Texas Gov. Abbott cancels in-person appearance at NRA convention, will visit Uvalde instead


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has canceled his plan to attend the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this weekend and will instead appear via video and spend time in Uvalde, Texas, following a school shooting there that left 21 dead.

"Gov. Abbott will be delivering remarks via pre-recorded video to the NRA Conference," Abbott campaign spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement on Friday. "He will be going to Uvalde today."

Abbott had been slated to attend the convention in Houston where several prominent Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump, are scheduled to speak.

Several high-profile figures, including singers Larry Gatlin and Don McLean, have canceled their appearances at the NRA conference after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday and shot 19 children along with two faculty members.

Trump said Wednesday that he intends to keep his commitment to attending the event.

"America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship," Trump wrote on Truth Social on Wednesday. "That's why I will keep my longtime commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA Convention and deliver an important address to America. In the meantime, we all continue to pray for the victims, their famili... (Read more)

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