Twitter reacts to gun ban at Vice President Pence's speech to the NRA in Dallas

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence AP

The decision to ban guns at an upcoming speech to the National Rifle Association by Vice President Mike Pence in Dallas has prompted discussion on social media, with some painting the move as hypocritical.

Later on Monday, the ban was widened to include "weapons of any kind."

The decision comes on the heels of a gun ban announced by the Secret Service at President Donald Trump's speech last Friday.

Some also pointed out that armed protesters were allowed near speeches by former President Barack Obama.

The Secret Service says guns aren't allowed at such events.

Trump is also expected to appear at the upcoming NRA event.

Others on Twitter argued that the gun ban was purely procedural.

Guns are never allowed inside the secure area of an event in which the president or vice president will appear, said Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Bill Noonan.

"There may have been armed protesters outside the secure areas of events where President Obama appeared, but inside the secure area, that's never been the case," Noonan said.

Richland and Colleyville Heritage high school students participate in the student-led national school walkout on Friday.

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, President Trump has pointed to a common explanation for the violence: video games. But two decades after the Columbine shooting popularized this explanation for violent crime, research has rejected the

About 100 students from Fort Worth's Dunbar High School participated in the National School Walkout Friday. Students marched down the street and held a rally that centered on how gun violence has touched their family and friends.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74
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