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NRA's "Wholesome" Convention

The lamestream media told you:

The powerful gun lobby will be bringing thousands of guns and tens of thousands of gun owners to our town, whether they're wanted here or not.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

NRA Secretary Jim Land has been coordinating NRA Conventions for 15 years. At the Charlotte, N.C. show in 2000, the police chief literally freaked out when he learned the NRA was coming.

The police had two fully geared SWAT teams stationed in warehouses on either side of the convention center, fueled up and ready for incident response. Police cordoned off the convention site with armed officers within speaking range of each other. Six black and whites parked smack dab in front of the entryway. When a protest was planned by the Brady bunch, PD wanted to have a helicopter overhead the whole time. Like a war zone, fearful city elders prepared for battle.

What really happened -- well, the police chief met with Mr. Land in the chief's office and apologized. Apologized. Nothing had happened.

The city was strung out for no reason. (Well, there was a reason -- the news media's constant outrageously inaccurate hyperventilated grotesquely distorted view of the fine NRA had inculcated an atmosphere of terror where none was deserved, as facts proved).

The chief told Mr. Land, "If we had had a convention of Sunday School teachers, we'd have had three times the trouble we've had with you. I'm sorry."

The source of the bogus perception of this fine national civil rights group is nearly 100% generated by our sick, misguided, paranoid, biased, prejudiced, anti-rights bigots in the lamestream media. They should be ashamed of themselves. They're not. They think they do a fine job, and that their drumbeat against this righteous organization is deserved. The media is digging its own grave.

Everyone in the gun-rights and freedom movements know Second Amendment supporters are among the finest bunch of decent, reliable, accountable good human beings you could ever want to know.

"In 15 years of doing this," Land said in an interview for this column, "we haven't had a single hotel room trashed. We have had no arrests or legal issues of any type -- and that includes when we honored our contracts after canceling a number of events in Colorado following the Columbine incident in 1999. This actually did a world of good for the NRA in the hospitality community, who were amazed we would honor our commitments. The world just doesn't realize how good our membership is, but the facts are on the table. NRA members are among the finest citizens in our country."

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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