THE 2015 NRA convention, held in Nashville, is now history. I haven't seen the official numbers, but I understand it was the best ever in terms of attendance. Because my motel was a few miles from downtown, I took cabs. It was interesting to note the reaction of some of the drivers. They wanted to know what went on inside that building. Were there lots of guns there? Why did people go there anyway?
I've been going most of my adult life, and have missed attending only when there were conflicts. I go for a number of reasons. First, it's the NRA. We go to show our support for the Second Amendment. The people who attend are all part of a big fraternity. We all have the same mindset. We're united, we're patriots, we love our country, and we believe we have the right to protect ourselves, and to use firearms for hunting, recreation, and competitive events.
The NRA convention is also a huge shooting/hunting expo, with hundreds of booths in the exhibit hall where you can see everything from firearms to ammo, camo clothing, decoys, game calls, outfitters, gun accessories -- you name it. It's all there. In a picture here, I'm visiting the Timney Triggers booth, getting first-hand information on new products.
You can also watch firearms demonstrations put on by experts who will teach you tricks and tips on firearms use. There are also seminars where a wide variety of subjects are addressed.
And you can stand within a few feet of national celebrities and shake their hand after they give a talk, such as Oliver North pictured here. All these folks are totally accessible and approachable.
You can attend meetings and listen to politicians if you care to. This year, most of the people who are running for the Republican presidential position were there, speaking about their platforms.
And if you just like to have fun, the whole town was geared to entertain NRA members. Welcome signs were everywhere.
Everyone was smiling.
Happy faces all over Nashville. And next year we'll do it again, in Louisville, Kentucky.