A Tribute to Charlton Heston, a Hollywood Rarity!

Posted on Mon 04/07/2008 by


Former NRA Prresident Charton HestonFormer NRA president Charlton Heston, 1923-2008


“His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man.” –


By Mark Alexander

Today American mourns the loss of a great Patriot: Charlton Heston. Heston died at home Saturday with his wife Lydia at his side. He was 84. As an actor, Heston won an Oscar in 1959 for his role as “Ben-Hur.” He also portrayed Moses and Michelangelo, as well as many other roles. Heston was a rarity in Hollywood: someone who fought for constitutional integrity and civil rights including the palladium of all rights, those guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Indeed, Heston was elected president of the National Rifle Association in 1998 and served until 2003, when he stepped down due to health concerns. Also in 2003, Heston was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S. This great friend of and of liberty will be missed.

The Patriot offers some of Charlton Heston’s finest speeches on our website: and on .


“Today, my heart is heavy with the loss of Charlton Heston. America has lost a great patriot. The Second Amendment has lost a faithful friend. So have I, and so have four million NRA members and eighty million gun owners. And so has every American who cares about the Bill of Rights, individual liberty, and Freedom. My heart is heavy, but not without a sense of pride. Pride in a man who devoted his life to his profession with grace and dignity. Pride in an American who devoted himself to civil rights, to correcting injustices around him, and to standing up for what he knew was right. Pride in a friend who stood with me and stood with fellow NRA members to preserve our freedom for future generations. Pride in a patriot who believed with every fiber of his being that our Bill of Rights is the foundation of our freedom that makes Americans singular among the masses of nations. And now, Charlton Heston has passed that duty to us-the next generation. I am as proud to continue his cause as I am to have known him as my friend.” -Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association of America

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