President Trump to address NRA meeting in Dallas

NRA Convention Bans Guns To Protect Mike Pence. Parkland Survivors' Jaws Drop.

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. This step drew plenty of criticism from gun control advocates who believe that stricter gun laws should restrict guns in many areas throughout the US including schools, churches, and other public places.

Trump will also attend the convention on Friday, a senior White House aide said but did not give a time.

The jurisdictional technicalities didn't matter to survivors or family members impacted by the February 14 massacre that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Ironically, USA Today reported that the NRA actually banned guns during the event as a safety measure.

The NRA urges more guns in schools and suggests teachers be armed. The state has adopted laws in recent years allowing not only more people to carry concealed handguns, but also the "open carry" of handguns in plain sight and "campus carry" of handguns at colleges.

Parkland student David Hogg started a petition asking Pence to drop out of his speaking slot at the NRA convention 2018.

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".

Security at the convention is expected to be tight due to Pence's visit.

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

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

"Obviously, even Republicans and so-called leaders don't trust the 'good guys.' I realize it's the VP, but still makes our whole argument look foolish, " a commenter who said he was an NRA member.

The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum will begin Thursday in Dallas, Texas.

Javier Marin, a friend of Oliver's from Florida who plans to accompany him to Dallas, said Trump's appearance "is making our actions more important".

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

"The NRA should be true to its values and ask the President and VP not to come if they can not protect them with all of those armed citizens". Trump has resisted most calls to restrict access to guns even after a rash of mass shootings during his tenure, including a rampage in Sutherland Springs. Ultimately, Trump caved on gun control proposals and ended up backing the modest ideas that the NRA itself backed instead of expanded background checks and raising the age to buy certain guns to 21 years he initially supported. "He is a lifetime supporter of the Second Amendment and he has a long a record of fighting to defend our freedoms". In other words: the event is a giant gun free zone - the very kind of zones @NRA wants to eliminate b/c they lie and say that they are targets for shooters. "No excuses for this.it makes us look stupid", the commenter said.

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