Points of Impact: June 19, 2021

ICYMI: Texas-Themed Guns; Gun sales and the Ammo Shortage Update; Become an NRA Instructor and More ...

by posted on June 19, 2021
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The NRA was founded in 1871 to teach Americans to shoot, but over time, as some moved to take away our Second Amendment rights, the NRA also started using the First Amendment to protect the Second. Both of these parts of the NRA’s mission remain critical today. Watch this Shooting Straight with A1F.com interview with NRA Past President David A. Keene to learn how we got where we are today.

The NRA has led the way in civilian firearm training, and being an “NRA Certified Instructor” is now considered the national gold standard in firearm training accreditation. If you have a passion for sharing your firearm knowledge and have wondered what it takes to become an instructor, read “Training to Teach: The NRA Instructor Course,” in which NRA Women contributor Holly Marcus shares her journey toward that goal.

It’s only fitting that as NRA will celebrate its 150th anniversary at its Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas—a state that has always represented firearms freedom for all of its law-abiding citizens. But we all know that you don't have to be from Texas to love what it stands for, and gun manufacturers across the country have long been tipping their hats to our 28th state. See examples of this in Come And Take It: Guns Made for the Texan in All of Us.

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. One young author put that adage to the test by sharing this poignant image of her father on an arduous 2010 elk hunt—with an acquaintance who holds anti-hunting attitude. What did this image say to him? On this Father’s Day weekend, read A Picture Worth 1,000 Reasons from NRAFamily.org.

So is the yearlong ammunition shortage easing, and are gun sales still soaring or have they cooled off? AmericanRifleman.org reports on current conditions in the firearm industry.

Finally, if you have been able to actually find a gun in your local retailer’s display case, how was your gun-buying experience? NRAWomen.com Editor-in-Chief Ann Y. Smith thought her days of being condescended to by male store clerks were behind her—until this happened. Have we really come a long way (baby)?

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