The left-wing news media had a field day this weekend with a story about Vice President Mike Pence giving a speech at the NRA’s annual convention in May. The moment it leaked that guns would not be allowed at the convention, idiotic writers like the ones who scribble for DailyKos and Salon flipped their lids, claiming that the nation’s largest gun advocacy organization was guilty of abject hypocrisy. Politico ran a story highlighting the reaction from the Parkland teen activists, who (naturally, since they have demonstrated again and again that they don’t have the slightest clue what’s going on about anything) slammed the NRA for banning guns from their event but not banning guns from high schools…or something.
Two news flashes for David Hogg and the rest of the anti-gun media: Guns are already banned at school and the NRA did not have a say in whether or not guns would be allowed at their event.
As anyone with half a brain cell can figure out, the United States Secret Service handles all security when the president and vice president appear at an event. Seeing as how the Secret Service is not an advocacy organization, their only allegiance is to the safety of their charges. So naturally, they are going to try to cut down on potential problems by banning weapons of any kind.
You would think, since we went through this exact rigmarole last year, that the news media would have remembered that the NRA is not being “hypocritical.” When the left was trying to smear the organization with that charge last May, the NRA told CNN: “The Secret Service works closely with our local law enforcement partners in each state to ensure a safe environment for our protectees and the public. Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event.”
Now, some smart ass is going to bring up the dangers of “gun free zones,” which the NRA has fought righteously to get rid of. Well, here’s the thing about that. If every mall, movie theater, and community college in the United States was under the 24/7 protection of the Secret Service, we’re quite sure the NRA would have absolutely no problem with these gun free zones. The problem is not that U.S. citizens can’t carry their guns everywhere they go, the problem is that killers see these areas as soft targets because they know that no one will shoot back. That, um, is not going to be a problem at the NRA event.
There’s no hypocrisy here. There are only dim-witted leftists trying to score points with the low-information crowd.