Governor Greg Abbott has joined the long list of Republicans who will not attend Houston’s big NRA convention this weekend.
Abbott was scheduled to speak at the convention this weekend.
Instead, he will record a video message that will be played to address the crowd in his absence.
Abbott has already taken heat for stopping by a campaign event Tuesday night.
The media and Beto O’Rourke made it out as though Abbott had spent the night there, but he actually stopped by on his way back to Austin to inform the donors that he would not be able to stay.
Abbott then headed back to Austin to coordinate with law enforcement officials regarding the mass shooting in Uvalde.
After canceling the NRA appointment, Abbott’s office stated, “Gov. Abbott will be delivering remarks via pre-recorded video to the NRA Conference.
“He will be going to Uvalde today.”
Notable entertainers and various other politicians had all canceled, but Donald Trump announced that he would be attending.
He stated, “America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship.
“That’s why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America. In the meantime, we all continue to pray for the victims, their families, and four our entire nation – we are all in this together.”
Trump did speak on Friday night, mentioning his stance on crime as well as a fire and brimstone comment about the Uvalde shooting.
Beto O’Rourke announced that he would be protesting outside the convention as well.
One of the gun manufacturers, Daniel Defense, announced it would not be promoting its weapons at the event.
Daniel Defense Vice President of Marketing Steve Reed stated, “Daniel Defense is not attending the National Rifle Association (‘NRA’) meeting due to the horrifying tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, where one of our products was criminally misused.
“We believe this week is not the appropriate time to be promoting our products in Texas at the NRA meeting.”
This is the first mass NRA meeting since the COVID outbreak, with the Executive Director of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action, Jason Ouimet, stating, “The NRA is very excited to host this pro-freedom lineup of nationally renowned political leaders in Houston, Texas – and just one year after Texas passed landmark constitutional carry legislation.
“This will be a celebration of freedom and the Second Amendment in a state that truly respects our constitutional rights.”
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Source: Fox News