Ah, the NRA. The staunch defenders of Second Amendment freedom. Remember the mantra, and say it with me: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Ommmmmmmmm.”
The NRA’s convention kicks off this week, at the 350,000 square foot Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. And all of those “good guys with guns” will be looking at a display of weaponry that the NRA is calling “Nine Acres of Guns.” Perfect, if some pesky terrorist should drop in, with the intent of wreaking havoc amongst the constitution loving, god fearing Americans who will be in attendance, right? Just grab the nearest gun, and go postal on his Allah loving ass. But, there’s one problem. None of the guns will be operational.
According to a report in The Tennessean, all guns on display at the convention will have their firing pins removed, “for safety.”
A multilevel security plan went into works not long after Nashville was chosen as the convention destination. All guns on the convention floor will be nonoperational, with the firing pins removed, and any guns purchased during the NRA convention will have to be picked up at a Federal Firearms License dealer, near where the purchaser lives, and will require a legal identification.
Not only that, but, the Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators NHL team, which will host some convention events, has a strict “no guns” policy. It is true, as some NRA allies have pointed out in response to this story, that you can carry your own gun into the Music City Center, providing you have the proper permits. But, if you are going to an event such as Saturday’s Alan Jackson concert at the Bridgestone Arena, you’ll just have to check your weapons at the door.
Republicans turn out for the NRA.
Of course, all the usual suspects will be in attendance at the NRA soiree. Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul, the two currently announced Republican presidential candidates, will speak at a political forum on Friday. The Tennessean says that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Indiana governor Mike Pence, former Texas governor Rick Perry, Florida senator Marco Rubio, and of course, former half term governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, will be in attendance. If all of those names aren’t enough to turn your stomach, Ted Nugent will also put in an appearance, and it is reported that he might sing.
One person who will be missing from the event is Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Haslem. The NRA has said that they were unable to provide a speaking opportunity for Haslem during the convention’s opening. But some suspect that Haslem’s past membership in Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns,” as well as his opposition to a proposed bill allowing guns in Tennessee’s public parks, may have made him unwelcome.
Here’s a report on the convention, and the politicians who will be attending, from WSMV:
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