The NRA Is Spending A Ton Of Money On Security For Event With ‘Nine Acres Of Guns’

nra-conventionWithout a doubt, the group of people I find most frustrating to deal with (besides libertarians) are gun nuts. I would much rather debate a Bible-thumping creationist for 12 hours than deal with a radical gun fanatic for even ten minutes.

Gun nuts are easily some of the most paranoid, irrational and angry people I ever encounter. They are the ones who make it nearly impossible to have any semblance of a common sense debate about guns in this country, because they honestly believe that guns have nothing to do with gun violence. That’s like saying alcohol has nothing to do with alcoholism.

And when I do encounter these folks, it’s typically the same worn out nonsense I’ve heard parroted by every single one of them over and over again. It’s always the same ridiculous talking points like “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” or “we need more guns to make us safer.”

Well, in a bit of hypocrisy and contradiction, it seems the NRA is spending over $200,000 on security for their annual convention taking place in Tennessee this week.

Now, is there anything wrong with spending nearly a quarter of a million dollars on security for an event where the NRA is promoting it as “nine acres of guns”? No, of course not. But then again, I’m someone who believes that guns are inherently dangerous and we need tighter regulations on them.

However, the NRA and their fellow “gun enthusiasts” always perpetuate the idea that the more guns a person has, the safer they are. I’m sure most of us have seen one of those signs often adored by gun lovers that says something along the lines of “this house doesn’t call 911,” insinuating that their guns are the only “law enforcement” they need.

So, one would think that an event filled with gun owners, containing over “nine acres of guns,” would be the last place a criminal would want to strike, right? I’m always hearing open carry activists claim that the biggest reason they support openly carrying their guns is to deter criminals. If that’s true, why would a convention filled with gun enthusiasts – and acres of guns – need nearly a quarter million dollars in security for protection?

While security at an event such as this isn’t uncommon (and it’s often required), the amount of security the NRA is hiring for this weekend event is abnormally high. So it would seem that the size of the event, along with the absurd amount of guns, has prompted the NRA to bring in much more security than normal. That sounds to me like more guns isn’t making the event safer; in fact, the number of guns are actually making the event more volatile and dangerous – hence the increased security.

Again, I’m not saying that a large security contingent isn’t warranted – it absolutely is. I’m simply using the propaganda often pushed by the NRA to showcase how absolutely hypocritical it is of the organization to spend $200,000 on security at a gun event, while always claiming that guns are all you need for “protection against criminals.”

It seems when the chips are down, at an event where increased security is needed, the NRA isn’t turning to their “nine acres of guns” or the gun enthusiasts attending said event for their added protection from would-be criminals. Instead, they’re doing what most of us do – looking to trained law enforcement officials to not only help deter crime, but also to deal with any criminal activity that might occur during the 3-day event.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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