The National Rife Association, which is the largest and most powerful gun rights organization in the country, holds its annual meeting in Houston beginning today. It comes at a time that the President and Congress are calling for stricter gun control laws in the wake of the shootings in Newtown and elsewhere around the country last year, and certainly guarantees increased attention and scrutiny from the mainstream media.
As a result, this year’s meeting is expected to attract a record audience, with 70,000 people having already registered. It could possibly reach or top the 80,000 mark by the time the convention ends on Sunday. The media have shown increased interest in covering the event, with 600 credentialed media, doubling the number from last year.
Besides the exhibit hall, which has over 550 exhibitors and 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, there will be numerous seminars on gun safety, home defense and wild game cooking, for those who need some lessons on how to best prepare and cook what they hunt.
In addition to the usual assortment of NRA officials, attendees will also hear today from Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The mainstream media will undoubtedly try to make the speakers and attendees look like the “bitter clingers” that Barack Obama referred to in 2008, but gun owners and enthusiasts know the real score.
If Obama’s final two years in office include a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, our Second Amendment rights will truly be in jeopardy.