"Due to the attendance of the Vice President of the United States, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance." This was the announcement posted regarding Mike Pence's appearance at the National Rifle Association's convention in Dallas.
And that makes sense. The Secret Service has a job: to protect our nation's leaders from threats and potential harm. Firearms are dangerous. Of course we don't want to mix them into a room full of ardent admirers of a like-minded politician. All it takes is one nut with a gun to mess that up. This still comes as an interesting distinction for an organization that allows concealed weapons to be carried in their offices, in accordance with Virginia State Law. Not by visitors, however. They need to check their guns at the front desk, or enter through the firing range entrance.
Which still makes sense, for the most part, since you never know what kind of nut might try to run afoul of all those good guys with guns. It's just better to be on the safe side. Hence, there will be no guns allowed for Pence.
See how I did that?
Does that logic stretch out to a school where non-elected representatives of the proletariat are lurching toward their educational goals? In a word: No. Schools are precisely the place we need to have more guns, in order to turn back the threat that guns represent. "Gun free zones?" the NRA scoffs, "What good have they done?"
I suggest that if the NRA wanted to show the courage of their convictions, they should promote bringing firearms to Mister Pence's speech. Let the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena become a free-fire zone, and let the good guys with guns sort things out.
Or just maybe you'd have to be nuts to believe that, right?