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Peaceably Assemble: The NRA Comes to Houston

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  • NRA Convention 2013 - Welcome

    The conference opened with a Leadership Forum featuring defiant speeches by a who’s who of the 2012 Republican presidential field, including Governor Rick Perry, former Governor Sarah Palin, former Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Bobby Jindal.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - Aim

    An exhibition attendee eyes a magnifying scope.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - Rascals

    The Rascal, a single-shot bolt action rifle for youth, comes in several colors.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - safe

    A representative for Jotto Gear shows an attendee a fingerprint-locked gun safe concealed behind a sliding mirror.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - holsters

    A display of gun holsters in exotic leathers.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - case-study

    An attendee studies a case of fine rifles. Rare, antique, and historically accurate weapons were a major draw on the exhibition floor.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - Bushmaster

    Adam Lanza used a version of this assault rifle, the Bushmaster ACR (Adaptive Combat Rifle), in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. Fears that the weapon will soon be banned have driven up its popularity.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - guard

    A Houston Police Officer stands guard during the Leadership Forum.
  • NRA Convention 2013 - We-the-People

    Defense of liberty and the Constitution was a major theme. An attendee’s cap reads “We the People.”

This weekend, an estimated 70,000 people converged on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to attend the 142nd National Rifle Association Annual Meeting and Exhibits. Part gun show (non-biceps variety) and part political rally, the event also served as a massive support group for firearm enthusiasts who feel scapegoated and demonized each time the U.S. suffers a mass shooting.