Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

A Note Of Thanks To Our Volunteers

Friday, November 14, 2008

While things did not turn out entirely as we would have liked on Election Day, 2008, we have much to be proud of.

You have changed the face of gun politics in the United States of America.  It wasn’t too long ago that politicians proudly campaigned on their support for additional gun control laws.  And thanks to your activism, there was a name for such politicians-LOSERS.

Fast forward to 2008, where you would be hard pressed to find a politician running for any office anywhere in America who doesn’t claim to support the Second Amendment, or who publicly supports more gun control restrictions during campaign stump speeches.  Again, the reason for that is YOU.  The 2008 elections were not a rejection of our message.  Quite the contrary; it was an embrace of our message--albeit at times by candidates whose records did not match their pro-freedom rhetoric!  Make no mistake, we will hold these elected officials, and all others, accountable for their votes. 

While NRA and its legions of members and volunteers always work tirelessly to educate the electorate about candidates’ positions on the Second Amendment, in the 2008 elections, other issues rose to the surface in voters’ minds.

This does not lessen the fact that NRA members and gun owners were actively engaged this election season, as we are every election cycle.  We had tens of thousands of volunteers, in every pocket of the country, registering new pro-gun voters; talking to their family, friends, and fellow firearm owners; writing letters to the editors; recruiting volunteers; distributing yard signs bumper stickers, and literature; making phone calls; working at candidates’ campaign headquarters; and turning out the vote and working the polls on Election Day.

Each and every one of you has earned our thanks and recognition for your tireless commitment to our noble cause of freedom.  You are the tip of our grassroots arrow, and none of our accomplishments would be remotely possible without you.

Now is the time for a brief respite, some reflection, and then regrouping as we move forward. We will evaluate our efforts and perfect and expand what we did well. We will also determine what we may have done better and work to improve in those areas.

We have a chance in the 2009 elections to elect pro-gun lawmakers to office and set the stage accordingly for the 2010 midterm congressional elections.  Make no mistake, we will face a determined opposition, so it is more important than ever that we dig our heels in and re-double our efforts!

All of us here at NRA-ILA are honored to wage our noble battle, in the trenches, alongside all of you.

We wish you all the blessings to you and your family as our season of thanks approaches.  You have our eternal thanks and gratitude.

 

--NRA-ILA Staff
TRENDING NOW
Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Beto Going All-In on Confiscation

Democrat Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke continues to struggle to gain any sort of traction for his campaign. With some polls putting him in 10th place, and his average sitting around 7th, some might say that it is desperation ...

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tell Your Lawmakers: No Semi-Auto and Magazine Ban!

The Democrat Party is now so aligned with gun control that every major candidate running for its 2020 presidential nomination recently appeared in a propaganda video produced by one of the nation’s most active firearm prohibition groups. ...

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

News  

Friday, August 30, 2019

NASCAR Takes a Hard Left

After decades of NASCAR drivers literally turning left for hours every race day (road course races excluded, of course), the governing body appears to be taking a figurative left turn, politically. K-Var, a retailer in outdoor and ...

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

House Democrats Continue Unprecedented Push for More Gun Control

As was continually threatened while Congress was on its six-week Summer break, House Democrats hastily convened a hearing on Tuesday to promote their latest batch of anti-gun bills.  The House Judiciary Committee’s markup of three bills, ...

Playing Games with Numbers

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Playing Games with Numbers

Stanford Law Professor John Donohue and Theodora Boulouta, a Stanford undergrad, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times that claims their new research shows the 1994 “assault weapons” ban really did work.  Their finding is ...

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

News  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

NRA Files Suit Against San Francisco for Violating First Amendment

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors smeared millions of law-abiding Americans by unanimously adopting a resolution that designated NRA a “domestic terrorist organization.” Less than one week later, on September 9, NRA filed a federal lawsuit ...

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Declares NRA a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

On September 3, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, “declaring that the National Rifle Association is a domestic terrorist organization and urging other cities, states, and the federal government to do the same.”The resolution was ...

California: 2019 Legislative Session Adjourns

Sunday, September 15, 2019

California: 2019 Legislative Session Adjourns

The California Legislature has adjourned the 2019 session resulting in the final passage of AB 12, AB 61, AB 879, AB 893, AB 1254, AB 1297, AB 1669, SB 61 and SB 172 which are now eligible ...

News  

Friday, September 13, 2019

NRA Statement on Texas Governor's Safety Action Report

The National Rifle Association released the following statement on Friday regarding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's Texas Safety Action Report:   

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

News  

Sunday, September 8, 2019

“Pro-gun” Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Turns on Second Amendment Supporters, Sides With Anti-Gun Lobby

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick uses his political website to claim he is “leading the fight for life and liberty in Texas, including … standing up for the Second Amendment.” He also proudly notes his prior NRA endorsement. But ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

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.