The Conservative Political Action Conference withheld the name of one of their event speakers – a top National Rifle Association (NRA) executive – from a schedule of speakers.
The Washington Examiner reports that Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s executive vice president and CEO, was not included on a schedule of speakers released Monday, although he’s still set to deliver his speech at CPAC this week as planned.
From the Examiner: The details of LaPierre’s appearance were kept off the published schedule as a precaution, sources told the Washington Examiner, amid outrage among anti-gun protesters in the aftermath of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Sources said they do not yet know how or whether they plan to announce the timing of LaPierre’s speech in advance.
LaPierre has graced the main stage at CPAC every year for at least the past decade, and the NRA has historically served as a major supporter of the annual conservative gathering.
The group that organizes CPAC each year, the American Conservative Union, included the timing of a Second Amendment discussion and a subsequent panel on the schedule ACU officials released online this week.
The report continues: President Trump, who will speak at CPAC on Friday, has signaled his administration is willing to consider measures that address school shootings, such as new mental health policies. Trump has not directly addressed the discussion about gun control, however, sparking criticism from Democrats who want to engage the president on guns.
President Trump also sent a memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, asking for a review of recommendations for the banning of bump stocks. He asked Sessions “to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.”
The NRA has been under considerable pressure following the deaths of 17 children and adults during a Florida high school shooting last week. Politicians have accused the organization of being responsible for the tragedy, while earlier Tuesday Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway demanded that the NRA find another home for their annual convention, scheduled to be held in the city in May.