Why didn’t the National Rifle Association step up and defend Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer last summer? NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch says it’s because Castile was in possession of a controlled substance. Castile was licensed to carry a gun, and told the officer he had a firearm in the vehicle. Salon has more on the NRA’s response to questions why the organization didn’t do anything in defense of Castile.
Jason Johnson got some unusual looks and comments when he told people he planned to attend a National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta. Even his friends who owned guns warned him to be careful. But he went anyway. Johnson’s experiences at the NRA convention are detailed in this story at The Root.