December 2019 • Issue No. 52
We Say Hello to a New Decade, a New Year and a New Newsletter
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER
Wow. This is it. This is the last time I will be writing to you through our Concealed Carry Report!
I have to admit that I don’t know exactly what to say. I thought about pulling together some of my favorite quotes to really make this meaningful and memorable. Instead, I got caught up reading some of YOUR quotes and looking through some of the thoughts, the comments and the feedback you’ve shared with us through the years. Some of the messages stopped me in my tracks … because THIS is exactly why we do what we do!
“I joined the USCCA for the wealth of information it provides, as well as the peace of mind it brings. Staying focused, staying trained, staying sharp, staying informed and having some fun while doing it are all reasons why I’m a proud member of the USCCA.”
– William F.
“I had no idea how much [USCCA] training would improve my skill level and my confidence.”
– Michael T.
“Although I have been a member for a short period of time, I have learned much from the USCCA.”
– Joya S.
“I can’t thank you enough for providing this service and the wealth of information to help people like me. I take gun ownership and the responsibilities that come with it very seriously and want to be prepared in the correct way. There is now something compelling me to do this. Your organization is guiding me to realize that goal.”
– Nancy B.
“Tim, words are inadequate to express my appreciation to you and all others at USCCA for all that has been done — and continues to be done — to assist Americans toward … safety and what we hope to retain as freedom with which we’ve been blessed up to this date and hour.”
– Lynn C.I wish I could share more but I have promised to streamline these emails, after all! Just know that your kind words and thoughts (and your feedback) have made a big difference. And thanks to all of you, the USCCA has accomplished a lot over this last year. When I look back over the last decade, I can’t help but be inspired by the massive amount of growth and change we’ve experienced, from our very humble beginnings to now more than 300,000 members. Our mission to train, educate and protect remains the same, but we have so many more people on our team, working together to celebrate, support and fight for our right to protect the ones we love.
This may be the last CCR you get from me, but I am so excited for what’s in store! And because of that, I’ve decided that the best way to say goodbye to something like this is to remember everything we’ve accomplished and to look forward to what’s coming next. That means that this little “farewell” is also a pretty big “hello!” How awesome is that? We have our brand new email newsletter, First Line, coming to you soon. We have a New Year to celebrate in just a few more days. And 2020 will bring us a brand new decade, wide open with opportunities and possibilities.
So one last quote before I sign off, since it’s a really good one. I leave you with the words of Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, dream, discover.”
Thanks so much for supporting the USCCA! I’m excited to take this next step forward and I hope you are, too.
Here’s to a very happy New Year and a host of wonderful new experiences.
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
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