First Word: Has the NRA become the National Republican Association?

Updated
Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses the annual NRA Convention May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  More than...
Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin addresses the annual NRA Convention May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. More than...
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The NRA’s convention in Houston over the weekend featured conservative Republican speakers including Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, but did not ask a single Democrat to speak at the conference. With the NRA claiming its largest membership ever, 70,000 supporters of 5 million members attended as leaders of the NRA celebrated the defeat of gun legislation in the Senate and rallied supporters to look ahead to the next challenge – the 2014 elections.

First Word: Has the NRA become the National Republican Association?

Updated