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The NRA Cannot Bring Itself to Use the Term, “School Shooting” in Its Lame Press Release.

May 25, 2022

On May 25, 2022, the day after the Uvalde, TX, school shooting, the NRA released an insincere-but-necessary “statement” intentionally devoid of the words “gun,” shooting,” “school shooting,” “massacre,” or any other such term that could connect school shootings with the NRA pinnacle goal of guns without restriction. Indeed, such a connection could be bad for business, and the proximal time and place of this school shooting is already both inconvenient and uncomfortable given the NRA annual meeting is to occur only days later in Texas.

The NRA cannot even bring itself to name the school or city in which the shooting happened. Just a generic, ironically-reusable *statement.*

Even the purposely vague title of the press release betrays the NRA’s self-focused intent of keeping a political distance from school shootings.

However, as it grossly, hypcritically, and hollowly “pledges to redouble its commitment to making our schools secure,” the NRA did remember to include its “donate” button twice.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) lobbies for easy availability of guns (“pro-gun”) and wants no “restrictive legislation.” It deems any legislative effort at gun control as “wrong.” Moreover, the NRA grades political candidates. Here’s what its grades mean to the NRA:

As of May 25, 2022, Texas governor Greg Abbott will not say whether he plans to attend the NRA annual convention in Houston May 27-29, 2022, but here’s the way school shooting aftermath goes among those graded well by the NRA. From the May 25, 2022, Texas Tribune:

After a shooting at an El Paso Walmart in 2019 that killed 23 people, Patrick, a staunch ally of the NRA, appeared ready to take on the gun rights group, saying he was “willing to take an arrow” to require background checks for stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

“I’m a solid NRA guy,” he told The Dallas Morning News at the time, “but not expanding the background check to eliminate the stranger to stranger sale makes no sense to me and … most folks.”

But when the opportunity to push the policy through came in the 2021 legislative session, Patrick abandoned any support for the plan, instead helping the Legislature loosen the requirements for carrying a handgun in public.

The state allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry handguns into public university buildings in Texas. Last year, the Legislature passed a controversial law that allowed people to carry a handgun in public without a license or training. The bill had been beaten back many times before because of public safety concerns.

In January 2022, the NRA endorsed Patrick with an A+. He didn’t do what was “wrong” by NRA standards after all.

Source: Texas Tribune

In February 2022, the NRA gave Greg Abbott an A+.

In a May 25, 2022, news conference on the Uvalde school shooting, in response to a press inquiry, Abbott said he “didn’t know” why there are so many school shootings. That was enough for me. I had to turn the television off.

Nineteen dead children later and Abbott cannot forego his NRA A+.

Former Texas legislator and gubernatorial hopeful Beto O’Rourke confronted Abbott at his May 25, 2022, press conference:

Among his comments, O’Rourke told Abbott, “Governor Abbott, I have to say something. The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing. …You said this is not predictable. This is totally predictable…. It’s on you.”

Once outside, O’Rourke continued his comments, including

“This 18-year-old, who just turned 18, bought an AR-15 and took it into an elementary school and shot kids in the face and killed them. Why are we letting this happen in this country? Why is this happening in this state, year after year, city after city?” O’Rourke shouted. “This is on all of us if we do not do something, and I am going to do something. I’m not alone.”

Beto O’Rourke’s NRA grade is F.

Abbott will not commit to canceling his NRA conference appearance.

The NRA cannot bring itself to use the term, “school shooting” in a press release about a school shooting.

I’m disgusted with the excrement that passes itself off as public servants and whores itself to the NRA.

Eight of the victims of the Robb Elementary (Uvalde, TX) school shooting. Houston Chronicle.

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