The NRA (National Rifle Association of America) is a non-profit 501©(4) organization, that lobbies for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights and the promotion of firearm ownership rights, as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States.
According to FBI figures for the week of November 3 to 9, 2008, the bureau received more than 374,000 requests for background checks on gun purchasers -- a nearly 49 percent increase over the same period in 2007. Conatser said his store, Virginia Arms Company, has run out of some models -- such as the AR-15 rifle, the civilian version of the military's M-16 -- and is running low on others.
"There was a time it was acceptable women couldn't vote and blacks were in the back of the bus. A lot of things were acceptable--until we stopped accepting it."