On May 5, 2018, hundreds of students from around the country met just a few blocks from the massive annual conference of the National Rifle Association in Dallas, Texas. This large, passionate group of Millennials faced off against a smaller group of gun supporters, many of whom chose to carry their unloaded weapons. While the two groups definitely have different opinions on various issues, they did agree on one thing: the need for strong universal background checks.
The group that supports stricter gun relations included parents of shooting victims killed in the Parkland and 2012 Aurora theater shootings. Many of these parents chose to speak and share their experiences. Manuel Oliver, an artist and the father of Parkland shooting victim Joaquin Oliver, extended an invitation to President Donald Trump to come to his home and spend a few minutes in his son’s empty bedroom
“It takes on second, ‘Joaquin Oliver,’ and you’re not able to mention that name,” Oliver said when he addressed the president during his speech. “And it is important, your support, because you could make things happen along with us. Let me rephrase that: You could make it happen faster because we are going to make it happen.”
According to NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch, over 87,000 members of the NRA and supporters attended the conference. Just outside the city hall, a small group stood just 50 yards away from the rally in counter-protest. 13-year-old Nicole Defosse and her 16-year-old sister Emily stood with their family. They each held unloaded AR 15s and stood under flags that read “Come and take it” and “Open carry Texas.”
Of all the things being said about gun control and the second amendment, the majority of those who participated in the rally agreed that they wanted the NRA to at least hear this: universal background checks. According to a Quinnipiac poll from February, 97 percent of Americans support universal background checks.
A 23-year-old law student at Southern Methodist University explained, “The whole reason that we’re for the universal background checks is because the vast majority of the American public support it.”
The ever-growing attention to gun control has made many banks hesitant to work with firearm businesses. As a result, merchants are really struggling to find the merchant services they need to operate smoothly and safely. Many have found the services they need through online firearm merchant accounts. Americans and firearm businesses anxiously wait to see what the next move will be regarding the background check system and other key gun control issues.
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