The NRA Annual Meeting, Houston, is now history, with attendance in the neighborhood of 86,000.
Here are some of the people I met at the convention – (See photos HERE.)
University of Tennessee graduate Alan Gottlieb was there with the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I had the opportunity to chat with Gottlieb, and we spoke briefly about the Winbigler v. Warren County Housing Authority case. Gottlieb related the fact that the parties had come to a settlement, with attorney’s fees paid by the WCHA. The net result is that a person can’t be legally denied Second Amendment rights simply because he lives in subsidized housing. Scuttlebutt is that Her Honor was reluctant to sign the order.
A lady from Oklahoma was sitting on the patio, and we struck up a conversation about, uh, guns. She made the statement, “My front door is to protect you, not me.” (You may have to think about that one…)
No NRA convention is complete without its 10,000 strong contingent of protesters. Well, actually, it was probably more like twenty to thirty protesters (maybe less, if you take out the press). I went across the street and met with some of the opposition. I asked about their position on abortion. One answered pro life. The rest stated they were pro choice, with statements that closely duplicate John Kerry’s position, ‘Personally I am against abortion, but I am in favor of a woman’s right to choose.’
The ensuing conversation with Steve Crowder, a self proclaimed Texas progressive, bares the dissonance in their thinking; that is, they support a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy, but not her right to choose the weapon she deems appropriate for personal defense.
Crowder agreed that a woman has right to defend herself, but he doesn’t like like AR-15. He prefers that she use the Biden Special, a 12 gauge shotgun. I explained to him that, although the 12 gauge may be a good choice, it may not be the best choice. The shotgun has a very heavy recoil, which is difficult for smaller people to control. The AR-15, on the other hand, has very light recoil, and with training, makes a very effective home defense firearm, with reduced risk of hitting innocents in another room, or nearby house.
I stopped by the Ruger booth, and asked if they had produced a .22 Magnum pistol, on the order of the Kel-Tec PMR-30. I showed the gentleman the hits I had gotten on my post on this, and he said,
So you are the one that keeps stirring that up!
I went to the press room, and saw Alan Korwin. He and I discussed his idea of Diplomatic Carry. There is something for you to chew on. Korwin is a deep thinker with an unbelievable sense of humor.
I saw some bloggers I had met before in Pittsburgh. Jay, of MArooned, who told a little story illustrating the absurdity of many gun laws. Jay related how he had been in Colorado, and had to have his handgun concealed while driving his car, yet had to be careful to uncover it when he got out to pump gas. Nancy R. of Excels at Nothing was there, and told about open carry in Virginia. Then, I looked across the room and saw Kenn Blanchard, the Black Man with a Gun. It was good to meet Kenn, the host of the Urban Shooter Podcast.
I ran into Massad Ayoob, arguably the most prolific gun writer ever. I first met him and the crew at an open house in Live Oak, several years ago.
I learned of an interesting new project going on in Houston, the Armed Citizen Project (ACP). We had a chance to chat with James Rains, of the ACP, who’s organization is
. . . choosing mid-high crime neighborhoods in cities across America, and offering defensive weapons to citizens that can pass a background check, and that will take our safety, legal, and tactical training.
Next year, Indianapolis. I hope to see you there.
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