Scenes from CPAC 2018

Thousands of Republicans converged on CPAC, where they gather each year to celebrate their causes — and, in 2018, the populist movement that swept Trump into office one year ago.

But it was impossible to ignore the ever-present tragedy of rampaging gun violence, which has roiled American political discourse and put gun rights advocates and opponents under a hot spotlight.

Florida’s governor meanwhile announced that a police officer will be stationed at every public school in the state as part of a plan to improve security following last week’s deadly high school shooting.

And President Trump repeated his call for arming some of America’s teachers and claimed the controversial proposal was increasingly drawing support. (AFP)

Here’s a look at the scene as conservative activists gather at CPAC 2018.

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<p>President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Ana Veronica Lacayo cheers as US President Donald J. Trump addresses the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Ana Veronica Lacayo cheers as US President Donald J. Trump addresses the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>Millie March, 12, of Fairfax, Va., wears socks featuring President Donald Trump while awaiting his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Millie March, 12, of Fairfax, Va., wears socks featuring President Donald Trump while awaiting his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump puts his notes back in his jacket pocket after reading a story about a snake, to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

President Donald Trump puts his notes back in his jacket pocket after reading a story about a snake, to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>Young supporters cheer as President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Young supporters cheer as President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>Elizabeth Mills jumps in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) sign at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Elizabeth Mills jumps in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) sign at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>People sign up at the booth for the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

People sign up at the booth for the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway watches as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>A monitor with instruction for speakers sits in front of the stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A monitor with instruction for speakers sits in front of the stage during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Buttons calling for free markets are displayed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Buttons calling for free markets are displayed at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>A cap and shirt are displayed at the booth for the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A cap and shirt are displayed at the booth for the National Rifle Association (NRA) at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Joshua Roberts/Reuters)

<p>Teresa Mendoza (L) takes a selfie with transgender attendees to the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Teresa Mendoza (L) takes a selfie with transgender attendees to the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Attendees stand for the pledge of allegiance during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Attendees stand for the pledge of allegiance during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>People wait for the start of the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes from CPAC 2018

People wait for the start of the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>A young girl wears patriotic boots and leggings at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A young girl wears patriotic boots and leggings at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees Carolina Cisneros (L) and Abigail Brookshire (R) pose for a photograph at the 45th annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees Carolina Cisneros (L) and Abigail Brookshire (R) pose for a photograph at the 45th annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre watches an NRA promotional video while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre watches an NRA promotional video while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Dick Heller, the plaintiff of the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller that struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 that banned handguns and required legally-owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” in Washington, DC, attends CPAC 2018 Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Dick Heller, the plaintiff of the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller that struck down provisions of the Firearms Control Regulations Act of 1975 that banned handguns and required legally-owned rifles and shotguns be kept “unloaded and disassembled or bound by a trigger lock” in Washington, DC, attends CPAC 2018 Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees Grant Shearer (L) and Maureen Moroz (R) pose for a photograph at the 45th annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendees Grant Shearer (L) and Maureen Moroz (R) pose for a photograph at the 45th annual conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Republican Senate candidate for Arizona Kelli Ward attends CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Republican Senate candidate for Arizona Kelli Ward attends CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>A man wearing a stars and stripes jacket tends a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A man wearing a stars and stripes jacket tends a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Photographs of National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesperson Dana Loesch (L) and NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre (R) hang in the vendors area of the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Photographs of National Rifle Association (NRA) spokesperson Dana Loesch (L) and NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre (R) hang in the vendors area of the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>Shiva Ayyadurai (R), who is running for a US Senate seat in Massachusetts, stands behind his booth at the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Shiva Ayyadurai (R), who is running for a US Senate seat in Massachusetts, stands behind his booth at the 45th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

<p>National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

National Rifle Association (NRA) spokeswoman Dana Loesch speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Buttons of possible 2020 presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), New York State Gov. Chris Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden, are seen during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Buttons of possible 2020 presidential contenders, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), New York State Gov. Chris Cuomo and former Vice President Joseph Biden, are seen during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>Toy gun souvenirs and candies are placed on a table for grabs during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Toy gun souvenirs and candies are placed on a table for grabs during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>White House Counsel Don McGahn takes part in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

White House Counsel Don McGahn takes part in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>A Turning Point USA booth is tended at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A Turning Point USA booth is tended at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>The booth of National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

The booth of National Rifle Association (NRA) is seen during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>A man in Revolutionary War era attire chats at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

A man in Revolutionary War era attire chats at a booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Marion Marechal-Le Pen, France’s National Front politician, waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Marion Marechal-Le Pen, France’s National Front politician, waves after speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>Suzzanne Monk wears a hat supporting U.S. President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes from CPAC 2018

Suzzanne Monk wears a hat supporting U.S. President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 23, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Merritt Corrigan tends the Official Trump Store at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Merritt Corrigan tends the Official Trump Store at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Wearing a Trump yarmulke, an attendee holds a sign supporting Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxen Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Wearing a Trump yarmulke, an attendee holds a sign supporting Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxen Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

<p>Dressed in Revolutionary War attire, Tea Party supporter William Temple reacts during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxen Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Dressed in Revolutionary War attire, Tea Party supporter William Temple reacts during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxen Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>An iPhone case with Tucker Carlson’s face is left in a chair during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

An iPhone case with Tucker Carlson’s face is left in a chair during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, Feb. 23, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is applauded as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes from CPAC 2018

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is applauded as he speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>An attendee wears an “I Stand” hat during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

An attendee wears an “I Stand” hat during the Pledge of Allegiance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>Martha Stamp applauds Vice President Mike Pence during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Martha Stamp applauds Vice President Mike Pence during the Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md., on Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

<p>William Temple of Brunswick, Georgia, dresses as 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry, participates in an opening prayer during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) </p>
Scenes from CPAC 2018

William Temple of Brunswick, Georgia, dresses as 1st and 6th Governor of Virginia Patrick Henry, participates in an opening prayer during CPAC 2018, Feb. 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Md. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

<p>Attendees pray during the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Scenes From CPAC 2018

Attendees pray during the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Feb. 22, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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