The Free Press, Mankato, MN

May 3, 2013

Fresh off victory, NRA holds convention in Texas


Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas —

 Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the message from the National Rifle Association is clear: The fight has just begun.

The powerful gun rights lobby gathers in Houston this weekend for its annual convention and organizers anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party -- both to celebrate the victory in Washington and recharge for more political struggles as gun control advocates tally their own successes in states around the country.

"If you are an NRA member, you deserve to be proud," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's brash, no-compromises chief executive wrote last week to the

organization's 5 million members, telling them they "exemplify everything that's good and right about America."