‘Moms’ fire back at Inn at New Hyde Park for holding NRA event

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The Inn at New Hyde Park is facing protests in opposition to the catering hall hosting an upcoming NRA event. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Nassau County chapter of Moms Demand Action is firing at the Inn at New Hyde Park for planning to hold a National Rifle Association event in September.

Tracy Bacher, a mother of three from Sea Cliff and the head of the local Moms Demand Action chapter, said the activist group is launching a protest campaign after Inn management said it plans to keep the event despite the group’s request to reconsider.

Members are calling and emailing the Inn and the group plans to hold several protests outside the catering hall leading up to the event if it is not canceled, Bacher said.

A representative from the Inn at New Hyde park said the catering hall declined to comment.

“When I got wind of the event I called the events mangers and kind of pleaded with them to reconsider their contract with the NRA, and they declined,” Bacher said in an interview Monday. “They actually said ‘the NRA sounds like a lovely organization.’ That was a direct quote.”

The fundraising event, hosted by Nassau County Friends of NRA, is set to be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m., according to the Friends of NRA website.

Tickets range in price from $65 for a single ticket to $2,000, for the Charlton Heston Table.

The event features a raffle and auction with prizes including a .410 gauge Henry Lever Action Shotgun with a Second Amendment engraving and a Colt Cobra revolver with custom NRA grips, according to a flier.

Efforts to reach Nassau County Friends of NRA were unavailing.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a nationwide, grassroots movement founded by Shanon Watts, a stay-at-home mother from Indiana, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

Since then, the group has expanded to all 50 states and has about five million volunteer members opposing the NRA.

“We support the Second Amendment, we support the rights of people to own guns for self-defense and hunting, but the NRA is really nothing but a shill for gun manufacturers,” Bacher said. “… While the organization was once about gun safety and marksmanship, in the past decade it is nothing but a kind of lobbying group that blocks sensible common sense gun legislation.”

The majority of the NRA’s own members support common sense gun laws, Bacher said.

According to a Pew Research study from July 2017, 79 percent of NRA members supported laws preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns and 72 percent supported laws barring gun purchases by people on no-fly or watch lists.

The same study found that 52 percent of NRA members supported background checks.

“[The NRA] consistently blocks progress, and we don’t want them to have any place in Nassau County,” Bacher said.

“We will be holding protests out front of the Inn to let them know that it’s not welcome here in our community. Gun owners are, of course, but the NRA and everything it stands for – its dangerous rhetoric – is not something we want here.”

Lois Schaffer, a gun safety advocate from Great Neck, said she agrees that the NRA has shifted to become a political, lobbying group – but Schaffer thinks protesting the private event may be for naught.

“They are permitted to have whatever reception they want, and that means there’s nothing I can do to stop them to do that and we just have to push on for what is it that we need to do,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer said gun advocates need to continue pushing for legislation, such as safe storage ordinances, despite pushback from the NRA.

If the Inn at New Hyde Park didn’t hold the event, “that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have been held some other place,” Schaffer added.

At least three elected officials or candidates for office in Nassau said they will stand by Moms Demand Action in their protest efforts, Bacher said, though she did not disclose who.

On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) joined advocates in demanding the NRA cancel the event.

“Children have been murdered in their schools throughout our country. The NRA has refused to back any new, creative ways to curb gun violence and continues to hold many of my colleagues hostage to the status quo,” Suozzi said in a news release. “Mothers have demanded that the NRA not hold this antagonistic sideshow, with guns and ammo as enticements, in one of our neighborhoods. I stand with these moms and call on the NRA to cancel this event which will cause even more anxiety to our children and families.”

North Hempstead Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, the Democratic candidate for the District 7 state Senate seat, said Tuesday she stands with Moms Demand Action and others in calling to cancel the event.

“The families of Nassau have spoken: The NRA is not welcome here. For too long, the NRA has conducted a fear-based operation that prioritizes money over our children’s lives,” Kaplan said in a statement. “The time to act isn’t in the wake of another school shooting, but right now.”

Kaplan said she will continue her call until the event is canceled.

Kaplan added that every leader in the community who believes in common sense gun reforms should oppose the NRA’s presence.

Kaplan faces Republican incumbent state Sen. Elaine Phillips in the race.

Efforts to reach Phillips were unavailing.

On Twitter, constituents called on North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice to speak out against the NRA fundraiser.

Executive Laura Curran and U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice to speak out against the NRA fundraiser.

In a statement, Bosworth said she respects the Inn’s “legal right and prerogative” to book the event.

Bosworth added that “while I support the second amendment, I will use this opportunity to again stress my strong belief that our nation needs stronger gun control laws. We must each take a more active role in achieving this.

Efforts to reach Curran and Rice were unavailing.

The protests will be peaceful and the intent is not to “disturb anyone’s special events,” Bacher said.

“We’re not going to chant, we’re not going to have blow horns,” she said.

The protests will be in the form of weekly vigils, to represent the 96 people killed by gun violence every day and the blood on the NRA’s hands for blocking progress that could stop gun violence, Bacher said.

Reach reporter Rebecca Klar by email at rklar@theislandnow.com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 204, or follow her on Twitter @rebeccaklar_.

54 COMMENTS

  1. Go, Moms!
    The NRA may have once been a decent organization. It no longer is, if it ever was. The people running it have put one single issue above the lives and safety of other human beings, and that issue is the financial well-being of gun makers.
    I entirely support this group in their protest.
    If The Inn at New Hyde Park insists on allowing this corrupt organization to use their premises, I will regard it as if they had allowed the KKK or other hate group to do so, and will not either use their services or attend events hosted there by others.

    • The NRA is America’s Oldest Civil Rights organization, small wonder bigots would hate it and it’s six-million members so much.
      If we can all agree that: 1. Self defense against any unlawful attack is a basic human right. 2. That as a basic human right, self defense is and should always be considered a Civil Right of the People and thus the exercise of that right must be immune from restriction, infringement, licensing or taxation by Government at any level. 3. That the Civil Rights of the People are not subject to the approval of the Majority Opinion and belong to every Individual regardless of their social status. 4. That any infringement, restriction, licensing requirements or taxation levied on the free exercise of a Civil Right is a violation of that right. 5. That any law, policy or rule that prohibits or discourages the free exercise of any Civil Right is an infringement on that right. 6. That if a law, policy or rule that prohibits or discourages a Citizen from legally acquiring the tools, weapons or means to freely exercise their Civil Rights, then their rights have been infringed. -Then it follows that those who advocate for the preservation of the right of the People to keep and bear arms are, in fact, Civil Rights advocates. It also follows that those who oppose the right of the People to keep and bear arms are against the People’s civil rights. We have a word for people who advocate for or try to use the force of law to infringe on the civil rights of others: we call them Bigots. 🤠

      • You’re never going to use a gun for self defense. You have a better chance of sleeping with Sharon Stone. Most of us don’t live in a fantasy world.

        • department of justice says at least 200 defensive guns uses a day. I was one of them a few years back, no shots fired. He saw the firearm and figured it was a bad idea to bring a knife to a gunfight. Remember, never is a really long time.

          • Just compare that to the 33,000 deaths guns cause every day, most of them self inflicted. Which may be a good way to improve the U.S. gene pool.

            In fact, outside of heart attacks, cancer and diseases almost anyone can get, gun death is one of the highest causes of death in America,.

        • Violence can strike anywhere, anytime. You make a fundamental error: it’s not about the odds, it’s about the stakes. Being armed at all times is simply a matter of personal responsibility and good citizenship.

          “compare that to the 33,000 deaths guns cause every day [year], most of them self inflicted” Such statistics are completely irrelevant to the right of the people. Moreover, guns do not cause anything to happen. You’re treating the gun as a causal agent, which is illogical.

  2. Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country…and look what’s happening there.
    Let’s start by enforcing the laws we have on the books, not making new laws that restrict
    American’s rights. Make no mistake, if the left have their way, they will take away everyone’s
    guns. The left’s attacks on the Police, ICE and all Law Enforcement Agencies will be the Dem’s un-doing.

  3. As Mrs. Bacher is not a member of the NRA, she is statistically more likely to commit a “mass shooting” than any of the members of the NRA, who to date have not committed a single “mass shooting”. It is legal to own a gun, and it is responsible to learn how to use it properly – as the members of the NRA do. Mrs. Bacher should invest her time in making the country safer, rather than hurting local businesses or law-abiding residents of Nassau County.

  4. Wrong, Mr Seltzer. The NRA actively prevents any semblance of common sense when it comes to gun availability. And Americans pay the price.
    The statistically low rate of death by firearms in New York is due to our strict laws, that the NRA would undermine. Just compare the fatality rates to the Southern states where citizens think they need a glock to go to Wal Mart. No one needs a gun. That’s why we have a police force.

      • This is question is so manifestly stupid, it proves how futile it is to engage people intelligently.

        Crime can never be “eliminated.” Crime is older than the Bible and it will always be with us. Keeping CONSTRAINTS on crime is what good policy should do.
        If you bothered being informed, which these days is Anti-American, you would know murder rates in NYC are the lowest since WWII ended. Crime in general has plummeted. But the low rate of gun deaths is due to restrictive policy, and the simple fact this those who don’t restrict gun availability pay the price in blood and death.

        • Actually, “gun deaths” is a political meme, not a category – most “gun deaths” are actually suicides, not homicides. The people are wise to the ruse of trying to inflate the numbers. And that behavior, as with statistics in general, is not relevant to the right of the people to armed defense.

          “the 33,000 deaths guns cause every day [every year, you mean, not day]” No, deaths are caused by people with guns every day, and most of them are suicides. Guns cannot cause anything to happen.

          “those who don’t restrict gun availability pay the price in blood and death” Again, puffing the numbers with suicides. It’s not the role of gov’t to restrict availability to those qualified to own guns.

          “No one needs a gun. That’s why we have a police force.” That is patently and constitutionally false, as cases have made plain. Fact: You are responsible for your self-defense, and the defense of those who depend on you. You can try to outsource it to the police/gov’t, but you cannot abdicate your responsibility.

  5. But what is common sense? Said turn of the phrase is subjective and when said phrase is put into practice, does the offered proposal meet the standard of strict scrutiny as defined in the 2nd Amendment and other enumerated Amendment in the Bill of Rights?
    If you say death by firearms is a low occurrence in NY are you making this claim as the whole of the state of NY or NY city or both? What of other crimes that lead to death sans the use of firearms? Are they just as low or is said means higher than those deaths with the aid of a firearm? What of other violent crime?
    The police have no duty to protect, the supreme court has ruled on this a few times, you can start with this ruling: Warren v. District of Columbia.
    You say “No one needs a gun” Need is irrelevant and said phrase is subjective, further more it is the Bill or Rights, not the bill of needs. Enumerated negative rights do not need a justification to exercise.

  6. Mr. Locke, you are mentally masturbating. You think these questions pose an argument, but the construct is well known. They’re called “straw men.”

    “What of other crimes that lead to death sans the use of firearms?”

    NONE

    “If you say death by firearms is a low occurrence in NY are you making this claim as the whole of the state of NY or NY city or both?”

    Whole of the State. NY has the third lowest death by firearms rate in the nation, beaten only by Hawaii and Massachusetts. The highest? Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Draw you’re own conclusions, even though your list of empty questions seems to imply you’re genetically incapable of it.

    “The police have no duty to protect,”

    Go ahead and tell that to a Police Officer’s face.

    “You say “No one needs a gun” Need is irrelevant and said phrase is subjective, further more it is the Bill or Rights.”

    No one has the right to endanger their community. Including you.

    • “The police have no duty to protect,”

      Go ahead and tell that to a Police Officer’s face.

      Actually he is correct: he’s referring to established case law. Self defense is the responsibility of the individual.

      “No one has the right to endanger their community. Including you.” And that is not what he is proposing.

  7. What gives Ms. Bacher the right to speak to the NRA’s mission? Is she a member? Is she on the board? I am a voting member of the NRA and have been for many years. The NRA has a board elected by the membership and acts based upon the members wishes. This woman has no idea what she is talking about. Incidentally, how does one become a voting member of Mom’s Demand Action? The short answer is that you can’t. It is an organization that is formed to do Bloombergs bidding and nothing more.

  8. Make sure you don’t kill any family members with your guns, Mr. Brewster.
    Because the odds of you doing so are massively in favor of that happening as long as you own them.

    • I see comments of this type on the internet with great regularity. The remarks remind me of the comments made by anyone that isn’t terribly familiar with the subject they are commenting on. The fact is that I know more people that own firearms than people that don’t. They have been ubiquitous in my home, my fathers home and his fathers home. I have a firearm on my hip as I type this. I am simply not aware of the types of calamities that you speak of and I have a great deal of direct everyday hands on experience with the subject. Can you say the same? When you truly understand those statistics, and I’ve been studying them for several years, you will find there are several conditions that color them. While the number of firearms incidents I’m personally aware of is very small, I’m aware of far more bicycle, motorcycle, running and other sporting injuries and deaths and I know far fewer people that participate in those activities. Go figure.

      My neighborhood is simply awash with guns. there are no less than five gun stores and shooting ranges within a 20 minute drive of my house. It’s actually legal to shoot on my property, but we very rarely do. With all that in mind this area generally has as low a murder rate as any European or Canadian province. The overall crime rate is pretty low too. That’s not atypical. About 50% of the counties in this countries don’t regularly have murders and 50% of the murders in this country happen in about 2% of the counties. If you look at a map of the counties that don’t have murders, you’d probably figure there are a bunch of guns in them. But please, go ahead and offer advice on matters that you are at best minimally familiar with. It’s the way of the internet.

      • One, you must not live around here. Two, if you want to talk hard statistics, the numbers will be against you wherever you look. The plain fact is internationally, our degenerate gun culture has made us a far flung outlier in terms of deaths and murders from firearms. Domestically, the looser the gun laws in the state, the higher the death rate by firearms.

        It’s that simple. It’s that demonstrable. Moreover, the MERE PRESENCE of a gun in your home increases your chances of death or injury by 300%.

        Those numbers are the facts. That’s the data. And you will not escape them. There is no rational reason for the average citizen to own a gun. And in fact, most do not, and find them repugnant.

        • “the MERE PRESENCE of a gun in your home increases your chances of death or injury by 300%.” No, it really doesn’t. That’s a common propaganda misconception, exploiting a simple error in data interpretation. Confusing a simple average risk for its actual distribution.

          You’ve got a lot of baggage to unpack if you really want to understand gun matters.

          • I’m sorry, but that is a hard statistic. And also a perfectly plausible one.
            Let me tell you how you’ve allowed yourself to be manipulated.
            Years ago, the NRA was a sportsman’s organization, for those who owned “long guns,” i. e., Rifles.
            When hunting started to die off as a sport, there was something of a palace coup at the NRA. And the focus switched from the legitimate hobbyist to the political nutcase, amped up by an inordinate fear of crime, and later, the Black Helicopter nut jobs joined up. Add in a bit of militarism and a lot of yammering about the “Constitution” from illiterate slobs who can’t even read a lease, and you have today’s gun culture.
            Packing a weapon in public is not normal. You’re always made hyper aware of impending violence and the “need” for protection. Several times a day, this results in tragedy.
            These things do not warrant mass distribution, unless you believe Americans are more predisposed to commit violent crimes than citizens of other nations.

        • Frank, your comments demonstrate that you have not studied the issue and that your understanding is simply one that has been framed and put forth to further a political agenda.

          I see in other comments that you’ve made that you are pretending to speak for the NRA and as to what our mission is. We have not authorized you to do so. I also find it concerning that you somehow believe that you have the ability to determine what is rational for 320 million other people and that you don’t seem to have much respect for the principle legal document that governs this nation. I’m sworn to uphold and defend that document Frank.

          Here’s some thoughts to consider before I go, not that I think you are necessarily capable of giving them fair consideration: It’s not really fair to pick on Chicago, because it actually is not the city in this country with the biggest murder problem, but it is an interesting study. The laws are uniform all across the city. Firearms are as accessible to citizens in one area as they are in another, yet some areas have a very low murder rate. The problem is supposed to be the availability of firearms.

          The city can be compared to Houston. Demographically they are very similar and the laws regarding firearms are much less strict there. and yet the city as a whole has no where near the problems that Chicago has. The problem is supposed to be gun availability. When you look closely, it’s not. It’s people. Some people are taught to act in a civilized manner and others aren’t. At this point I’m typically called a racist. That’s not the case. Remember when I said the two cities were very similar demographically?

          Lastly, Do you even know what the event that is mentioned in this article supports? Your comments indicate to me that you don’t, but i’d be pleased if you proved me wrong.

          • “Frank, your comments demonstrate that you have not studied the issue and that your understanding is simply one that has been framed and put forth to further a political agenda.”

            Look whose talking about a political agenda. In fact, I’ve studied this issue quite thoroughly, and so long as you happen to be on line anyway, attempting to refute me, you’re only a click away from the evidence. And yet you don’t. Wonder why? Because you’re wrong, you’re a liar, and you’re a moral and intellectual pygmy.

            “I see in other comments that you’ve made that you are pretending to speak for the NRA and as to what our mission is. We have not authorized you to do so. I also find it concerning that you somehow believe that you have the ability to determine what is rational for 320 million other people and that you don’t seem to have much respect for the principle legal document that governs this nation. I’m sworn to uphold and defend that document Frank.”

            You ain’t sworn to nothin’, Schotzee, except maintaining the fantasy that packing makes you more of a man.

            If only that were true.

            As far as authorization, I don’t need your permission to do anything. Again, this is the voice of an emotionally castrated person desperately trying to muster some self-esteem.

            “The city can be compared to Houston. Demographically they are very similar and the laws regarding firearms are much less strict there. and yet the city as a whole has no where near the problems that Chicago has. The problem is supposed to be gun availability. When you look closely, it’s not. It’s people. Some people are taught to act in a civilized manner and others aren’t. At this point I’m typically called a racist. That’s not the case. Remember when I said the two cities were very similar demographically?”

            Meaning you ARE a racist. in fact, the STATE OF TEXAS has a higher firearms fatality rate than the state of Illinois, but as I mentioned in a previous post regarding the history of the NRA, “the focus switched from the legitimate hobbyist to the political nutcase, amped up by an inordinate fear of crime,” and when an NRA hayseed thinks about crime, they think “urban” and that means people of color. That’s why you compare cities.

            But the hard data shows that PER CAPITA, most firearms deaths, BY FAR, occur in states that are mostly rural, meaning the impoverished swamps of the South, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi etc.

            Feel free to look this up, the data is right there in front of your face.

            As far the NRA mission is, it’s the #1 terrorist organization in the nation, and no doubt your 3% Nazis will be in attendance as well.
            Keep sending them money. Russia is facing some economic headwinds.

        • You’re quite off the deep end here. “Packing a weapon in public is not normal.” Sure it is. And millions of Americans make themselves safer every single day with guns. “You’re always made hyper aware of impending violence and the “need” for protection. Several times a day, this results in tragedy.” You just destroyed your own argument. What you mean to say is several times a day people do something different, some criminal activity, and that results in tragedy. You fail to make that distinction. This leads to misconceptions and erroneous conclusions.

          http://peopleofarms.com/does-having-a-gun-make-you-less-safe/

  9. I completely agree with Frank.

    Guns owners are disrespectful of authority. A failure to rely on authorities is an invariable sign of improper and overly independent attitudes. The mere fact that they gather together to talk about guns at gun shops, gun shows, shooting ranges, and on the internet means that they have some plot going against us normal people. A gun owner has no right to associate with another gun owner.

    Therefore, to help ensure our right to happiness and safety we must ban and seize all guns from private hands, and forbid NRA-based criticism towards people who are only trying to help. Searching the homes of all NRA members for any guns and pro-gun literature will go a long way towards reducing crime.

    Common sense requires only uniformed soldiers, police, and other agents of the state have access to firearms, and think of all the money we can save by just taking away the guns from private owners and giving them to the military and police. No person should be able to challenge this by writing to Congress or the President. If they do they should be forced in court to admit to it and then fined a hundred million dollars for each time. Subjecting them to torture will probably change their minds.

    Making it mandatory that church ministers preach against guns or else they can’t get licensed will certainly encourage the church folk to have the correct belief about guns.

    We should hold a nation-wide vote against guns but gun-owners cannot be allowed to participate. They are too biased.

    People who don’t like all this prove they are on the side of the killers with the guns and should be put in jail along side all the gangbangers and other gun nuts. Letting them sit in jail for a few years before they are charged will give the government plenty of time to find something wrong in their lives. Anything they say, write, or express should be held against them to prove their guilt.

    We should bring all of them here to Chicago to be tried by Mayor Rahmfather as judge, and we should allow only mothers who have lost children to gunfire to be on the juries. Any attorney who tries to defend them should be arrested also. If we don’t get the right verdict the first time we can just keep trying them until we do.

    No woman needs to protect herself from rape, assault or murder and should just leave crime prevention to the Police who are properly equipped to investigate following the crime’s completion. Women using a gun in self-defense interferes with and makes the attempted crime a “non-event,” which unnecessarily complicates the Police investigation. Any woman who does this should be put in jail for interfering with an investigation.

    If someone still really, really thinks they have a need for a gun in their home for protection then the Army should just force them to host and feed some armed soldiers.

    Those who claim that the 2nd amendment was given to us because we might someday need guns to use against an oppressive government forget that our Constitution has strong internal safeguards to protect our freedoms. So there!

    Long live our Constitution!

  10. – Oh, yes. We can’t have THOSE KIND of people congregating around here… this is a RESPECTABLE establishment… why they would lower our property values if we allowed them to move in next to us! And whatever would our daughters do if they were to walk down the streets with some of those savage (shudder) GUN OWNERS loitering about… reeking of gun oil and corrupting the neighborhood with their weird ideas… why can’t their kind just move and go live somewhere else?

      • A lot of name calling from you. But to be expected from someone like you. You must be from the group that is always talking about love and tolerance. I can tell by your hate and intolerance.

        • Maybe he is a member of fancy bear? As I read these comments Mr. Delgado seems to be in the minority. Maybe personal attacks is the best he can muster at the moment. Go visit Vlad and he will give you a big hug to make you feel better.

  11. Effete moronic hoplophobes attempting and failing again to lecture people on things they know nothing about (I mean besides reality). Molon Labe then. I’m your Huckleberry.
    Just say when.

  12. Poor Frank is having a major sad. 6 million dues paying NRA members, 80,000 attending the annual meeting. And little Frank sits alone in Mom’s basement with his dog eared copy of “Arming America” and still quoting discredited “research” from 40 years ago, with the Everytown newsletter his only friend and news source. I wonder if he squeals as loud about Bloomberg and Shannon Watts armed guards?

    There’s a reason no Federal gun control has passed in over 30 years and all 50 states now have concealed carry and it’s whiny, ignorant people like we see here.

    • You will all note the pathologies expressed by posters like Don P.
      To answer his points, gun ownership has been trending downwards for decades, which is why the NRA acts as it does. It gets money from chumps like Don here, who pay for Mr. LaPierre’s $5 million a year salary and perks.

      Then there’s the infantile “Mom’s basement” shtick. As a homeowner for over 35 years, I can tell you your salary doesn’t cover my property taxes, you loser.

      The research I used is quite current, and although you talk like a tough guy, you’re too much of a coward to look it up yourself or refute it. The gun compensates for your low intellectual state and social emasculation.

      You calling ME “ignorant” is hilarious. That’s like calling you “intelligent.”

  13. There is no way that any caterer should allow a gun convention at their facility. NHP Inn, HANG YOUR HEAD IN SHAME!!!! The NRA should not find any place on Long Island inviting more guns to kill our children and families. Not enough police until after the killings happen.

    • A gun is an inanimate object, it’s like your car getting pulled over for DWI without an occupant. Guns of today are modern manufacturing devices. They do not go off by themselves, or when dropped or when pointed at something. The trigger has to be pulled.

      • “A gun is an inanimate object, it’s like your car getting pulled over for DWI without an occupant. Guns of today are modern manufacturing devices. They do not go off by themselves, or when dropped or when pointed at something. The trigger has to be pulled”

        I tell you, the deductive reasoning of these people is built on a solid foundation of dead schoolchildren.

        Carry on, Patriot.

  14. Frank has gone off the deep end on another rant and I can’t reply directly so I will do so here. Yes Frank, I am sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution. In FACT I took that oath on five different occasions although none of them had an expiration date. I’m sorry the FACT seems to twist your panties for some reason. Yes, you do need permission to speak for an organization of which you are not a member and the repeated mischaracterizations of that organization do not make them any more true than your opinion on my oath. As expected, you resorted to using the term racist despite the FACT that I made quite clear in my post that the demographics of the two named cities were similar. You use what you have I guess. Calling names, projecting and mischarachterizing others are common tactics today. The Fact is that Houston doesn’t come close to Chicago in homicides despite much less restrictive gun laws. It’s the people Frank. It’s the people.

    You didn’t even take a stab at guessing what the event supports and since that’s what this article is about, I’ll provide some information that the author didn’t. This is a Friends of the NRA event that Supports the NRA Foundation. The Foundation is a part of the NRA that Frank and others would have you believe does not exist. The FACT is that the part of the NRA that Frank and others like to rail against is actually a pretty small part of the organization. The general focus of the NRA Foundation is to:
    “Promote, advance and encourage firearms, shooting sports and hunting safety”

    “Educate individuals with respect to firearms, firearms history, participation in the shooting sports, hunting safety, and marksmanship”

    “Conduct research in furtherance of improved firearms safety and marksmanship facilities and techniques”

    Many if not most of the programs that are granted funds from the foundation are youth programs. The kids love them and learn a great deal about responsibility, safety and build a lot of character while participating. I participated in some of these programs myself as a young man a received a lifetime of benefit from them.

    The representative of the venue was absolutely correct when she said the NRA folks seemed like lovely people. I know an awful lot of them and the people holding this event are hoping to teach safe practices to as many people as possible. The NRA is THE firearms safety organization.

    • Great news! Thanks to the Jacksonville mass shooting, it’s the 234th incident of this kind of the year!
      No other nation in earth cracked double digits. But you keep on compensating!

  15. Who made up the 33,000 gun deaths myth? If you don’t like guns, don’t own one, leave the rest of us alone. I, for one, don’t like minivans

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