Not sounding one bit like they are ready to retreat in the battle over gun rights or the Second Amendment, the National Rifle Association gathered today in Houston for what may be the largest convention in the group's history, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  As many as 80,000 people are expected to pack the George Brown Convention Center for the meeting, many of them fired up as several groups continue their effort to restrict gun use and even to confiscate firearms.


  Some 550 exhibitors fill 400,000 square feet of convention space in what one attendee called 'gun heaven.' 


  With a theme of 'Stand and Fight,' the session promises to focus the energy of gun rights groups toward continuing to fight measures like expanded background checks, which went down to defeat in the U.S. Senate last week.


  NRA Spokeswoman Jacqueline Otto says that bill would have done absolutely nothing to make schools, communities, or law abiding citizens any safer.


  "Expanding the background check system is not something that would work," she said.  "The background check system in broken."


  Like many at the convention, Otto says the cure for gun violence is more guns.  As Executive vice President Wayne LaPierre famously put it, the best antidote for a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.


  "The biggest things that need to be on the table is surrounding out children with the protection of security in their schools, armed security in their schools."


  The speaking line up for the NRA convention also shows no sign of wanting to 'play nice' with what members refer to as 'gun grabbers.'  There are no signs of Democratic officials, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or Pat Toomey and Joe Manchin, the sponsors of the doomed background check bill.


  Every speaker is a rock ribbed pro gun conservative, from Sarah Palin to Rick Perry to the keynote speaker, talk show host Glenn Beck.