(skip this header)

Westport News

Friday, September 19, 2014

westport-news.com Businesses

« Back to Article

Nugent keeps NRA members rocking for conference finale

Jayme Frase, Houston Chronicle
Updated 8:07 pm, Sunday, May 5, 2013

nextprevious

  • Heath Bryant of Cypress assists his son, Tate, 5, to shoot a target using a video game-style of gun at an exhibit booth  during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. 
More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle / © 2013  Houston Chronicle
    Heath Bryant of Cypress assists his son, Tate, 5, to shoot a target using a video game-style of gun at an exhibit booth during NRA Youth Day events at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Sunday, May 5, 2013, in Houston. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. Photo: Johnny Hanson, Houston Chronicle

 

Larger | Smaller
Email This
Font
Page 1 of 1

The fact Ted Nugent played at the first concert Joseph Flowers ever attended was only a bonus for the Lake Jackson man anchoring the end of a hundreds-long line at a book signing.

Flowers said he respects Nugent's music, but he's here primarily to buy a signed book written by the vocal board member of the National Rifle Association and to support the organization working diligently to guard his rights.

"Ted Nugent! Ted Nugent!" chanted Flowers' 3-year-old son, jumping a little as he threw his arms in the air.

The final day of the NRA's annual meeting and convention in Houston might as well be called Uncle Ted Day because the Texas rocker-turned-guns'-right advocate will sign books until noon then rally members behind protecting American freedoms in an afternoon speech.

Wilfred Williams of Austin was hesitant to embrace Nugent as an NRA idol.

"He seemed like a punk rock guy. I don't like loud music," Williams said. "But then I listened to what he had to say, going back to old American values that made this country strong."

The Green family had planned to leave Sunday morning, but delayed their drive home after hearing about Nugent's signing and afternoon speech.

"He's a bigger-than-life personality," said Mike Green of Katy.

Although hundreds attended Nugent's afternoon speech and Freedom Rally, which was closed to the press, a third of the seats remained empty.

The exhibit halls and seminars weren't as crowded Sunday, but more families came with their children for Youth Day, getting stamps in a passbook for activities like shooting at the air gun range, coloring a book about gun safety and stopping by the Winchester booth for a free trigger lock.

Attendance at the weekend event was expected to surpass 70,000 but an NRA official said they won't start the final tally until the doors close Sunday night.