President Donald Trump will take the stage at the National Rifle Association’s 2022 Convention, where he says he’ll deliver an important address and offer solutions following Tuesday’s school shooting in Texas.
Posting to Truth Social Wednesday, Trump said he would keep his commitment to speak at the event Friday as the country is in dire need of solutions and leadership, not partisanship.
“America needs real solutions and real leadership in this moment, not politicians and partisanship,” the president wrote.
“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 families, and for our entire nation—we are all in this together!”
Trump’s message comes in the wake of a gruesome mass shooting that left 21 dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
Leftist media outlets that have been clamoring for gun control less than 24 hours after the shooting are criticizing the convention for disallowing the carry of firearms during the meeting to be held in Houston, Texas, May 27 through May 29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
As is standard practice at nearly every presidential speaking event, Secret Service and TSA agents will be searching and scanning attendees with magnetometers prior to entry, precautions noted by former NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch in 2018.
NRA banned nothing. The media does this every year. It’s Secret Service SOP and they supersede all start and local control. Don’t complain about your eroding credibility and people calling you “fake news” when you publish things like this. https://t.co/aVlNuMNaw0
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) April 30, 2018
Additionally, gun parts and firearms accessories, knives, ammunition, laser pointers, pepper spray, toy guns, backpacks, and “weapons of any kind” will also be prohibited at the event.
Other prominent members of the GOP, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Gov. Kristi Noem (S.D.-R) and Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), will also be speaking at the meeting.
The NRA acknowledged the tragedy in Uvalde in a statement Wednesday, saying, “Our deepest sympathies are with the families and victims involved in this horrific and evil crime. On behalf of our members, we salute the courage of school officials, first responders and others who offered their support and services.”
“Although an investigation is underway and facts are still emerging we recognize this was the act of a lone, deranged criminal. As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools secure.”
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