NRA members came from all over the country to rally for the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which is under threat, according to NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. "We will never back away from our resolve to defend our rights and the rights of all law-abiding gun owners," he said.
This convention comes only weeks after the U.S. Congress rejected a gun control bill prompted by last December's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 small children and six adults.
NRA pressure on lawmakers played a role in defeating the bill, and so did Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. “If you are a violent criminal, we should come down on you like a ton of bricks and, at the same time, we should safeguard the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens," he said.
Most of the more than 70,000 people here for this convention support the NRA leadership in opposing almost all forms of gun control.
1.bear arms 携带武器；以武器装备，配备着武器，扛枪
Those who respect civilians and protect them are the good guys, and have the right to bear arms.
2.resolve n. 坚决；决定要做的事
This did not shake his resolve.
3.law-abiding adj. 守法的
We believe that the law should protect decent law-abiding citizens and their property.
4.come down on 申斥；惩罚；索取
If Douglas came down hard enough on him, Dale would rebel.