Uvalde (USA), May 25 (EFE).- The National Rifle Association (NRA, in English) confirmed this Wednesday that it is going ahead with its annual convention in Houston (Texas, USA), scheduled for this weekend, despite criticism for yesterday’s shooting at a school.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the NRA expressed its “deepest” sympathy for the families and victims of the “horrible and wicked crime” at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old broke into Tuesday and opened fire with a rifle causing the death of 19 children and two teachers.
The NRA highlighted in its note that, although investigations into this event are still ongoing, it is the “act of a disturbed lone criminal.”
“As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, give the floor to our patriotic members, and promise to redouble our commitments to make schools safe,” the powerful lobby group said.
Since the tragedy in Uvalde, numerous voices have urged the NRA to cancel its annual forum, where former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among others, are scheduled to speak.
Abbott was interrupted this Wednesday at a press conference in Uvalde by former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, current candidate for governor of Texas, who told him that this tragedy was predictable.
Last night, hours after the shooting, O’Rourke on Twitter urged Abbott to cancel his appearance at the NRA convention in Houston.
The “lobby” was also the target of criticism from Senate Democratic Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who in an address on the floor Wednesday said Republicans are more concerned with pleasing the NRA than with “families who mourn the victims of gun violence.”
Schumer recalled that almost 30 years ago, Congress approved the Brady Act that prohibited assault weapons at the federal level (that law, approved in 1994, expired ten years later when it was not renewed by Congress), which he described as “a great achievement.” legislative”.
However, he assured that today it is almost impossible to push any regulation forward because of the NRA and the legislators influenced by this pressure group.
The US Congress has spent more than two decades without passing a law that significantly limits the possession of weapons, protected in the Second Amendment of the Constitution.
In addition, the NRA has helped finance the political campaigns of hundreds of members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, according to the Open Secrets database maintained by the Center for Responsible Politics.