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July 16, 2019

NRA president dumped from Indiana GOP rally months after school shooting

November 5, 2018
Oliver North, the NRA president, was supposed to speak at a rally in Noblesville, Indiana, Sunday. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

The Indiana Republican party uninvited the head of the NRA from a rally Sunday after concerned parents complained that the appearance was just six months after a shooting at a local high school.

Oliver North, the president of the NRA, was scheduled at a rally in Noblesville, alongside Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun, Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and other GOP candidates before a last minute roster change.

“Oliver North will not be visiting Noblesville today, as it simply would have been the wrong place and wrong time,” Indiana Republican Party chairman Kyle Hupfer said in a statement to the Indianapolis Star Sunday.

Republican Mayor John Ditslear backed the decision, but insisted he’s still supports the Second Amendment.

In May, a 13-year-old student allegedly entered a Noblesville Middle School science classroom with two handguns and began firing. He shot teacher Jason Seaman and 13-year-old Ella Whistler before being apprehended.

“Unbelievable,” Nathan Lambert, whose child attended the middle school at the time of the shooting, tweeted at Braun. “I’m a Republican, and I am disgusted. You’ve lost my vote, Mike.”

“Surprised & disappointed by this,” another parent, Steve Rogers, tweeted. “@ingop bringing the NRA to @NoblesvilleIN is disrespectful and, really, hurtful to kids & parents who experienced a school shooting. NRA has blocked every effort to keep guns away from those who shouldn’t have them. Hoping they will rethink this.”

The NRA did not immediately return a request for comment.

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