Abbott and Cruz to attend NRA convention days after Texas shooting – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Just days after the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, Governor Greg Abbott, along with Texas U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, were scheduled to attend the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston.

Eighteen children and three adults were killed after an 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The shooter was carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle, according to Abbott.

“He shot and killed, horribly and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said.

It is unclear if the shooter is among those numbers, although it has been confirmed that he was killed by police.

The Uvalde school shooting happened four years after a gunman fatally shot 10 people at Santa Fe High School in the Houston area in 2018.

NBC 5 has contacted Abbott and Senators Cornyn and Cruz to find out if each of them still plans to speak Friday at the NRA convention, where they are expected to join former President Donald Trump.

A representative from Cornyn’s office replied: “Prior to today’s tragedy at Uvalde, we had already informed the NRA that he would not be able to speak due to an unexpected change in his schedule. He must now being in DC for personal reasons on Friday.”

So far, we haven’t received any responses from Abbott or Cruz.

According to the NRA’s website, Trump will headline a “star-studded cast of political heavyweights” in a “celebration of Second Amendment rights.”

“NRA members are thrilled to hear him speak and thank him for his support of our right to keep and bear arms,” said NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre.

The 2022 NRA Annual Meetings and Expos will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 27-29.

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