"It's a nasty truth,
but those who seek to inflict harm are not fazed by gun control
laws. I happen to know this from personal experience.
You know, I've always felt a special
bond with the members of your group. You live by Lincoln's words,
``Important principles may and must be inflexible.'' Your philosophy
put its trust in people. So, you insist on individuals being held
responsible for their actions. The NRA believes that America's laws
were made to be obeyed and that our constitutional liberties are
just as important today as 200 years ago.
And by the way, the Constitution
does not say that government shall decree the right to keep and
bear arms. The Constitution says ``. . . the right of the people
to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.'' [Applause] Thank
you very much. I wish I'd saved that and said it last. [Laughter]