Trump, Abbott to speak at NRA conference after Texas school massacre

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Former President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott will speak at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Leadership Forum. The NRA confirmed that it is going ahead with its annual convention in Houston, Texas scheduled for this weekend, despite the criticism around the Texas school shooting, according to MassLive.

In a statement on Twitter, the NRA expressed its “deepest” sympathy for the families and victims of the “horrible and wicked crime” at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old broke in Tuesday and opened fire with a rifle killing 19 children and two teachers.

WHAT DOES THE NRA SAY?

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The National Rifle Association highlighted in its post that, despite the fact that investigations into this event are still underway, it is the “act of a disturbed lone criminal.” The crime has shocked, not only the country, but the entire world with the deaths of so many innocent children.

“As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, give the floor to our patriotic members, and promise to redouble our commitments to make schools safe,” the powerful lobbying organization said regarding the conference where Trump and Abbott will speak.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT THE CONFERENCE?

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Since the tragedy in Uvalde, numerous voices have urged the NRA to cancel its annual forum, where former US President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among others, are scheduled to speak.

Abbott was interrupted on Wednesday at a press conference in Uvalde by former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, current candidate for governor of Texas, who told him that this tragedy was predictable. Last night, hours after the shooting, O’Rourke on Twitter urged Abbott to cancel his appearance at the NRA convention in Houston. Filed Under: Trump Abbott NRA

WHY ARE THEY CRITICIZING THE EVENT?

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The gun lobby was also the target of criticism from Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer who, in an address on the floor Wednesday, said Republicans are more concerned with pleasing the NRA than with “families who mourn the victims of gun violence.”

Schumer recalled that almost 30 years ago, Congress approved the Brady Act that prohibited assault weapons at the federal level (that law, approved in 1994, expired 10 years later when it was not renewed by Congress), which he described as “a great legislative achievement.” Filed Under: Trump Abbott NRA

WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN THE US?

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However, he said that today it is almost impossible to push any regulation forward because of the NRA and the legislators influenced by this powerful organization. The US Congress has spent more than two decades without passing a law that significantly limits the possession of weapons, protected in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

In addition, the NRA has helped finance the political campaigns of hundreds of members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, according to the Open Secrets database maintained by the Center for Responsible Politics. Filed Under: Trump Abbott NRA

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