Just a day after an 18-year-old armed with an AR-15-style rifle shot down 19 children and two teachers, the NRA has kept its official statement about the mass shooting a secret.
The National Rifle Association of the United States condemned the act allegedly committed by Salvador Ramos. However, they did not consider the incident to be a mass shooting nor did they address the issue of gun safety. Instead, the NRA extended its “deepest sympathy” and noted “courage” among officials.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and victims involved in this horrible and evil crime,” the statement read. “On behalf of our members, we applaud the courage of school officials, first responders, and others who have provided their support and services.”
On Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott described some of the official findings in a press conference, each CNN. Governor Abbott said Salvador shot his 66-year-old grandmother in the face. She survived and contacted the police, but her nephew fled the scene. While on the run, he got into an accident near Uvalde’s Robb Elementary School. After the accident, Salvador entered the school and started shooting at the classrooms. Reports said he was there for about an hour before police stormed the classroom and killed the alleged shooter.
The NRA labeled the deceased shooter “A lonely, deranged criminal” in the statement
In its statement, the NRA referred to the ongoing mass shooting investigation. Police have yet to determine the motive of the dead shooter. To the NRA, it appears that his actions involved the shooter himself – not the weapon used in the attack.
“Although an investigation is underway and the truth is still being revealed, we perceive this to be the action of a lone, deranged criminal,” the statement said. “As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, acknowledge our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to keeping our schools safe. we.”
– NRA (@NRA) May 25, 2022
The NRA also confirmed their plans this weekend to hold a conference in Houston – just a few miles from the community ravaged by the killings. Former President Donald Trump was on the guest list, along with Texas Governor Abbott and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Despite calls for the city to cancel the convention, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner refused.
Mayor Sylvester said: “The convention has been on the books for more than two years. CBS News. “It was a contractual agreement. We simply cannot cancel a conference or convening because we disagree with the subject matter. ”
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden signed an executive order targeting police reform, including the use of barricades and bans and the transfer and purchase of military equipment.
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