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May 15, 2010

Remarks by Chris W. Cox at NRA's 2010 Annual Meeting of Members, Charlotte, NC, May 15, 2010

Ladies and gentlemen, did you ever have the memory of some event in your life sneak up on you out of nowhere, smack you in the face and make you cringe with regret ... because you wish you had done something different?
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May 20, 2009

Remarks by Wayne LaPierre at NRA's 2009 Annual Meeting of Members, Phoenix, Arizona, May 16, 2009

Good morning ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for a great meeting?   That's great!   But tell me this: Are you ready for a tough fight ahead for your freedom?   Well, that's a good thing.   Because considering what your freedoms are up against, you need to be ready!   A long time ago, the American humorist and political observer Mark Twain said something we should all pay close attention to today.   Twain said there are three kinds of lies: 
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May 20, 2009

Remarks by Chris W. Cox at NRA's 2009 Annual Meeting of Members, Phoenix, Arizona, May 16, 2009

You know, it seems like every six months, the national news media tries to write our obituary. In fact, a week ago, the New York Times said it was a myth that NRA had anything to do with the historic '94 elections… that it was silly to think NRA had anything to do with Al Gore's defeat in 2000...  and that Congress should go ahead and pass all the new gun control laws they want…because the power of the NRA... is nothing but a myth.
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May 21, 2008

Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal at the 137th Annual Meetings Celebration of American Values Banquet

Governor Jindal Thank you Chris.   Thank you for your friendship.   And thank you for all you do  defending our freedom.   Aren’t we lucky to have him?   The NRA is very fortunate to have a very talented and dedicated team standing watch for us in Washington.
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May 17, 2008

Remarks by Wayne LaPierre at the 137th Annual Meeting of Members, Louisville, Kentucky, May 17, 2008

That film sums it up. The Second Amendment is facing a perfect storm. In fact, the worst I’ve seen in thirty years. It's hard to believe it's been that long ... I came to work at NRA in 1978.
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May 17, 2008

Remarks by Chris W. Cox at the 137th Annual Meeting of Members, Louisville, Kentucky, May 17, 2008

Good morning! At the NRA Institute for Legislative Action,we have people on the ground at the federal,state and local levels. Our job is to stay on top of everyone who holds political office,along with everyone who wants to … plus several hundred gun-related bills at any given time.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washinton, DC -- 9/21/07

BARBOUR: Thank you all. Thank you all.   I'm tickled to be here to be with you. I'm not going to try to compete with Fred.    You know, Fred used to be, kind of, my size, but tall. So I noticed his sveltness and I'm going to see if I can hold my stomach in for 15 minutes.   Well, you know, I'm glad to be here and to be among friends.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

BARRASSO: Thank you. Thank you for that introduction. Thank you for the warm welcome. Congratulations on putting together such an incredible, successful event. And while all you are here sitting in this auditorium, all the members of the Senate, certainly on the Republican side, have C-SPAN tuned in to this, and that's what I've been watching all day.   You had a lot of Johns here today. John Thune. John McCain. John Dingell. John Ashcroft. President John Zigler. The whole bunch.  
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC --9/21/07

DINGELL: Thank you, my friend Chris Cox, and thank you all my friends. I'm delighted to be here today. And I want to say thank you for your kind welcome. And I want to thank my special friend Chris Cox for his gracious introduction. And I want to say thanks to Wayne LaPierre, an old friend with whom we've worked for many years on many things, and John Sigler, the president, and your other officers, Ron Schmeits and David Keene and Wilson Phillips and Jim Land. They serve you well, and I'm proud to be with you and with them.   I also want to thank all the board of directors who worked so hard to keep this great organization running. It's great to be back with you today.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Representative Tom Tancredo (R-CO) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

REP. TANCREDO:  Hi.  I'm Tom Tancredo, and I want to say thank you very much for letting me join you today by this medium.  I wish I could be there in person.  I'm on the way to New Hampshire and going to be doing a little campaigning up there.  You actually might wish that you were with me in New Hamsphire, because we're going to do a couple of shoots while we're up there, and I'm looking forward to that, as I do, by the way, every year to the congressional shoot. I have an A rating from the NRA, and I am very proud of that.  I am proud of the fact that I'm a co-sponsor of the legislation to overturn the D.C. gun ban; can't wait until that is up, that the lower court ruling is upheld and that -- because I have a concealed-carry permit, I'll feel a lot safer, by the way, when I'm here to carry in Washington, D.C.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washignton, DC -- 9/21/07

Monday, October 01, 2007 MR. GINGRICH:  Thank you all very much. I -- first of all, I just want to take a minute to thank Wayne LaPierre, who has given years of his life to defend American constitutional liberties and who has again and again stood up to the elite media, stood up to the left and defended the basic principles in which America was founded -- all of you can be very proud of the job he does in representing you and in fighting for American freedom. 
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

Monday, October 01, 2007 GOV. RICHARDSON:  Thank you for allowing me to take this time to address the NRA "Celebration of American Values."  Responsible gun ownership, the right of law abiding citizens to own guns, is, indeed, a historically-cherished American value and tradition.  As a Western governor, I understand and support the Second Amendment.  I am grateful to have received the formal endorsement of the NRA as a Congressman, and again as governor in 2006. This position doesn't always make me the most popular guy in the room with certain audiences.  But the reality is that New Mexico has an age-old history of hunting, sportsmanship, and other lawful shooting activities.  It also has a proud history of defending the nation and its Constitution, both in times of conflict and peace.  I have a long record, both as a Congressman and governor, as a defender of the rights of citizens to own guns.  You may have heard that I not only supported New Mexico's "Concealed Carry" law, I have a permit myself.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

Friday, September 28, 2007 MR. HUCKABEE:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you. First of all, let me explain my appearance.  I'm not trying to be cool by wearing the jeans and the boots, nor am I trying to say, "Hey, I'm one of you."  I've been on Delta Airlines today -- which today stands for:  Didn't Even Leave The Airport. My luggage is somewhere, I don't know where --  and neither does Delta.  And I barely made it here -- a cancelled flight and then a rearranged one that became late, and then in the very back of the plane I think that the only thing behind me was perhaps the lavatory.  And so everyone else was casually getting off, and I was saying, "I've got to get to the NRA," and I was hoping that Rosie O'Donnell was not sitting in front of me. Obviously, she is not here today.   But anyway, I do apologize that I've not been able to dress a little better for the occasion.  I feel looking out here with all these suits and ties about as appropriately dressed as George Soros might feel at the American Legion Convention -- so I want to say I will hope to make a return engagement to the NRA and dress a little more for the occasion.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

Friday, September 28, 2007 MR. GIULIANI:  Thank you very much, Wayne.  It's nice to be here in England.  Oh, America.  Sometimes on a presidential campaign you got to be reminded of exactly where you are, but it's really, really exciting.  It's exciting to go all over the country, and then it was very exciting to see Margaret Thatcher, who's one of my heroes, in England. And it's a great pleasure to be here.  I thank you, Wayne, for your introduction.  Thank you, Chris, for inviting me, and thanks to all the dedicated members who are here for the NRA Celebration of American Values.  And I'm very happy to be here in front of the NRA, also, because there are a lot of things that you and I have in common. There are probably a few things we disagree about, but there are many more things that we have in common.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Former Senator Fred Thompson (R-TN) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

Friday, September 28, 2007 MR. THOMPSON:  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate it.  I'm glad you finally got that video up. The -- oh, I'll say it.  All you young men out there with a full head of hair, enjoy it while you can.  Thank you, Wayne.  Thank you all.  I appreciate you inviting me here today, and I've seen your agenda and the number of politicians that you're going to be listening to.  And I don't know whether to admire you for your stamina or compliment you on your being such a glutton for punishment -- but I'm glad you included me in the mix.
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

SEN. MCCONNELL:  Thank you very much.  Well, thank you, Chris. It's great to be here and to be with all of you.  Welcome to town.  I know you have several presidential candidates here to speak. You know, as the Senate Republican leader, it's best that I remain neutral, so I will not make a recommendation to you. (Laughter.)  You'll hear from them all.  And I've said before that I'm not going to, as I indicated, be picking one of those horses in that race, but that hasn't stopped people from asking me my thoughts on leadership.  Who has proven he has the drive, the ability and the ideals to inspire a strong and growing movement?  So walking up to the podium just now I had a sudden realization.  Folks, I have an announcement to make.  I think John Siegler would make a spectacular president. 
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September 21, 2007

Remarks by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

SEN. MCCAIN:  Thanks to all of you.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.   Thank you for that very kind welcome.  And I would like to thank you for the kind reception and most of all the great support you gave to my dear friend John Thune in one of the real great Senate races in recent history.  And I've often said that if I looked like John Thune, I'd be president of the United States today, I can tell you.  I want to thank you all, and it's a pleasure to be with you.  And I see a lot of old friends here, like Jim Baker, who I worked with long ago, in the 1980s, in the struggle to preserve firearms freedom. His hair was not so gray, but I had a lot more hair.
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April 16, 2007

Remarks by Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, at the 2007 Annual Meeting of Members in St. Louis, MO

You heard Wayne and Sandy talk about the threats we’re up against, and how important it is that you see what we see. So in this ILA report, I’ll give you an update on the political lay of the land. But I also want to touch on a few examples of how your NRA is at work in ways and places you might not ever see. First, an update on what happened in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Everyone knows about the destruction of property. But too many still don’t know about the destruction of freedom that occurred in the aftermath: the first door-to-door gun confiscation in American history.
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September 21, 2006

Remarks by Senator John Thune (R-SD) at NRA's "Celebration of American Values" Conference in Washington, DC -- 9/21/07

THUNE: Thank you all very much for that warm welcome.   It's great to see a bunch of fellow freedom fighters here today in Washington, D.C. I want to welcome you to Washington, D.C., or, as some people refer to it, Disneyland East.   You have to constantly remind yourself around here that our founders designed an inefficient form of government, because it certainly works that way.
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May 20, 2006

Remarks by Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, at the NRA 2006 Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI -- 5/20/06

I had not planned to mention this, but Mayor Tom Barrett’s behavior since we came to town makes me think he spent too much time hanging out with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg a couple of weeks ago. Tom Barrett went to Mike Bloomberg’s meeting of big-city mayors in New York City to talk about big-city crime and that’s the problem. They’re all talk and no action. Mike Bloomberg, if you really want to stop violent crime, you don’t need to spend taxpayer’s money to throw parties for mayors and hold seminars and schedule photo ops...and act like violent crime is some new problem with some secret solution.
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May 20, 2006

Remarks by Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, at the 2006 Annual Meeting of Members in Milwaukee, WI -- 5/20/06

Thank you, Milwaukee, for such a warm welcome. I’m in charge of the Institute for Legislative Action - the political and lobbying arm of your NRA. Our job is to keep tabs on 100 U.S. Senators, 435 U.S. Representatives, all 50 state governors, hundreds of mayors, thousands of State legislators, and on every candidate that wants any of those jobs. So at ILA, we’re your eyes and ears. We’re your voice. And when necessary, we're your clenched iron fist that comes down hard and heavy on anybody that stands between you, and your Second Amendment freedoms.
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July 28, 2005

Frist Comments on S. 397

Just a brief note to let you know that the 109th Congress is taking yet another step down the path of restoring a little common sense to our out-of-control legal system. Overzealous trial lawyers - the same lawyers who are driving doctors out of the practice of medicine with their frivolous lawsuits - have long had the gun industry in their crosshairs. Since 1997, more than 30 cities and counties have sued firearm companies in an attempt to force them to change the way they make and sell guns. The tacit goal, really, is to drive these companies out of business.
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July 27, 2005

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's Floor Statement On S. 397

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) delivered the following floor statement today regarding gun liability reform legislation. The bill, which is currently pending on the floor of the Senate, is designed to stop frivolous lawsuits against gun makers: “This Congress is taking a stand against frivolous lawsuits, including class-action, bankruptcy, asbestos, medical liability and now gun liability. “Earlier this year, Senators Max Baucus and Larry Craig teamed up to introduce the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This bill is designed to stop frivolous lawsuits against gun makers and place responsibility for the criminal use of guns where it belongs: on the criminals.
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May 6, 2005

Remarks by Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-23) at the Opening Ceremony of the NRA Annual Meetings Houston 2005

 Thank you. Thank you so much. On behalf of the Texas delegation, welcome to Houston, and thank you for being here. Not just as a Member of Congress, but as a fellow American who believes so strongly that we have to be relentless. Just as Wayne LaPierre was mentioning a moment ago, the fights never end. In Washington, the extreme fringe groups are looking for a way to punch a hole in our Constitution, to take our rights away under the Second Amendment, to use the legal system on occasion to try to drive us back, and we must never give up. You all have families, you have jobs and responsibilities back home, you have errands that are important; the fact that you have chosen to come to Houston to be part of this really means a lot to us, because it tells us that the movement is still strong, that our support for defending the constitution is still strong. Because we can't do our job without your strong support.
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April 26, 2005

Remarks by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-22) at the 2005 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you so much for that warm welcome-I hope the national media saw that. Wayne, thank you for that introduction. If I could just take a personal privilege here for a moment, I’ve been in elected office now for 26 years, and this is the highlight of my career, and I want to take just a moment. I tell you what-to be the keynote speaker for the NRA’s annual meeting in my hometown, Houston- Houston, Texas (a concealed carry state, by the way, that we’re very proud of) is truly an honor. And it’s humbling, it really is humbling to be here with good friends like Congressman John Culberson, Congressman Steve King, Senator Larry Craig. And to see Senator Zell Miller again, I tell you what, Zell, we already miss you in Congress. What a great American.
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April 16, 2005

Remarks by Chris W. Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director, at the 2005 Annual Meeting of Members in Houston, TX-

 I want to tell you a personal story. About twelve years ago, there was a guy from Arkansas...who set out to blame our NRA for what ailed this country. Well...I'd had my fill of what Bill Clinton's Administration was doing to the Second Amendment. I took it personally. So when the chance came in 1995 to join the NRA on the front lines – on Capitol Hill, I thought about it for a second — more like half a second — and I took it. I joined ILA, the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. I worked with a mentor,former ILA Chief James Jay Baker, and he's here today. Jim, stand up...thank you! And I was blessed to stand side by side with the Second Amendment’s greatest team in history, Wayne LaPierre and Charlton Heston.
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April 16, 2005

Remarks by Wayne R. LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President, at the NRA 2005 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

Thank you, Kayne, for that introduction. I’m truly humbled by your kind words. But watching that film reminds me how bleak it really was. They say you remember the good times...and forget the hard times. But during this 25-year journey, there were lots of dark days when the future looked anything but bright. I mean, sometimes it seemed like everyone was against us. Every day we faced bitter accusations, vicious bias, and terrible lies about our members and our association. I had to confront `em head-on! News anchors. Governors. Congressmen. Some might remember I even had to confront President Bill Clinton. The road was long, and rough. Hundreds of cities, thousands of plane trips, and speeches,and interviews, hundreds of thousands of hands to shake. We lost some battles. But you know, sometimes defeat is a necessary prelude to victory. The key is to never give up. And you never gave up! And look at the results. It took 25 years, but you have restored the Second Amendment.
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April 26, 2004

Remarks By Vice President Richard B. Cheney At The 2004 NRA Annual Meeting

Thank you. Thank you all. All right. Well, thank you very much. That was a great welcome, and I appreciate the opportunity to be part of the 133rd Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association. I`ve been looking forward to this event, and I`m pleased to see so many old friends this evening. And I`m honored to bring you greetings from our President, George. W. Bush. The President also has many friends here tonight -- I know that Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox recently visited him down at the ranch in Crawford. The President and I appreciate the hard work of your national leadership -- Wayne, Chris, and Kayne Robinson -- as well as the fine men and women who represent the NRA in their states and hometowns all across America. I also want to thank Cecil Brooks for his many contributions to the NRA over the years, and for the beautiful rifle he`s crafted for this event.
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April 22, 2004

Remarks By Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA-ILA, At The 2004 Annual Meeting

I took the helm at the Institute for Legislative Action - ILA two years ago, and I've got to tell you - people like you in this room amaze me. Look at what you did in the last two national elections. In 2000, you voted freedom first and you beat Al Gore. In 2002, thanks to you, we won 82 percent of our state races, 84 percent of our U.S. Senate races, and 94 percent of our U.S. House races. Give yourself credit for the best election cycle in the history of the National Rifle Association! Thanks to your efforts, we've beat hundreds of bad bills on our watch. From gun licensing, to ammunition bans, to the database registration schemes we defeated in 20 states last year.
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May 5, 2003

Remarks By Governor Jeb Bush At The 2003 NRA Annual Meeting

"The Second Amendment is the original homeland security act!"--- Florida Governor Jeb Bush, April 26, 2003 Thank you very much. Thank you so much. The most beautiful lady of all the land, my wife, Columba, and I are so delighted that you are here in Orlando, Florida. Come back often. It`s the reason why we don`t have an income tax.
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May 5, 2003

Remarks By Chris Cox, Executive Director, NRA-ILA, At The 2003 Annual Meeting

 Monday, May 05, 2003 I know it's customary to begin public remarks with some humor. But personally -- I don't like political jokes. Because too often-- they get elected. Let me tell you about myself. My name is Chris Cox. I'm the NRA's chief lobbyist. I grew up in Tennessee. I work for you. And I don't like to lose. I took over as head of the Institute for Legislative Action, ILA, one year ago. But I'm not new to the NRA or to Washington politics. I started working on Capitol Hill 12 years ago.
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May 1, 2002

2002 NRA Annual Meeting Speech By Wayne LaPierre

This morning you`ve gotten an update on the programs and progress of your Association. But for the first time in NRA`s history, this report of the Executive Vice President must necessarily extend beyond the traditional scope of gun rights. I`ll tell you why. I`ve been a freedom fighter for 20 years. But I never thought I`d witness such a wholesale surrender of freedoms beyond the right to keep and bear arms, but also the right to privacy, the right to move about freely, the right to political free speech, and freedom from unwarranted search and seizure.
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May 1, 2002

Remarks by U.S. Senator Zell Miller at 2002 NRA Annual Meeting

Thank you very much for your warm welcome. And thank you, Wayne and Jim, for inviting me to be here tonight. Both of you made strong and thought provoking speeches this morning, and I was proud to be there to hear them. It`s been a while since you`ve had a Democrat as your keynote speaker, and I was honored to accept your invitation. Yesterday afternoon, the folks over at Handgun Control, Incorporated issued a press release criticizing me for being here tonight. They accused me of "courting" the NRA, saying you didn`t represent mainstream America. Well, I haven`t courted anybody since my wife, Shirley, said, "Yes" ... 48 years ago. But I look around this room, and all I see is mainstream America! I see a room full of patriots who love their country and all it stands for. And there is nowhere I`d rather be tonight than right here with you, on the picket line of freedom`s defense! And as a life-long country music fan, to be the opening act for Vince Gill is a dream come true. I want his song, "Go Rest High on that Mountain" played at my funeral.
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April 29, 2002

2002 NRA Annual Meeting Speech By James Jay Baker

One year ago when last we gathered, we had a tremendous victory to celebrate. After weeks of legal wrangling, the Supreme Court had finally made official the victory of President George W. Bush. Today, I am proud to report that thanks to you, our rights remain secure and Al Gore is just a bad memory.  Each and every one of you should be very proud of what you accomplished that year. More than any other group of Americans, you the men and women of the NRA turned the tide in favor of liberty and reshaped the political climate. Everyone remembers the courtroom battles but we must never forget -- Florida was only in play because we deprived Al Gore of the traditionally Democratic stronghold states of Arkansas, West Virginia, and even his home state of Tennessee.
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April 19, 2001

2001 NRA Annual Meeting Speech By James Jay Baker

One year ago, at our last gathering, I warned that we stood at a crossroads.  After eight years of Bill Clinton, it was not at all clear that our right to keep and bear arms could survive four years of continued relentless attacks on our rights by Al Gore. I was not exaggerating when I said that the 2000 election would determine whether we marched into the 21st century with new hope for our second amendment rights -- or whether lawful gun ownership in America would slowly but surely be fading to just a faint memory. Today, I am proud to say that thanks to you, our rights remain secure.
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July 19, 2000

Rep. Don Young`s Speech to the Outdoor Writers Association of America

On June 27, 2000, Representative Don Young (R-Alaska) spoke to the Outdoor Writers Association of America. He described the mismanagement of funds intended to preserve our hunting and outdoor heritage and what steps are being taken to correct this serious problem. Thank you for that warm reception. I am very informal in my presentations and I hope that someone will have some questions when I finish. I`m one that will never criticize any area, because I always enjoy the whole United States, but I am a little prejudice about Alaska. If you get a chance and the board members have an opportunity and this association would like to really experience heaven, go to Juneau, Alaska. And when you open that curtain instead of seeing a parking lot with Dillards and Penny`s you`ll see eagles, seagulls, hopefully blue skies, mountains and glaciers. I suggest, respectfully, that you think about that especially when it`s very hot.
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July 12, 2000

Extortion Parading As Law: The War On Guns

By Bill PryorAttorney General of AlabamaRemarks at the Cato Institute Conference"The Rule of Law in the Wake of Clinton"July 12, 2000Washington, D.C. Almost three years ago, on August 5, 1997, I visited the Cato Institute to speak at a Policy Forum with Bob Levy regarding the proposed tobacco settlement and the rule of law. On that occasion, I criticized the absence of any legal basis and the unsound policy of the suits filed by many of my colleagues from other states against the tobacco industry. From the outset, my concerns involved the precedent that my colleagues sought to create and the consequences of that precedent for other industries, for the right of the people to govern themselves, and for the rule of law. Unfortunately, the precedent of the government litigation against the tobacco industry has been followed by dozens of government lawsuits against the firearms industry.
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June 20, 2000

A Call To Arms: Renewing America By J.C. Watts

On May 20, 2000, Representative J.C. Watts gave the keynote address at the NRA Annual Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. He voiced his unyielding support for the Second Amendment and spoke passionately about the real causes and solutions to violence in America. It`s very good to be back with my friends from the NRA. I`m sure there are a few Second Amendment Sisters here as well. Good work, ladies. I`ve said it publicly many times, and will say it once again: I am the NRA. I am proud of the principles you are fighting for. As is true of each of you, I make it a habit of citizenship to honor the entire Bill of Rights, not just the Amendments that happen to suit me. And let me restate once again that I stand completely and forever opposed to allowing the criminal element to destroy our liberties.
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June 16, 2000

Speech on the Second Amendment by Senator Larry Craig

On June 6, 2000, Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) gave a passionate speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Below is the text of the speech, in which Senator Craig, an NRA Board Member, defends the Second Amendment, criticizes those who would restrict our rights and gives examples of the benefits of firearms ownership. Mr. President, I appear on the floor to speak about a provision of the Constitution of our country that has been under nearly constant attack for 8 years. In fact, we heard on the floor this morning two Senators speak about provisions in law that would alter a constitutional right. The provision I am talking about is part of our Bill of Rights--the first 10 amendments to our Constitution--which protect our most basic rights from being stripped away by an overly zealous government, including rights that all Americans hold dear:
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June 1, 2000

For The Record - Speech By James Jay Baker At The 2000 NRA Convention 2000-06-01

Last month at the National Zoo in Washington, DC -- a place where mothers and fathers take their children to look at the pandas and eat popcorn -- a fight broke out between two groups of juveniles from rival schools. Sixteen-year-old Antoine Jones pulled out a 9mm handgun and began shooting. Seven students were wounded. One, an 11-year-old boy, was shot in the head. Of course, the media put the story on the air immediately. And anti-gun politicians began their ritual dance of finger-pointing. These attacks were aimed not at the perpetrator, but at you, at me, and at everyone in this room today. Within hours, Al Gore took the podium at a fundraising event in New York City. He told the audience that such hideous crimes show why it is imperative that we pass laws requiring mandatory trigger locks with the sale of every handgun in America. Trigger locks? This shooting took place in a city where the sale, ownership and possession of handguns are already prohibited. If disarming Americans were a solution to anything, our nation`s capital would be a crime-free, gun-controllers paradise.
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