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Although the National Rifle Association successfully blocked the expansion of gun sale background checks from passing the Senate in April, the group is now facing perilous political times. Many of the senators who sided with the gun lobby to block the immensely popular measure have seen their approval ratings plummet, and the group has all but abandoned the bipartisan outreach that has allowed it to survive past backlash.
The NRA’s willingness to cater to the right-wing fringe was clearly on display over the weekend at the group’s annual convention. As NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre ranted about the Boston bombings and failed vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin waved a tin of chew in mockery of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, it became more clear than ever that the nation’s largest gun-owners group resides squarely on the far right — and far, far away from the mainstream of the country.
Here are five lowlights from the NRA convention: