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Parkland students brand firearm ban during Pence speech as NRA hypocrisy

03 May 2018

Plans for the NRA speech come just more than two months after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, reignited a national debate about gun laws in the United States and spawned a student-led push to reform gun laws around the country.

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".

Weapons will be prohibited in the hall during President Trump's speech, which will come later in the Dallas convention.

"You came through big for me, and I am going to come through for you, " Trump told thousands of members attending the NRA's annual convention previous year in Atlanta.

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A Politico article Monday covered Parkland students' complaints about the NRA, to include a weird take on how people are not allowed to carry guns to speeches by the president or vice-president.

But the NRA has also been critical of so-called "gun free zones" - including schools where Floridians with concealed carry permits are not allowed to bring their firearms.

The NRA has said on its website that due to Pence's attendance, the U.S. Secret Service is responsible for security then. 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. Deitsch wrote. "Can someone explain this to me?"

"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", David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas who has pushed for stricter gun control since the shooting.

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Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, 14, who died in the attack, also expressed incredulity at the gun ban. "Am I missing something?" he tweeted.

"He made a decision to be in the wrong room with the wrong audience, especially if he's looking for votes and support", Oliver said. Pence had already been slated to speak at the group's leadership forum.

Attendees are permitted to carry firearms, except during the forum where Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are expected to speak. We've reached out to the NRA for further statements and to confirm the gun ban at Trump's appearance. "Don't complain about your eroding credibility and other people calling you "faux information" while you publish issues like this", she wrote.

"We're expecting in the thousands and we're expecting our numbers to go up with him coming to town", Alexander said of Trump.

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Parkland students brand firearm ban during Pence speech as NRA hypocrisy