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NRA celebrates gains on guns, but faces long-term challenges

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Mitchell said she has concerns about the affects of Bloomberg’s spending, among them the hypocrisy of complaining by the White House and its allies on the left. "The president has the nerve to say the Senate vote outcome was due to ‘special interests.’ Why are the votes against the Second Amendment ‘principled’ and the votes on our side are ‘political?’ " she asked.

The dedication of NRA members to protecting Second Amendment rights is an important asset for the group. Both sides in the debate over expanding background checks say the power of the NRA and the issue it champions will be visibly tested during the 2014 election campaign.

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"We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation fight for everything we care about," LaPierre told the convention this weekend. The convention’s motto was "Stand and fight."

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