NRA confirms President Trump to attend event

Blanche Robertson
May 5, 2018

The National Rifle Association annual meeting and conference is expected to bring millions of dollars to the Dallas economy. The organization spent around $30 million on Trump's 2016 presidential campaign: $11 million in support of Trump and around twice that in opposition to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Dallas police are expecting "numerous" protests during the four-day convention, and warn that additional road closures are possible. "Am I missing something?" "Can someone explain this to me?" The more guns you have, the less safe you are.

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.

Firearms were also banned during Trump's NRA speech in Atlanta past year.

Secret Service officials said in a statement that the agency has the "authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states".

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He added, "I wish my daughter and others murdered by guns had the same protection".

But the advisory is also drawing criticism from NRA members who view the restrictions as a violation of the organization's core tenets, including those of Pence, whom the NRA describes as "a lifetime supporter of the Second Amendment" with "a long record of fighting to defend our freedoms". A virulent recruitment video by the NRA suggests joining the group is the best defense against political opponents such as Barack Obama, Hollywood actors, the news media, school teachers and liberals.

Trump met with NRA officials at the White House twice in less than a week following the Parkland massacre, and about a week after the attack on the Florida high school, Trump called the NRA leadership "great people and great American patriots" on Twitter.

This will mark the fourth year in a row Trump speaks at the event.

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