Gala that will never be: NRA cancels annual members’ meeting

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The NRA 150th annual members’ meeting and exhibits scheduled this weekend in Houston has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

It would have been a landmark celebration for the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, the 150th anniversary gathering of the National Rifle Association to have been held this coming weekend in Houston, Texas.

But NRA announced several days ago the Labor Day weekend gala event has been cancelled “Due to concern over the safety of our NRA family and community” blamed on a renewed rise of COVID-19 cases.

Here is the text of a message posted on the NRA’s website”

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“Due to concern over the safety of our NRA family and community, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibits. This cancellation applies to all events and meetings that were scheduled in Houston. We will provide future notification regarding a rescheduled date for the annual Meeting of Members. 

“We make this difficult decision after analyzing relevant data regarding COVID-19 in Harris County, Texas. We also consulted with medical professionals, local officials, major sponsors & exhibitors, and many NRA members before arriving at this decision. The NRA Annual Meeting welcomes tens of thousands of people, and involves many events, meetings, and social gatherings. Among the highlights of our annual meeting are acres of exhibit space featuring the latest and greatest firearms, the display of countless accessories, and the offering of adventures and group gatherings that many travel hundreds, and some even thousands, of miles to experience. We realize that it would prove difficult, if not impossible, to offer the full guest experience that our NRA members deserve.

“The NRA’s top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our members, staff, sponsors, and supporters.  We are mindful that NRA Annual Meeting patrons will return home to family, friends and co-workers from all over the country, so any impacts from the virus could have broader implications. Those are among the reasons why we decided to cancel our 2021 event.

“We would like to thank our members, attendees, exhibitors, and staff for their understanding and support. We are grateful for the many contributions of the George R. Brown Convention Center, state and local officials, community organizers, area hotels, and countless event venues across Houston. We receive enormous support from Houston and the State of Texas – and we hope to return to the Bayou City for a full annual meeting experience. 

“The NRA looks forward to a Celebration of Freedom in Louisville in May 2022. In the meantime, we will support many other NRA local events and smaller gatherings – in a manner that is protective of our members and celebrates our Second Amendment freedom.     

“We wish continued health and safety to our entire NRA family.”

But who celebrates a “151st anniversary?”

The COVID-19 pandemic panic has caused plenty of trouble, for the economy, the CDC and two administrations, for tens of thousands of small businesses and their now-former employees. Now it has provided the reason to cancel what might have been a deservedly noisy celebration.

Instead, perhaps this coming holiday weekend will provide America’s gun owners a chance to reflect around a campfire to wonder what the country might be like without the NRA.

When it comes to “gun safety” groups, NRA is right there. The gun control crowd are just pretenders. NRA started the hunter education program in 1949 in New York. It launched the Eddie Eagle program for kids. It has fielded tens of thousands of certified firearms instructors over the years and they’ve trained millions of Americans in the safe handling of firearms for generations.

Billionaire-backed gun prohibition groups can’t beat that.


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