The last time the big guns of the National Rifle Association came to town, the blood spilled at Columbine was barely dry. Mayor Wellington Webb had urged the group to cancel its annual convention set for Denver in early May 1999, and when the NRA came anyway, Governor Bill Owens -- just four months into his first term -- declined to send an official representative to welcome the attendees, much less do the honors himself. (Embattled Colorado Secretary of State Vikki Buckley, already under fire for activities -- or lack thereof -- at her office, took it upon herself to greet the group, in one of her last unofficially official acts before she... More >>>