By Isaac Constans
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
So often at the center of attention is the Lansing Convention Center. The Lansing Convention Center, also known as the Lansing Center, hosts many of the biggest events to come to Lansing and provides a constant source of entertainment to the residents, as well as a large tourism and economy boost. Opened in 1987, the Lansing Center occupies the final block of Michigan Avenue heading west before the Grand River. It is an ideal location for people to visit. “When I go to [Lansing Community College], I can just walk from there to here, so yeah it’s a good spot,” Maricella Bonilla, a staff employee of the Lansing Center for approximately 18 months, said about the Lansing Center.
The National Rifle Association had more than 4.5 million members as of February 2013, according to chief executive Wayne LaPierre. Earlier this month, the NRA held its annual convention in Nashville that saw nearly 80,000 people attend. The NRA is widely considered to be one of the more influential powers that be in the political sphere. “NRA support can be quite important in Republican primaries on in general elections in districts with substantial gun ownership,” said Dr. Matt Grossman, an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. With numerous presidential candidates having spoken at the NRA convention, gun enthusiasts and the general public — including those in Clinton County — were given an early look at how each candidate might impact gun restrictions, or lack thereof.