Since originally publishing this story, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott has canceled his appearance at this weekend’s NRA event in Houston, Texas. The governor will reportedly be traveling to Uvalde, Texas, instead, where this week’s mass school shooting took place.
Abbott spokesman Mark Miner confirmed the governor will be delivering “pre-recorded video remarks.”
MSN reports, “Instead, Abbott will travel to Uvalde for another press conference on ‘state resources available for those impacted by the Robb Elementary School shooting.’ The event will take place at 3:30 p.m., shortly after the governor was set to address NRA attendees.”
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Today, an 18-year-old, high school student opened fire on Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. In the last few hours, the death toll has only risen, with a confirmed 18 children and at least 3 adults dead as a result of the massacre that will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the worst shootings this nation has ever seen.
Already, we have seen numerous Republican lawmakers and notable names showing their true colors in the wake of this gut-wrenching tragedy — including one TX Republican House representative who took to Twitter with disgustingly tone-deaf Bible verses, and none other than Marjorie Taylor Greene, who couldn’t hop on social media fast enough to blame the whole ordeal on mental health and psych medications.
And then you have the three amigos — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and former President Donald Trump — who are all currently slated to make public speaking appearances at a National Rifle Association conference in Houston this Friday, May 27, just literal days after more than 20 people lost their lives to the gun violence epidemic in this nation.
According to a recent announcement, the three Republican talking heads are scheduled to appear alongside Rep. Dan Crenshaw at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Sen. John Cornyn was also slated to attend and speak at the event, but My SanAnotnio has confirmed with his office that Corbyn has canceled his appearance.
We have no idea at this point whether any of these Republican names will speak on the deadly mass shooting during their speeches, or if they may go on to cancel before the event takes place. But as it stands, they are slated to “appear during “a celebration of Second Amendment rights,” according to the recent announcement from the NRA.
Governor Abbott has released a statement in the wake of the deadly mass shooting, saying that he mourned “this horrific loss.” Senator Cruz has released a tweet, complete with the standard Republican “thoughts and prayers.” At the time of reporting, ex-President Trump has yet to release any statement on the shooting.
There’s still a chance for these Republican names to back out of the NRA event appearances, but I can only imagine the Hell that will be awaiting them if they still show up.
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