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Gun restrictions at NRA convention spark 'irony' outcry

03 May 2018

Alex Wind, a Marjory Stoneman student and a founding member of the Never Again movement, responded to reports that the president also will speak at the NRA meeting. 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.

Trump spoke at the convention during both years of his presidential run and during his first year in the White House, when he thanked gun enthusiasts for their support during the 2016 election.

Some students at the Parkland, Fla., high school where 17 people were killed in February criticized the NRA on social media for what they see as hypocrisy. 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.

Texas had the most guns registered of any state past year, more than 580,000, and the state's Republican-dominated Legislature is particularly gun friendly. That includes events in open-carry states such as Texas, he said. President Donald Trump, who agrees with the gun group, boasted that an armed teacher could have "shot the hell out of" the Parkland gunman.

The NRA-ILA Management Discussion board will start Thursday in Dallas, Texas.

Matt Deitsch, an organizer of the March for Our Lives, replied to Kasky's tweet by bashing the gun foyer for desirous to "defend individuals who assist them promote weapons, not children".

The irony was not lost on some Parkland students and parents.

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The White House confirmed Monday that the president will take part. Another user, Grundy1133 said, "I've decided not to attend".

Pence had been slated to deliver the convention's keynote speech Friday, which some family and friends of Parkland victims said upset them because he has yet to meet with them, something Trump did shortly after the shooting.

But Trump later backpedaled from those sweeping statements, offering a more limited plan.

"He needs to go because he's seeing the other side gaining territory", Marin said.

Trump was elected on a platform of staunch support for the Second Amendment, even as mass shootings increased in frequency and lethality. "Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids", Deitsch wrote on Twitter. "No excuses for makes us look stupid", the commenter said. "The anti-gun crowd has felt more emboldened to push their agenda and the pro-gun crowd has pushed back even harder".

The President at one point floated raising the age of purchase for certain guns to 21 and proposed expanding background checks, including proposals opposed by the NRA. "IN will always defend the right to keep and bear arms".

Gun restrictions at NRA convention spark 'irony' outcry