NRA, Guns, And Missouri Politics: A Conservative Recipe For Success

Once again, Barack Obama was awarded the “Gun Salesman of the Year” by Outdoor Wire this past year.

A poster showing Barack Obama is seen in the background as customers line up to look at firearms at a gun shop in Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. The Cheaper Than Dirt gun store recorded a record day of gun sales the day after the election of President-elect Barack Obama and is having trouble keeping up with the demand for assault riffles. (Flickr)

With an attendance of almost 75,000 people, last month’s NRA Annual Meeting in St. Louis broke the record for the largest shooting and hunting show in the world.  Support for gun rights is at its peak and Obama gets the award, again, for the best gun salesman of the year.

According to the NRA,


The official attendance of 73,740 is the LARGEST NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits on record for the longest running shooting & hunting show in the world. With over 500 exhibitors, the exhibit hall was packed with NRA members the entire weekend, many of whom traveled from all over the country to attend the event.

The enthusiasm was infectious as members filed into the spectacular exhibit hall. What awaited them was nearly every notable firearm and accessory manufacturer in the country. Thousands more packed the Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum and Freedom Experience to hear from presidential candidates and some of the most influential political figures in the country discuss freedom and the right to keep and bear arms. Additionally, most seminars and workshops were standing room only.

Missouri’s strong support of the Second Amendment and the NRA, also, translates into its politics.  In 2008, the Show Me State wasn’t fooled by Obama’s hopey-changey stuff and was the only battleground state to go for McCain.  It has taken an even harder right direction since then.   What Democrat Governor, Jay Nixon, thought was a safe seat is now being proven otherwise by his Conservative, Republican challenger, Dave Spence.  And one of the U.S. Senate’s biggest Obama boot-licking, Liberal Democrats, Claire McCaskill, will soon be replaced by one of three strong, Conservative Republican primary candidates.

With overriding Conservative, Republican majorities in the state house and senate, Missouri’s rank and file voters get it.  Obama shouldn’t waste his time on our dying scraps of Liberals.

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