I was at the 1998 NRA Convention in Philadelphia. I was there to see Charlton Heston, cast my vote for the Board of Directors and generally show my support for the NRA. While I was down at the new Convention Center I had the chance to show my disapproval of then Mayor Edward G. Rendell for his nonsensical policies on gun control and crime. I also got to confront gun control extremists that were protesting outside of the convention. I have a long history of being an advocate for Second Amendment rights and confronting anti gun and anti hunting politicians and protesters.I have been a member of the NRA since 1980.
At the convention Mr. Heston proclaimed while holding a 18th century musket high in the air "you will get my guns from my cold dead hands". Meaning you will never take my guns from me while I am alive to defend our freedoms. Later after the speech I was able to get a quick handshake and hello from Mr.Heston. There were a lot of people there vying for his attention but I just wanted to shake his hand and say thank you for all you have done. I did that in mere seconds and he was gone. Mr. Heston's hands were neither cold nor dead but full of life and exuberance.
Charlton Heston's life and accomplishments go far beyond that of being the President and spokesperson of the NRA. His accomplishments will be forever preserved on film and that I cannot add to. Mr.Heston's film accomplishments speak for themself. I would just like to thank him once again for all that he has done to enrich my thoughts and all of his efforts for keeping freedom alive and well.
We have lost two high profile and thoughtful conservatives so far this year with the deaths of Charlton Heston yesterday and William F. Buckley just a few weeks ago. They would want us to continue on meeting the challenges ahead with their same thoughtfulness and entusiasm. Good bye Mr. Heston, my prayers and sympathy go out to your family. You will be missed by all of us.