It's great to be here today, among so many friends, and I appreciate your warm welcome. As you might imagine, I don't get invited to many parties in this town. That's okay. I came to Washington when I was about your age, but I didn't come here to be popular. I came here to stand for what I believe is true.The political elites may not like it. The liberal media can keep hating on me. But I'm still standing, unapologetic and unflinching in defense of our individual freedom. They can call me crazy and whatever else they want, but NRA's nearly 5 million members and America's 100 million gun owners will not back down -- not now, not ever.

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