St. Louis, Missouri - Just as things were getting serious at the NRA's Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre turned over the Show to Daniel Lawrence Whitney — aka Larry the Cable Guy.

Larry has a way of illustrating his thoughts and experiences in a way few comics today can manage. Most, if not all, were right on target for the audience.

"You ever notice they offer a McRib two months out of the year at McDonalds? I figured it out why that is. It takes 10 months to hunt down and shoot whatever kind of meat goes into the McRib."


NRAstore at Annual Meeting

St. Louis, Missouri - Today is the last day to stock up on items that show your love for the National Rifle Association with 2012 Annual Meeting. Hats, t-shirts, polos, pins, mugs, shot glasses, and more can all be found this weekend at Annual Meeting's onsite NRAstore in the America's Center.

These popular products bear the official St. Louis Annual Meeting logo, and their limited availability makes them extremely collectible and sought-after.

In addition to Annual Meeting items, the NRAstore is bursting with general NRA merchandise that has at least one thing for everyone.


NRA's Wayne LaPierre

St. Louis, Missouri - Last night's NRA's Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience saw thousands of people come together for a night extol the attitudes that make this country so great.

The crowd took their seats to patriotic music performed by the award-winning Randolph-Macon Academy Junior ROTC Band before Wayne LaPierre spoke about the night NRA had in store for the crowd. After bringing out the rest of NRA's executive officers and thanking Larry and Brenda Potterfield of MidwayUSA for being the Annual Meeting's official sponsors, it was time for the presentation of colors, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.


Wayne LaPierre at 2012 NRA Meeting of Members
NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at the 2012 Meeting of Members in St. Louis.

St. Louis, Missouri - When Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre took the stage for the Meeting of Members during NRA's 141st Annual Meetings and Exhibits, the crowd had a difficult time keeping their seats. First during staff introductions and then for his Members Address, the exhilaration rocketed around the same dome when NFL greats Marshall Faulk and Kurt Warner introduced America to the Greatest Show on Turf.


St. Louis, Missouri - The "Pyramyd Air" Air Gun Range at Annual Meeting is located located in room 123/124 of the America's Center, just outside the main hall entrance and next to the NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns raffle.

Practically running the gamut of air guns, for only $1 you can take a break from the busy exhibit hall or book signing lines and have some target practice.


Oliver North speaks with a fan at the NRA convention in St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri - Oliver North is here at the NRA Convention signing copies of his new book American Heroes in Special Forces for just one more hour.


Inspecting the items on the Wall of Guns

St. Louis, Missouri – Ken Yahl of Pacific, Missouri bought a single ticket for today's twelfth round of the NRA Foundation's Wall of Guns. His son bought one too. With a drawing done for each 100 tickets sold, there was a 1 in 50 chance someone from their family would win.

They wished they had better odds, but it was good enough.

With the hundredth ticket sold and the barrel given a few good turns, a young boy from the crowd pulled out Ken's ticket to a round of applause. Ken's grandchildren were ecstatic, his son and daughter-in-law couldn't believe it, and Ken had a wry smile on his face befitting someone who had just won a great prize.


St. Louis, Missouri - NRA's Meeting of Members opened this morning inside the Edward Jones — home of the National Football League's St. Louis Rams. The Meeting of Members is a once-a-year gathering where NRA Members have the opportunity to hear the Executive Staff's agenda for the coming year and pose questions to the committee.

Those walking onto the dais included General Operations Director Kayne Robinson, ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, Secretary Major Jim Land and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.


St. Louis, Missouri - Kayne Robinson, the Executive Director of NRA General Operations, meets with "General Grant" of the Single Action Shooting Society during the 2012 Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the America's Center.

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