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Before Vice President Mike Pence was slated to speak at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum during its Annual Meetings & Exhibits, pro-gun control activists tried to get Pence to pull out of the event through a petition.
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Actress and activist Alyssa Milano authored the petition through MoveOn.org:
This is a slap in the face to Americans — from Parkland to Chicago to Nashville — hurting from gun violence. It's also a signal to young people organizing historic actions that the NRA's extremist agenda and donations are more valuable to Mike Pence than the lives lost. Sign now to demand Mike Pence pull out of the NRA convention.
“Enough! We must hold all politicians to basic standards of decency. Tell Mike Pence to drop out of the NRA's convention and stand with the majority of Americans who want real action to end gun violence,” she concluded.
Parkland activist David Hogg shared the petition on social media:
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 29, 2018
Despite reaching over 50,000 signatures, Pence spoke as scheduled on Friday before a cheering crowd:
“@POTUS Donald Trump and I both stand without apology for the Second Amendment, and in this administration, the right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.” — @VP Mike Pence #NRAAM2018 #NRA pic.twitter.com/ZCfGVDZbb9
— NRATV (@NRATV) May 4, 2018
He told the crowd that NRA members have “two friends in the White House.”
“The right to keep and bear arms will not be infringed. That right is truly one of our first and most important freedoms,” he added.