In Texas, thousands of protesters gathered outside the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston over the weekend, condemning the gun lobby group for its opposition to gun control. The NRA gathering was held just three days after the mass shooting in Uvalde, less than 300 miles away. On Friday evening, former President Trump read the names of the Uvalde victims before delivering a keynote address to the NRA in which he demanded federal funding for more police officers and lethal weapons in schools.
Donald Trump: “Classroom doors should be hardened to make them lockable from the inside and closed to intruders from the outside. And above all, from this day forward, every school in America should have a police officer or an armed resource officer on duty at all times.”
According to the Federal Election Commission, the NRA spent over $30 million on Trump’s successful 2016 presidential campaign. Other speakers at the weekend NRA convention included Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas; South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem; and Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who appeared in a prerecorded video. Musicians Larry Gatlin, Lee Greenwood, Larry Stewart and Don McLean canceled planned appearances after the Uvalde shooting.