Monday, May 31, 2010

2010 NRA Annual Meeting In Charlotte, NC - A Recap

If you have been following me for a while, you already know that I was in attendance at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) Annual Meeting in Charlotte, NC. This post will detail "some" of the activities that I engaged in while I was there. I'm sure that you will agree, after seeing what I saw and reading about what I did that I had a great time.

A Kid In The Candy Store
The NRA Annual Meeting had over 6.5 acres of exhibitor space. There's no way I can tell you everything that I saw there. I made note of and took pictures of several things that I will describe in future posts. For now, here are some photos taken from the exhibition floor:

A Networker's Dream
A great reason to attend a convention is to meet like-minded folks to get re-energized and to find win-win opportunities. Since I am a gun rights activist, it's a no-brainer for me to attend the NRA Convention.

I bumped into some folks I had known in-person, "knew" online, or had previously communicated with at some point in time in the past. Among those were Joe Tartaro of the Second Amendment Foundation, Cam Edwards of the "Cam & Company Show," Matt Miller of Houston, TX, Devin Standard of "Black Dragon Tactical," and Mark Richardson of the NRA's Education and Training Department:

I Am The Media!
As mentioned in another post, I was awarded media credentials to the entire convention and had access to everything that transpired. I got to meet fellow gun bloggers from across this fine country who I added to my blog-roll. In addition, I got to hang out behind the scenes and network with other people from the "traditional" media.

Shameless Plug Alert!
Somehow, I managed to get some media coverage of myself. Over that weekend, I was on the "Cam and Company" TV show twice: once during a "man on the street" interview and as an in-studio guest during a live taping. Being on the show - twice - in one day was surely the pinnacle of the weekend for me.

If I ever get the footage from the Executive Producer, John Popp, I'll post it.

In addition, I met the guy behind - He shot a quick interview of me during a lull in the action in the media room:

Further, if all that wasn't enough, a side conversation I had with a local freelance writer resulted in me being quoted in "The Politics Daily."

Bottom Line
I had a great time at the Annual Meeting. I've already made plans to attend next year's convention in Pittsburgh.

Why don't you join us?

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