Ted Cruz’s Really Big Show
Texas senator Ted Cruz was the last major speaker at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum on Friday — an indicator that NRA convention organizers knew attendees would stay in their seats until the end to hear him. Cruz’…
The Left’s War Against the Culture of Gun Owners
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
The Progressive War Against the Culture of Gun Owners
Permit me to begin with what might seem like a silly observation from the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting in Indianapolis late …
Sights You Just Don’t See Every Day.
Sights from the Exhibit Hall of the 2014 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting#…#
Who knew the NRA had a wine club?
Annie Oakley’s pistol:
At last, a laser sight with a lower carbon emission.
In case you’re looking for something in …
Jindal on Michael Bloomberg: ‘This Guy Could Use Some Humility.’
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who will be speaking twice at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis today, told an amusing story about why he missed a 2006 meeting with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox: His wife went into unexpected …
It’s Tough to Get Distracted When You’re a Single-Issue Group.
From the final Morning Jolt of the week:
Greetings from Indianapolis!
Today at the National Rifle Association’s Annual Meeting, most of the big names come out to speak to the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. Speakers include Governor Mike Pence, …
Do Democrats Still Think the NRA’s Clout Is a Charade?
Senator Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, April 11, 2013:
The NRA’s Supposed Clout Is a Charade
He was right in one sense; the NRA doesn’t spend as much as its rivals. It just gets more for its money, it seems.
Above, the illustration …
The NRA Will Be Scoring the Background-Check Vote
As mentioned in today’s Morning Jolt, the NRA will indeed be scoring all of the upcoming votes on background checks and gun owners. But this doesn’t necessarily mean a full-scale divorce between the NRA and the background-check co-sponsors, …
Apparently the Assault Weapons Ban Didn’t Deserve a Vote After All
Hey, remember President Obama’s big rallying cry at the State of the Union, that all the various “common sense reforms” on gun control deserved a vote?
Today, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that her …
‘We live in an America that is getting harder to recognize every day.’
From the final Morning Jolt of the week:
NRA: Now Romney Allies
So, if you’re going to offer an expected endorsement of a presidential candidate in a key state, what better day to do it than the day …
The Calmer, Gentler ‘Gunny’ Wants You to Vote
The NRA launches its voter-registration drive today — “Trigger the Vote” — with a web video featuring R. Lee “Gunny” Ermey . . . in his new career as a librarian.
The yokel yakking loudly on his cell phone makes an in-joke referring …
Today’s Reminder That Tom Toles Is the Worst Cartoonist In America
To all the usual vices of editorial cartooning — cheap and half-baked premises; labeling of grossly obvious figures and concepts for the benefit of the irredeemably ignorant; unfunny gags; barnacle-encrusted clichés; a totally predictable point of view; glancing-at-best familiarity …
Wayne LaPierre: You Know The National Media Is Lying When They Call Themselves Journalists
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, now speaking to the NRA Annual Meeting’s Leadership Forum, held at the Lucas Oil Stadium:
“One hundred million gun owners will not back down, not now, not ever. Freedom has never needed …
NRA’s LaPierre: ‘Gun Rights Have Become a Metaphor for Something Larger’
National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, addressing donors and key supporters at the NRA Convention in Indianapolis this morning, said, “Gun rights have become a metaphor for something larger: a feeling, this sense of something that’s slipping …
Cox: Bloomberg’s Millions ‘Start-Up Capital to Take This Freedom Away’
Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action (the political and lobbying arm of the organization), kicked off the organization’s annual meeting by declaring that the efforts to push gun control laws at the national and …
Why Do Gun-Rights Supporters Win When Other Conservative Causes Lose?
From the Thursday Morning Jolt:
Why Do Gun Rights Supporters Win When Other Conservative Causes Lose?
Today I’m off to Indianapolis for the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, with a few questions on my mind.
The past …
The NRA Is Not the Same as the NSA
Today’s Morning Jolt begins with a lengthy look at conservative efforts to influence the culture and the role of celebrities; more heartbreaking news out of Syria and a measure of the increasing chaos in the Middle East, a paranoid man …
Heston and the Long-Forgotten ‘NRA Five Day Loaner Program’
In light of Jim Carrey getting grief about his impression of the late Charlton Heston in a sketch mocking gun owners, it’s worth noting that nobody made fun of Heston better . . . than Heston himself.
Shortly after the Brady Bill …
Des Moines Register: On Second Thought, We Oppose Dragging Lawmakers from Trucks.
The editor of the Des Moines Register “regrets the missteps” in handling a column that called for “[tying] Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a …
Romney to NRA: ‘Consider the Courts.’
I’m not at the NRA convention this year, but Mitt Romney will be there. His campaign has released excerpts of his speech today:
[T]he principles of our Constitution are enduring and universal . . . they were not designed to bend …
Shooting, Illustrated, and in Fact, Recorded
I had been meaning to post this since before vacation. In addition to the good guys from NRA News, Shooting Illustrated magazine also taped a video of my first trip to the range at NRA headquarters, and the magazine’s …