Preview: NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta

The National Rifle Association Annual Meeting (NRAAM) is this weekend in Atlanta, beginning on Thursday and ending on Sunday.  An estimated 80,000 people are expected to attend over the course of these four days.  In addition to the 15 acre exhibit hall and over 800 exhibitor booths, there are a number of special events planned.

Perhaps the most anticipated event is the NRA-ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) Leadership Forum on Friday, beginning at 12:30 PM.  Speaking at this forum will be President Donald Trump, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne Lapierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, Sheriff David Clarke, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, LTC (ret) Allen West, Senator Ted Cruz, Antonia Okafor, and others.

The highlight is likely to be President Trump’s speech.  He is the first U.S. President to speak at the forum since Reagan did so in 1983.  Given the fact that he, and his administration, is seen as a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and of the individual’s right to keep and bear arms, he will no doubt receive a rousing reception.

Those hostile to the 2nd Amendment and individual rights will also be on hand to oppose the event.  Moms Demand Action, led by professional PR executive Shannon Watts, will be there to protest.

The Resurgent will be at the NRAAM on Friday to report on the show floor as well as at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.  Stay tuned on Friday for Facebook live streamed updates and posts concerning the event.

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