Official numbers are in, and a grand total of 80,452 National Rifle Association members attended the 145th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits last weekend in Louisville, Ky.—the second largest gathering in the Association’s history.
In step with the high overall attendance number, an estimated 10,000-plus members attended Friday’s NRA-ILA Leadership Forum to hear Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and several others speak. And 12,000-plus tickets were sold for the affiliated Saturday night Toby Keith concert.
The only other NRA Annual Meeting to exceed the Louisville event in participation was the 2013 event in Houston, Texas, which drew an attendance of 86,228.
NRA-ILA Chief Vows Push For National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity
Speaking to the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, Executive Director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action Chris Cox said, “We need a Congress to pass national Right-to-Carry reciprocity and a president to sign it into law, and we’re not going to stop until we get it.”
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who also addressed NRA members at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday, has also said that Right-to-Carry permits issued by states should be recognized by all 50 states.
Trump also took aim at the naive and counterproductive concept of so-called “gun-free zones,” whose only effect is to leave good people defenseless against evil people who are guaranteed plenty of disarmed and helpless victims. “We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, OK? I can tell you that,” Trump said. “We’re getting rid of them.”
Gun Control Alive And Thriving In Chicago
Gun control rolls on in Chicago, and so does its deadly consequences. This past weekend saw five killed and 40 wounded in shootings that took place between Friday afternoon and Monday morning.
“We need more values, fewer guns and stronger sentences against violence offenders,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Sunday. “Everyone has a role to play in fixing it—police working with parents, judges, residents, clergy, community leaders and others.”
Johnson’s right about stronger sentences—Chicago isn’t going to solve inner-city gang violence by sending criminals immediately back to the streets. Coupled with the city’s strict gun-control legislation that leaves guns only in the hands of criminals, it shouldn’t be any surprise that violent crime is the result.
These weekend tallies from the Windy City have become predictable if not preventable. When will city leaders determine that the deadly toll is simply too great to ignore?
Moms Demand Action Again Sees Very Little Action
While 80,452 freedom-loving Americans were packing the aisles of the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., Moms Demand gun-control supporters were packing barely a couple of rows at the group’s protest “rally.” Not even free tickets and coverage from a local newspaper could persuade more than a couple dozen people to show up.
If this sounds like the same story, second verse … it is. Moms Demand attempted to stage a rally during last year’s NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville. Despite the fact that only some 150 people showed up, the anti-gun zealots took artfully arranged photographs to make it appear as if a large throng of supporters were in attendance. Aerial photos of the gathering later exposed the group’s deception.
There were, however, plenty of real moms in attendance at this year’s Louisville show. Many proudly displayed their “I’m an NRA Mom” button and proclaimed their support of the Second Amendment.
Maryland Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bill Into Law
Maryland’s Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday signed pro-gun legislation into law in a state where victories for gun rights are sometimes few and far between.
The legislation—House Bill 312, sponsored by Republicans Sid Saab in the House of Delegates and Michael Hough in the Senate under Senate Bill 208—repeals the redundant requirement that applicants for renewals of wear and carry permits submit their fingerprints again.
The much-needed reform reduces the cost and inconvenience of renewing permits in the state of Maryland. And Gov. Hogan, the lawmakers who supported this reform and the activists who helped push it through to the governor’s desk, all deserve the thanks of every Maryland gun owner.
Armed Tulsa Woman Stops Home Invasion
A Tulsa woman used her firearm to stop two home invaders who busted into her house on Sunday night.
According to local media reports, the woman reported that two men were kicking in her door around 9 p.m. on Sunday. As the men entered her home, she went to her room, grabbed her gun and repeatedly warned them that she was armed and they should leave. When they continued to come toward her, she fired three rounds, hitting one of them in the chest and causing both to flee the scene.
Police said the wounded intruder was dropped off at a nearby hospital, where he was admitted to ICU in serious condition. Police are still searching for the other suspect.