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Monday, May 6, 2013

Are You Kidding Me?? NRA pushes guns on kids as young as Newtown victims in sick 'Youth Day'

NRA caps annual convention by enticing children as as young as 3 to fire weapons -- and even offers them free six-month memberships.

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The National Rifle Association capped its annual convention Sunday by hosting a “Youth Day” — enticing youngsters to attend by offering free six-month memberships.
Billed by the NRA as a family-fun outing, the event drew hundreds of kids. Some of the attendees were the age of the Newtown massacre victims, others too young to know the difference between a toy gun and a real one.
“Spend the day exploring 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall containing over 550 exhibitors from across the country. Share the excitement with spectacular displays and fun-filled events for the entire family,” the NRA wrote on its website.
The event was staged a day after the NRA welcomed its youngest lifetime member, 3-year-old Elaih Wagan, whose grandfather purchased the membership.

Cooper Mattison, 5, gets encouragement from dad Trent and NRA volunteer Ron Fierro of Brick, NJ as he shoots an airsoft gun during kid's day at the NRA convention.

Activities inside Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center prompted outrage outside.
“They shouldn’t be teaching kids how to use guns. What happens when they get older? They might become like that Connecticut killer,” said Cal Castille, 24, of Houston, referring to Newtown gunman Adam Lanza.
Anti-gun protesters, reading names of gun-violence victims across the street from the convention center, said the NRA event was akin to “brainwashing these kids to love guns.”
Attendees line-up to meet musician Ted Nugent (not pictured) at a book signing event during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting.

This is indoctrination,” said Jose Sequeiros, 67, of Houston. “These kids are too young to see that guns are wrong.”
Heather Ross, 27, said organizers of the event were tone deaf, given the horrific mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.
“It agitates me that these people don’t think it could happen to their children,” said Ross of Austin. “This is just beyond words.”
A man shows a girl how to hold an airsoft gun during the NRA Youth Day. The NRA is showcasing women members and emphasizing that increasingly it's not just men who own firearms and oppose gun-control efforts.

In the convention center, pint-sized gun enthusiasts, some taught about the Second Amendment before they learned to read, perused the latest makes and models of firearms.
“I like guns because guns are fun,” said 9-year-old Kaykay Mace, who attended the NRA Youth Day with her dad, Scott, and big sister, Calla, 11.
Scott Mace, 37, called the event “a fun thing to do.”
Attendees browse weapons at the at the NRA Conference.

David Handschuh/New York Daily News

Attendees browse weapons at the at the NRA Conference.

“If a child understands how to properly and safely shoot, then they become much safer,” he said. “In a bad situation, they will understand what needs to be done.”
Calla Mace said she enjoys going to gun ranges and bragged, “I’m a pretty good shot.”
“I’ve shot a .22 rifle before and a handgun,” Calla said.

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