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May 6, 2013

Photo Update/NRA Annual Meeting ‘13: Guns in the Hands of Babes

Houston NRA exhibition 2

Looking at the Reuters’ edit, at least one visual story line is coming through strong and clear from the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston. That theme is how the industry is so encouraging guns in the hands of kids. The caption (see below) also highlights how much he NRA is targeting the female market. This lead shot is interesting in the way the girl looks away from the heavy weapon. If she’s interested but only just distracted, it highlights how much this is a grown up’s agenda.

Houston NRA exhibition 3

According to the caption, this girl is holding an “airsoft gun” on the NRA Exhibition’s “Youth Day.” I don’t actually think she is, but it seems like the girl is wearing cammo.

NRA convention exhibition Houston 4

Though these two are older, this photo immediately brought to mind last Monday’s tragic death of a 2-year-old girl in Kentucky at the hands of her 5-year-old brother using a “child’s rifle.” Is it that guns in America are always at hand?  And, could the LOVE sweatshirt be any more perfect?

…Also, maybe guns are really a boy’s thing after all.

NRA Houston gun exhibition 1

Call this the “Adam Lanza” variation on the story line, focusing on just a slightly older demographic. I’m sure, by the way, this moment is completely innocent, a cheap thrill  to these two exhibition goers, the guy playing bad ass for the mobile camera. As newswire fodder, however, it’s chillingly suggestive, playing out the nightmare scenario of any and every disaffected 18 – 25 year old male out there right this minute who’s seething, maybe about mom, or about women or just the world in general.

(photos: Adrees Latif/Reuters caption 1: A man shows a girl how to hold an airsoft gun during the NRA Youth Day at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas on May 5, 2013. The National Rifle Association is showcasing women members and emphasizing that increasingly it’s not just men who own firearms and oppose gun-control efforts. Female membership is up, the nation’s leading advocate for gun ownership says, and its revamped website features profiles of “armed and fabulous” women and describes how women are bringing “new energy” to the NRA. caption 3: Family members look at hand guns at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the site for the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston, Texas on May 4, 2013. caption 4: A woman uses a smart phone to photograph a young man holding a shotgun at an exhibit booth at the George R. Brown convention center, the site for the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting in Houston, Texas May 5, 2013.)

  • EDB

    I notice that in two of the four photos, the pictured kids have their fingers actually on the triggers of their weapons (in the first, it looks like she is too small to actually reach the trigger) – So much for the NRA blather about the primacy of firearms safety training within their cult.

    • aSouthernMan

      The Golden Safety Rule of Guns: “Always treat the gun as if it is loaded”
      shows that Idiots exist on both sides of this issue. The cell phone pic is outrageous – no one I know would EVER allow a gun to be handled any other way. Also the young boy with the handgun. But responsible instruction for youth is important – and proper – in my view.
      Per the story note by author: [According to the caption, this girl is holding an “airsoft gun” on the NRA Exhibition’s “Youth Day.” I don’t actually think she is];
      the gun in pic has a red barrel tip – this is required for non-lethal firearms (including toys).

    • jqfrederick

      I only see one finger on the trigger–the older child who’s picture is being taken with a cell phone. Am I missing something?

  • Eric Kayne
  • aSouthernMan

    Released just after this Bagnews article, this DOJ study shows Gun violence
    has decreased. Gun violence is always wrong. And so are one-sided media stories.

  • EDB

    I’m not getting how that “…shows that idiots exist on both sides…” at all.

  • Guest

    @EDB. You are exactly right. It seems aSouthernMan has a tendency to appear reasonable and then when no one’s looking, slide shit like that under the door.

  • aSouthernMan

    Here,it was obvious the author wanted to represent NRA and guns negatively. Fair enough. I wanted to state that is not the norm, and also explain what the red barrel tip means, as the author did not know. My ‘both sides’ comment was referencing the cell-phone pic versus the major things like NY legislators who were in such a rush to pass a law last Jan that they made every LEO in NY in violation of their Gun Law. For 2 months… Also Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette (Minority Whip on Gun legislation) proving she did not even understand what a gun “clip” (magazine) is… And those are Legislators who pass Laws – not blog commentators or people at a gun show. Real facts like that are generally not noted here.
    – Mr Guest: please explain why that ticked you off so?

  • ciclo

    Each child’s finger is too short to place their finger ready to squeeze and fire. I don’t know whether it is a “safety position” to place a finger to the side of the trigger. The children are maybe being safe and maybe had some education of it, but I might doubt it.

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