Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have both canceled appearances at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston this weekend after facing criticism for continuing with plans to speak at the event in the wake of the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
Patrick had planned to speak at a breakfast Friday morning, but released a statement saying that “after prayerful consideration and discussion with NRA officials” he had decided against it. “While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and an NRA member, I would not want my appearance today to bring any additional pain or grief to families and all those suffering in Uvalde,” the statement reads.