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Parkland students criticise NRA for gun ban at Pence event

Source: BBC

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has drawn the ire of gun-control advocates over a weapons ban at a forum attended by Vice-President Mike Pence.

Survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting have criticised the powerful gun lobby for the weapons ban, saying schools deserve the same.

The NRA has long been against gun restrictions of any kind, but cites Mr Pence's safety for the weapons ban.

Mr Pence will speak at the NRA's annual meeting in Dallas, Texas on Friday.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43952652

Typical hypocrisy by the supporters of mass murderers:
"Due to the attendance of the Vice-President of the United States, the US Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum," the NRA said in a blog post about the event.

"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."

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While the NRA said the policy was due to US Secret Service protocol, survivors of the deadly Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in February called out what they said was hypocrisy.

Syria 'chemical attack': Russia and US in fierce row at UN

Source: BBC

The US and Russia have traded barbs at a UN Security Council meeting on the alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Russian envoy Vassily Nebenzia said the incident in Douma was staged and that US military action in response could have "grave repercussions".

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Russia had the "blood of Syrian children" on its hands.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-43706579

It's unfortunate that we have had to mistrust our own government as much as the other evil empires.

I trust our professionals who have worked hard to make this country work. I totally distrust the carpetbaggers that were installed in last election.

Is it just me, or does anyone else object to calling the country of the USofA - America?

Even in the days when I could feel proud about being an "American" (post WW-II), I felt that it was not sufficiently descriptive and also seemed to include other parts of this continent who didn't want to be lumped in with the US.

Many US residents (maybe USrs - not to be confused with USSrs) seem to think that they speak for the two large continents joined by a fantastically varied isthmus of cultures. I think it is only USRs that call themselves "American". Geologists and historians probably also refer to this group as "The Americas".

So, if I were a Canadian, or a Mexican, Nicaraguan, Ecuadoran, whatever - would I want to be lumped into the crap that is happening in the USofA through the use of a common label: American?

I propose we don't voluntarily use the term "American" unless we are talking about the two continents in some logical fashion. I also ask that y'all propose a better terminology.

Next time you travel to "Olde" Europe or China or Mozambique - when they ask you what country are you from - do you answer America?
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