Posted May 17, 2017 2:33 pm by Comments

By Ben Philippi

At the NRA’s annual conference last month in Atlanta, the gun lobby unveiled a new iteration of its self-defense insurance called the NRA Carry Guard.
The organization described the program as “America’s most comprehensive insurance and legal coverage” for those who carry a gun.
The booth was a flurry of activity. Potential customers lined up for a chance to experience a virtual reality scenario where deadly force is necessary.
Karl Thomason, an NRA life member from the Atlanta area, wanted to experience the scenario. “I’m really not sure what I’m going to go through, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
Blaine Scott, an NRA RSO, got Thomason geared up with an electronic handgun, a pair or 3D goggles and headphones. Thomason then triggered the simulation.
On a screen nearby, we were able to see what Thomason saw. A robber pulls a gun inside a convenience store. Then Thomason waits for the opportune moment and shoots the robber. Law enforcement quickly arrive and Thomason follows their orders. He’s handcuffed and put in the back of a police car. The whole experience lasts a few minutes.
“It was very real,” Thomason said. “The only thing that didn’t happen was the recoil, and maybe some blood or


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