Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz are slated to speak to the National Rifle Association on Friday, just days after a teen gunman in the city of Uvalde, Texas, allegedly killed 18 children and one adult in a horrific massacre.
The gunman was killed after the shooting in Robb Elementary School.
Former president Donald Trump is also scheduled to attend that NRA rally at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, according to a press release put out by the pro-gun group earlier this month.
“Join us on May 27 in Houston,” NRA-ILA director Jason Ouimet said in that statement. “You won’t want to miss this celebration of American freedom!”
The NRA event’s venue is 280 miles away from Robb Elementary School, and would take 4 1/2 hours by car.
Local news outlet My San Antonio said it’s not known if Abbott, Cruz or Trump will address Tuesday’s slaughter.
“Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott tweeted after the killings.
He said that law enforcement had his support in investigating what appeared to be the actions of what authorities believe to be a lone gunman. Cruz also tweeted condolences on behalf of himself and his wife.
“Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde,” the Texas senator said. “Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.”
Houston station KHOU reported that Cruz collected more than $300,000 from pro-gun groups including the NRA during the 2018 election cycle. The Texas senator was reportedly the largest recipient of such funding.