The NRA just finished what might have been its biggest convention ever after spending the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center. There were plenty of celebrity speakers on hand to talk about the fight for Second Amendment rights, and about the pride they take in being a member of the organization.
“The Governor of Texas is still a proud lifetime member of the National Rifle Association,” Governor Rick Perry told the crowd on Friday.
Many of the guest speakers got emotional when talking about the current battle with those that want more restrictions on guns.
Radio talk show host Glenn Beck told the crowd on Saturday that, “The freedom of all mankind, make no mistake, is at stake. I will speak and I will speak only the truth as I understand it come what may.”
“Our freedom is under attack. Our liberty, way of life is being legislated out of existence. Our rights are being diminished,” Beck said during his address on Saturday night.
Other guest speakers included Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin. The former Vice Presidential candidate took aim at what she called “liberal media” and President Barack Obama.
“The media is now the reliable poodle-skirted cheerleader for a President who writes the book on exploiting tragedy,” Palin said.
Sunday was Youth Day at the convention with many exhibits aimed at gun safety and children. There were also many women in attendance. Natalie Foster of Girls Guide to Guns told KTRH this is not something you want to miss next year in Indianapolis.
“It’s really impressive. My little brother came. It was not what he expected or saw coming,” Foster explained.
There were some protesters, as expected. But the number wasn’t as large as NRA opponents hoped for. Some had KTRH’s Matt Patrick scratching his head with the kind of theories he was putting out there. For instance, comparing gun ownership to global warming.
“To solve global warming we need global peace. To have global peace we have to get everybody to lay down their arms,” the protester told Patrick.
Erica Lafferty made news before the convention by announcing that she would come down to Houston to confront NRA officials. Her mother, Dawn Hochsprung, was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Hochsprung was one of the people killed in the Newtown shootings six months ago.
“I didn’t want to let my mom’s name be just another on the list of names read of people who were murdered violently with guns,” Lafferty told our television partner, Local 2.
Final numbers will come out today but the NRA thinks 70,000 people attended this weekend.