Mark Follman on "Inside Story": The Power of the NRA

Mon May 6, 2013 5:40 PM EDT

Two weeks after Congress put an end to gun control legislation, the National Rifle Association declared victory in Houston at its annual national convention. In a speech, Wayne LaPierre extolled what he portrayed as a diverse crowd in attendance. But is the true source of the NRA's power grassroots or corporate? Mother Jones senior editor Mark Follman joined author Paul Barrett and former NRA lobbyist Richard Feldman on Al Jazeera's "Inside Story" to debate how the famously secretive and fact-challenged gun group operates. Watch:

Bonus video: Behold the Texas governor's entrance at this year's NRA convention, dubbed by one YouTube poster as "Rick Perry's super bad ass NRA gun intro video." Come for the rocking soundtrack, stay for Perry's manly removal of an assault rifle magazine:

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Mark Follman is a senior editor at Mother Jones. Read more of his stories and follow him on Twitter.

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