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Protesters' anguished shouts fail to dampen gun enthusiasm at NRA convention in Houston

Less than 72 hours after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of gun owners gathered at an NRA meeting in Houston.

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Less than 72 hours after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, thousands of gun owners gathered at an NRA meeting in Houston.

Highlights

  • Gun owners gathered in Houston to defend and celebrate the types of laws that made it possible for a teenager to purchase a pair of AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles days after his 18th birthday.
  • Gun control activists and gun owners were separated by a four-lane road, metal barricades and horse-mounted police.
  • Across the street, hundreds of protesters waved signs and shouted at NRA members as they filtered into the George R. Brown Convention Center.
  • Polling shows that his views, and U.S.
  • gun laws, are out of sync with overall public opinion.
  • Sixty-seven percent of American voters strongly support banning assault-style weapons, compared with 25 percent who oppose a ban.