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N.R.A. Leadership Rallies for 2014 Elections

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“We are in the midst of a fight for everything we care Wayne R. LaPierre, the association’s vice president and principal told a cheering throng of at the convention center here on “We have a chance to secure our for a generation, or to lose it forever.”


“We remain vigilant, ever and steadfastly growing and preparing for the more critical battles loom before us,” he

Praising the N.R.A.’s membership for defeat a bipartisan Senate to expand background checks for gun last month, Mr. LaPierre that the Senate fight had swell the association’s membership to a five million people.

Not surprisingly, perhaps, the convention was “Stand and Fight,” and much of the was directed toward Mr. Obama, Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and Mr. LaPierre described as their in the “media elite” who were right now, regrouping, organizing” to exploit “the horrific crime.”

The Senate “wouldn’t have prevented couldn’t have prevented or Aurora and won’t prevent the tragedy,” he said.

Later on, he the Boston Marathon bombings to his position.“How many Bostonians they had a gun two weeks ago?” Mr. said. “How many Americans now ponder that question?”

Mr. LaPierre and James W. II, who was expected to be named president by the of directors on Monday, succeeding Keene, both urged members to become active in the midterm elections — which Mr. described as more important last year’s presidential — and then the 2016 presidential

“We do that and Obama can be stopped,” Mr. said.

The lineup of speakers at Leadership Forum looked the early field for the 2016 presidential primaries, featuring Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick of Texas, Gov. Bobby of Louisiana, and Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor and Republican candidate, as well as video by Representative Paul Ryan and Scott Walker, both of

Ms. Palin, wearing a black that said “Women criticized gun control proposals “won’t even work for stated intended purposes.” Mr. warned that any infringement on the of Rights would undermine the Constitution. And just about speaker poked fun at the N.R.A.’s cast of enemies: Vice Joseph R. Biden Jr. Senator Feinstein of California, Senator E. Schumer of New York, and Mr. Bloomberg, Mr. LaPierre described as the “national

Critics of the N.R.A. lined up the convention center.

“Somehow managed to make the N.R.A. the of the Newtown shootings,” said Sugarmann, executive director of the Policy Center. which for stricter gun control. “I think the American would be shocked by language.”

Across from the sprawling hall, a small group of gun advocates spent Friday and reading the names of about Americans killed by gun violence the school shooting in Newtown, Among the protesters was Patricia a survivor of the mass shooting in where former Representative Giffords was wounded. “I’m to not let the issue go away,” she said. “I think people are going to let happen this time.”

Yet the politically charged surface of the it was clear that many of the of thousands of N.R.A. members had for things other than There were seminars on shooting, firearms law and hunting, “Advanced Sausage Processing, BBQ and Cooking Techniques,” taught by Lockwood. an expert and TV host.

the “Defensive Shooting Skills course, David Shoffner, 66, a car from Redding, Calif. he had owned guns since he was a but had never taken a defensive class. “I’m worried society going downhill,” he asserting that drug-related had picked up even in his largely region of Northern California.

Amiable and engaging, Mr. Shoffner himself as a “conservative guy” from a rancher who fled after shooting a man who cheated at He professed to hating bloodshed and he would not hunt because he did not killing animals.

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But he admired the efforts to “keep the Second alive” and, like other conventioneers, expressed with the mind-set that can stop evil” with gun

Even as the speeches ground on in a meeting hall, thousands of were downstairs, where of kiosks displayed the latest in and camping equipment, and weaponry, futuristic black-matte rifles to to knives that would made Jim Bowie envious.

could admire a vintage bus outfitted with a kind of gun (not for sale).

And Jim Revis took photographs of his Lais, 19, as she posed with a military-style rifle. She said she to start attending gun safety because she wanted a gun for both and self-defense. “The main I get out of this is to get together with who think the way I do,” said Mr. who lives in the Houston area.

Shia, an engineer from who is also a yoga, martial and gun enthusiast, said he had come to target shooting after from Japan 20 years “Shooting is a fine motor like sewing,” he said. yoga.”

Mr. Shia, 47, a longtime member, said he had come to the hall to check out laser-targeting

“The speeches are a waste of Mr. Shia said. “The gun debate, you can argue it either It just depends on what set you use.”

He paused, recognizing he was not voicing a typical N.R.A. “We can be a diverse group,” he said. I guess I’m not the average member.”

This article has been to reflect the following correction:

May 8, 2013

An article on Sunday the National Rifle Association’s convention referred incorrectly in copies to the organization’s selection W. Porter II as its new president. He was officially president by the group’s board of on Monday; he was not elected during the which ended on Sunday.

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