At the annual NRA conference in Indianapolis, former Vice President Mike Pence was met with booing from attendees as he took the stage.
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The conference featured top-tier politicians and White House hopefuls, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley addressed the gathering through video messages. The broad attendance underlines the significance of NRA endorsement for Republican candidates, despite recent corporate media controversies and legal issues surrounding the group.
Addressing the NRA crowd, Pence called for a federal death penalty statute with an accelerated appeal process to ensure that mass shooters face execution within months rather than years. Despite the boos and scattered applause, Pence stood his ground throughout the speech.
Trump, who spoke later at the event, asked the NRA members to show some support for Pence. He jokingly acknowledged the news reports of Pence’s less-than-warm welcome, saying, “I hope you gave Pence a good, warm approval because he is a nice man if you want to really know the truth. He is. He’s a good man.”
The NRA conference occurred amid a heated Republican presidential campaign, with several potential candidates contemplating whether to challenge Trump for the nomination. Although the NRA previously endorsed Trump, it remains to be seen if they will do so again, considering the organization’s current legal battles and reports of falling revenue.