NRA Convention Coming To Nashville This Week

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)--Tens of thousands of people will descend on Nashville this weekend for the National Rifle Association's annual convention.

For the NRA, the event is a celebration of second amendment rights and a chance to view new firearm models.

But a national anti-violence group says event organizers shouldn't be gushing about guns in Tennessee's capital, based on a new study.

According to new data, the Washington based Violence Policy Center says more die in Tennessee from guns than car crashes, a stat the group believes shouldn't be overlooked before the annual NRA meeting rolls into the Volunteer State this weekend.

"Guns don't kill, people do," said Chris Fowler, VP of operations at Top Brass Sports, Inc. in Millington.  

Fowler not only teaches gun safety, he's also a proud and decades long member of the National Rifle Association.

"That Second Amendment has been an ongoing battle forever, and probably always will be because it's open to interpretation," said Fowler.

But those at the Violence Policy Center say a study on gun deaths is not open for interpretation.

"Facts don't matter to the NRA,  but facts matter to the general public," said Violence Policy legislative director Kristen Rand. 

The VPC's study used new data and found that in 2013, Tennessee and 16 other states had more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths, even though the group says far more people statistically own a car compared to a gun.

"The car industry fought hard against regulating motor vehicles, and eventually we will see public interest prevail and we will see guns brought under health and safety regulations," said Rand.

Leaders here at Top Brass say gun safety is at the forefront of everything they do, and that promotion of responsible gun ownership will be front and center this weekend during the NRA's annual meeting and exhibits.




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