NRA Membership Sales to Increase Network Legal Defense Fund

by Marty Hayes, J.D.

I first joined the National Rifle Association in 1978, 34 years ago. I did so, not to support the gun rights movement, but instead so I could compete in NRA-sponsored Police Pistol Competition. We had to write our NRA member number on each match registration, so I still remember mine, AMN1484C. That was three decades ago, a lifetime for many of you reading this.

I stayed with the NRA as an annual member for 32 of those 34 years, until the NRA Annual Meeting in 2010, when I decided it was time to upgrade to a Life membership. I am SO grateful for what the NRA has done for gun owners. I firmly believe if it wasn’t for the National Rifle Association, America as we know it would be a more fractualized society and a much more violent one. That’s because it is the American gun owner who keeps the criminals at bay here in the United States, not the police. We have the greatest freedoms in the world and the greatest standard of living. With those freedoms come plenty of opportunities for criminals to commit crimes. Only the deterrent of the armed citizen creates an equal playing field. If you are reading this, you are likely an armed citizen, and you are playing on the winning team. But, if you are not an NRA member, you are figuratively “sitting on the bench.”

It has been my desire that the Armed Citizens’ Legal Defense Network, Inc. take a non-confrontational position when it comes to political ideology. My reasons are two-fold. First, there are undoubtedly a number of our members who, despite the fact that they choose to arm themselves, are otherwise of the liberal/progressive mindset.

I have never wanted to offend those members by writing about politics in the Network journal, even though I am decidedly in the other camp, despite holding some social beliefs that transcend political ideology. The second reason is that there is no deficit of other places where politics can be discussed, and so why waste our limited resources doing the same here?

While continuing to try not to offend members and focus my attention on legal issues surrounding armed self defense, that policy doesn’t prevent me from saying what I am about to say: Folks, if you are NOT a member of the National Rifle Association, get off the bench and get into the game! Never before, has there been a time in our country where we gun owners are facing our version of “gun Armageddon.” Let me explain.

It is not the likelihood of passage of anti-gun laws that has me concerned. The United States Supreme Court (USSC) will interpret the Constitutionality of any national anti-gun law affecting the right of the American citizen to keep and bear arms. This Court, over the last four years, decided both the Heller and McDonald cases in favor of the armed American.

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A portrait of the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court taken last fall.