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NRA OPENS GUN CONVENTION IN TEXAS AFTER SCHOOL MASSACRE

The U.S. National Rifle Association began its annual convention in Houston on Friday, three days after a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school on the other side of the state, renewing the national debate over gun violence.

Former President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders were scheduled to speak at the event. Leaders of the gun rights lobbying group planned to “reflect on” and deflect any blame for the school shooting in Uvalde. Protesters angry about gun violence planned to demonstrate outside.


DCO Global News
Published on May 28, 2022
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

Convention attendees look at various rifles and handguns in display cases that are being raffled off at the Gallery of Guns booth at the NRA Annual Meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Houston. /AP



The NRA said in an online statement that people attending the gun show would “reflect on” the Uvalde school shooting, “pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”

The meeting is the first for the troubled organization since 2019, following a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.


The organization has been trying to regroup following a period of serious legal and financial turmoil that included a failed bankruptcy effort, a class action lawsuit and a fraud investigation by New York’s attorney general. Once among the most powerful political organizations in the country, the NRA has seen its influence wane following a significant drop in political spending.

While President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have renewed calls for stricter gun laws in the wake of the Uvalde shooting, NRA board member Phil Journey and others attending the conference dismissed talk of banning or limiting access to firearms.


Source(s): AP


By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

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