By Danielle Sturgis | June 10 2010 05:00
The following article was featured in in Alabama's Dothan Eagle earlier this week:
Local NRA chapter to fund school shooting program

Joe Phillips has seen the various characterizations of his beloved organization.

The uninformed, he says, may hear the term “NRA” and think of militia-like groups of men with long beards hunkered down in rural compounds with vast arsenals. But the National Rifle Association is something totally different to Phillips. He sees the association as a body that promotes gun safety, supports worthy causes and defends the Constitution’s 2nd Amendment.

“Of course you don’t agree with everything the NRA does, but name me some organization or institution that you’re going to agree on every little thing,” said Phillips, who has helped organize the local chapter’s Friends of the NRA Banquet for the past nine years. “In my opinion, the good outweighs the bad 10-1.”

Phillips said more than 500 people are expected to attend Thursday’s banquet, during which the local chapter will donate $12,000 to two county schools for gun/shooting safety and instruction programs...  This year, the chapter will present $6,000 checks to Ashford High School and Rehobeth High School to fund the programs. A teacher from each school has taken an NRA-certified course to teach rifle instruction.

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