Lee Greenwood and other singers withdraw from NRA concert after school shooting in Texas

Lee Greenwood and other musicians pulled out of a scheduled concert at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, citing the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Greenwood said in a statement his band made the decision, after “mature consideration,” to cancel their performance for Saturday’s event.

“As a father, I join the rest of America in being absolutely heartbroken by the horrific event that took place in Texas this week,” he said in a statement, according to Variety.

“I was supposed to perform with my band at the NRA private event on Saturday. After careful consideration we have decided to cancel the performance out of respect for those who are grieving the loss of these innocent children and teachers in Uvalde.”

Greenwood, best known for his hit song “God Bless the USA,” pulled out after “American Pie” singer Don McLean pulled out of the concert.

Other musicians also said Thursday they would not be attending the event called The Grand Ole Night of Freedom, including country singers Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart, according to USA Today. Both cited the tragedy in Uvalde, where an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers.

Lee Greenwood canceled the show afterwards "thoughtful consideration."
Lee Greenwood has canceled the show after “careful consideration”.
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In his statement, Gatlin criticized the gun lobby for not supporting background checks.

“While I agree with most of the NRA’s positions, I’ve come to believe that while background checks wouldn’t stop every madman with a gun, it is at least a step in the right direction to try to prevent the kind of tragedy.” that we saw in Uvalde this week,” Gatlin told USA Today.

“My prayers and thoughts go out to all who are suffering and I pray that the NRA will reconsider some of its outdated and ill-considered positions regarding firearms in America. I’m a 2nd Amendment guy, but the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t apply to everyone. As simple as that.”

"american cake" Singer Don McLean was the first artist to withdraw from the concert.
“American Pie” singer Don McLean was the first artist to withdraw from the concert.
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Country artist Danielle Peck will also not be performing out of respect for families, according to The Daily Beast. Singer T. Graham Brown will also not be performing, according to Variety.

The planned concert is part of the NRA’s annual convention in Houston, about four hours from Uvalde.

Country artist Jacob Bryant confirmed to NBC News that he is still scheduled to play.

On Wednesday, the NRA expressed its “deepest condolences” for the mass shooting.

Larry Gatlin withdrew from the concert, citing the Uvalde shooting as the reason for his cancellation.
Larry Gatlin withdrew from the concert, citing the Uvalde shooting as the reason for his cancellation.
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Crosses with the names of victims of Tuesday's shooting are posted in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Crosses with the names of victims of Tuesday’s shooting are posted in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the families and victims involved in this horrific and vicious crime.” This was announced by the NRA in a statement posted on Twitter. “On behalf of our members, we recognize the courage of school officials, first responders and others who have offered their support and services.”

The NRA went on to explain during an ongoing investigation: “This was the act of a lonely insane criminal.

“As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members, and commit to redoubling our commitment to keeping our school safe.”

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