Each year, NRA honors the youngest and oldest members in attendance at the Members Meeting. We had the opportunity to meet with the father of one of the youngest member winners, Ken Klukowski, co-author of Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America and The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency. His 5-month-old son is named Remington. Yes, he’s a paid life member. :)
The oldest life member at the meeting was a gentleman from Oklahoma (woo hoo!) who is 95 years old. He joined NRA in 1938. Needless to say, he has gotten his money’s worth! He has a very simple message to members in the audience: Go vote this year.
I felt particularly old when a member got up and announced that his daughter won youngest Life member in 1995 and is now headed off to college on a rifle scholarship. He just wanted to thank the organization for everything they provided in opportunities so she could pursue the sport and end up competing in college on a scholarship.
I was talking to a reporter who came to report on the meeting, and he even commented that he paid attention to that section of the meeting because it was cool. None of the anti-gun groups have anything like it. They aren’t membership organizations with meetings where members can actually vote on issues that could impact their association. They don’t have contests among thousands of members for oldest and youngest Life members. Only our side has created that kind of culture where we celebrate with one another.