2022 NRA Convention in Texas: Protests continue on the second day of the NRA annual convention in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Both National Rifle Association members and anti-NRA protesters traveled from across the country to attend the NRA Annual Convention in Houston this weekend.

The annual gathering comes after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a gunman sparked a shooting spree earlier this week that killed 19 children and two teachers.

FULL COVERAGE: The Uvalde school shooting

James Russell is a Houston native who came from Atlanta to protest the event.

“I lost my father to gun violence when I was 15[years old]in Conroe,” Russell said. “I made the extra trip to come here because I just can’t take it anymore.”

Andrew Nelson is an NRA member who has traveled from Chicago to attend NRA meetings.

“It’s literally like any other consumer show you’ve been to,” Nelson said. “You walk around, you look at new products.”

There were fewer protesters outside of Discovery Green today compared to Friday, but there was more verbal altercations between those individuals and NRA members across the street at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Persons who are not eligible to attend the NRA event will not be permitted to enter the convention center grounds, including the sidewalk outside the facility.

“They have the right to (protest) as long as they don’t incite any kind of violence or trouble for those attending the congress,” said an NRA member.

The Houston Police Department and other agencies surrounded the area this weekend, but that hasn’t completely eased tensions between the two sides.

“Law enforcement kept everyone separate,” Nelson said. “It’s tense to hear the movement across the street, (but) it’s understandable.”

Protesters say their voices will not be silenced after this weekend’s convention.

August Medrano, who protests against the NRA, says this is just the beginning.

“We form a tight-knit community,” Medrano said. “(The protests aren’t) going to stop this weekend, they’re not going to stop this month, they’re not going to stop until we get something done.”

On Thursday entertainers Lee Greenwood, Don McLean and Larry Gatlinthose scheduled to perform at the meeting withdrew in the face of the massacre.

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Two Republican legislators, US Rep. Dan Crenshaw and US Senator John Cornyn, both undressed a few days ago, before the Uvalde shoot. Crenshaw is in Ukraine and Cornyn, who left after Uvalde, has a scheduling conflict.

And just hours before the convention doors open on Friday, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced that he would not appear at the convention “after prayerful consideration and discussion with NRA officials.”

SEE MORE: Lt. gov. Dan Patrick breaks up conversation with NRA: ‘I don’t want to cause any extra pain’

Former President Donald Trump‘s opened his speech on Friday by acknowledging the Uvalde tragedy and asking for a minute’s silence while reading the names of the 21 victims.

Trump reiterated Gov. Abbott’s claim that the shooter’s actions were a mental health issue and not a gun access issue.

The NRA Annual Meetings conclude on Sunday.

SEE ALSO: NRA Houston Convention Day 1: Who is attending? Who canceled? Where are the protests?

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