Greg Abbott cancels NRA trip, will travel to Uvalde instead

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Governor Greg Abbott attending the vigil in remembrance of the 21 people, including 19 children, who were killed at the Robb Elementary School mass shooting at the Uvalde County Fairplex, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.Godofredo A. Vásquez / Staff photographer

Gov. Greg Abbott is canceling his appearance at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston on Friday, days after a gunman killed 21 people, including 19 children, at a Uvalde elementary school.

The governor faced heavy criticism for his decision to attend the event following the massacre. He was scheduled to speak alongside former President Donald Trump and US Sen. Ted Cruz, but he will now deliver “pre-recorded video remarks,” Abbott spokesman Mark Miner said.

Instead, Abbott will travel to Uvalde for another press conference on “state resources available for those affected by the Robb Elementary School shooting.” The event will take place at 3:30 pm, shortly after the governor was set to address NRA attendees.

It will be Abbott’s second news conference in Uvalde after Tuesday’s shooting. During the first on Wednesday, Abbott rejected any efforts to restrict gun access, instead saying lawmakers should focus on expanding mental health resources in rural areas.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke also interrupted the first press conference, pointing to Abbott as he said: “This is on you.” O’Rourke plans to join a horde of Texans in Houston on Friday for a planned protest outside the NRA convention.

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