Among those here is Marietta mom Lucia McBath, who lost her son five years ago when the 17 year old was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Florida convenience store during a 2012 argument over loud music.
“I’m here along with all these other moms to let the NRA know we’re not going to stand for this extremist agenda around the country,” McBath said. “And we’re not going away. The fear mongering, the untruths -- we’re definitely going to let them know we’re not going to stand for it. We’re not going to let them keep pushing it, especially in this state I live in in Georgia.”
McBath said that while her son’s death was devastating, it also galvanized her into action. She now works with Everytown for Gun Safety, a national gun-control group that’s active in Georgia and organized Saturday’s rally, and is a member of the Everytown Survivor Network traveling the country speaking on the issue.
The NRA, a powerful political advocate for gun rights, has also been a formidable opponent of gun control laws and has advocated for policies that include national reciprocity among states for people who have a weapons carry license.
More than 80,000 people were expected to attend the convention, which is the NRA’s showcase event for the year and also features hundreds of exhibitors.
President Donald Trump spoke at the convention Friday, the first time since Ronald Reagan that a sitting president has attended the gathering.