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Birmingham's Porter at NRA conference
"You can almost set your watch for how long it takes for people who hate guns, who hate gun owners, to start a new campaign," after a mass shooting, Perry said.
Rob Heagy, a former parole officer from San Francisco, agreed with Porter's description of a culture war. Constitution. "Mr. Obama said he wasn't going after our guns. As soon as the Connecticut thing happened, he came after our guns."
the cheering crowd of more than 3,500 at the rally.
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)
"(You) here in this room are the fighters for freedom. We are the protectors," said Porter, whose father was NRA president from 1959 1960.
Porter's remarks came in a short speech to about 300 people at a grass roots organizing meeting and set the tone for a "Stand and Fight" themed convention that is part gun trade show, political rally and strategy meeting.
"This is not a battle about gun rights," Porter said, calling it "a culture war."
"It was great to see the president throw a temper tantrum in the Rose Garden," Cox said.
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That theme carried throughout the day and reached a crescendo in a 3 political rally punctuated by fiery speeches from state and national conservative leaders. senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum told Adidas Los Angeles Women's Review
NRA First Vice President James Porter, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who will assume the organization's presidency Monday, issued a full throated challenge to President Barack Obama in the wake of a major victory regarding gun control and called on members to dig in for a long fight that will stretch into the 2014 elections. Senate bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales. It was introduced after December's mass shooting at a Newtown, Adidas Neo Net Shoes Conn., elementary school. A small gathering of gun control supporters were outside of the convention in Houston.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized gun control supporters as opportunists who prey on the raw emotions of tragic events.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, called the culture war reference a sign the NRA is worried about polls that show most Americans support some expansion of background checks.
Obama, who has pushed for gun control measures, was a prime target for criticism the entire day. NRA Executive Director Chris Cox bragged about the organization's political victory.
"Stand for America. Fight for America."
a warning to its members they are engaged in a "culture war" that stretches beyond gun rights, further ramping up emotions surrounding the gun control debate.
"This is a critical time in American history. Something big is happening in America," Santorum said. Adidas Los Angeles On Feet
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