Many have taken issue with the gun lobby's decision to ban weapons, calling it hypocritical because the organization notoriously advocates for the idea that guns make places safer, and have argued that they should even be allowed in schools, a move president Donald Trump has supported.
It just doesn't make any sense! "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".
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was among the 17 people killed in the massacre, noted the irony in the policies concerning the vice president's welfare and those of the general public. They've got protests planned throughout the four-day convention. The Secret Service is telling attendees at the NRA's annual meeting that they do not have a right to carry their guns into the hall when the President or the Vice President are speaking.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association was once a civil rights group dedicated to preserving the Second Amendment but in recent decades, it has devolved into an extreme right-wing organization that has opposed closing loopholes in background check laws and restrictions on the sale of firearms to suspected terrorists identified on the FBI's "no fly" list.More news: InSight probe to survey Mars for secrets inside the planet
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NRA banned nothing. The media does this every year. The petition has 45,739 signatures towards it 50,000 goal.
White House officials confirmed to NPR's Mara Liasson that President Trump will be attending the convention later this week, though it's unclear when he will speak. Trump has been a robust supporter of the NRA and loved their backing in his 2016 marketing campaign.
Another student from the high school, Matt Deitsch, tweeted that the NRA doesn't care about protecting children.
On Twitter, the high school junior delivered a warning directly to the president: "There truly are no words anymore for the way you have handled this situation". The people will soon be voting.
The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum will begin Thursday in Dallas, Texas.