A National Rifle Association rally concert scheduled for Saturday (May 28) has been canceled following the shooting at the Uvalde school in Texas.
Performers, including Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart, all retired prior to the Houston, Texas event Southern rock singer Jacob Bryant’s cancellation announcement – who was the only remaining artist on the bill.
“In light of recent events in Texas, I have decided that it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to represent the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McLean announced on Thursday (May 26).
On Tuesday (May 24), an 18-year-old gunman named Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Primary School in Uvalde, killing 19 students and two adults.
In a separate statement, Gatlin announced his withdrawal from the event.
“I can’t in good conscience perform at the NRA Houston conference this weekend,” the Texas-born country singer wrote.
He continued, “While I agree with most of the NRA’s positions, I’ve come to believe that while background checks wouldn’t stop every maniac with a gun, it’s at least a step in the right direction to try and get around the.” to prevent the kind of tragedy we saw in Uvalde this week – in my beloved, weeping Texas.”
steward wrote on Twitter: “Due to the tragedy in Uvalde, I want to honor the victims, families, the city and our friends in Texas as best I can. So I made the decision to retire from acting on the #NRA Congress this weekend. I just think that’s the best thing for me right now. God bless!”
The NRA is yet to confirm the event’s cancellation. A representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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