By Vance Ewing
My wife and I had the opportunity to attend the 147th Annual NRA Conference in Dallas. Fifteen acres of firearms, related products, and at least twenty different training seminars, including speeches by President Trump and Vice President Pence. The most moving part of the conference for me, was on Saturday night. Dana Loesch, was the master of ceremonies for a concert event that included The Gatlin Brothers, Travis Tritt and The Charlie Daniels Band. Prior to the concert, everyone was led in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem; it gave me goosebumps to be part of that experience. It spoke to me that as a “Political Event,” we celebrated a country that gives us the freedom to agree, or disagree, on a whole range of issues. Wouldn’t it be incredible if all protestors started out honoring those same freedoms that allow them to protest and THEN peacefully protested?
I attended several seminars regarding new training opportunities that the NRA is currently developing. One training event, Carry Guard, has beginners, intermediate, and advanced training tracks for those who already have a concealed carry permit. The training is based on each individual person’s skill level and progressively teaches the knowledge, skills and mindset required. NRA Trainers have a saying, “People don’t rise to the occasion in violent confrontations, they fall down to the level of their training.” We encourage you to get serious in your training and not just go to the range and “plink” around for an hour. Knowledge on how to protect yourself or someone you love is often a great confidence builder. That confidence cascades to more confidence, and willingness, to learn new skills. The NRA is focused on protecting the 2nd Amendment, and it does that best, by training people to be safe, and skillful, with their firearms. Please take the time to understand the mission of the NRA, make the commitment to join the NRA, get training, and let your voice be heard. We look forward to having a caravan join us in 2019 for the 148th Annual NRA Conference.
Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129