NRA says it is “committed to making schools secure” and Texas convention will still go on
The gun rights’ lobbying group the National Rifle Association issued a statement Wednesday saying they are “committed to making our schools safe” after the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two adults dead.
The NRA called the 18-year-old shooter a “lone, deranged criminal.” The tweeted statement did not address that the shooter was able to buy the AR-15 used in the shooting legally. In Texas, 18 year olds can buy rifles or long guns but not handguns.
The NRA is still planning on going forward with their convention in Houston, Texas, this weekend. Houston is located about 275 miles from Uvalde.
“As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure,” the statement said.
Former President Trump said Wednesday that he still plans on attending the convention. Trump posted on Truth social that “America needs real solutions, real leadership in this moment. Not politicians and partisanship.” “That’s why, I will keep my long-standing commitment to speak in Texas during the NRA Convention and deliver a critical address to America. We all continue to pray for the victims and their families as well as for our nation. We are all in this together. “
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told the city council on Wednesday that “we simply cannot cancel” the conference due to the contract.
“The convention has been on the books for more than two years,” Turner said, according to CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV. It’s a contractual arrangement. We cannot cancel a conference, convention or meeting because we disagree with the subject matter.
Other Texas officials are expected to attend, including Gov. Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz are expected to attend. Their offices have not yet responded to requests for comment.
The NAACP on Wednesday called on Abbott not to attend the conference. “Governor, your attendance at the event right after 19 innocent children were murdered by a gun sends a message that guns are more important than the lives you represent. Which is more important to your heart? In a letter to Abbott, Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP, wrote.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas pulled out of the conference, with his staff saying on Tuesday that he had already canceled due to a scheduling conflict.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke on Wednesday emotionally interrupted Abbott during a press conference in Uvalde, calling for stricter gun laws.
“The time stop the next shooting is now and you are doing nothing,” O’Rourke said. Abbott later reprimanded O’Rourke for pushing his “personal agendas”. Abbott claimed that the suspect was not suffering from any mental illness. However, O’Rourke said Wednesday that local officials had told him that there was a problem with mental health in the Uvalde community.
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