Texas leaders join NRA Officials in ribbon cutting ceremony for the 2013 Convention in Houston
Houston, Texas - Opening Ceremonies for the 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits kicked off this morning at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Expected to be the largest convention on record, officials are estimating numbers to reach the 100,000 mark. A belief shared by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot.
"We are honored to have the NRA here in Houston, Texas for what will be the largest NRA Convention in the history, fittingly, in the state of Texas. Known for doing things big."
Abbot, renowned for his litigation with the Obama Administration, promised more should the anti-gun agenda continue.
"I've already sued the Obama Administration twenty-five times," Abbot proclaimed. "I can tell you that if they take any action to infringe the second amendment rights of our fellow Americans, I will have my twenty-sixth lawsuit against the Obama Administration."
Joining Abbot at the ceremony was Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. An avid hunter, Dewhurst thanked the NRA for choosing Texas and offered vendors a new outlook on life.
"Why don't you consider coming to Texas. We're the best state in the country, we have the strongest economy, we have our businesses growing, low unemployment and the lowest tax rate. So for all you exhibitors, consider not leaving ... you are welcome here."
There ceremony started promptly at 8:45 local time. Despite the early hour, crowds were already bursting through the welcome area seams and spilling out onto the Avenida De Las Americas. When Abbot and Dewhurst joined NRA officials (NRA President David Keene, 1st Vice President Jim Porter, 2nd Vice President Alan Cors and MidwayUSA's Larry & Brenda Potterfield) to cut the ceremonial ribbon, the two Texans assisted in unleashing thousands onto the vendors inside.
Today's events, including the Leadership Forum and Methods of Conceal Carry seminar, wrap up by six o'clock this afternoon.
State Attorney General Abbot provided a real scene stealer with a tale about a recent debate with CNN Host Piers Morgan:
It's nice to get visit with some people about guns other than Piers Morgan. Piers Morgan came to Houston a few months ago to debate me and Ted Nugent about our right to keep and bear arms. And I told Piers Morgan at that time, that Americans stopped debating the British about our right to bear arms back in 1776, and we're not going to start over now.