Over the course of a single, three-day weekend in May 2013 in Houston, Texas, nearly 90,000 law-abiding American citizens came together to celebrate freedom at the 142nd annual convention of the National Rifle Association of America. Those men, women and children who came to Houston did so despite nearly six months of relentless attacks on their values and beliefs by President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and many others.
These many thousands of law-abiding citizens came together in the heart of the Lone Star State not out of fear, as the gun-control advocates who demonize the NRA would have us believe; rather, these every-day folks joined together based on a firm understanding that our Founding Fathers got it right two and a quarter centuries ago, when they crafted a Constitution that guaranteed to us the principle that power resides in the hands of We the People not They the Government.
Roaming the floor of the Convention Center prior to the Monday morning NRA Board meeting, at which I was sworn in to a sixth three-year term as an NRA Board member, I was struck yet again by the decency, the sense of responsibility, the patriotism, and the everyday common sense of my countrymen who support the NRA. There were parents, grandparents and children browsing the acres of exhibits, not in protest, but in celebration. Mixed among theme were bikers, students, military veterans and police officers who shared in the sense that, left to our own devices as citizens, we can rally together and accomplish great things and simple, everyday tasks alike.