As our nation struggles with the heartache and sorrow of the tragic events of yesterday, September 11, NRA and its more than 4 million members share in America`s grief, and stand united behind President George Bush and the government of the United States of America.
Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the victims of this heinous act against innocent civilians. The families and loved ones of these innocent victims have our most heartfelt sympathies.
We also offer our support to those involved in ongoing search and rescue operations, and encourage NRA members who are able, to offer whatever assistance they can. Even if you are far away from where tragedy struck, please check with local hospitals and Red Cross chapters to see if they are in need of blood donations, or other types of humanitarian assistance. The Red Cross blood donation number is (800) 448-3543. In addition, President Bush recently announced the establishment of a website, www.libertyunites.org, that is dedicated to facilitating online contributions for a variety of relief efforts, along with suggestions for assisting that do not involve financial contributions.
NRA joins in the national expression of outrage over what President Bush has aptly described as an attack on freedom by "a faceless coward." We fully support our nation`s efforts to track down those responsible for coordinating, ordering, or assisting yesterday`s acts of terrorism, and we hope that American justice is rendered swiftly and decisively.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.