Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided to go to Uvalde, the scene of a school shooting that left 21 dead, on Friday instead of delivering in-person remarks at the NRA convention on Friday; a prerecorded speech will instead be used for the convention.
Other high-profile figures including Don McLean also decided to forgo the conference because of the shooting, and the gunmaker whose weapon was used in the shooting will also not promote its products at the event.
“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,” Steve Reed, vice president of marketing for Daniel Defense, told Fox News Digital in a statement Thursday. “We believe this week is not the appropriate time to be promoting our products in Texas at the NRA meeting.”
Former President Donald Trump did still speak at the convention, and the NRA had no plans to scale back or cancel the event.
“America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Wednesday, urging prayer for the victims, their families and the nation.
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