INDIANAPOLIS — The NRA’s chief lobbyist hammered former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to kick off the organization’s annual meetings inside Lucas Oil Stadium Friday afternoon.
“Mr. Bloomberg, you are an arrogant hypocrite,” Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said to an approving crowd. Cox also implored that the anti-gun movement “stay the hell out of our gun cabinets” in a fiery address that set the tone for an afternoon of defiant speeches from public officials and other notables. Cox and NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, in particular, took aim at Bloomberg’s gun-control push and media bias.
“Here’s how you know they’re lying: They still call themselves journalists,” LaPierre said. “The media’s intentional corruption of the truth is an abomination.”
Cox and LaPierre led a speaker list that included Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who lauded the Hoosier state as a fitting host for the NRA’s event; Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.); and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R). But some of the most well-received remarks came from Milwaukee Co., Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke, whose outspoken pro-firearms positions have earned him a reputation as a favorite of the gun-rights movement.
Responding to former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens’ suggestion that the Second Amendment be amended to include the words “when serving in the militia,” Clarke said we ought to instead add the words “keep your hands off our guns, dammit.”