The mainstream leftist media is no fan of the National Rifle Association, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the United States, and one of the most effective in American History. However, since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, it seems that their willingness to display hatred for the organization has risen to new heights.
The Associated Press, perhaps hoping for a ‘gotcha!’ moment, posted a tweet that attempted to cast the NRA as hypocrites. The post claimed that the group banned firearms at their annual convention because Mike Pence would be giving a speech. However, this tweet was completely wrong, and AP has since been forced to delete it, even admitting that the tweeted lie was ‘misleading.’ Without bothering to verify the information, they the leftist source made it sound like the NRA had barred firearms from the convention for its entire duration.
The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself. pic.twitter.com/6Pw6NTQAe6
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) April 28, 2018
The claim that the organization was barring firearms from its convention began when far-left anti-Second Amendment activist Cameron Kasky made the above tweet, calling the NRA a “hilarious parody of itself.”
The claim quickly spread across the internet, repeatedly parroted by leftists and those who don’t believe that citizens should have the right to keep and bear arms. They claimed that the NRA wanted firearms everywhere else, but wouldn’t allow them at their convention.
However, the United States Secret Service responded, pointing out that per Title 18 U.S.C. sections 3056 and 1752, they have the legal authority to ban firearms at any site visited by protectees, such as Vice President Mike Pence.
Out of an abundance of caution, the government security organization decided to ban firearms from the venue for the safety of the second most powerful man in the world.
They said that once the VP (and possibly even President Donald Trump himself) had left the convention, they would allow those with legal firearm licenses to carry again throughout the entire convention site.
Furthermore, they pointed out that the ban on carrying firearms at the convention did not concern the entire convention, but rather just the site of the speech, inside the security perimeter.
NRA members can bring their guns during most of the annual meeting in Dallas – but not while Trump and Pence are speaking. The Secret Service has barred them during their speeches. https://t.co/cqEWzw0b3N
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 30, 2018
The Associated Press, to their credit, admitted that they were incorrect with their original tweet, which they deleted and replaced with the above tweet.
However, a lie can circle the globe while the truth is pulling its shoes on, and in this case, the damage was already done. Scores of leftist ‘news outlets’ already had their chosen spin on the story, and ran with it.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 30, 2018
— POLITICO (@politico) April 30, 2018
— Slate (@Slate) April 30, 2018
Leftists across the internet, ignoring the fact that even the initial tweet pointed out this was a government policy and not an NRA decision, were quick to call the group hypocritical, and to castigate them for ‘their’ decision.
However, these claims hold no water.
As stated earlier, the Secret Service has the legal right and obligation to defend their protectees. Part of that obligation means they have the right to bar weapons of any sort from sites where those protectees will be.
That’s the reason why the vast majority of presidential campaign events bar people from bringing in weapons unless they’re members of law enforcement.
Once the USSS says that there will be no weapons, that’s the end of the debate. The only other thing that the NRA could do is to tell the Vice President and President of the United States to not show up to speak at the convention.
The left didn’t seem to care to do a modicum of research to understand just how much power the Secret Service has to protect the top leaders of this great nation.
Instead, many leftists just wanted to push their favored propaganda. This isn’t the first time that they’ve openly pushed easily-disproven anti-NRA propaganda, either.
One of the left’s favorite talking points over the last few years was a claim that the NRA barred firearms from their headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.
This was completely untrue. Not only does the organization allow legally concealed firearms at their headquarters location, they even have a public firearms range on the premises that is open for use.
The left simply cannot tell the truth about firearms, whether leftists are pretending Barack Obama wasn’t an anti-gun ownership President or claiming that no one on the left wants to confiscate firearms, while multiple democrat-run states are doing just that.
This latest attack on the largest pro-firearm lobby in the country, combined with the left’s continued legislative attack on the right to keep and bear arms, should remind American citizens where the vast majority of the Democrat Party really stands on firearm issues.
Hopefully, AP also learns the importance of checking their facts, instead of quickly running any story that pushes their political agenda. But, they probably won’t. Integrity has become a foreign concept in American journalism.