Indianapolis, IN –-(Ammoland.com)- This past weekend members of the National Rifle Association met in Indianapolis for the NRA Annual Meeting.
According to a lot of left-wing politicians and media outlets, the NRA is a terrorist organization and is responsible for mass shootings across the country. In fact, during the CNN Town Hall after the Parkland shooting, NRA personality Dana Loesch was told she had blood on her hands for the shooting.
Every day Loesch's Twitter is filled with vile and hate by people wishing harm upon her and her children. This targeted vitriol isn't something uniquely directed at Loesch. A few days ago, a prominent Democratic operative took to my public Facebook page to call me sick for my support of the Second Amendment.
So, if the NRA is full of bloodthirsty monsters, and there were tens of thousands heavily armed members of the NRA in Indianapolis, then there should have been mass carnage across the city. The blood should be running through the streets of Indy.
That brings us to the question: how many crimes were committed by NRA members last week in the host city of NRAAM?
AmmoLand reached out to the Indianapolis Metro Police Department to see how many arrests that they could tie to the tens of thousands of visitors that came into the city for NRAAM. Unsurprisingly out of the 6125 incidents during NRAAM they could not link a single arrest to any attendees of the annual meeting with the lone exception of one intoxicated anti-Trump protestor that threw a phone at the president as he took the stage to speak to the NRA membership.
The individual was swiftly arrested and the President continued with no problem. pic.twitter.com/EDcHwNgQl7
— Bradley Brewer (@realBradBrewer) April 26, 2019
There were no mass shootings in the city over the weekend. No NRA members got into gunfights in the streets. No NRA members shot anyone in Indianapolis during the meeting for any reason. Not a single member fired their gun in anger. The membership crushed the anti-freedom narrative of the left.
So, if these very well armed law-abiding citizens didn't go on a shooting spree during NRAAM then what did these members of the NRA do in Indianapolis over the weekend?
They spent money, a lot of money.
Restaurants and hotels in Indianapolis took in millions of dollars from NRA members. Hotels across the city were booked solid for the meeting. Restaurants experienced a massive boom in food sales. At a minimum these members added $50,000,000 to the local Indianapolis economy.
These members celebrated their constitutional right to bear arms. They celebrated their fellowship with other gun owners. They rebuked the liberal anti-gun narrative that gun owners are uncaring monsters and that gun culture is dying out in America.
NRAAM was a massive success. The meeting showed the country the real gun culture. We as members of the Second Amendment community are not uncaring people. It is just the opposite. We care about our rights and our children’s rights.
We understand that we are only one generation from tyranny. The Second Amendment keeps oppressive regimes in check. The Second Amendment is the only right that the government cannot take away. It can only be given away, and no matter what you think of the NRA, NRAAM showed that we are not willing to give up that right so easily.
About John Crump
John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/patriotnews. John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%'ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on leftist deplatforming methods and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss, on Facebook at realjohncrump, or at www.crumpy.com.