This will be the first time, ever, that the National Rifle Association will be sitting down and facing those who would accuse them of being at the root of mass shootings in this nation.
Of course, those people are wrong. The NRA has never promoted anything resembling mass shootings, or anything outside the realm of responsible gun ownership. That, however, is not the point gun control advocates are making.
In a town hall setting, representatives for the NRA will be facing survivors of the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.
Seventeen people, students and adults, were killed when Nikolas Cruz, a troubled, former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School walked into the school, armed with an AR-15 rifle, pulled a fire alarm, in order to get people into the halls, and opened fire.
It was the latest mass shooting and reignited the debate over gun control.
The NRA will be represented by spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and the Parkland students will be joined by family and community members. Florida Rep. Ted Deutch and Sens. Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio will also attend. The town hall will be televised from Sunrise, Florida at 9 p.m. ET with CNN’s Jake Tapper moderating.
This face-off has been rumored in the past week, but this is confirmation.
The hope is that this can be an open, civil discussion, aimed towards finding common ground, and perhaps, educating.
The reality may end up being very different.