The National Rifle Associate will not allow participants to carry weapons at an upcoming convention. He says it is for the safety of Vice President Mike Pence and several students Parkland, Florida activists have proclaimed the hypocrisy of this move.
The event is an NRA Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. It will be held on May 4th at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. When Vice President Mike Pence was booked for the event, it fell under the responsibility of the Secret Service, which meant that no firearms, ammunition or "weapons of any kind" were allowed inside.
"There will be no storage facilities for firearms," the NRA said in a statement. However, a Messer interest group called Knife Rights will offer "knife free storage" so that members can drop them off and pick them up when they leave.
This conflicts with the general philosophy of the NRA, a lobby organization dedicated to the protection of the Second Amendment. The organization is at odds with the organizers of March For Our Lives and other student activists who are calling on legislators to take their money and pass reasonable gun laws to stop gun violence.
After School in Parkland, Florida On February 1
"The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself," student activist Cameron Kasky tweeted screenshot of the announcement
The NRA has become such a hilarious parody of itself. pic.twitter.com/6Pw6NTQAe6
– Cameron Kasky April 28, 2018
"Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, you tell me that I'm the VP make sure there are no "no weapons, but when it comes to children, do they want guns everywhere? "Activist Matt Deitsch replied," Can anyone explain that to me? Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who sell them guns, no kids. "
Wait, wait, wait, wait, you say I should make the VP safe, no weapons around, but if If they are kids, they want guns everywhere, can anyone explain that to me because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who sell them guns, not kids.
– Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) April 28, 2018
Fred Guttenberg, father of 14-year-old protégé Jaime Guttenberg, also accepted the ban.
"On so many levels, this is enlightening," he wrote. "According to the NRA, we should all have guns when we're in the public domain, but if they're making a convention, weapons are a problem, I thought everyone would give a weapon to increase security, do I miss anything?"
On so many levels, this is enlightening. According to the NRA, we should have all the weapons when we are in public. But if they have a convention, are the weapons a problem? I thought everyone would give a weapon to increase safety. Am I missing something? https://t.co/f4wgNhJ7RI
– Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 28, 2018
More than two months after the shooting, many Parkland students work tirelessly to reform weapons. David Hogg attended the White House Correspondent Dinner, according to his Twitter feed, where he persuades six other congressmen to sign a pledge not to withdraw money from the NRA.
– David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 29, 2018