Politicians Make Rounds At NRA Convention

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The National Rifle Association meetings are drawing thousands of people to downtown Pittsburgh, including politicians.

U.S. Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, was the only Pennsylvania congressman invited to speak to the convention. He reminded the NRA members why they are so powerful politically.

“You are the ones who contact your elected officials, who hold them accountable for their votes, who mobilize others in support of the cause,” he said.

That cause is embraced by potential presidential candidates like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who spoke to KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano about the NRA.

“They are very principled, and they are non-partisan,” he said. “They are for people who believe in the right to bear arms, who believe in the Second Amendment, and who are willing to vote their convictions, and I have found that if you are straight with them that they are amazingly straight with you.”

Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum says the NRA’s focus on individual liberties ring true.

“This is a nanny state that has gone to far, and I think the American public is responding to it, and that’s how they’re responding to the NRA over the year because they’ve fought for these basic freedoms that are in our Constitution,” he said.

NRA member State Rep. Ted Harhai, D-Monessen, says NRA support helps political newcomers.

With an all-important presidential race next year and many close U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats on the ballot, 2012 will be a real test of the National Rifle Association’s political clout.

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  • Thomas J Duttine

    It amazes me that they are going to march to the NRA to protest illegal guns. I would bet that not a single LEGAL gun was used in any of the crimes that they are marching about!!!!

  • NRA

    As a gun owner and permit to carry legally I personally can’t stand anyone who does something unlawful with their firearm.
    That only hurts those who follow and respect the law and rightfully own firearms.

  • s

    It is not the NRA’s job to police or parent a community but it would be wise of them to be vigilant about who is buying these weapons. I honestly wish reverend Grayson would stop pimping his sons image to be seen and heard when everyone knows that he is not serious about stoping black on black crime or any crime, his main goal is the collection plate so that he can buy more ridiculous earings for himself. Man up lose the sissy boy look and set an example for black men and women.

  • He's a blue dork

    Altmire belongs on the republican ticket

  • Mon River Towing

    I like Altmire for some reason but at some point J-Dog you need to pick a side, not every side.

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