>> Go home.>> Hundreds of protesters in Dallas rallied against the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, Saturday, including students and survivors of gun violence.>> But what about my right to life?>> But across the street from the rally at this convention center, nearly 80 thousand gun enthusiasts gather to check out the latest array of firearms.
Many of them are concerned that the backlash from the recent school massacre in Parkland, Florida where 17 people were killed, is hurting gun businesses. With retailers like Dick's Sporting Goods and Walmart ramping up restrictions and a slew of companies distancing themselves from the NRA, some program entrepreneurs are creating their own startups.
Larry Lopata, for instance, wanted to build a new gun-related product and needed investors. But he couldn't turn to regular crowdfunding sites, like Indiegogo and Kickstarter, because they have policies against projects involving weapons. So he launched his own crowdfunding site Gun Dynamics. Like Lopata, others who have created online businesses catering to gun lovers, are promoting them at the NRA's annual meeting this weekend.
Tim Harmson, star of the Military Arms Channel on YouTube, said he saw the Parkland backlash coming, and prepared by creating his own YouTube for guns, called full30.com, a reference to a full 30 round magazine. Full30 has taken on content providers that have been kicked off YouTube, which prohibits the sale of firearms and bans tutorials involving guns.
The NRA convention is not just a useful platform for building business contacts, but also a space for gun enthusiasts and even the President to express their reverence for the Second Amendment, at a contentious point in time.>> Your Second Amendment rights are under siege. But they will never, ever be under siege as long as I'm your president.