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"North Carolina State law prohibits the carrying of firearms in the Charlotte Convention Center, and the Time Warner Cable Arena," the sign outside the convention hall reads. "In addition, the Rules and Regulations of the Charlotte Convention Center prohibit the carrying of firearms in the Center. Pursuant to Time Warner Cable Arena policy, all individuals entering the Arena will be subject to a magnetometer security check."
Sound like the entryway into this years' Netroots Nation, a convention of liberal bloggers?
Well, it isn't: it's the sign outside the door to the convention for the country's largest gun rights organization, the NRA.
While the National Rifle Association is pushing for looser rules governing concealed weapons, they've agreed to restrictions opposing to the weapons appearing on their own convention floor. The national gun lobby held their event in Charlotte, NC this past weekend.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is waging a campaign against state laws that permit businesses to bar firearms from company property--and against organizations that support such company policies.
In August the NRA issued a call to its members for a boycott against Houston-based
ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66 products. The energy and refinery giant loomed into the NRA's crosshairs when it became a plaintiff in a suit to overturn a 2004 Oklahoma state law that bars businesses from prohibiting firearms in locked vehicles on company property.
One gun-rights enthusiast writing on an open-carry forum said he was confused by the organization's justification for a gun ban at their event.
"I'm scratching my head here," the poster wrote. "Shouldn't the NRA go out of its way to accommodate the gun-carrying (not just the gun owning) public?
"Why not a gathering at some sort of park, private club, or open carry friendly restaurant? (renting out an entire large restaurant that is confirmed to be gun-carry friendly and legal) Are they saying they are not truly smart or savvy enough to find a place that will accomplish this goal and show us as we truly are instead of disarming us? If a gun show can be held at the State Fairgrounds (or a convention center or some place like that), why not a gun-owner gathering?"
"I just don't get it," the poster added.
Originally posted by jdub297
reply to post by clay2 baraka
The NRA did NOT ban guns from its meeting.
The Convention Center bans "carrying concealed" weapons.
According to legitimate news sources, there were thousands of guns available for sale and in collectors' displays.
This policy has nothing to do whatsoever with political positions.
Anyone who would conflate libertarianism, abortion rights, the 2nd
amendment, tea party conservatives, and conservatism generally is either trying to push a phony political agenda or just doesn't understand the basic differences and positions.
Originally posted by earthdude
I bet they had a choice: ban guns or ban cocktails. They chose the cocktails. Many US states have laws to keep alcohol and guns seperate. This is because of people's tendancy to start shooting once they get drunk. NRA members are not known for their opposition to alcohol consumption, in fact they seem to love the booze.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Another disconnect among the fake 2nd A crowd is their seemingly unified stance on abortion. They harp day and night how gun control only hurts the lawful gun owner then push for abortion control. Criminals not being followers of the law is a major point of their attempt to get it across to the thicker heads that laws and regulations do not prevent or stop crimes. So ban abortion to stop abortion? Yeah. Makes a lot of sense.
Same difference. Choosing a venue that prohibits open carry all the while lobbying and railing against businesses that prohibit open carry firearms.. Double standard.
Did you click on any above links?
Originally posted by Wolf321
What exactly is the 'fake 2nd A crowd?'
I consider myself in the group you mention, in that I am very much pro-gun rights as well as pro-life. I don't see how the two are in conflict. I see them both as defending life. One ensures a person has the ability to defend life, the other prohibits the destruction of life.