Warning their members of further gun-control efforts during the waning years of the Obama administration, NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre is calling for the Senate to enact laws that will allow people with handgun carry permits to be armed anywhere in the country, stating; “nobody should be forced to face evil with bare hands.”
The annual convention slogan this year ; “If they can ban one, they can ban them all.” was emblazoned on 60 foot banners adorning the convention center in Nashville. The event brought in over 75,000 supporters to Music City with acres of vendors touting their wares. Seminars from survival to 3-gun and a street concert by Hank, Jr. were just a few of the events that were in store for members.
During the event LaPierre and Chris Cox (head of the NRA-ILA) both painted a bleak picture of the state of our country as well as the dangers that have been presented during the last 650 days of the Obama presidency.
“There is no telling how far President Obama will go to dismantle our freedoms and reshape America into an America that you and I will not even recognize,” LaPierre said. “And when he’s finished he intends to go out with a coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
With Obama’s looming announcement of his support for Clinton’s Democratic nomination for president, Cox had this to say; “Clinton would make Obama look like an amateur when it comes to gun control. Think about it; Hillary Clinton as president of the United States until 2025. Scared yet?”
It wasn’t all NRA supporters that showed up in Nashville, as Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was spotted with a small group of her supporters in a park near the Cumberland River. “Guns for anyone, anywhere, anytime — no questions asked.” was Watt’s mantra for the day,
Jim Porter NRA president was found criticizing politicians and the media on gun rights with phrases like; “They think that they’re better and smarter than we are, as if they’re more sophisticated and intellectually evolved than we are,” Porter continued with “You elitists live however your want, but when it comes to us, get your hands off our freedom and leave us the hell alone.”
Members attending the show had an opportunity to hear speeches from many of the potential Republican presidential candidates, including former Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida; Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry of Texas as well as former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams