NRA Pulls Convention Out of Columbus, OhioI applaud the NRA for its decision and encourage the convention planners to consider Bland, Virginia for its gathering. After all: (1) Everyone here, young and old alike, is heavily armed. (2) We pride ourselves on our ownership of assault weapons. Heck, we even show them off in church on Sunday. (3) We are unified in our belief that pinheads like the mayor of Columbus, Ohio don't deserve the tens of millions of dollars the NRA members will shell out wherever the convention ultimately is held.
By John McCarthy, Associated Press Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The National Rifle Association has abandoned plans to hold its 2007 convention in Columbus following the passage of a ban on assault weapons by city officials. (link)
We even have an abandoned textile factory that, with a little sprucing up, could hold all or some of the thousands of conventioneers.
Here is what caught my eye in the article - the reason Columbus's mayor, a Democrat, gave for driving the NRA convention and its millions in revenue away:
Mayor Michael Coleman said that the NRA and other groups will not dictate city policy and that the ban will make Columbus safer ...There is an array of weaponry on the market today - in Columbus, Ohio and across this land. You can buy multi-round, large-caliber artillery that can stop a whole herd of Cape Buffalo or Osama bin Ladin and his bantam band of badasses.
The ban, passed earlier this month, outlaws the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines.
This ordinance focuses not on firepower but on cosmetics. The mayor, who I hear is considering a run for governor of the state of Ohio next year, and the Columbus city council have only banned rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines. All that high-power ordnance will still be available over the counter in Columbus to anyone capable of filling out a federal 4473 form.
And he says Columbus is safer because of it.
Call me stupid but ...