As millions continue to mourn the loss of 21 people killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, thousands gathered Friday outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting in Houston.
People from all over Texas protested the NRA’s extensive lobbying against gun control measures and the endless political passivity of politicians. They gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center to demand change in the wake of another mass shooting.
Social media platforms were inundated with powerful images and videos of the gatherings. Despite the rising heat, the growing energy was evident as protesters of all ages and backgrounds displayed posters and placards calling for change. Many mentioned Texas politicians by name, including Republican Governor Greg Abbott and Senator Ted Cruz.
Photos of a friend attending the Houston protest before the NRA convention where the NRA doesn’t allow guns during part of the convention
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Others called for a ban on assault rifles and wondered when public figures “will love their children more than their guns?” Activists denounced the violence that has become all too commonplace in America, declaring that “weapons are for hugs”. A protester’s sign said bluntly, “Eat Shit, Ted Cruz.”
In another heartbreaking plea, children stood in silence with the victims’ images around their necks.
Across the NRA Convention, “Am I Next?” pic.twitter.com/bEl9vLY6gG
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) May 27, 2022
Gun control activist David Hogg, founder of March for Our Lives and himself a survivor of another school shooting (in Parkland, Florida, 2018), shared a video of the protests on Friday, adding that “this time will be different” .
Yes, this time it will be different. This is for the NRA convention in Houston. pic.twitter.com/3BLhKK1St9
—David Hogg???? (@davidhogg111) May 27, 2022
Perhaps this time will be different in the sense that common sense gun laws could eventually make it into state houses and Congress — bringing about the kind of change that would prevent another massacre in Uvalde.
Policy solutions, such as universal background checks, longer wait times for firearms purchases, and red flag laws, remain generally popular with American voters. However, progress in this area stalls time and again and finally succumbs to the influence of the powerful weapons lobby.
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