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Neal Knox has passed away 17 JAN 2005

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Neal Knox, former vice president of the National Rifle Association and long-time leader of the gun rights movement, died at his home on January 17, 2005 following a year-long battle with colon cancer. He was sixty-nine. He is survived by his wife, Jay Janen Knox (Shirley) and his four children; Christopher, Shan, Jeffrey, Stacey, and seven grandchildren.
Born Clifford Neal Knox on June 20, 1936 in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, Neal spent most of his early life in Texas, graduating from Vernon, Texas High School and attending Abilene Christian College. His early working years included eight years in the Texas National Guard, stints in insurance and the oil business, and assignments as a reporter for the Vernon Daily Record and, later, the Wichita Falls Times and Record News. At that same time, he was demonstrating his life-long interest in firearms as a freelance writer for several gun magazines.

Neal realized his dream of becoming a full-time gun writer in 1966 when he became the founding editor of Gun Week newspaper. A few years later he took over as editor of Handloader magazine and oversaw the creation of Rifle magazine. In 1971 he and his partner moved the magazines from Peoria, Illinois to Prescott, Arizona.

In 1978 Neal left his dream job and moved to the Washington, D.C. area to wholly commit himself to the cause of gun rights and the Second Amendment. He served four years as Executive Director of the Institute for Legislative Action, the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association.

Since 1984, as chairman of the Firearms Coalition, Neal has dedicated himself to writing, speaking and lobbying for the development and support of grassroots gun rights organizations.

During his life, Neal competed in, and often won, competitions in virtually every shooting discipline, including winning a national title in bench rest. In addition to his shooting interests, he was an accomplished pilot, holding instrument and multi-engine ratings.

A memorial service has been scheduled for 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 20, at the Manassas Church of Christ, 8110 Signal Hill Road in Manassas, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Firearms Coalition Neal Knox Memorial Fund, Box 3313, Manassas, VA 20108. Tax-deductible donations may be made to Academics for the Second Amendment Neal Knox Memorial Fund. Contributions may also be made in his name to the Rainbow Children's Home in Gainesville, Virginia.

A personal message from Neal Knox to his friends and supporters

This is as big a tragedy to our side as losing Sarah Brady would be to the enemy.

Resquiat en Pace, Neal Knox. The problems of this world are no longer yours to deal with. The rest is up to us. You have fought the good fight, and you deserve the good rest that comes from the Lord.

Neal Knox would want us to continue the fight, and I intend on not making his work for nothing.

Death to Tyrants!!!
Lev 26:14-39

Those who would offer any interpretation that would relegate Amendment II to "relic" status of a bygone era are blatantly stating that the remainder of the Bill of Rights isn't worth a damn, either.

Luke 22:36.
"Followers of Christ, be armed."


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