The National Rifle Association booked both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to speak later this week at the organization's annual convention in Dallas. Prior to and during Pence's speech, attendees are prohibited from bringing "firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind", according to the event page.
Cameron Kasky, one of the most outspoken survivors of the Parkland.
In 2017 the NRA's lobbying efforts focused on a number of bills including the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow people to carry concealed weapons across state lines as long as they are registered in their home state, and the Hearing Protection Act of 2017, which would eliminate restrictions on silencers for guns.
"As we have indicated on many occasions, safety is a big priority, security is a big priority for the administration", Sanders said. Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was a victim in the Parkland massacre, tweeted. "I think all citizens should be protected from the murderous impact of guns".
But the irony of a gun ban during a convention about firearms was not lost.
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".
"But we also support the Second Amendment and strongly support it, and don't see there to be a problem with speaking at the National Rifle Association's meeting".
Jennifer Baker, an NRA spokesperson, reiterated to ABC News that this is "standard protocol" for an event featuring the vice president.
"The NRA meeting was booked in 2012", said Stephanie Faulk, Director of Communications for Vist Dallas.
Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg responded Sunday by posting a link to a MoveOn.org petition calling for the vice president to cancel his speech entirely, which is set for Friday. It had more than 45,000 signatures by Monday afternoon. The highlight of the event will be Friday, when President Trump addresses the powerful gun rights organization. This appearance would mean Trump will have spoken to members of the NRA in each of the last four years, according to NPR. The people are watching.
The NRA-ILA Leadership Forum will begin Thursday in Dallas, Texas.