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Texas town cancels NRA even in wake of Uvalde school shooting

Texas town cancels NRA even in wake of Uvalde school


A Texas town that prides itself on being a hunter’s paradise and pro-gun canceled a National Rifle Association fundraiser after some parents of children gunned down in the May school shooting massacre in the neighboring town of Uvalde showed up to protest.

The Hondo city council voted to revoke its rental agreement with the Medina County Friends of NRA that was scheduled to take place on city property Saturday, thus canceling the event, the local NRA chapter told The Post.

“It’s only been two months for us and you have ‘This is God’s county,’ ‘God’s capital’ here but what happened to ‘Love thy neighbor,’” Nikki Cross, the mother of Uziyah Garcia, who was killed in the school shooting May 24, said during the city council meeting.

Parents from Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in the school shooting, appealed to the city council. They said it was too soon for Hondo — only about an hour away from Uvalde — to host an event where a gun similar to the one used in the school shooting would be raffled off.

A doctor who had seen the bodies after the shooting described the children as “decapitated” by gunfire from the AR-15-style rifle that gunman Salvador Ramos used.

“Us, as parents, deserve better than this. I mean you can’t sit here and try to sell a rifle strikingly similar to the one that killed our children, you know, less than 60 days after they passed away,” the father of Amerie Jo Garza, Angel, told WOAI-TV.

Parents from Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed in the school shooting, appealed to the city council.
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Family members of Robb Elementary School  mass shooting victim Uziyah Garcia gather at a memorial at the City of Uvalde Town Square.
Family members of Robb Elementary School mass shooting victim Uziyah Garcia gather at a memorial at the city of Uvalde town square.
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In the end, the city council decided to cancel the contract for the NRA fundraiser, siding with the grieving parents over some of residents spoke at the meeting in favor of the event.

“Emotions do not override our constitutional rights. Y’all understand that? Their emotions are trying to and do not override our constitutional rights,” a Hondo resident told WOAI-TV.

After the decision was made, Hondo Mayor John McAnelly defended the move and said it was the right one for the town.

People hold "ban assault weapons" signs
The city council decided to cancel the contract for the NRA fundraiser, siding with the grieving parents over some residents who spoke at the meeting in favor of the event.
News 4 San Antonio

“Our decision this evening was made in the best interest of Hondo citizens,” said McAnelly, according to KSAT.



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