Saturday protesters on both sides of the U.S. gun debate took to the streets outside the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas after the latest in a long series of mass shootings put the issue back in the spotlight.
And across the street from the convention center where President Donald Trump addressed NRA members on Friday, a “Rally4Reform” drew about 200 demonstrators demanding tighter restrictions on firearms sales. Many were dressed in the orange that has become the color of the gun control movement.
Many people watched as Manuel Oliver, whose 17-year-old son, Joaquin, was killed in the Feb. 14 massacre of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, spray painted a mural of kids running and a backpack-wearing student in a rifle’s crosshairs. And they flinched and some sobbed as he hit the wall with a hammer to simulate the sound of gunfire.
These stupid people, how can anyone in their right mind, blame the NRA for what crazy loons do? Oh yeah that’s right, that’s how liberals think…..
Then just 2 hours later, about 150 people attended a counterprotest at the same site in support of the NRA, many of them carrying sidearms and with rifles slung over their shoulders.
One of the organizers, Open Carry Texas President C.J. Grisham, said he has criticized the NRA in the past but wanted to show his support for fellow gun owners who have been vilified during gun control protests.
Texas resident Teri Horne, 55, engaged in a debate with two male gun control activists. After 20 minutes of spirited discussion, everyone shook hands and went their separate ways. Horne said she supports the NRA, with a few recent exceptions.
There is an estimated 80,000 people were expected in Dallas for the NRA’s three-day meeting, which began on Friday.
Students who survived became national figures, demanding tighter firearms controls and a check on the power of the NRA. Gun rights advocates cite the right to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Then 100 protesters gathered at a second gun-control demonstration across town on Saturday, wearing orange ribbons and carrying signs that said “Shame on you NRA!” One NRA member dressed in a suit and black cowboy hat briefly scuffled with protesters as the rally began, but was quickly escorted away by police.
What I find amazing is that these left wing “whackos”, sure don’t want you dictating to them, what they can and can’t do, yet they think they have the right to tell those who oppose their bizarre ideas, what to do.