Following a horrific gun massacre at a Texas elementary school this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has postponed his planned live appearance at the NRA convention in Houston on Friday, The Hill reported.
According to a press statement from Abbott’s office, he will give a media briefing at Uvalde High School at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, about the same time as an event for which he has been confirmed as a speaker on the NRA convention website.
According to The Dallas Morning News, quoting a representative for Abbott, the Texas governor will broadcast a previously recorded video to the summit rather than attend in person at the convention center in Houston, which is some 300 miles from Uvalde.
Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic gubernatorial contender in Texas, confronted Abbott during a media briefing following the mass shooting and demanded that the governor pulls out of the conference immediately.
“Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas,” O’Rourke tweeted.
On Friday, O’Rourke and several other organizations plan to rally for demonstrations outside the NRA conference hall.
Country artists Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart, as well as Don McClean, best known for his hit song “American Pie” from 1971, have all canceled performances at the conference.
Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, both Republicans from Texas, also canceled appearances at the NRA meeting, despite having intended to do so before the massacre.
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