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Politico, Slate Give Parkland Students Megaphone for NRA 'Hypocrisy'

Politico, Slate Give Parkland Students Megaphone for NRA 'Hypocrisy'

While it's a Secret Service security protocol, the move triggered criticism of the NRA from their loudest opponents of late - students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their families.

In the days after the Florida shooting, the NRA and President Trump suggested arming teachers, in order to protect children when faced with a mass shooter.

There will be plenty of guns at the National Rifle Convention in Dallas this week, but one room will be completely free of weapons.

The NRA's Annual Meeting in Dallas begins May 3.

"NRA bans guns at President Trump, VP Pence speeches during it's [sic] annual meeting in Dallas", an Associated Press headline said.

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

The President at one point floated raising the age of purchase for certain guns to 21 and proposed expanding background checks, including proposals opposed by the NRA.

Other users chimed in, saying the Secret Service is simply carrying out the law. "In effect, firearms and firearm equipment, knives or weapons of any variety can be prohibited within the discussion board previous to and through his attendance".

The NRA wants "guns everywhere" when it comes to kids, Matt Deitsch, a Parkland student who helped organize the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., wrote on Twitter.

"The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself", tweeted Cameron Kasky, who was identified in the piece as a survivor of the attack in Parkland, Fla.

On so many levels, this is enlightening. "Am I missing something?" he tweeted. Deitsch wrote. "Can someone explain this to me?" Another user, Grundy1133 said, "I've decided not to attend".

"You may disagree. but in my opinion the very people that claim to protect the 2A should never host an event that requires disarming the good guys. Sad".

Shooting survivor David Hogg also took the Trump appearance as a chance to hit both the president and the NRA for connections to Russian Federation.

"We're expecting in the thousands and we're expecting our numbers to go up with him coming to town", Alexander said of Trump. This is noted clearly at the top of the sign that purportedly points to NRA "hypocrisy": "Hall A3 is under the jurisdiction of the U. S. Secret Service during the Leadership forum". "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end", Trump told the crowd.