NRA faces criticism for not allowing guns at event featuring Pence

Vice President Pence is scheduled to speak May 4 at the annual NRA gathering in Dallas

Vice President Pence is scheduled to speak May 4 at the annual NRA gathering in Dallas

The Washington Post's takedown began: "The National Rifle Association has championed the idea of a 'good guy with a gun, ' but no firearms will be allowed when Vice President Pence speaks at its annual meeting - sparking criticism from Parkland, Fla., students who say schools should be afforded the same protection".

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.

A White House official said Monday that Trump will attend Friday.

The NRA posted a disclaimer on the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum event page, saying that due to Pence's attendance, Secret Service will be responsible for event security.

Parkland shooting survivors and their families, who have been battling the NRA over gun-safety reforms, blasted the NRA for not sticking to its guns when it comes to its own events. She referred questions about the Secret Service's policies to that agency.

"Also, it's amusing how anti-gun advocates are infuriated that law-abiding NRA members would follow the law".

Cameron Kasky, a student from Parkland, Florida and co-founder of the March for Our Lives campaign, called out the NRA for becoming "such a hilarious parody of itself".

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old named Jaime Guttenberg who died in the February shooting, wrote that "on so many levels, this is enlightening". 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.

So, can we drop this idiocy about the NRA banning guns?

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.

Moms Demand Action also drew attention to the irony, tweeting that "the NRA won't allow guns at Mike Pence's convention speech and Parkland students are highlighting the irony". Am I missing something?

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