Thursday, December 08, 2022

NRA kicks off convention after Texas massacre of children

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — The National Rifle Association kicks off its annual convention in Houston on Friday, and leaders of the powerful gun rights group prepare to “reflect” — and deflect any blame — around the 19-year-old massacre. children and two teachers this week at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Former President Donald Trump and other prominent Republicans will take part in the three-day event promoting the gun industry’s products, which is expected to draw protesters fed up with gun violence.

Some of the speakers and performers scheduled for the convention decided not to attend, including two Texas lawmakers and singer Don McClean, who said it would be “disrespectful” to proceed with their appearance after the latest mass shooting in the United States.

While President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have renewed calls for tougher gun control laws, Phil Journey, a member of the agency’s board of directors, said the focus should be on better care. mental health and trying to prevent gun violence. He said he would not support banning or limiting access to them.

The NRA said in an online statement that convention participants will “reflect on” the Uvalde school massacre, “pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge redouble our commitment to making our schools safe.”

Two Republican lawmakers from Texas who were scheduled to speak Friday — Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw — decided not to participate because of what their aides said were changes in their agendas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz, both Republicans, were still on the speaker list, and Trump said Wednesday that he planned to attend.

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