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NRA Fails to See Hypocrisy of Banning Guns to Keep Mike Pence Protected But Schools Only Get Thoughts and Prayers
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30 Apr 2018 09:01 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Mike Pence (Image Source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)


After the Parkland school shooting, the survivors and victims' families only received thoughts and prayers. With a group of surviving students issuing a cry for a change in gun laws, all they received were more guns, with legislation allowing for qualified teachers to be armed in the classroom.

But now when Mike Pence's life is on the line, the National Rifle Association is not issuing thoughts and prayers and is not arming more individuals at their convention to keep the Vice President safe. They're banning guns. Apparently it's appropriate for Pence but not our country's children.

"They don't care about our schoolchildren," the NRA's leader, Wayne LaPierre, charged, speaking of gun control advocates and the media. "They want to make all of us less free."

He added that having more armed security would stop the school shootings. "Evil walks among us," he added. "And God help us if we don't harden our schools and protect our kids."

Given that, certainly when Mike Pence's life is on the line we need more armed security at the venue, right? That would harden the venue and it would protect the Vice President. We wouldn't want to take any measures that would "make all of us less free."

"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 MRA-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," issued the NRA regarding security at their convention.

This is so confusing. If the media and gun control advocates didn't care about the lives of children when they asked for stricter gun control measures, does that mean LaPierre doesn't care about Pence?

Not surprisingly, the surviving students of the Valentine's Day Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting who witnessed 17 others die at their school are a little confused as well. These survivors have been really tough on this issue in the past few months, and they aren't lightening up now.

"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? Can someone explain this to me? Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids," tweeted Parkland survivor Matt Deitsch who helped organize the March for Our Lives rally.

Cameron Kasky, Deitsch's fellow student, tweeted simply, "The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself."

Fred Guttenberg, the father of a 14-year-old victim of the Parkland shooting, tweeted, "On so many levels, this is enlightening. According to the NRA, we would 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?"

I hope these Parkland survivors stay on them and force LaPierre and others to answer for their hypocrisy. The rest of us can do our own bit as well, the least of which is making sure to vote out every lawmaker in Congress who has received donations from the NRA. 

It's time to demand that our country's children be kept as safe as the Vice President.

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