BODACIOUS: THE NRA IN ATLANTA
Some 80,000 people are now happily making their way through the National Rifle Association’s bodacious annual meeting and exposition underway in Atlanta, an event that boasts a significant appearance by President Trump. Other rarefied celebrities also will be present at one time or another, including the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO, Wayne LaPierre, and Executive Director Chris W. Cox, Republicans Sens. Ted Cruz and David Perdue, Rep. Clay Higgins, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and former Rep. Allen West. See every speech streamed live online from 12:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at NRATV.com.
In the meantime, Mr. LaPierre does not have anything good to say about the “failing” news media, saying that the press has “never been less trusted, less credible and less respected” and fraught with “malpractice,” among other things.
“For decades you ignored calls from millions of gun owners to just tell the truth. All you had to do was to just get the facts right about our guns and our freedom,” Mr. LaPierre says in a fierce public message to the media. “But you never even pretended to listen. Instead you weaponized the First Amendment against the Second Amendment. Now the whole country sees you as a mockery. Your claim to the truth is as legitimate as a thief’s. If the fact of individual freedom had rested in your hands, America would have fallen long ago.”