Once again, you need to look up the facts before you spout off things. The NRA is the "National Rifle Association," not the "National Machinegun Association." The NRA does not try to get people the right to own "machine guns," that is a Class 3 weapon, as in "highly illegal and hard to get without a butt-load of red tape and licensing." The NRA does not support people getting extremely dangerous/illegal firearms, rather, tries to foster the safe and responsible use of conventional firearms(handguns, rifles, and shotguns), and tries to protect the rights of gun owners from people(like yourself it seems) who have a hate for guns and all things related to them, without any real understanding or knowledge about them.
And face it, if someone needs it bad enough, they can get a gun illegally, the problem is not the guns in the homes, it is the wacked out kids growing up these days, a society problem, not a gun problem, in my opinion(after all, can you think of any school shootings that happened 100 years ago? 50? 30? Why are they just now occuring, when firearms have been around for centuries? The only logical answer is that it is the people, not the guns, that are the problem.).
Edit: Hmmmm, I might be getting a bit too worked up over this, because I am an NRA member. Oh welz, don't take it personally. =p
Edit2: The "meeting," which was a national convention, was cancelled, the only thing there on May 1st, as far as I remember, was a press conference saying that the meeting was cancelled, and a announcement that they would refund all NRA members that flew out there, at least, if memory serves from the article I read in the NRA magazine. Afterall, you can't completely cut off something that has been planned for years on short notice without at least some followups.
A. Columbine Shooting/Denver NRA Meeting. Bowling portrays this with the following sequence:
Weeping children outside Columbine;The portrayal is one of an arrogant protest in response to the deaths -- or, as one reviewer put it, "it seemed that Charlton Heston and others rushed to Littleton to hold rallies and demonstrations directly after the tragedy." The portrayal is in fact false.
Cut to Charlton Heston holding a musket and proclaiming "I have only five words for you: 'from my cold, dead, hands'";
Cut to billboard advertising the meeting, while Moore intones "Just ten days after the Columbine killings, despite the pleas of a community in mourning, Charlton Heston came to Denver and held a large pro-gun rally for the National Rifle Association;"
Cut to Heston (supposedly) continuing speech... "I have a message from the Mayor, Mr. Wellington Webb, the Mayor of Denver. He sent me this; it says 'don't come here. We don't want you here.' I say to the Mayor this is our country, as Americans we're free to travel wherever we want in our broad land. Don't come here? We're already here!"
Fact:So, as I said, get the facts straight first. =p
The Denver event was not a demonstration relating to Columbine, but an annual meeting (see links below), whose place and date had been fixed years in advance.
At Denver, the NRA cancelled all events (normally several days of committee meetings, sporting events, dinners, and rallies) save the annual members' voting meeting -- that could not be cancelled because the state law governing nonprofits required that it be held. [No way to change location, since under NY law you have to give 10 days' advance notice of that to the members, there were upwards of 4,000,000 members -- and Columbine happened 11 days before the scheduled meeting.] As a newspaper
In a letter to NRA members Wednesday, President Charlton Heston and the group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, said all seminars, workshops, luncheons, exhibits by gun makers and other vendors, and festivities are canceled.
All that's left is a members' reception with Rep. J.C. Watts, R-Okla., and the annual meeting, set for 10 a.m. May 1 in the Colorado Convention Center.
Under its bylaws and New York state law, the NRA must hold an annual meeting.
The NRA convention April 30-May 2 was expected to draw 22,000 members and give the city a $17.9 million economic boost.
"But the tragedy in Littleton last Tuesday calls upon us to take steps, along with dozens of other planned public events, to modify our schedule to show our profound sympathy and respect for the families and communities in the Denver area in their time of great loss," Heston and LaPierre wrote.