When I was a child, my father taught me to shoot and to hunt.
He taught me that hunting was a way to keep the government honest.
I wanted to be a hunter, and I wanted it to be safe, he said.
In my youth, my mother would take me to the local gun range and teach me how to shoot.
But when she got married, she became a single mom.
She would drive me to and from school, take me shopping, and take me out to dinner.
And every time I went to the range, she’d say, “You’re not going to be able to do that.
You can’t do that.”
When I finally went to a range, I felt like I’d lost a step.
I couldn’t find my rifle and my ammunition.
My father didn’t have a gun.
And so, I decided to become a gun owner.
I had no idea that hunting had anything to do with hunting.
But I didn’t need a gun to be an outdoorsman, either.
The National Rifle Association is one of the largest gun manufacturers in the world, with sales totaling more than $7 billion last year.
The organization has more than 1,500 branches around the country.
As a young boy, I could tell the NRA’s message was important to me.
It’s about the Second Amendment, I told myself, because I wanted people to know they have a right to defend themselves and their families.
I loved hunting.
And it’s what I would always do.
But my life changed when my mom died of breast cancer in 2011.
My dad became a ward of the state and became homeless.
My brother, who had lived with me since I was two, moved in with me.
He became my best friend.
I began to notice that he wasn’t hunting anymore.
My sister, who also has been a hunter for nearly 40 years, started looking for a new hobby to pursue.
I decided I wanted my own gun.
It was a simple, practical decision.
In the summer of 2014, I called the NRA to see if they had any advice on becoming a hunter.
The response was quick.
I got a phone call the next day.
“Hi, this is Bob,” a voice said.
It took me a moment to realize what he wanted me to say.
I asked him if I could come to his home to get a rifle.
He agreed and he drove me to his place, where he put a few hundred rounds of ammunition in a plastic bag, and told me I was in luck.
I went on a four-day hunt, with a group of friends and a few family members, at the state’s largest indoor shooting range, the one at the top of a hill near his family’s home.
I didn’ have a rifle, but I was shooting at something, I thought.
The NRA gave me a gun, and they offered to teach me everything I needed to know about the hobby.
The experience changed me.
I started to hunt more.
My friends and I hunted together and we hunted in a variety of settings.
I spent a lot of time on the range.
I hunted deer, antelope, antelopes, elk, and a deer that I would throw up and shoot with my dad.
I learned a lot.
I’m an avid hunter, I said to my father, because he told me so.
It made me realize that I have a duty to protect my family, and that I need to hunt in order to do so.
As I continued to hunt, I also became more aware of what the NRA stands for.
The message is simple: We must defend ourselves.
We must be safe.
The motto on the front of the NRA, “A Nation of Law Enforcement,” means that law enforcement has the right to protect and serve.
The words “American Safety,” on the back, mean that we must be prepared to defend our families and communities.
I have no problem with people being hunters.
I am a hunter myself, and the fact that I live in the United States makes me proud.
But as a young man, I saw the NRA and its message that hunting is a way for me to keep my family safe.
I felt that I had to do something.
I researched the NRA website, and came across its NRA-ILA Web site, which has more information about hunting.
The site offers free NRA-certified hunting licenses, which I applied for.
But that wasn’t enough.
I also wanted a rifle for self-defense.
I looked at some other hunting websites and magazines and found one called The Gunfighter.
The book says it’s an “American Classic.”
I was intrigued.
The Gunfight is a book by Charles J. Peters, a former FBI agent who is now a consultant to the NRA.
Peters has written several books on law enforcement and military history.
He is the author of the acclaimed novel, “The Gunfighter,” which tells the story of a veteran who became an armed vigilante after