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Bette Midler encourages supporters to “come armed” to a protest at the National Rifle Association (NRA) conference on May 26.
The actress made the remark while responding to a tweet suggesting“PEOPLE SHOULD SHOW UP AND PROTEST AT THIS CONFERENCE.”
Midler tweeted Wednesday, “At the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX this weekend. Come armed.”
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On Wednesday, “American Pie” singer Don McClean said he would no longer perform at the NRA conference after the fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“In light of recent events in Texas, I have decided that it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McClean told Fox News Digital in a statement.
“I am sure that everyone planning to attend this event is equally shocked and sickened by these events. After all, we are all Americans. I share the grief of this terrible and cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” did he declare. concluded.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, also won’t attend the NRA’s annual convention this weekend, citing a trip he’s taking to Ukraine, according to his office.
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The Texas congressman’s office told the NRA on Tuesday morning that he would not attend the event, where he was scheduled to speak, because “he would not be back in time” from Ukraine, his office said. at Fox News Digital.
His office maintained that Crenshaw’s decision not to attend the convention was made before the tragedy, and that it was because he would be in Ukraine for the rest of the week on a trip that “went happened pretty quickly.”
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Additionally, former President Donald Trump is expected to speak at the convention, for which he has drawn criticism from gun control advocates.
Matthew McConaughey said on Tuesday that “action must be taken” after the shooting in his hometown of Uvalde on Tuesday left 19 children and two teachers dead.
“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are not responsible for the rights our freedoms afford us,” the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ actor wrote in a statement posted to his social media pages.
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He said every American should ask themselves, “What do we really appreciate? How to solve the problem ? What small sacrifices can we individually make today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?
The shooting perpetrated by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos is the deadliest elementary school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012.
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The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Fox News’ Jon Brown contributed to this report.
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