NRA says it is "committed to making schools secure" and Texas convention will still go on

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The weapon rights' lobbying radical the National Rifle Association issued a connection Wednesday saying they are "committed to making our schools safe" aft the mass shooting successful Uvalde, Texas, that near 19 children and 2 adults dead. 

The NRA called the 18-year-old shooter a "lone, deranged criminal." The tweeted statement did not code that the shooter was capable to bargain the AR-15 utilized successful the shooting legally. In Texas, 18 twelvemonth olds tin bargain rifles oregon agelong guns but not handguns. 

The NRA is inactive readying connected going guardant with their normal successful Houston, Texas, this weekend. Houston is located astir 275 miles from Uvalde.

"As we stitchery successful Houston, we volition bespeak connected these events, commune for the victims, admit our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our committedness to making our schools secure," the connection said. 

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Former President Trump said Wednesday that helium inactive plans connected attending the convention. "America needs existent solutions and existent enactment successful this moment, not politicians and partisanship," Trump posted connected Truth social. "That's wherefore I volition support my longtime committedness to talk successful Texas astatine the NRA Convention and present an important code to America. In the meantime, we each proceed to commune for the victims, their families, and for our full nation—we are each successful this together!"

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told the metropolis assembly connected Wednesday that "we simply cannot cancel" the league owed to the contract. 

"The normal has been connected the books for much than 2 years," Turner said, according to CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV. "It's a contractual arrangement. We simply cannot cancel a league oregon normal due to the fact that we bash not hold with the taxable matter."  

Other Texas officials are expected to attend, including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz. Their offices had not yet returned requests for comment. 

The NAACP connected Wednesday called connected Abbott not to be the conference. "Governor, your attendance astatine the lawsuit close aft 19 guiltless children were murdered by a weapon sends a connection that guns are much important than the lives you represent. Which is much important to you?" NAACP President Derrick Johnson wrote successful a missive to Abbott.

Sen. John Cornyn of Texas pulled retired of the conference, with his unit saying connected Tuesday that helium had already canceled owed to a scheduling conflict. 

Democratic gubernatorial campaigner Beto O'Rourke connected Wednesday emotionally interrupted Abbott during a property league successful Uvalde, calling for stricter weapon laws. 

"The clip halt the adjacent shooting is present and you are doing nothing," O'Rourke said. Abbott aboriginal admonished O'Rourke for advancing his "personal agendas." Although Abbott said the fishy had nary known past of intelligence illness, the politician said Wednesday that section officials told him determination is simply a "problem with intelligence health, illness" successful the Uvalde community.

In: National Rifle Association Texas