After a massive shooting that killed at least 21 people at an elementary school in Wolde, Texas, the National Rifle Association reaffirmed on Wednesday that it would hold its annual convention in Houston on Wednesday.
Texas politicians and former President Donald Trump are set to address the General Assembly, which is funded by the NRA’s Campaign Committee.
Trump is scheduled to speak at an event on Friday, where spectators will not be allowed to carry guns. During Trump’s speech the secret service will take control of the hall and will not allow other items such as guns, gun parts or knives. According to the NRA.
“The investigation is ongoing and the facts are still emerging. We recognize that this was the work of a lonely, depressed criminal.” The NRA said in a statement. “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 protecting our schools.”
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Trump said Wednesday at the event that he would “deliver a keynote address to the United States.”
“The United States needs real solutions and real leadership at this moment, not politicians and discrimination,” Trump wrote on his social media network.
Forum Texas Governor Greg Abbott, sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Representative Dan Grenshaw are scheduled to include North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson and South Dakota Governor Christie Noam.
Speaking at a news conference, Abbott was eventually interrupted by Texas governoral candidate Beato O’Rourke, who declined to say whether he would attend or speak at the conference.
“As far as future plans are concerned, I live moment by moment now,” Abbott said. “My heart, my head and my body are in Uvalde now.”
Texas Senate. John Corny was also scheduled to speak, but will no longer attend due to an “unexpected change” in his schedule, local television said. The WFAA reported.
Musician Dan McLean, who was scheduled to perform at the meeting, also walked out of the conference. The “American Pie” singer-songwriter released a statement calling it a “disgrace and disgrace” to him.
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Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said some people want to cancel the city council meeting, but the city of Turner cannot break the agreement with the NRA.
Turner said the big question is why Texas politicians still plan to talk there after the shooting in Wolverhampton.
“So, this is not about us canceling the conference,” Turner said. “It is about the highest level elected officials in our state to go and talk and approve those policies, it is wrong. You can’t pray and send condolences one day and then beat the guns the next day. That’s wrong. “
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