rest intact. While keeping the federal government restricted when enforced property. The constitution has not been enforce verbatim for over a hundred years ever since Woodrow Wilson. These oppressive socialist/communist are out to fundamentally transform America and that means do away with the constitution and impose a communist state. Make no mistake about that.For some unknown reason these oppressive socialists/communists think if they can somehow get the guns legislated out of existence they could easily be confiscated. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth. No one knows for sure how many guns are in the US weather legal or illegal and no one knows for sure who has them and how many they have. Furthermore, the guns could not be totally confiscated in 50 years especially if the gun owning citizens refused to cooperate or comply to a confiscation law. How would they get them without causing a violent push back or civil war? They could not!Gun control laws do not work never have never will. Yet government keeps adding more every time there is a mass murder by a crazy or a drug driven person. A demonstration of governments incompetence. What do they expect the new laws to do? Because they accomplish nothing what-so-ever. They know they will accomplish nothing. They are a public pacification act. The reason that is true is simple. They constantly blame the wrong thing. The gun, and no gun can shoot itself it takes a person to pull the trigger. But those making the laws keep on blaming the gun. Therefore, nothing will ever change short of total confiscation which is absolutely impossible in America. Why you ask is it impossible? Because Americans know the history of the 20th century. Consequently they will not comply to any confiscation law! They know what dozens of dictatorships did during that bloodiest century in mankind’s history and therefore will never give up their ability to defend against a tyrannical government. Which I might add is the primary reason why the second amendment was put in place in our bill of rights.
    Contrary to what it seems the gun control lobby would have you believe Washington Post and many other so called news organizations, that are really propaganda outlets are dead wrong. All that has to be done to prove them wrong is study history. The 20th century was the bloodiest century in mankind’s history. Governments murdered more citizens through dictatorships like hitler, stalin and mao (as well as dozens of other smaller countries like Cuba) then all the wars ever fought in the world combined. You can also throw in all the mass murders carried out throughout the world combined as well. Somewhere between 170 million and 260 million or more citizens were murdered by their own governments. All that was necessary was to confiscate the guns. Take the means of the governed citizens to defend themselves away and they become quite vulnerable to the mercy of the people in charge and in this case all were dictatorships who demanded total and complete control over the people. Like all dictators before them they feared an uprising of the people against their tyranny. Those seen as a threat were in one way or another murdered by their government. Some were marched to open pits and shot, others gassed, some hung, others were beaten to death and others even starved to death (Ukraine under stalin). Anyone who says such a thing could not happen in the United States of America is wrong. That is exactly what the people of Germany, China, Russia and a couple dozen other smaller countries as well thought. “Such a horrible thing could never happen here.” But it did. It is rumored mao in china alone may have murdered over a hundred million while stalin in the USSR also may have murdered over a hundred million as well. Think about that and let it sink in for a moment. Very nearly the population of the US murdered. The actual figure is not known and likely never will be known.After we who are paying attention see (over the past decade or so but at least under the Obama administration) how much the left has begun to hate anyone who disagrees with them who thinks they would hesitate to murder those who fight them and their takeover attitude? If they had complete control and the guns no longer existed. We have examples of how much the oppressive socialists/communists who are out to “fundamentally transform” this country hate conservatives and rest assured they would murder us in a second if they thought they could get away with it. Maxine Waters is a perfect example of that hatred. But she is just one example there are dozens perhaps many dozens if not more.The WaPo says those who fail to vote for gun control want children slaughtered are spewing propaganda. Those who vote for gun control and confiscation are voting for the government to murder its citizens who do not agree with government like what has happened millions of times before and we can prove it!Unless America can elect people to help get this nation back on track we will surely end up in another civil war. Electing any democrat next Tuesday may add to that possibility.

  • Arizona Don November 4, 2018, 1:06 pm

    The second amendment was put in place in the Bill of Rights for a singular purpose. For the people to have a means to defend against a tyrannical government. Not for hunting or even self-defense although it is such a means. The fledgling United States had just fought a revolutionary war with the most powerful military in the world at the time and won. They were able to win because all Americans were armed (the militia) and those arms were the means for them to defeat that strong foreign military. The manner in which they fought the war forced upon them also was a factor in their defeat. However, the founders knew the guns must remain. That is also the reason why it was stated the way it was. “Shall not be infringed.” The second amendment is the most disputed statement in the bill of rights. While the second amendment is also the most abused of all the amendments. It is infringed upon.

    In actuality the second amendment is the keystone of the whole of the constitution. It helps keep the rest intact. While keeping the federal government restricted when enforced property. The constitution has not been enforce verbatim for over a hundred years ever since Woodrow Wilson. These oppressive socialist/communist are out to fundamentally transform America and that means do away with the constitution and impose a communist state. Make no mistake about that.

    For some unknown reason these oppressive socialists/communists think if they can somehow get the guns legislated out of existence they could easily be confiscated. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth. No one knows for sure how many guns are in the US weather legal or illegal and no one knows for sure who has them and how many they have. Furthermore, the guns could not be totally confiscated in 50 years especially if the gun owning citizens refused to cooperate or comply to a confiscation law. How would they get them without causing a violent push back or civil war? They could not!

    Gun control laws do not work never have never will. Yet government keeps adding more every time there is a mass murder by a crazy or a drug driven person. A demonstration of governments incompetence. What do they expect the new laws to do? Because they accomplish nothing what-so-ever. They know they will accomplish nothing. They are a public pacification act. The reason that is true is simple. They constantly blame the wrong thing. The gun, and no gun can shoot itself it takes a person to pull the trigger. But those making the laws keep on blaming the gun. Therefore, nothing will ever change short of total confiscation which is absolutely impossible in America. Why you ask is it impossible? Because Americans know the history of the 20th century. Consequently they will not comply to any confiscation law! They know what dozens of dictatorships did during that bloodiest century in mankind’s history and therefore will never give up their ability to defend against a tyrannical government. Which I might add is the primary reason why the second amendment was put in place in our bill of rights.

    Contrary to what it seems the gun control lobby would have you believe Washington Post and many other so called news organizations, that are really propaganda outlets are dead wrong. All that has to be done to prove them wrong is study history. The 20th century was the bloodiest century in mankind’s history. Governments murdered more citizens through dictatorships like hitler, stalin and mao (as well as dozens of other smaller countries like Cuba) then all the wars ever fought in the world combined. You can also throw in all the mass murders carried out throughout the world combined as well. Somewhere between 170 million and 260 million or more citizens were murdered by their own governments. All that was necessary was to confiscate the guns. Take the means of the governed citizens to defend themselves away and they become quite vulnerable to the mercy of the people in charge and in this case all were dictatorships who demanded total and complete control over the people. Like all dictators before them they feared an uprising of the people against their tyranny. Those seen as a threat were in one way or another murdered by their government. Some were marched to open pits and shot, others gassed, some hung, others were beaten to death and others even starved to death (Ukraine under stalin). Anyone who says such a thing could not happen in the United States of America is wrong. That is exactly what the people of Germany, China, Russia and a couple dozen other smaller countries as well thought. “Such a horrible thing could never happen here.” But it did. It is rumored mao in china alone may have murdered over a hundred million while stalin in the USSR also may have murdered over a hundred million as well. Think about that and let it sink in for a moment. Very nearly the population of the US murdered. The actual figure is not known and likely never will be known.

    After we who are paying attention see (over the past decade or so but at least under the Obama administration) how much the left has begun to hate anyone who disagrees with them who thinks they would hesitate to murder those who fight them and their takeover attitude? If they had complete control and the guns no longer existed. We have examples of how much the oppressive socialists/communists who are out to “fundamentally transform” this country hate conservatives and rest assured they would murder us in a second if they thought they could get away with it. Maxine Waters is a perfect example of that hatred. But she is just one example there are dozens perhaps many dozens if not more.

    The WaPo says those who fail to vote for gun control want children slaughtered are spewing propaganda. Those who vote for gun control and confiscation are voting for the government to murder its citizens who do not agree with government like what has happened millions of times before and we can prove it!

    Unless America can elect people to help get this nation back on track we will surely end up in another civil war. Electing any democrat next Tuesday may add to that possibility.

  • Ray Pezzoli November 3, 2018, 4:53 pm

    Here\’s my take…I\’m not 100% happy with Trumps 2A defense…I think what he wants to ban is pointless and abuse of authority, not to mention the fact it will be tied up in court for a long time…Appointing Kavanaugh was a big victory, though….As for the last 2 years, let\’s be honest, some of what we wanted was going to be tough to get because of Schumer…I don\’t think Parkland helped our cause either….But, there is a bright side…Trump and Pence both addressed the NRA convention, a first,
    Polls ARE showing, now at least, most Americans oppose an \”assault rifle\” ban ( assault rifle not being real )….So, here\’s my thought….Nov 6….vote red…red red red…down the line…Why? Simple…the Democrats have gone so insane and we all know what they want…its no secret….sitting at home or voting to punish Republicans because we didnt get what we wanted is plain stupid…you go that route THEN we REALLY wont get anything…..Not all Republicans are good..I know that, but I\’m trying to see the big picture….The Dems are that much worse…..So, that\’s where I stand ….as for the NRA… well, they\’re not perfect, but I do feel they are doing all they can….we also have GOA, 2nd A Foundation, CCRTKBA, and National Association of Gun rights…not to mention all the smaller, local organizations….rather than become angry with the NRA we should encourage them to work with these other groups….Again, sitting at home or voting Dem because we didnt get what we want wont help….voting red will increase our chances of getting what we want….actually, maybe getting rid of some RINOS and replacing them with true 2A defenders might be in the cards, but only if we grow up and vote red….thank all.

  • Ray Pezzoli November 3, 2018, 4:53 pm

    Here’s my take…I’m not 100% happy with Trumps 2A defense…I think what he wants to ban is pointless and abuse of authority, not to mention the fact it will be tied up in court for a long time…Appointing Kavanaugh was a big victory, though….As for the last 2 years, let’s be honest, some of what we wanted was going to be tough to get because of Schumer…I don’t think Parkland helped our cause either….But, there is a bright side…Trump and Pence both addressed the NRA convention, a first,
    Polls ARE showing, now at least, most Americans oppose an “assault rifle” ban ( assault rifle not being real )….So, here’s my thought….Nov 6….vote red…red red red…down the line…Why? Simple…the Democrats have gone so insane and we all know what they want…its no secret….sitting at home or voting to punish Republicans because we didnt get what we wanted is plain stupid…you go that route THEN we REALLY wont get anything…..Not all Republicans are good..I know that, but I’m trying to see the big picture….The Dems are that much worse…..So, that’s where I stand ….as for the NRA… well, they’re not perfect, but I do feel they are doing all they can….we also have GOA, 2nd A Foundation, CCRTKBA, and National Association of Gun rights…not to mention all the smaller, local organizations….rather than become angry with the NRA we should encourage them to work with these other groups….Again, sitting at home or voting Dem because we didnt get what we want wont help….voting red will increase our chances of getting what we want….actually, maybe getting rid of some RINOS and replacing them with true 2A defenders might be in the cards, but only if we grow up and vote red….thank all.

  • Gary November 3, 2018, 2:47 pm

    Citizens of other Countries allowed to join.
    Russian money allowed to be donated and to gain influence.
    NRA pretty-much ignoring the situation with no official statement/explanation to American Citizen members.
    Time to choose another organization to truly protect our Second Amendment Rights!!

    • Sly November 4, 2018, 2:59 pm

      Finally someone who’s not in denial about the Russian NRA and their Far Right activities. The only one’s who fail to see this traitor Organization for what it is, are Trump supporters. They Laundered Russian money and sent it to the Trump Campaign and the GOP, as far as i am concerned they are a Russian sympathizer bent on attacking The Constitution, Democracy and the United States. Mueller will bring the truth, but the NRA suckers will still hold on to the NRA

  • Johnny Raygun November 2, 2018, 9:35 pm

    Wayne, where is our hearing protection act???? Where is my reciprocity bill, so I can conceal carry in all States. Where is my money I send and were you taking Russian money to help influence the 2016 election? If so, I will join another group that is interested in my agenda, as stated in the first two sentences. It is a promise the (R) made when they won and (R) has total control over every branch of government. Do what we pay you for

  • Akfolder November 2, 2018, 1:46 pm

    So, we didn’t get many of the things we were promised as NRA members if we voted for their selected candidates 2 years ago..,

    The biggest thing I was looking forward to was repricrocity of CCW. I do a bit of trucking, and if I go to/thru Illinois, gotta leave my carry at home. Legally, anyways… Can’t just put it in a box at the border, and pick it up on my way out.

    Spending the night on the south side of Chicago, I would feel much safer with a Glock 22 under my pillow, with 15 in reserve, but I guess truckers safety is not important to the pols, nor the leadership of the NRA. It isn’t like anything they consume in their daily lives is brought to them by an eighteen wheeler…..

  • Rollin L November 2, 2018, 1:30 pm

    Excellent comments from Jay,” “J”, Mark Nuthall and others. I have become a big fan of President Trump based on his actions in office, but never saw him as, or expected him to become, a real “gun” guy. Unfortunately, it is true that all he has brought us is the coming bump stock ban, and that will get tied up in lawsuits when it is first put in force. It is a gross usurpation of both Legislative and Constitutional authority. We never got the HPA, National Reciprocity, or new Amnesty periods for NFA items. While some of those failures rests on Congress, there is no interest from the White House in pushing for legislation, or doing what they CAN do by executive authority, such as new Amnesty periods and cleaning up ITAR. So all the NRA hype from Wayne and Chris about serving our community and Trump being so pro-gun… that’s just the usual BS.

    • Johnny Raygun November 4, 2018, 7:19 pm

      Rollin L,,,,, “Just the usual BS”, You are correct about that, but I disagree with your take on Trump.. I will save that conversation for another forum. Two years will have gone by and we will have lost opportunity for changes, ever to happen again, unless the (R) keeps the House of Reps. There is no fire under this Administration to win my A2 vote. To hell with the rest of politics, just change the laws and protect our A2 rights.

  • EDWARD LOMBARD November 2, 2018, 12:40 pm

    American voters have never before been so damned gullible. They’ll believe anything and everything on the internet that panders to a value system created by leftist teachers in high school and before. Never mind the continued indoctrination they receive at universities. Abuse of the first amendment has finally screwed the freedom provided by the Constitution. We are screwed. And, it doesn’t help that the very entities who promote the Constitution actually work against it by patronizing anti-Constitutional banking systems in accepting credit cards provided by the same banks.

  • mike November 2, 2018, 10:08 am

    The RIGHTS of a FREE MAN reside in three boxes; The Ballot Box–The Jury Box–and when THOSE TWO FAIL, AS THEY ALREADY HAVE, MISERABLY, then FINALLY,–The CARTRIDGE BOX! NOTHING has changed. NO ONE will EVER; “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN”—WITHOUT FIRING A SHOT!!! The days of phone calls and post cards and letters and rallys and marches are OVER!! Surely you SEE FOR YOURSELF what’s gone on the past TWO YEARS??? It’s been TRUMP ALONE, STANDING AGAINST THE ONSLAUGHT!! He got NO HELP FROM THE COWARDS IN WASHINGTON!!! Whether Elected or Appointed or Hired, THEY ALL DISREGARD THEIR SACRED OATH to US and THIS COUNTRY!! And that INCLUDES LAW ENFORCEMENT who SHOULD BE DISOBEYING ILLEGAL ORDERS AND ARRESTING THOSE WHO GIVE THEM!!!! The day AFTER “They” remove him from office or he leaves for WHATEVER REASON, EVERY LAST THING HE DID WILL BE ERASED and REVERSED because the SWAMPDOG SCUMBAGS were NOT taken care of first BEFORE doing anything else! Just WATCH what takes place in 4 days. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!! We will NOT “Get off easy” and VOTE EVIL OUT OF EXISTENCE!! You WILL BE FORCED TO FIGHT FOR IT!! These “CREATURES” WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT!! SI VIS PACEM—PARA BELLUM!!!

    • Pantexan November 5, 2018, 9:55 am

      Something appears to be wrong with your caps lock button. It comes on and off intermittently.

  • 1776 Patriot November 2, 2018, 9:49 am

    There is much recrimination of Republicans for not doing more to promote Second Amendment rights the last two years and we’re not wrong to believe this should have been more of a focus for our legislators. Remember however, that much of what conservatives proposed, not just Second Amendment rights, was stymied by Schumer and Pelosi and other “resistors”. Don’t reward Democrat-Socialists for their active denial of our rights by staying home on election day or voting BLUE to punish Republicans for their failures. As long as Schumer only needs, and can count on, 41 votes, Democrat-Socialists will ALWAYS be able to “filibuster” our Second Amendment rights away. VOTE RED November 6!

  • Jay November 2, 2018, 8:09 am

    The only thing Trump has given citizens as far as gun rights restoration was the ban in the works on bump stocks. Like bump stocks or not, it’s still a stick in the wheel for rights and no one should be for it that believes in Liberty or Freedom! If it passes more will follow, that’s a fact,, one small step at a time, like history has proven!

  • Rangemaster11B November 2, 2018, 5:58 am

    I’m a Benefactor member, and I can’t disagree with Mark or J. Having an Originalist majority on SCOTUS is major, but not much to show for 2 years holding control of the Congress. Repeal the NFA AND GCA! Pass CCW Reciprocity! Make a clear statement on “shall not be infringed”!

    • Evil November 2, 2018, 3:42 pm

      Maybe they only want slow progress, so they ca use the issue as a vote getter. Tired of this, if young men and women can be sent to put their lives on the line for American ideals, is it too much to ask for our politicians to put their political lives on the line for those SAME ideals??

      If you got the power, DO SOMETHING!!

  • Mark Nuthall October 31, 2018, 10:15 pm

    Here’s my message for Chris and Wayne; start pressuring Congress to pass some pro-gun legislation while we can, instead of making excuses and lining your pockets with members hard earned money. Not Real Activists! Repeal the NFA!

  • J October 31, 2018, 8:51 pm

    WoW. It is great we have to Supreme Court Justices on the bench now, but we do not have anything else in 2 years. No one single pro-2A bill from a Republican controlled House and Senate. A lot of talk and nothing else. Just empty promises. They should have done something way before this too close to call mid-term election. If, we loose the House we will not get anything for a long time. So, thank your Republican Congressmen and women for doing nothing for 2 years this election cycle.

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