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Republicans Sound Off At NRA Convention

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HOUSTON (AP/CBSDFW.COM) – The National Rifle Association held their annual meeting in Houston today. This year’s theme is “Stand and Fight,” and some politicians in attendance had plenty to say about it.

Several top republicans took the stage at the convention, including Sarah Palin who said politicians are using emotion to manipulate.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee said recent mass shootings have prompted leaders in Washington, D.C., to exploit tragedy in order to limit the freedoms of law-abiding people.

She asked those at the convention to “keep the faith” and “stand up and fight for our freedoms.”

No less passionate about the issue was Rick Santorum who called NRA members “warriors.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz invited Vice President Biden to debate on crime. He said recently failed gun control legislation had the wrong target.

“Their proposal didn’t have one penny felons or fugitives or for prosecuting gun crime. the target of their legislation is not violent criminals, the target of their legislation is law abiding citizens. that doesn’t make any sense,” said Cruz, who claimed recently failed gun control legislation had the wrong target.

Governor Rick Perry touted Texas as “a place that loves freedom in America.”

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