No guns allowed at NRA convention when Trump, Pence speak

No guns allowed at NRA convention when Trump, Pence speak

President Donald Trump will probably be on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation conference in Dallas on Friday.

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. "Am I missing something?" he asked on Twitter. "Can someone explain this to me?"

"Wait wait wait wait wait wait you're telling me to make the VP safe there aren't any weapons around but when it comes to children they want guns everywhere?" he wrote.

Secret Service officials said in a statement that the agency has the "authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states".

"It's ironic that they feel they need to ban guns to protect themselves especially after their main philosophy has been more guns equals more protection yet they don't think they need to protect our kids in the same way", said David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas who has pushed for stricter gun control since the shooting.

In April 2018, some onlookers detected a whiff of a double standard when the National Rifle Association announced the security restrictions for their annual Leadership Forum to be held in Dallas, Texas, in early May. Trump has been a robust supporter of the NRA and loved their backing in his 2016 marketing campaign.

NRA banned nothing. The media does this every year.

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. The NRA spent $11.4 million to elect Trump and $19 million against Hillary Clinton.

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

This will mark the fourth year in a row Trump speaks at the event.

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