Category: NRA Convention

Violence Policy Center: NRA Show Shows NRA As Industry Shill


Email blast from the Violence Policy Center re: the NRA’s upcoming Annual Meeting (TTAG will be there):

Dear VPC Supporter,

Wayne LaPierre, Ted Nugent, and the rest of the NRA leadership will be in Indianapolis later this month for the NRA’s annual meeting which begins on April 25. We don’t expect they will mention the fact that Indianapolis has a murder rate higher than Chicago’s and that most of those killings are committed with guns. And we don’t expect them to stop opposing even the most limited policy changes that would help stop the gun violence epidemic. We do expect, however, that gun industry representatives will be there in force to promote “spectacular displays of firearms … from every major firearm company in the country.” . . .

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You Wish Your “Grassroots” Organization Was as Big…


On Saturday night I was a guest of TTAG and Dan Zimmerman at a local event. His wife, my wife and other like-minded folk attended a Friends of the NRA dinner where hundreds of gun nuts get together and place bids on donated items. One of my clients, Mid America Arms, was in attendance offering their FFL services to make sure winners of firearms passed the appropriate background checks before taking possession of their rifles, pistols and shotguns . . .

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SAF Sends NRA a Big Attaboy

The National Rifle Association may be the official whipping boy of the national media these days, but Alan Gottlieb seems to have had a good time in Houston this past weekend. In fact, The Second Amendment Foundation’s taken the time to issue a press release congratulating the NRA on a very successful shindig . . .

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Nick Leghorn on GOA Radio

In which I talk with Bill Frady about the NRA Annual Meeting, competition shooting and other gunny topics. As always, it’s up on the podcast as well (I just checked and it does indeed work).

How I Freaked Out the Anti-Gun Media

During last weekend’s NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, I gave a presentation on home defense concepts. One of the the suggestions I offered was keeping a gun – locked securely in a quick-access safe – in your child’s room. Just in case. As you may have heard, my tip was picked up by members of the anti-gun media (yes, that’s redundant) and has been spun as advice that gun owners store their firearms in their children’s room . . .

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VP Joe Biden Op Ed Brands the NRA A Terrorist Organization

 Vice President Joe Biden (courtesy

In a Sunday op-ed piece for the Houston ChronicleBiden: Background checks are key to gun safety, Vice President Joe Biden once again puts the NRA in his sights. [Full editorial after the jump.] It’s a mean meme and the gun grabbers mean business. In his graduation speech at Ohio State University, the Prez warned the young’uns “Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works.” That would be the NRA. “They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.” If the S H’s the F, the administration will SWAT NRA HQ in a New York [Mayor Bloomberg] minute. I bet Wayne’s warriors are ready for it, too. How great is that?

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Question of the Day: Is This Funny?


From the

The National Rifle Association is holding its 142nd annual meeting in downtown Houston this weekend. Here are the scheduled events:


  • 12 p.m.: Welcoming introduction video from President Obama
  • 12:30 p.m.: Security forced to hold back squealing teenage girls in attendance as Wayne LaPierre takes stage
  • 12:35 p.m.: Quick joke about how everyone in attendance must have passed a background check to warm up the crowd
  • 1 p.m.: Most unconscionable words you could ever imagine met with enthusiastic cheers from thousands of people
  • 3 p.m.: Remembrance of the victims of Sandy Hook with an extended moment of loud, scrambling excuse-making
  • 6 p.m.: Reasoned, level-headed debate on whether the Second Amendment continues to hold relevance.

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