Donald Trump and fellow GOP monsters will still attend the NRA event in Texas on Friday

Within hours of Tuesday’s mass shooting that killed 19 Texas high school students and two teachers, prominent Republicans came out with thoughts and prayers. “Heidi and I are fervently lifting the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde,” Senator Ted Cruz tweeted† “Texans mourn the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Texas governor said Greg Abbott wrote† About Truth Social, Donald Trump offered thanks to “Law Enforcement Professionals, and condolences to all who are suffering so deeply with the loss of those incredible souls so close to you.” He added: “No words can express the sadness and sorrow of this absolutely terrible event. It is a moment in time that you will never forget!” Obviously, all of these statements would mean significantly more if one of the three men had ever used their power to literally do something about the epidemic of gun violence in the US, a place where there are more guns than people and there are already 213 mass shootings this year. Or if the trio who claimed to care about the lives lost didn’t show up at a National Rifle Association conference within 72 hours of 9-, 10-, and 11-year-olds being killed, thanks in part to NRA policies.

Yes that’s right. Unless something changes — and something tells us it won’t — Cruz, Abbott, and Trump will all be attending an annual NRA event in Houston on Friday, just hours away from the town of Uvalde, where an 18-year-old year-old stormed Robb Elementary School and committed the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Trump confirmed his presence on Wednesday, writing: “America needs real solutions and real leadership right now, not politicians and partisanship. Therefore, I will honor my longstanding commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA convention and deliver an important speech in America.”

The NRA is, of course, basically a domestic terrorist organization that buys the votes of politicians, who then make their bids by blocking all attempts at gun control, which has resulted in the phrase “school shootings” being used regularly in this country. (On average, there will have been a school shooting every week in 2022.) In 2016, the group spent more than $30 million — and other estimates put it at as much as $70 million — to get Trump elected. Abbott owes much of his career to the gun lobby. Cruz, who is apparently a cheap date, has received at least $176,000 in donations.

Not surprisingly, Cruz has made it his life’s work—when not flying to Cancún during statewide emergencies—to make it easier for Americans to obtain guns, and during his 2016 presidential nomination, he boasted downright on about blocking president Barack Obama‘s effort to advance gun laws in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 children and six adults. “There’s a reason why Barack Obama and… Chuck Schumer came after our right to keep and bear arms that I led the opposition,” Cruz said during a debate. “Together with millions of Americans, we defeated those gun control laws. I would note that the other individuals on this stage were nowhere to be found in that fight.” Trump, for his part, briefly pretended to be interested in doing something about guns after the Parkland shooting, before yielding to the NRA and proposing that instead we arm teachers who “could solve the problem immediately” as “a savage sick to a school of bad intentions.” In Texas, Abbott spent June 2021 signing seven different bills that include: Allowing people to store firearms in hotel rooms; Has “the offense of owning, manufacturing, transporting, or repairing a firearms silencer” repealed, making it harder for law enforcement to find and identify gunmen; and made Texas “a Second Amendment Sanctuary State by protecting Texans from new federal gun control rules.” Oh, and let’s not forget the extra insane with which Texans have a gun. can wear without background checks, licensing or training.In 2015, Abbott tweeted that he was “embarrassed” to learn that his state was only number two in the nation for new gun purchases, and he urged his voters to “pick up the pace.” Naturally, he tagged the NRA in the tweet.

In other words, Abbott, Cruz and Trump should probably shut up with their prayers and condolences. And if Trump’s confirmed presence (and the planned attendance of Abbott and Cruz) at Friday’s event isn’t enough hypocrisy for you, Jezebel also notes that when Trump speaks at the conference, guns will be banned. For security reasons. Here is Lauren Tousignant on that phone call:

The irony is almost too disgusting and predictable to even point out. But here we are again: another mass shooting, a million more worthless thoughts and prayers, and a bunch of hypocritical politicians who don’t want firearms allowed in an event run by the same organization that lobbies politicians to pass laws that make it safe for everyone. make it easy to buy a weapon and take it wherever they want. Like a shopping center. Or an elementary school.

The NRA writes on its website that the ban on weapons during Trump’s actions is at the behest of the Secret Service. Incidentally, in 2013, the NRA ran a disgusting ad attempting to claim Obama was an “elitist hypocrite” for allowing his daughters Secret Service protections, while announcing proposals to prevent gun violence, following the Sandy Hook shooting. .

Elsewhere at the event, speakers will include the Governor of South Dakota Kristi Naem, Who tweeted on Tuesday, “May Heavenly Father comfort those who are in pain and sorrow. All South Dakotans stand behind the people of Uvalde.” Texas Senator John Cornyn and representative of Texas Dan Crenshaw each told Politico they will not be at the event, but both made it clear that their absence has nothing to do with Tuesday’s horrific shooting. A spokesman for Crenshaw told the outlet that the congressman had informed organizers before the shooting that his flight back from Ukraine would not arrive until after the event, while a spokesman for Cornyn said: “Prior to today’s tragedy in Uvalde, we had already informed the NRA that he would not be able to speak because of: [an] unexpected change in his schedule.” Because apparently there is no reason at all to take a position now.

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