NRA convention held in Houston as lawmakers are under pressure to act on gun control

KTRK reporter Courtney Carpenter previews the NRA convention in Houston that’s being attended by former President Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and other prominent Republicans.
2:12 | 05/27/22

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AND OTHER DISTURBING MESSAGES THAT WERE NOT TAKING SERIOUSLY, AT THE TIME. >> ALL RIGHT, AARON KATERSKY, THINK YOU AS ALWAYS. FORMER -- SENATOR TED CRUZ WERE SCHEDULED TO SPEAK AT A DINNER CONVENTION IN HOUSTON TODAY. GREG ABBOTT ANNOUNCED THAT HE WOULD NOT INTENDED PERSON ANYMORE, BUT WE'LL SPEAK AT A PRERECORDED ADDRESS. COURTNEY FROM OUR STATION JOINS ME LIVE FOR MORE NOW ON THAT. COURTNEY, ONE MESSAGE OR THE SPEAKERS EXPECTED TO RELAY? AND HOW ARE TEXANS RESPONDING TO THIS CONVENTION BEING HELD IN THE WAKE OF THE UVALDE SHOOTING? >> WELL, DIANE, AS FAR AS THE MESSAGING, WE KNOW THAT FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP TWEETED OUT OR MAKE THAT STATEMENT ABOUT AMERICAS NEEDING REAL LEADERSHIP AND REAL SOLUTIONS HERE. BUT SPECIFICALLY, WE DON'T KNOW EXACTLY THEIR MESSAGING. AS FAR AS HOW PEOPLE ARE TAKING, IT'S HERE IN HOUSTON THERE ARE CERTAINLY PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THIS. WE WERE OUT HERE YESTERDAY IN FRONT OF CITY HALL WHERE THERE WERE PROTESTERS GATHERING HERE NOW. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVING SIGNS, SAY, NO WINERY AT THE GOP, WHICH IS THE CONVENTION CENTER HERE. THEY DO NOT WANT THIS COMMISSION TAKING PLACE HERE, AND ESPECIALLY GOT RIGHTS AND NOW. >> NOW, GOVERNOR ABBOTT WAS SUPPOSED TO ATTEND IN PERSON, BUT HE IS NOW LEAVING A TAPED MESSAGE. TEXAS'S LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JUST ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS PULLING OUT OF THE CONVENTION. ANY OTHER BIG NAMES DROPPING OUT? AND HOW IS THAT BEING RECEIVED? >> WELL, DAN CRENSHAW, CONGRESSMAN, AND -- BOTH PULLED OUT. BUT NOT BEFORE THE SHOOTING HAPPENED. AS FAR AS OTHER BIG NAMES PULLING, OUT ALL THE MUSICIANS. SEVERAL MUSICIANS PEELED OUT YESTERDAY. LEE GREENWOOD, LARRY GRASSLAND, JOHN MCCLAIN. ALL DECIDED IN LIGHT OF THE SHOOTING NOT TO PERFORM HERE AT THE CONVENTION, LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT. WE SPOKE TO ONE PERSON EARLIER THIS MORNING HE WAS HERE IN TOWN FROM ILLINOIS, FROM THE CONVENTION. WE ASKED HIM, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PEOPLE PULLING? IT HE SAID, IT IS SURELY UP TO THEM. HE DIDN'T HAVE ANY SORT OF COMMENT OTHER THAN THAT. JUST SAYING HE DIDN'T REALLY MATTER TO HIM, BUT OVERALL I THINK OPTICS WITH THE POLITICS

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