Sans Irony, NRA Announces That Guns Are Banned From Convention’s Keynote Address

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NPR: “Victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and their parents are criticizing the National Rifle Association after it announced that gun advocates won’t be allowed to bring weapons to watch Vice President Pence deliver the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action’s leadership forum keynote address in Dallas on Friday.”

“A notice posted on the NRA event page explained that ‘Due to the attendance of the Vice President of the United States, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. 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, said on Twitter ,”On so many levels, this is enlightening. According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public. But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern? I thought giving everyone a gun was to enhance safety. Am I missing something?” 

“[NPR’s Mara] Liasson reported, the NRA spent more than any other outside group on Trump’s presidential campaign — more than $30 million.”

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