Inside the Beltway: LaPierre’s summation

  • ** FILE ** NRA members listen to speakers during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)** FILE ** NRA members listen to speakers during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • 11-year-old Ryan Weaver inspects a rifle, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)11-year-old Ryan Weaver inspects a rifle, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)
  • Born in 1917, the oldest life NRA member in attendance, Wayne Burd, holds up the plaque he received for being a member since 1938 next to Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)Born in 1917, the oldest life NRA member in attendance, Wayne Burd, holds up the plaque he received for being a member since 1938 next to Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • With a little help, a child shoots an Airsoft gun at a target during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented.  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)With a little help, a child shoots an Airsoft gun at a target during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • 13-year-old Jacob La looks down the sight of a mounted machine gun, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)13-year-old Jacob La looks down the sight of a mounted machine gun, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)
  • Brothers, 10-year-old Kayden La, center. and 13-year-old Jacob La, left, inspect pistols at a booth, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)Brothers, 10-year-old Kayden La, center. and 13-year-old Jacob La, left, inspect pistols at a booth, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Todd Spoth)
  • Harry McKay, right, of Tampa, Fla., dressed at Patrick Henry talks with Ray Henicke of Abilene, Texas and his wife, Karen Henicke as they wait in line for the Glenn Beck book signing event during the NRA convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center  Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle,  Melissa Phillip)Harry McKay, right, of Tampa, Fla., dressed at Patrick Henry talks with Ray Henicke of Abilene, Texas and his wife, Karen Henicke as they wait in line for the Glenn Beck book signing event during the NRA convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)
  • Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, speaks during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, speaks during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • Eby Owen, center, of Dunedin, Fla., and Debbie Brinson, right, of San Antonio share a hug as they wait in line for the Glenn Beck book signing event during the NRA convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center  Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle,  Melissa Phillip)Eby Owen, center, of Dunedin, Fla., and Debbie Brinson, right, of San Antonio share a hug as they wait in line for the Glenn Beck book signing event during the NRA convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston. National Rifle Association leaders told members Saturday that the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and next year's midterm elections, but they vowed that none in the organization will ever have to surrender their weapons. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Melissa Phillip)
  • ** FILE ** NRA member and musician, Ted Nugent, greets fans and signs autographs at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)** FILE ** NRA member and musician, Ted Nugent, greets fans and signs autographs at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • NRA members line up to meet musician, Ted Nugent, at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs through Sunday, May 5.  More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)NRA members line up to meet musician, Ted Nugent, at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • Heath Bryant of Cypress assists his son, Tate, 5, to shoot a target using a video game-style of gun at an exhibit booth  during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)Heath Bryant of Cypress assists his son, Tate, 5, to shoot a target using a video game-style of gun at an exhibit booth during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • A young man who chose not to give his name sizes-up an assault style rifle during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) A young man who chose not to give his name sizes-up an assault style rifle during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Taya Kyle, widow of author and former army sniper Chris Kyle, speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Taya Kyle, widow of author and former army sniper Chris Kyle, speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • A man wearing a t-shirt quoting Gen. George S. Patton attends the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) A man wearing a t-shirt quoting Gen. George S. Patton attends the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • ** FILE ** Smith and Wesson pistols are on display during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) ** FILE ** Smith and Wesson pistols are on display during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Patricia Aquino is presented the ceremonial key to a new house by  Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's  annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Patricia Aquino is presented the ceremonial key to a new house by Texas Gov. Rick Perry during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Attendees recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening of the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's  annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) Attendees recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the opening of the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan Rooney speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Dan Rooney speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Attendees move throughout the exhibition hall in the George R. Brown Center during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) Attendees move throughout the exhibition hall in the George R. Brown Center during the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox, left, greets former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox, left, greets former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Attendees applaud a speaker during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert) Attendees applaud a speaker during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • TV personality Jeanine Pirro speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)TV personality Jeanine Pirro speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Former U.N. Ambassador John R. Bolton speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris W. Cox speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, May 3, 2013 in Houston. (AP Photo/Steve Ueckert)
  • Barry Bailey and his wife Judy, of DeRidder La., walk out hand-in-hand, after having their 1873 Winchester rifle appraised at the NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase during the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase is a television show that runs on the Sportsman Channel. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5.  More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)Barry Bailey and his wife Judy, of DeRidder La., walk out hand-in-hand, after having their 1873 Winchester rifle appraised at the NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase during the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase is a television show that runs on the Sportsman Channel. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • NRA attendee, John Joseph of Sebastian, Fla., waits in line outside the George R. Brown Convention Center before the opening of the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5.  More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)NRA attendee, John Joseph of Sebastian, Fla., waits in line outside the George R. Brown Convention Center before the opening of the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • NRA attendees make their way into the George R. Brown Convention Center before the opening of the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)NRA attendees make their way into the George R. Brown Convention Center before the opening of the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
  • NRA attendee Janet Bero waits to have her German Luger appraised during the NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase during the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase is a television show that runs on the Sportsman Channel. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will feature training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)NRA attendee Janet Bero waits to have her German Luger appraised during the NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase during the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Houston. NRA's Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase is a television show that runs on the Sportsman Channel. The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will feature training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
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“Today, the National Rifle Association is a record 5 million strong. Even as thousands of Americans join our cause every day, the media and political elites denigrate us. They cringe at the sight of long lines at gun shows. They mock Americans who are buying firearms and ammunition at a record pace. They scorn and scold the NRA. They don’t get it, because they don’t get America.”

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre, to some 70,000 people at the organization’s annual convention, which ended Sunday. See Mr. LaPierre’s complete speech at NRAnews.com, along with appearances by Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, among many luminaries.


SPECIAL COVERAGE: Second Amendment and Gun Control


BIDEN‘S SUMMATION

In a presidential posture, Vice President Joseph R. Biden has fired the first volley in an effort to distinguish his own take on gun control — ammunition, perhaps, for a 2016 White House run

“For too long, members of Congress have been afraid to vote against the wishes of the NRA, even when the vast majority of their constituents support what the NRA opposes. That fear has become such an article of faith that even in the face of evidence to the contrary, a number of senators voted against basic background checks, against a federal gun trafficking statute and against other commonsense measures because they feared a backlash,” Mr. Biden wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in the Houston Chronicle.

Keep in mind that the NRA convention was staged in Houston.

“Today, those very senators are discovering that the political landscape really did change. They are learning that Newtown really did shock the conscience of the nation and that inaction will not be tolerated by Democrats, Republicans or independents,” Mr. Biden observed.

SMOKE SCREEN

What’s this? Bill Maher says that had President Obama been apprehended smoking marijuana in his younger days, life would have been different.

“This president wouldn’t be president if they had caught him, if that was on his record. He’d still be a community organizer,” the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” told his audience, adding, “I just wonder when he’s going to get the memo that pot is the new gay marriage.”

The thought that the stuff would be a newfound cause gave Newsbusters analyst Noel Sheppard pause.

“So are people opposed to the legalization of marijuana going to be the left’s next targets? Watch out, conservatives. In the coming years you’re going to be labeled as intolerant weedophobes,” he says.

PALMETTO BREW

Tuesday may be trying for Mark Sanford, who faces Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the special election for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Her polling numbers are better. She has a famous brother, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. She’s been knocking on doors and rolling through the countryside aboard a sky-blue campaign bus emblazoned with the motto, “Elizabeth Means Business.”

Mr. Sanford’s personal challenges have emerged, meanwhile. There’s still fallout from the former governor’s, uh, affair, and on Thursday, he must appear in a local court, charged with trespassing on his former wife’s property. But wait. He’s still got grass-roots fans, with advice for local voters.

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