Between Moms Demand Action and mobilization of young people nationwide, the gun control movement has been jump-started to the discomfort of many politicians. But there IS another side.
For example, the Northeast Arkansas Friends of the NRA will convene at 5:30 p.m. tonight at the Nettleton Baptist Church Fairgrounds in Jonesboro. It’s not free. The basic ticket costs $15 for young people and $25 for adults, with other packages available that include dinner and raffle tickets on gun giveaways. Top package, as you can see from the flyer, includes a chance to win a semi-automatic rifle of the sort much in the news these days for its effective non-sporting use.
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A Jonesboro law enforcement officer called the event to my attention. We briefly discussed Moms Demand Action. I wonder if they have a chapter in Jonesboro? UPDATE: I am informed the group is active in Jonesboro and led by Lisa Melton.
Not to worry if you can’t make this gathering. Other NRA events are scheduled March 1 in Searcy, March 3 in DeQueen, March 10 in Fort Smith and March 24 in El Dorado. and the link tells you how to get tickets. I don’t know if they are open to questions from high school students, such as CNN’s remarkable forum last night where Sen. Marco Rubio was jeered for opposing a ban on assault weapons and politicians were encouraged to give up NRA backing.
Speaking of young people: Columbia Journalism Review rounds up here the remarkable work of student journalists in covering the Florida massacre, an effort that has contributed to more sustained interest