Hundreds Protest Outside NRA Convention In Texas Days After Massacre In Uvalde
Written by Peter Boykin on May 27, 2022
Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist
Hundreds of people protested for gun control outside the annual National Rifle Assn.
Convention here Friday, days after the country’s latest mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, chanting, “Protect our kids, not guns!” and hoisting signs that read, “No more thoughts and prayers,” and, “Your hobby isn’t worth our kids’ lives!”.
“It’s scary. There could be potential shooters in there buying guns for future events,” she said, gesturing to the convention center.
Abbott’s political rival, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, was scheduled to appear after confronting Abbott over gun control at a briefing in Uvalde a day after the mass shooting.
“I’m a gun owner. I hunt. For me, this was an issue of an 18-year-old being able to walk into a store days after his 18th birthday and pay thousands of dollars for an AR-15, hundreds of rounds of ammunition. At what point does that not raise a red flag?”.
Following the shooting , Abbott and other Texas Republicans have pushed back against gun control rhetoric by Democrats, including President Biden, focusing on mental health instead. Convention attendees and gun rights activists defended the NRA’s decision to move forward with the convention after the mass shooting.
“This isn’t a gun issue. There’s no reason the NRA should not do their convention here,” said C.J. Grisham, president and legal counsel for the gun rights group Open Carry Texas.
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