by Karen Mehall Phillips - Thursday, April 27, 2017
Greetings from Atlanta—a place that no doubt leaves the NRA’s millions of mainstream-American, freedom-loving members more rejuvenated than ever! Not only is it the eve of opening day for the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the city’s Georgia World Congress Center, Apr. 28-30, but among the 80,000-plus attendees will be U.S. President Donald J. Trump, who will address the crowd during the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) Leadership Forum event tomorrow afternoon.
“This president ran as the most pro Second Amendment, pro individual freedom candidate in the history of the country,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox to Fox news and on Twitter. “So we’re really excited not only about him speaking but about Donald Trump being the president of the United States and having a president who supports this basic and fundamental freedom.”
Those in attendance will certainly be in great company as America’s president joins in the celebration of American freedom. While multiple past U.S. presidents have supported the NRA throughout its 146-year history, including U.S. President and NRA President Ulysses. S. Grant and NRA Life members and U.S. presidents Teddy Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. The last U.S. president to address NRA members at an NRA Annual Meeting was President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
“It does my spirit good to be with people who never lose faith in America, who never stop believing in our future and who never back down one inch from defending the constitutional freedoms that are every American’ birthright,” said Reagan. Twenty-four years later, we couldn’t have said it any better as we NRA members converge in Atlanta to take pride in our NRA and renew our commitment to being “freedom’s safest place.”
As we NRA members get set for opening day, I’m smiling as I recall the words of NRA-ILA’s Chris Cox in sharing with Fox News and Twitter that President Trump was attending. “This is a great moment and a great time in Second Amendment history,” he said. “We have the most pro-Second Amendment president coming to speak to the National Rifle Association. It’s going to be a great day for America, a great day for our members and we’re excited to have him there.”
Editor’s Note: For more information on the NRA’s 2017 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Georgia World Congress Center, Apr. 28-30, including a daily event schedule, visit nraam.org. The NRA exhibit hall will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. -6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entry is free to NRA members and their families and to police officers, firefighters and military personnel. Non-members may register onsite.
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