Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed the NRA convention in Houston yesterday and sent the liberal media into a tizzy for the video introduction that preceded his speech which showed him shooting down “human shaped targets” according to the New York Daily News using a semi-automatic weapon.

I guess the reporter, Kristen Lee has never seen a target before.

Maybe Lee and the rest of the liberal media didn’t appreciate the fact that Perry is not only a gun owner, but know how to use one, but the audience loved it and it gave Perry a real bad-ass image before he addressed the crowd, which won’t hurt after his failed presidential bid last year.

Mitt Romney spoke yesterday at the NRA convention in St. Louis and received a warm welcome from the attendees, but the media did its best to downplay Romney’s appearance.

James Hohmann of Politico was one of the biggest offenders when he wrote about the venue and what he thought was the NRA’s plan to make Romney’s speech sound bigger and better than it actually was.

Here is what Hohmann wrote;

Romney spoke in the cavernous stadium where the St. Louis Rams football team normally plays. The dimly-lit venue was divided for the conference to make it feel smaller and less empty. High ceilings meant Romney’s voice echoed around the arena.

Hohmann made it sound like this was some kind of tactic that the NRA had set up juts for Romney’s speech, when in fact this type of venue has been used for years, starting in 2008 at the US Airways arena in Phoenix.  As for dimly lit, Hohmann didn’t realize that the stage lighting was set for daylight for the television cameras and to accentuate all the speakers rather than have them being washed out in a sea of stadium lighting.  Hohmann would know this if he had actually attended previous NRA meetings which he obviously hadn’t.

Maybe Hohmann was feeling a bit put out though by the time Romney stepped up to the stage.  The two previous speakers, Chris Cox the executive director of the NRA-ILA and Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA made withering attacks on the mainstream media for their coverage of the gun issue and challenged the audience to let  the media know who they really were.

The National Rifle  Association begins its annual  meeting today in St. Louis and is expected to attract over 60,000 attendees throughout the weekend, bolstering the local economy and standing strong for the right to keep and bear arms.

Today attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a host of politicians at the Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum.  Among those speaking today will be Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich in what will be their first public appearance together since Santorum announced that he was suspending his presidential campaign.  While I expect the focus will be on guns and gun ownership it should be very interesting to see how they treat each other now that the path has essentially been cleared for Romney to become the Republican nominee for president.

Other speakers will include former presidential candidate Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin who is facing a recall election in June and Rep. Darrell Issa of California who has been investigating the Attorney General Eric Holder’s handling of the Fast and Furious program.

And maybe even best of all, the exhibit hall opens this morning.  The NRA has billboards running in St. Louis describing it as acres and acres of guns and gear and it is certain;y the largest display of such material that I have ever seen.

The left will be protesting at at the Arch grounds on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. which is several blocks away from the convention center.