Going to NRA Convention? Don’t be Packin’

“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?” – Tweet from Matt Deitsch, student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland Florida.

When some 80,000 people descend upon the National Rifle Association 2018 convention in Dallas starting Friday, there is something laughably ironic about it—there are no guns allowed in the convention hall when the country’s leaders speak. That’s right, the group that wants no restrictions on gun ownership—that believes the Second Amendment is pure—thinks it’s too dangerous to allow guns into their meeting at which President Trump and Vice President Pence will speak. Brilliant.

It’s also more than a bit ironic that President Trump is speaking and defending the NRA’s positions. This is the same guy who talked about taking on the NRA in the wake of the Parkland shootings.

But when the White House actually announced its proposals to improve school safety, the approach was much more narrow and pretty much in line with NRA policy stances.

“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, told the Washington Post.