While this might seem surprising at any time,the choice by the NRA to talk about something other than gun rights at this specific time appears downright perverse, since a jury just acquitted a police officer for the most brutal possible violation of a citizen's right to legally carry a gun.
The video just published of the traffic stop that ended in the killing of Philando Castille makes it virtually impossible to avoid concluding Mr. Castille died because he had a legally permitted firearm; that a policeman, whether in a moment of panic or not, violated a right the United States constitution protects.
Other honourable conservatives have stood up and criticized the acquittal of the officer who shot Mr. Castille. Members of the NRA have criticized their own organization's silence (warning paywall).
Rights only exist because people defend them. Rights only certain people have don't qualify as rights put privileges, A right that disappears when someone with power finds it inconvenient means nothing at all. If the NRA wants to evolve into an undifferentiated member of the American far right,