The Secret Service just completely demolished a lie that was started by anti-gun Parkland activists, claiming that the NRA banned guns at their upcoming convention this weekend in Dallas.
The truth is that since Vice President Pence will be at the even with the United States Secret Service in tow, guns will be prohibited, just like at any event where the Secret Service has been at since FOREVER.
From The Daily Wire
The lie started when far-left activist Cameron Kasky, who has a history of making wildly false claims, tweeted a screenshot from an article that noted that firearms would not be allowed at the convention due to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence attending the event. Kasky tweeted: “The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself.”
The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself. pic.twitter.com/6Pw6NTQAe6
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) April 28, 2018
The tweet explicitly stated that the Secret Service would be responsible for the event’s security, not the NRA.
In a statement to The Daily Wire, the Secret Service explained:
Title 18 United States Code Sections 3056 and 1752, provides the Secret Service authority to preclude firearms from entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states. Only authorized law enforcement personnel working in conjunction with the Secret Service for a particular event may carry a firearm inside of the protected site.
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.
The NRA also provided a statement to The Daily Wire explaining that the rules governing the event are set by the Secret Service, not the NRA:
When the Vice President or President is on site that venue is no longer under NRA jurisdiction, it is under the control of the United States Secret Service. …
After the President and Vice President have left the venue NRA rules apply and people will be permitted to carry in accordance with local laws. To be clear the USSS rules are in effect until the President and Vice President leave the venue. This only applies to the exact venue where they will speak and inside that security perimeter. Other NRAAM events taking place in other areas at the same time are not subject to the USSS policy.
Despite these facts, far-left activists pushed the lie that the NRA are hypocrites because they banned guns at the event.
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.
— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) April 28, 2018
They are really putting the VP at risk if they think a “no gun” zone is gonna work…
— Ryan Deitsch (@Ryan_Deitsch) April 28, 2018
On so many levels, this is enlightening. According to the NRA, we should 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? https://t.co/f4wgNhJ7RI
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 28, 2018
The media and other far-left media personalities and activists also picked up on this lie and spread it, seizing upon the opportunity to attack the NRA using false information.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 30, 2018
I dont understand. The NRA has banned guns at their convention because Pence will be there. But guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I know that because the NRA says so. They should be banning the people, and leaving cheering guns in the the seats of the auditorium.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) April 29, 2018
In other words, @NRA leaders like @DLoesch could speak before or after Secret Service arrive and allow the audience to be armed during their speeches, but they’re hiding behind Pence’s appearance to make sure they’re also speaking in a gunfree zone. #NRAAM2018 https://t.co/CREj8fO3XV
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) April 30, 2018
— Slate (@Slate) April 30, 2018
— POLITICO (@politico) April 30, 2018