In a not so surprising display of liberal hypocrisy, participants in the “March for Our Lives” protests against gun violence were mum on the presence of armed security at the events.
Anti-gun fanatics have been railing against weapons and even using the “good guys with a gun” argument after the mass shooting at the Parkland, Florida high school last month that inspired Saturday’s protest in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. But it seems the photos don’t lie.
— Nickolai Sukharev (@Nickolaiss) March 24, 2018
Good morning! I’ll be reporting from the #MarchForOurLives rally starting at 6 this morning. Right now, security crews/police are taking their posts ahead of the tens of thousands expected to pack the mall. See you shortly @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/i6yPOQ3BqQ
— Meagan Fitzgerald (@MeaganNBCDC) March 24, 2018
The irony was not lost on Twitter users.
So, they’re guarding an anti-gun rally. With guns.
— Pflugerville Pfernando (@Crapplefratz) March 24, 2018
I’m sure there are no guns, though right? Guns are bad.
— Julie Weathers (@Julie_Weathers) March 24, 2018
Photos and video continued to be posted of “conspicuous security” at the rally.
Pup patrol reporting for duty. So much security, but all of the police and national guard are so incredibly friendly and supportive. What a great day in DC. #marchforourlives pic.twitter.com/gxVe2O18xJ
— betsywhalen (@betsywhalen) March 24, 2018
— Jon Sopel (@BBCJonSopel) March 24, 2018
Security which USES GUNS. To PROTECT the marchers. Hmmm…so GUNS are useful to PROTECT the kids?! Well…well…well.
— nothing and nobody (@rejectedwon) March 24, 2018
The fact that heavy security was visible ahead of and during the protests was confirmed in multiple tweets.
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) March 24, 2018
Here early at DC #MarchForOurLives. Amount and style of security and road closures is biggest I’ve seen since Inauguration Day / Women’s March.
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) March 24, 2018
So…. good guys with guns?
— Jacki Vinson (@jackivinson) March 24, 2018
Hey @KyleKashuv: Can you and Charlie ask, on camera/tape, how many of the armed security got their weapons training via NRA? I’d ESPECIALLY like that asked of any detail there guarding a celeb. Thanks. #MarchForOurLives
— Annie?99%Swamp=100%FedUp (@bloodless_coup) March 24, 2018
Surely, you don’t mean “security” as in people who are carrying guns? You must mean “security” as in people who are carrying buckets full of rocks, and pouches full of unicorn dust.#NRA #2A #MarchForOurLives #gunsense https://t.co/fEnJHeB7IC
— Tracy Nickels-Bishop (@JusticeBlaze) March 24, 2018
The irony here is too much!
— Tipping___point (@ABetseyross) March 24, 2018
Perhaps the added irony, at least in the nation’s capitol, was the fact that lawmakers had just headed out of town for a two-week congressional recess. President Trump, as well, will miss the fun as he is spending the weekend in Florida.
As thousands of students gathered in Washington to demand Trump and Congress act on gun control legislation, the president along with first lady Melania Trump and son Barron had arrived at the private club in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago.
While protesters in the area gathered along Trump’s motorcade route on Saturday afternoon, many others welcomed the first family with cheers as they arrived, according to The Palm Beach Post.
— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) March 24, 2018
— joe capozzi (@jcapozzipbpost) March 24, 2018
The White House issued an official statement on the March on Saturday, praising students for “exercising their First Amendment rights.”
“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement, The Hill reported.
“Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s, which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System] and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law,” the statement read. “Additionally, on Friday, the Department of Justice issued the rule to ban bump stocks following through on the President’s commitment to ban devices that turn legal weapons into illegal machine guns.”
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