Gun lobby meeting sparks protests

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America’s largest gun lobby held its annual meeting a few hours’ drive from Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers on Tuesday.

The National Rifle Association promotes the latest firearms and applauds its supporters at the convention in Houston.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and other speakers said they had sympathy for the victims and their families. However, they blamed the massacre and others like it not on the guns but on the people who carried them out. They stressed, once again, that the Constitution grants the right to “keep and bear arms”.

Some speakers who were scheduled to attend decided not to show up, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott. But one of those who made an appearance was the former President of the United States.

Donald Trump said during his speech that the existence of evil is one of the best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.

The meeting drew hundreds of protesters to the convention site where it was being held. They expressed their anger over the shooting in Uvalde, as well as other shootings at a supermarket in New York and at a church in California, which occurred just days ago.

A protester said what happened in Uvalde was a terrible event and there was no need for it to happen. He said it didn’t need to continue and it could be stopped.

Another said protesters will stay on their feet until they change those laws.

President Joe Biden’s administration says lawmakers must act. He called on Congress to pass meaningful gun control measures.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Americans had more guns than people. She said that if more guns were indeed the solution, the United States would be the safest country in the world, but that is not the case.

Republicans in the Senate blocked a bill from Democrats to combat domestic terrorism. Now, a bipartisan group of senators is trying to negotiate a proposal on gun control. However, the NRA is a major funder of the Republican Party.

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