By Mark Sisson, Staff ReporterStaff WriterOne of the most striking features of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention this weekend is the absence of a gunfight.
There’s no violence, no gunfights, and no gunbattles.
The gunfight, after all, is over.
The NRA convention is the biggest event of the NRA’s annual conference, which is held annually at the Grand Hyatt in Las Vegas, Nev.
The NRA convention, a gathering of the nation’s gun owners, has traditionally drawn thousands of gun enthusiasts to its convention center and adjacent hotels and casinos.
But there have been a few incidents over the years that have left gun enthusiasts with a mixed feeling about the convention.
In 2008, for instance, a gunman opened fire on a crowd at a concert at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Angeles, killing 58 people.
The gunman was later killed by police.
In 2012, a gun battle broke out outside the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., when someone brandished an assault rifle and shot two people, killing 19.
The shooter was eventually identified as Elliot Rodger, a student at a nearby college.
Rodger was sentenced to death last year for the slayings of three people in Santa Monica, Calif., and in March, a court sentenced him to death for the murders of four women in Orange County, Calif.
Rodgers’ father, Elliot Rodgers, said in a statement that he was relieved the shooting had been “contained.”
“While we are not satisfied with the verdict, I am pleased to see the verdict was rendered in Elliot’s favor and to see that this was not a violent act, but an act of pure evil,” Elliot Roders said.
In 2014, a man drove his car into a crowd of people outside a gas station in Garland, Texas, and killed five people and wounded nine others before killing himself.
The motive was unclear at the time, but the man, identified by authorities as 25-year-old Eric Harris, was later found to be mentally ill.
Harris was charged with capital murder, and he was executed in February, on the same day the NRA convention was to begin.