NRA accepts CNN invitation to participate in town hall on guns

NRA accepts CNN invitation to participate in town hall on guns
© Greg Nash

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has agreed to participate in a CNN town hall on Wednesday with students and parents affected by the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

The gun advocacy group will be represented by national spokeswoman Dana Loesch, according to CNN

The town hall comes a week after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, about 25 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale. That attack left 17 people dead and 14 others injured. 

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The alleged shooter has been identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school. He was charged last week with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The shooting has reignited the national debate over gun control, with the school's students emerging as some of the most vocal advocates for tighter firearms restrictions. 

So far, Sens. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonMidterm polling data favors Democrats — in moderation Poll: Nelson and Scott tied in Florida Senate race Nelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity MORE (D-Fla.) and Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioJudd Gregg: Two ideas whose time has not come Nikki Haley: New York Times ‘knew the facts’ about curtains and still released story March For Our Lives founder leaves group, says he regrets trying to 'embarrass' Rubio MORE (R-Fla.), as well as Rep. Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchHouse panels set up to probe indicted GOP Reps. Collins, Hunter Ivanka Trump on mass shooting: 'Our hearts are with Jacksonville' Top Ethics Dem calls for Nielsen to resign MORE (D-Fla.), have agreed to participate in the televised town hall event.

CNN also invited President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE and Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), though both turned down the invitation.

The NRA has faced particular criticism from advocates of stricter gun control laws, who have decried the organization's vast influence in Washington.