But, pushing the boundaries of conservative orthodoxy on something as fundamental to the Republican Party as the Second Amendment has the potential to reveal schisms between Trump and the base that elected him.
Thus, when Wayne LaPierre trots out one of the NRA's favorite mantras - that armed teachers will prevent school shootings (a position also espoused by Donald Trump this week) - he is trying to advance the further intrusion of this society's ignoble underpinnings into the educational system.
The politics of advocating for gun control are complicated for Democrats this year: The party is defending Senate seats in 10 states that President Donald Trump won in 2016 - with incumbents in states like Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia and in who have shown no appetite for the issue. But LaPierre did not only stick to gun rights issues, launching into a tirade against the "rogue leadership" in the FBI, echoing frustrating with the FBI Mr. Trump and others have consistently criticized. They want to rage about the National Rifle Association and gush over the 1994 "assault weapons" ban - in effect, by the way, during the Columbine shootings that left 13 dead - and politically weaponize this latest tragedy.
The drive is fueled largely by high school students who survived yet another mass school shooting, this one February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Pollack, for his part, said he was "on a mission" to make sure tragedies like this never happen again. "If I wanted a job where I was responsible for carrying a firearm, I would have taken a different career path", Wheaton said. The elites don't care, not one whit about America's school system.
"It's been a year of promises made and promises kept", Vice President Mike Pence told the CPAC crowd, as he offered tough words to North Korea and urged Republicans to gird for battle in hugely consequential congressional elections this November.
LaPierre said Democrats such as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Sen. "How can they say we don't trust you to buy a gun, but you can die for your country?"
LaPierre also called out systemic and societal "failures" that form a complicated web of issues that make gun policy reform a hard task.
"We must immediately harden our schools".
"How many schools, how many children have to get shot?" "It should not be easier for a madman to shoot up a school than a bank or a jewelry story or some Hollywood gala".
Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted the reminder that almost two decades ago, LaPierre said, "We believe in absolutely gun-free, zero-tolerance, totally safe schools".
It was not a new argument for the NRA in the wake of a mass shooting that has reignited the debate on gun control.
Later that day, CNN held a town hall that kept the topic trending all night on Twitter.
She said the age limit is also nothing more than a symbolic change. "To stop a bad guy with a gun, it takes a good guy with a gun".
In trying to clarify his Wednesday comments about arming teachers and other school personnel, President Trump, a day later, aligned himself even more closely with the National Rifle Association on the issue of teachers with guns and beefing up school security. "#NRABloodOnYourHands." The bank said "customer feedback" spurred it to review its relationship with the NRA.
During his speech, LaPierre decried schools as "gun-free zones", though Douglas had an armed officer on the campus at the time of the attack - who Israel has said did not enter the building or confront the shooter as people were being killed.
Vice President Pence also addressed the Parkland shooting at the outset of his remarks to the CPAC crowd.
Pollack spoke forcefully at a group meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
But Trump said he's been in frequent contact with the NRA, including with LaPierre who he called a great patriot. It wasn't clear if he'd actually show up at this conference given the events in Parkland, Fla.