Freedom is fleeting without the means to protect it. That is the lesson that so many in European nations have learned the hard way, finding themselves helpless at the hands of predatory criminals and terrorists. In America, we cherish our freedoms and will never sign away our right to self-defense. We are the NRA, and we are Freedom's Safest Place.
The only truly free people who have ever walked this earth have been armed people, capable of defending themselves and their families.
Americans look in horror at supposedly free countries all over the world, where innocent people live or die at the mercy of their government. We see what it's like to be French, German or Belgian, where innocent people cower in fear as evil closes in, utterly aware of their own vulnerability, doomed to defend their families with rolling pins and broom handles.
Let the rest of the world choose to live in fear. That false brand of freedom will never be ours. We are free to be as armed, trained and prepared as we see fit. And we will never surrender that freedom to the global gun-ban order.
I'm the National Rifle Association of America, and I'm Freedom's Safest Place.