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A Politico article Monday covered Parkland students’ complaints about the NRA, to include a bizarre take on how people are not allowed to carry guns to speeches by the president or vice-president.

“Parkland survivors criticized the National Rifle Association after it banned guns from Vice President Mike Pence’s upcoming speech at the organization’s annual convention later this week,” Politico’s Rebecca Morin wrote in what was presented as a straight news story.

The NRA posted a disclaimer about the event, saying because of Pence’s attendance, Secret Service was in charge of security and that “firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance,” Morin wrote.

Weapons will be prohibited in the hall during President Trump’s speech, which will come later in the Dallas convention.

Morin quoted students that don’t appear to understand how security works at these events as they called the NRA out for its supposed hypocrisy.

“The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself,” tweeted Cameron Kasky, who was identified in the piece as a survivor of the attack in Parkland, Fla.

Matt Deitsch, a former Parkland student who has become a leader in the gun control protest movement, replied to the tweet, saying that the NRA “will keep Pence safe without any weapons, ‘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,” Deitsch wrote on Twitter.

Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old son was among the Parkland victims, has become an outspoken proponent of gun control in the wake of the shooting.

“On so many levels, this is enlightening,” Guttenberg wrote. “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?”

Slate jumped in with a similar take.

“The NRA is blaming the Secret Service for the prohibition, but that didn’t stop survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who were quick to criticize the organization’s apparent hypocrisy in giving in to demands for a gun-free area,” it wrote.

The Washington Post’s takedown began: “The National Rifle Association has championed the idea of a ‘good guy with a gun,’ but no firearms will be allowed when Vice President Pence speaks at its annual meeting – sparking criticism from Parkland, Fla., students who say schools should be afforded the same protection.”

The Post then quoted a few attendees who expressed hesitance at allowing the Secret Service to impose the ban, which is in keeping with federal law requiring a gun-free perimeter around protected officials.

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