Guns banned from NRA event during Mike Pence address

03 May, 2018, 15:59 | Author: Nina Hammond
  • Weapons of any kind will be banned before and during Vice President Mike Pence's speech at the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum on Friday

The NRA did not ban guns at the event, but in cases where, you know the president and vice president of the United States are addressing the convention, it's quite understandable that the Secret Service doesn't want firearms near them.

In the days after the Florida shooting, the NRA and President Trump suggested arming teachers, in order to protect children when faced with a mass shooter. But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern?

"Look at it this way, imagine what a prime opportunity it would be for some rabid gun hater to take a pot shot at the VP AT the NRA Annual Convention", one commenter who self-identified as an NRA instructor said Saturday.

In an ironic twist of ironic irony, the Parkland survivor hailed as "calling out the NRA", actually tweeted the real reason that guns are not permitted at the Leadership Conference featuring Secret Service protectee Vice President Mike Pence.

Much has changed in the American debate about guns since the last NRA convention in Texas in 2013, the largest in recent memory, which drew more than 81,000 people.

Some also pointed out that armed protestors were allowed at speeches by former President Barack Obama. It's Secret Service SOP and they supersede all start and local control. "As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance", the NRA said in a statement posted to its website.

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Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of many 17 individuals murdered on February 14, additionally went after the NRA.

Even some former NRA members are confused at the organization's decision to allow Pence to speak, despite its stance on restrictions. Deitsch wrote. "Can someone explain this to me? Am I missing something?" he tweeted.

Cameron Kasky, another Parkland student who has become a gun control activist, lashed the NRA as a ridiculous "parody of itself".

"He chose to be in the wrong room with the wrong audience, especially if he's looking for votes and support", Oliver said.

With the announcement that President Donald Trump will also make an appearance, that's two speakers that attendees who cling to their guns will be unable to hear in person. "You can't have it both ways, guys", she wrote.

"We're expecting in the thousands and we're expecting our numbers to go up with him coming to town", Alexander said of Trump. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end", Trump told the crowd.

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