The Blaze creator, Glenn Beck, speaks to NRA membership at Houston Annual Meeting
The main event of this year's Stand and Fight Rally at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston was none other than Glenn Beck.
After enjoying wild success as a television and radio host, political commentator, author and entrepreneur, Beck's newest venture is the creation of his very own meia network, The Blaze.
Those familiar with Beck's speeches will not be surprised to learn he stepped on stage with a few props; however his nearly-iconic green chalkboard was not among them. Instead, Beck had brought a presentation of firearms including the rifle Charlton Heston famously raised above his head when he declared:
So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands!'
The May 4 Stand and Fight Rally itself was the main event of the spectacular NRA Annual Meeting weekend, which saw over 86,000 Second Amendment supporters travel to Houston. Saturday night's patriotic presentation hosted thousands of attendees at the George R. Brown Convention Center to celebrate America's cherished freedoms as tens of thousands watched via online streams. Speeches by NRA leadership, Beck and a performance by comedian Frank Caliendo made for a night filled with emotion, spirit and pride.
Getting right to work, Beck impassionately spelled out the trouble he saw looming for America's gun owners and the tough, but achievable solutions. Each of the firearms on stage had a story behind them that Beck would pause to share with the crowd.
At the conclusion of his presentation, the crowd jumped to their feet to give Beck a standing ovation. His inspirational message had held them at the edge of their seat for nearly two hours and they likely could have gone the whole night - Beck too.
Before departing, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre joined Beck to present an award for his tireless work in support of the Second Amendment.
And like that the event seemingly ended as quickly as it had begun. But everything must come to an end... at least until next year's Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.