Trump Will Keynote NRA Leadership Forum at Indy Convention

President Donald Trump will once again headline the NRA convention, scheduled in Indianapolis April 26-28. He will keynote the Friday Leadership Forum. (Dave Workman)
President Donald Trump will once again headline the NRA convention, scheduled in Indianapolis April 26-28. He will keynote the Friday Leadership Forum. (Dave Workman)

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- For the fifth year in a row, Donald Trump will be appearing at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum during the organization’s 148th annual meetings and exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center – Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis on April 26, NRA has announced.

NRA made the announcement Friday. The Leadership Forum is a Friday highlight of the three-day convention. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and always features a big lineup. Last year, both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence appeared. The president has been the keynoter for the past three years, and he is invariably the biggest draw on the program.

“Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes. It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the fifth consecutive year,” said Chris Cox, NRA-ILA Executive Director in a news release. “President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected for generations to come. Our members are excited to hear him speak and thank him for his support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”

Trump has also been quietly filling lower federal court vacancies with more conservative and Second Amendment-friendly judges. As noted by USA Today, re-shaping the courts may be seen as one of the president’s “biggest achievements since entering the White House.” He has turned the Third Circuit Court more conservative with a majority of Republican nominees, and he has even appointed more conservatives to the traditionally left-leaning, activist Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Vice President Mike Pence, flanked here by NRA's Wayne Lapierre (l) and Chris Cox (r) has also appeared at the NRA Convention. (Dave Workman)

According to Fox News, “For the first time in more than three decades, Republican-appointed judges will soon occupy nearly half the seats on the left-leaning 9th Circuit Court of Appeals — dealing a setback to progressive legal advocates who have long seen the court as a safe bet for favorable rulings.”

Since Trump pulled a surprise victory against Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016, it is widely believed that NRA members and gun owners in general contributed to the win, just to keep her out of the White House. With nearly 20 Democrats already announced to challenge him in 2020—and all of them having anti-gun backgrounds—the president is making certain to court gun owners again heading into the campaign, which is essentially already underway.

With one new Second Amendment case from New York City already accepted for review by the high court, there are hopes among gun rights activists that the court will accept more challenges to onerous gun control laws. The court’s new conservative majority, with Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh on board, is giving beleaguered gun owners hope that some of the laws now being challenged by NRA and/or Second Amendment Foundation legal actions could make it to the Supreme Court for consideration.

This year’s NRA gathering comes on the heels of a significant federal court ruling in California that declared the state’s ban on large capacity magazines is unconstitutional. While a stay on enforcement of that ruling was granted by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez one week after he issued his 86-page smack down of Proposition 63’s magazine ban in 2016, it left intact the injunction preventing enforcement of California Penal Code § 32310 (a) and (b) “for those persons and business entities who have manufactured, imported, sold, or bought magazines able to hold more than 10 rounds between the entry of this Court’s injunction on March 29, 2019 and 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2019.”

Chuck Michel, the attorney representing the plaintiffs in that case, known as Duncan v. Becerra, said in a telephone conversation that even with the stay, there is no mistaking that Judge Benitez handed California gun owners a win. His ruling is being seen by many as a detailed demolition of the state’s gun controls, with the summation that the laws haven’t worked.

The Benitez ruling is already being appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the western states from Arizona to Alaska and Hawaii. It is the largest federal court circuit in the country. That being the case, the importance of Trump’s nominations could soon be realized.


About Dave WorkmanDave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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    IMOA anyone attending should ask Trump what else he would want banned. While there, also ask any NRA hierarchy they happen to see the same question.

    Graham
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    Graham

    Democrats turn the heat up quickly, Republicans turn the heat up slowly.
    Throw a frog in boiling water it reacts instinctively and leaps out. Place a frog in cool water and gradually turn the heat up… it gets cooked.
    I’ll vote against commies, but remain vigilant because i’m not sure the other side is much better.
    the NRA are a useless bunch of self serving bureaucrats, none of the leadership care about US. All they care about is preserving the value of their guns.

    Dave in Fairfax
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    Dave in Fairfax

    Hi Bryan, You outed yourself GWD. AND you showed a complete lack of understanding of the 2A. Again. I have to assume that the “we” is you and your mouse. Follow your own advice and do something other than “typing out responses on this web-site.” [email protected] says: April 7, 2019 at 6:47 PM Edit NRA Life Member, We understand that you are overly passionate on your right to own guns. However, those rights demand responsibilities and most importantly the safety for yourself and others. As a voting member of the NRA, I suggest you then become more involved other than… Read more »

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    Hmmm which is worse: overly passionate or underly smart?

    StLPro2A
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    StLPro2A

    Unfortunately, it’s “Leave your 2A rights in the car……gun and knife….cause old Trump is in the house. Leave him in DC and video conference his ass in. We don’t gain anything by him being in person….do you really think you are going to get to talk to him personally…… and having the inconvenience and increasing probability of guns being stolen out of our vehicles…..or leave in hotel room….or come to Indy completely unarmed!!!! None of these options are acceptable.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    If you ever had attended an NRA Annual Meeting, then you would know that you can carry in most of the convention center, just not in the area protected by the Secret Service on Friday. The obvious solution is not to go to President Trump’s speech in the first place, stay armed, and go to the convention center show floor instead. Friday is the least busy day. Saturday is just nuts. The irony is that while all the lemmings listen to their Dear Leader, the show floor is empty and you can actually talk to people and get your hands… Read more »

    Mal Cap
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    Mal Cap

    Beside some of the nutmegs here making silly adolescent comments, let’s keep in mind no organization pleases everyone, including the U.S.A. The N.R.A does have a lot of clout which is why DJT is speaking there. He’s in trouble because there is still no wall. The Left wants Patriots to be fighting like this. “Divide and Conquer.” Be angry, yes but don’t fall into the Left Wing trap.

    NRA Life Member
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    NRA Life Member

    So, you are not going to hold responsible the President of the United States and the leadership of the National Rifle Association for pushing and enacting gun control, because you have been convinced by them that this would be just bad. LOL. You are suffering under what is commonly referred to battered woman syndrome. Grow a pair! Fight for your rights! The only ones doing divide and conquer are those lemmings like you that are simply not willing to accept that their Dear Leaders have screwed up and that a correction is needed. If you have been convinced that President… Read more »

    bryan.arrant@icloud.com
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    NRA Life Member,
    We understand that you are overly passionate on your right to own guns.
    However, those rights demand responsibilities and most importantly the safety for yourself and others.
    As a voting member of the NRA, I suggest you then become more involved other than typing out responses on this web-site. The GWD.

    NRA Life Member
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    NRA Life Member

    You assume that I am not involving myself without knowing anything about me. You seem to assume a lot of things.

    Get Out
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    Get Out

    GWD, did you just make a huge bonehead mistake and posted your info while posing as The GWD?

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @GO, Yes, yes, the green bone head did screw up and violate OP Sec I propose a contest who can come up with the most info on bryan.arrant !!!

    L.L.Smith
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    L.L.Smith

    I am disappointed in the president also but will never vote for the democrat party.
    Any suggestions?

    Shane
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    Shane

    Hopefully a true upholder of the second admidment and a republican will run this year Trump really disappointed with redflag law I know how you feel some how we’ve got to get back to the people instead of the government

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    You’re confusing Republicans with Conservatives, they are not the same and haven’t been for some time.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    And you are confusing Trump with HiLIARy. Which would YOU rather have as POTUS?

    Mal Cap
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    Mal Cap

    It’s basically the same party with factions fight for “PC,” Power and Control. The Repubes are trifurcated into separate portions, Repub, Moles, and semi-conservative tea party members. Time for a new party The Patriot Party. Take the Constitution back.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    ‘The Patriot Party’. In other words, the ‘throw your vote away and give your vote for the Dumbocrat’ party. There are TWO (2) viable political parties in the USA. Grow up.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    Attend the NRA Annual meeting and voice your opinion, loudly! Hold the President accountable! Alternatively, participate in 2A rallies. Don’t wait for the “right guy” to run for office, because there is never going to be one.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    We need to continue to support our President. He is the best we have ever had for 2nd amendment rights. More than any other President in United States history. Once asked during his campaign: “What would you prioritize as the most important aspect of selecting a Supreme Court justice?”
    TRUMP: “People that will respect the US Constitution. Also, the Second Amendment, which is totally under siege by people like Clinton. They’ll respect the Second Amendment and what it stands for, what it represents”.

    Charlie Foxtrot
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    Charlie Foxtrot

    President Trump said a lot of things. I judge people by their actions. Also, it is rather fatalistic and outright dumb to think that it is either accepting President Trump as he is or the apocalypse. If there is a problem with President Trump’s actions, then the people should publicly protest and not stay quiet, fearing that he may lose in the next election.

    Easy Day
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    Easy Day

    “I will get rid of gun-free zones on schools, and — you have to — and on military bases,” he said at a rally in Burlington, Vermont, in January 2016. “My first day, it gets signed, okay? My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.”

    Watch it here: https://youtu.be/zQJMsf0FiAI

    Wonder what sort of BS he’ll spew this year.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Wonder what sort of BS HiLIARy would have been spewing this year. Grow up.

    Robert
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    Robert

    Uhh red flag laws,bumbstock bann? 2 a friendly? I have my reservations,but he beats hillery 100 to 1.but my native american says left wing and right wing are both parts of same bird

    joefoam
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    joefoam

    Trump definitely has some questions to answer to the NRA members. He made some big promises to get elected and reneged on them.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    How much attention to the NRA do you think HiLIARy would have given?

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I am puzzled, is being a, “NRA-certified firearms instructor”, something that means anything of consequence? I do admit that there are plenty of people that love their “titles.”

    Robert
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    Robert

    You know i notice that as well as lifetime member.must mean if you want out when you learn nra is not what they say,your screwed cant get out of nra

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    Let’s face it, the NRA is not for the 2A crowd. They are strictly for themselves by collecting our dues then spending the money on their lavish lifestyles. Support the other gun rights groups that are serious about their position. The article mentions Trump’s appointments to various court vacancies and we know he is trying to rebuild the economy. Plus, closing the southern border is a big job. That leaves us with the prospect of voting in 2020 but for who. There is no way in hell I would vote for one of the democrat idiots that are running and… Read more »

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    There comes a moment, in time, for every country that is a “tipping point”, where the majority of the people decide they no longer can continue on a given path. For the United States it might be the path toward a socialistic form of government and continued loss of freedoms that is so great that the proverbial pot finally boils over. Have we reached that point? I’m not sure, but I do know that if we were banking on a President Trump to stem the tide and return personal freedoms to us it doesn’t seem to have gone as we’d… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Next flight to Canada departs in 10 minutes. You won’t be missed. Buh-bye!

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    I see many beat me to the point of what world is this person living in. “Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes…. ” I’ll bet Trump’s nuts that he does not care a damn about the 2A. If this were a tax forum he’d be up the creek there too. He’s looking more and more like a giant phallus that has only one purpose. What to screw the heck out of next. I would not let him play with razor blades than to trust our 2A rights… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    So you would rather have HiLIARy in the White House? Grow up.

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    No! But I’d let you and other worthless fools play with razor blades. A WHOLE…. 1k box full on a clear glass table. Then invite NRA Board to watch while wearing your cape.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    “Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes.” Actually, the most anti-gun President we’ve had in the past 20 years, not only by word but also in deed. In case anyone wishes to doubt that here are the facts: 1. Campaigned on National Reciprocity then, six months after being in office said “Reciprocity is dead”. 2. Campaigned on passing the Hearing Protection Act. After being in office refused to do anything to get Congress to move on it. 3. When discussing “red flag” laws said “take the guns now,… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    No, YOU should be ashamed. So HiLIARy would have been better? Are you THAT stupid?

    Matthew L Johnson
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    Matthew L Johnson

    No Hillary would have been worse. But we voted for Trump because he was supposed to be pro 2A. Then he turned his back on us. At least with Hillary we knew where she stood. Trump is a 2 faced liar and the NRA has his back. Bump stock ban. Red flag laws. Obama and Hillary would be proud to have passed as many anti gun laws.

    StLPro2A
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    StLPro2A

    Again, again, again, and again. It comes down to voting for the lesser of two evils in this great country. Just because Hillary was a totally unacceptable choice for America doesn’t mean that Trump is an acceptable choice for America. As I’ve told everyone, I didn’t vote for Trump, but I sure did vote against Hillary….sadly, my vote had no place to go but to Trump.

    Scott in Atlanta
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    Scott in Atlanta

    Oh goody! With the NRA whispering in Trump’s ear what to say immediately before taking the stage, this should be a great exercise in nothingness. “Tell these clowns that we had to ban bumpstocks because they’re evil! Tell ’em you LOOOVE the 2nd Amendment! No no no, Mr. President, not the 14th Amendment, the SECOND – you know, the right to bear arms. No, sir, not the right to arm bears, no one wants to do that, it has to do with citizens and firearms. Yes yes yes, we want gun control too, sir, but slowly and incrementally so as… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    So you voted for HiLIARy because she would have been better for the Second Amendment? Are you a full time putz?

    Joe
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    Joe

    What the hell has trump done for 2a? He banned bumpstocks. He says take guns first due process after. His judge appointments wasn’t for 2a community. It is for his tax evasion, his abortion position, his gay/lesbian aversions. It has nothing to do for gun rights. He is only going to use us for reelection. After that we are useless to him. Wake up people.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    So Bernie or Harris will be better for the Second Amendment? How old are you; twelve?

    dava golino
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    dava golino

    The President has been compromised and has become a bold faced Zionist, Neocon, IS THIS A JOKE? after the stunt that the President pulled. others already quoted his cave in to the largest of his voter base and still say I stand for the 2nd amendment. just like he said how bad Clinton was for starting a war with Russia. for to years he has been doing the same as Clinton on Russia’s border… You have got to be KIDDING me… make Israel and NATO GREAT AGAIN. thanks for validating the Red Flag Laws that are setting the stage to… Read more »

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    So the Dumbocrats are better for Second Amendment rights? I’m waiting…..

    Will Flatt
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    Will Flatt

    Fack the NRA. And shame on you, Mr. Trump, for letting yourself be badgered into banning bump stocks AT THE INSISTENCE OF “Negotiating Rights Away”!!

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Shame on you, dolt, for thinking the Dumbocrats will ever support Second Amendment rights instead of attempting to DESTROY same. Where do bozos like you come from?

    Laddyboy
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    Laddyboy

    @DW;
    YOU DID IT AGAIN!
    You gave credence to the misapplied contextual idea of the size of a magazine which is used on the MODERN SPORTING RIFLE, otherwise known as an AR-15.
    The magazine that is NORMALLY used with the MSR is capable of containing 30 rounds of ammunition.
    This magazine IS in reality the STANDARD sized magazine.
    YOU have, as the ANTI-GUNNER IGNORANT STUPID IDIOTS, called the 30 round magazine a LARGE CAPACITY.
    I HOPE you start using the correct nomenclature name of STANDARD SIZED MAGAZINE instead of the IGNORAMUS INCORRECT description of “large magazine.”

    Mr. Walkker
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    Mr. Walkker

    Great article. Made me ponder….down yonder after walking upright in the U.S. of A, now for many decades. Case in point: My late Great Old Man, a United States Marine, (RIP Dad) I remember what he he said to me when he drove me of at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in 1976. Time to Fish or Cut Bait. The Words…It was something like this: ” Beware of the sheep that stands in his own pasture, crying out, standing in your place, yearning to be heard yet desolate, for he has forsaken and ,lost his true MASTER. Wow! Behold. There… Read more »

    Green Mtn. Boy
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    Green Mtn. Boy

    President “Take the guns first then worry about due process”, “I’m going to order Bump Stocks Banned”
    Yup that sounds like the most friendly president to the 2 nd. amendment ever,NOT.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Yup. HiLIARy would have been the most friendly POTUS to the Second Amendment ever. NOT! Wake up, putz.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Proud to have President Trump as our Second Amendment President. With common sense reasoning on important issues affecting all of us.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    Coming from the mouth of the troll who doesn’t own any guns……..just sayn’. How appropriate.

    The Green Watch Dog
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    The Green Watch Dog

    Vanns40 is thin in the brainstem as is unable to have any meaningful discussion. Repeats comments over and over like an old parrot. Suggest you practice debating with trees.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    That’s because you don’t debate trolls, you just keep outing them. Especially those who admit to being non-gun owning trolls.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Vann, Isn’t that the guy that revealed himself to be Bryan Arrant and his email
    [email protected]? And he is alleging others have a “thin brainstem” (what ever that might mean).
    I mean you have to question the competence of some one that insults people, and then throws his own Op Sec out the window!
    Bryan a rant. Sounds like the title of a bad children’s novel.
    Bryan the green rant fink ! What fun.
    Hey, Bryan the green rant fink, are you the Bryan Arrant that lives in Oklahoma City? I have not had this much fun since 2 August 1990.

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    Slurp, slurp, gurgle, gurgle!!! Still swallowing a lot of cold seamen and pus.

    Clark Kent
    Guest
    Clark Kent

    ‘Seamen’ are in the Navy. FIND A DICTIONARY AND USE IT, you PUTZ!

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    @CK the Wonder Turd: Hey shit-stick did you ever consider that it was not mistake. No!… because turds have no brains. You feculent ass wipe.

    You know there are many here who’d shove you right up Trump’s ass. Right after we shove GWD in there. That’s three who’ll get the point all at once.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Not, Cluck Kant will go back to sleep shortly. The local liquor store had a sale on MD2020.
    As to Bryan Arrant … Ooops … I mean the green rat fink or is it the green arrant fink or the green rant fink at email: [email protected] … well … I think that he has eliminated himself.

    Nottinghill
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    Nottinghill

    @WB: Do they still make that stuff? Sounds like he was working on his 3rd or 4th bottle of the case and a tube of glue he purchased.
    But I have noticed that neither the Fink nor Clucky Kant posted any counter-replies to one or the other…. hmmm!? They should hook up for a date.

    Okay now I’m starting to have fun!

    John
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    John

    Boo the heck out of him for screwing everyone.

    Clark Kent
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    Clark Kent

    Yup, and HiLIARy would have treated gun owners like royalty, correct? Are you REALLY that stupid?

    Joe
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    Joe

    Grow up yourself. You still don’t get it evidently. Hillary never was an option, but thinking people are tired of being lied to and taken for granted that we will support someone who only takes a portion of our Creator given civil rights. McCain was a CIA shill fraud, Romney was obe lite. They both got left at the altar. Just because we wont vote for a jacobin/socialist/commie doesn’t mean we have to vote. First off the NRA needs to get rid of LaPierre, Cox, and any and all contracts with ackmac et al. Then sue same for malfeasance in… Read more »