We have the figure, and it is the highest since Houston in 2013:Â 81,836. That beats Louisville last year which wasÂ 80,452. Houston will be a hard record to beat since it was the height of the post-Sandy Hook effort to attack the NRA.
Atlanta was a pretty good convention city. The only thing holding it back from being a great convention city being kind of pricy. But the food and drink were pretty good, and I don’t mind prices when you’re getting what you’re paying for. I don’t think I had one stingy pour when ordering a proper drink.
The convention center relies heavily on escalators, and I remembered what a shit show the escalator situation in Phoenix was. But the convention center people in Atlanta managed the situationÂ much better than Phoenix did and everything went smoothly.
Also, Atlanta has a heaping amount of Southern Hospitality. Everyone is nice. Arriving at Hartsfieldâ€“Jackson, the airport had signage up welcoming NRA. You notice I didn’t do my traditional post about local media saying awful things about NRA and attendees? I didn’t notice anything. This is a sharp contrast to Charlotte, NC, which I use as the poster child for unwelcoming cities.
The last time my family were here, we burned the place to the ground. But I will happily leave Atlanta unmolested, and hope to return with NRA sometime in the future.