Fairfax, Virginia - It was a storm unlike any other.
Timid in parts, brutal in others, Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern United States with the greatest of ease. Millions were left without power, thousands without homes and hundreds in ruin. The power has returned for a lucky few, but for most the recovery will take longer.
I was one of the lucky ones.
The power was out for a couple of days, the roof sprung a few leaks and there's a considerable amount of clean up to complete, but it could have been much worse. It could have been much worse. Let me give you an example.
One employee here at NRA, we'll call him Doug, was braving the frakenstorm with wife and kids when he heard a crash. Looking outside, he discovered that a tree had fallen on a neighbor's car. Further inspection revealed that said neighbor was actually in the car.
Springing to action, Doug grabbed an assortment of tools and ran to her aid. Hammers, saws, pry bars and more were pushed and swung. Within five minutes she was free. Though the car was total, the neighbor escaped unscathed. Neighbor helping neighbor in a time of crisis.
Today we pick up the pieces.
Kids go back to school, parents back to work and the National Rifle Association is open for business. The range, the firearms museum, the whole ball of wax.
If you're still working your way out, then work your way out. If you are already out, then think about lending a hand. Things will return to normal soon enough. Thoughts of Thanksgiving, Christmas shopping and New Year celebrations will begin to fill your days.
But this hurricane, Hurricane Sandy, this hurricane we will not soon forget.