Last week, when I was in Nashville, Tennessee, I noticed poll flags lining the streets advertising the national NRA conference being held there this weekend. I joked to my husband that the town must feel like the Wild West when the NRA rides into town sporting their guns. To my astonishment, I just learned the NRA has banned guns from the floor of their convention. This organization that irrationally fights any common sense legislation promoting gun safety: keeping guns out of parks, out of our classrooms, and out of the hands of domestic abusers, seems very rational when it comes to protecting its own members. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this flagrant hypocrisy. They apparently regard themselves worthy of a protection that they refuse the rest of us. Recently, a man shot himself in a local church while attending a Sunday service; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are fighting a lawsuit launched against them by the NRA for trying to keep guns off their city streets; a toddler in a shopping cart shot himself with the gun he found in his mother’s purse; the NRA is lobbying to arm college women to protect themselves from assault; meanwhile, several students were shot at spring break in Florida; and a young man in our area tragically committed suicide with a gun he found in his own home. These bizarre and tragic events are a miniscule sampling of the harm inflicted by a society crazed with the notion that guns will keep it safe. Statistics don’t support that belief, and the NRA must know this on some level or it would not ban guns from the floor of its convention hall. And by the way, they better not take their guns into the Tennessee State Museum because there is a huge sign on the front door: No firearms allowed: this includes law enforcement.