No guns allowed at NRA convention when president, VP speak

Marsha Scott
May 1, 2018

Previously announced speakers for the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum include Vice President Mike Pence, Gov.

National Rifle Association members must leave their guns at the door if they want to see President Trump and Vice President Pence speak at the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas on Friday. Several of the Parkland school shooting survivors have tweeted about the irony of the NRA wanting to ban firearms at its own event, but the association says this is due to the Vice President's attendance, per orders from the secret service.

The Post then quoted a few attendees who expressed hesitance at allowing the Secret Service to impose the ban, which is in keeping with federal law requiring a gun-free perimeter around protected officials.

As the NRA explained, "firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance".

"Also, it's amusing how anti-gun advocates are infuriated that law-abiding NRA members would follow the law". Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky wrote on Twitter that "The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself".

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Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old son was among the Parkland victims, has become an outspoken proponent of gun control in the wake of the shooting. But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern? "Tell Mike Pence to drop out of the NRA's convention and stand with the majority of Americans who want real action to end gun violence", she concludes.

The gun ban is facing criticism by both gun control advocates and gun-rights supporters for the hypocrisy of stating that guns increase safety while at the same time banning guns for safety precautions. It's standard for the Secret Service to bar firearms from being carried into places visited by the people they protect, regardless of state laws.

After 17 students and teachers died in the February 14 Parkland school shooting, Trump proposed arming teachers and declared that schools should no longer be labeled "gun-free zones", a philosophy supported by a number of NRA members. Am I missing something?

What about the good guys with the guns?

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