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 . . .
In a Sunday op-ed piece for the Houston Chronicle, Biden: 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?
From the onion.com
The National Rifle Association is holding its 142nd annual meeting in downtown Houston this weekend. Here are the scheduled events:
FRIDAY, May 3
- 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.
Daniel Defense has announced that they are entering the ammunition manufacturing racket, competing with Hornady, Remington, Winchester and others for the top spot in quality gun food. They had hoped to start combating the unavailability of 300 AAC Blackout sometime near the middle of the year, but with the current state of ammunition components and manufacturing tools (un)availability, it looks like their plans may be put on hold for a tad longer . . .
There are a ton of writers and photographers from the national media floating around the NRA Annual Convention, and the reason is pretty obvious. With the increased fervor over gun control in the United States, the NRA is, naturally, a lightning rod for civilian disarmament advocates. And their celebration of all things gun related here in Houston is their first time to show off since the events of last December. Wanting to capitalize on that emotional response, a photographer for Bloomberg (pictured above in the light blue shirt) sidled up to me on the show floor in front of the Bushmaster booth and simply asked, “so, which one of these rifles was used in the Newtown shooting?” His next question – who else makes “assault rifles.” . . .
The Andrews Custom Leather web site calls their gear that’s crafted from exotic leathers ‘wearable art’. Sam Andrews says his elephant hide holster is tougher than
shit nails. If the thought of toting your .45 around in what used to be Dumbo’s nose causes you a twinge of guilt, as it did me, rest easy. Mr. Andrews assures us that all of his raw materials — whether it’s crocodile, cape buffalo, monitor lizard, tigershark or Indonesian frog — are ethically sourced. In the case of his pachyderm paraphernalia, it comes from deceased zoo animals. As Nick says, once it’s dead, it’s dead. You might as well put it to good use, no? There’s only one more thing you should never forget, though. Exotics aren’t cheap. So while an elephant hide holster for your prized 1911 will last you the rest of your life (and probably those of your grandchildren), it will run you a cool $500. But you only live once, right?
Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president of the NRA and the main mouthpiece of the organization. I haven’t been much of a fan of how Wayne has handled the post-Newtown gun control fervor. Nevertheless, he was the man at the tiller when the storm hit and by all counts he has weathered it well. But now that the initial battle has been won and appears to have turned into a drawn out conflict, is it time to find a new face for the NRA? One that isn’t an old white guy? Especially after the NRA Annual Meeting, where he was lauded by the powers that be within the NRA, it would be a logical time for him to step aside, going out on top, and let a younger, fresher face take it from here. What do you guys think?
We all knew that there would be protesters outside the NRA’s annual celebration of all things firearms related. I mean, since the NRA just single-handedly defeated the “common sense” measures that 90% of the population wanted, the streets would be flooded with them! Right? Well,right now the protest is in full swing. And there are (and I’m being generous here) about a dozen people in attendance. In fact, the press seems to outnumber the protesters down there.However, the protesters appear to be congregating behind any camera they see to make their numbers appear larger. So a word to the wise: take the mainstream reporting with a sensationalist grain of salt.