The last few NRA photos that hit us dead-on? Well, there was that sexy, sales-y look at the “pretty in pink” 10/22’s at the conference exhibition in 2010 (Sarah Palin opened the program that year) and we also like the kid using the NRA simulator at CPAC three months before. Is this a net of both?
I don’t know if it’s because women have become such a pivot point in the presidential race right now but there is is something really affecting about this photo of 12 year-old Bailey Chappuis. Either way, it’s a shot the NRA has gotta love: girl power meets new fangled killing machine.
And then, she may “not have worked a day in her life,” but Ann Romney (with Mitt less lending support than drawing energy from Ann’s body into his hand) is now making a prominent move to personally narrow Mitt’s gender gap.
Aiming to marshall symbolic forces, I’d say Ann and the eagle (sorry, Callista!) did well by each other.
(photo 1: Whitney Curtis/Getty Images caption: Bailey Chappuis, 12-years-old, holds a Beretta ARX 160 during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits April 13, 2012 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the convention, which runs through Sunday. Republican presidential candidates former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum are all scheduled to speak. photo 2: Tom Gannam/Reuters caption: Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney listens as his wife Ann speaks at the Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum during the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) 141st Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri, April 13, 2012. photo 3: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images.)