As she promised, Rachel Maddow went with Meghan McCain to an NRA convention, and the results of their visit aired on Maddow's Friday show. (The segment had been set to run earlier in the week, but the killing of Osama bin Laden pushed it back.)
Maddow had initially accepted McCain's offer to attend the convention back in January, where the two were discussing gun policy in the wake of the Tucson shootings. When she met up with her in Pittsburgh, where the convention was held in late April, McCain joked that Maddow was her "first date" to an NRA convention.
The two had a civilized, if forceful, debate about gun control and gun policy as they wandered through the cornucopia of guns and gun paraphernalia. Maddow said she thought gun policy was talked about in terms that were too stark and uncomplicated, and masked the areas of common ground many people had about the Second Amendment. But she did not back down from her negative views of the NRA. At one point, McCain asked her if there was anything she liked about the organization. A long pause ensued.
"I like the gun safety stuff that they do," Maddow said finally. "They have really nice iconography, like their fonts..." As McCain laughed, Maddow continued, "I don't have any objection to anyone joining...but I think that they have a stranglehold over an issue of policy in this country that is unhelpful, because we have dumb policies because of them."WATCH:
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