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2022 NRA Convention in Texas: The weekend of NRA annual meetings and exhibitions ends in Houston as protesters call for change

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A group of protesters shrank in downtown Houston as the National Rifle Association convention drew to a close.

The annual gathering drew protesters demanding the lives of 19 innocent children and two teachers in the wake of the mass shooting in Uvalde just hours away.

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“I’m fighting for the lives of children,” said Maris Deleon, a protester. “I don’t want that to happen again.”

Among the nearly two dozen protesters who turned up Sunday, Tracy Cagle, an HISD teacher, said she was afraid to do her job.

“Every day I go into the classroom and think about it,” Cagle said. “I’m looking for hiding places, what do I do if I hear gunshots?”

Many conventioneers across the street, where protesters were separated by barriers, said stricter gun laws weren’t the solution.

“It should show that no matter how many laws you have, there are always ways around it. It was his brain, not the gun,” Cagle said.

Lawmakers agree that no one should be able to enter a school, shoot classrooms full of students and teachers, and that everyone should feel safe going to school. However, what needs to be changed is where they disagree.

With the House of Representatives on recess, some Republicans and Democrats are looking for ways to find places to unite.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging senators to find common ground. A group of bipartisan senators is already negotiating a proposal, led by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut.

“There are more Republicans interested in talking about finding a way forward than I’ve ever seen, even compared to Sandy Hook,” Murphy said.

While it’s still unclear what the legislation would look like, talks have included expanding background checks, warning signs and raising the age for purchasing a gun.

Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw said he is not on board with any major gun regulations, instead focusing on hardening schools and tightening security.

“You’re violating the rights of millions and millions of gun owners, and secondly, it wouldn’t have the outcome you’re hoping for,” Crenshaw said.

While lawmakers remain hopeful, years of disagreement over solutions to gun violence following mass shootings in our country have resulted in no significant change.

A student showed up to make her voice heard and asked the elected leaders to come together.

“It affects us because we are children. And we can be next. We are all children here and cannot make the change. We are not in office,” said the student.

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