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Lee Greenwood, the staple of Trump rallies and the most high-profile musician to host the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Texas, told Fox News on Friday that his conscience wouldn’t allow him to perform at the event following the shooting at the school of Uvalde. .
Greenwood directly cited the massacre that left 19 children and two adults dead as the cause of his last-minute remorse.
During an appearance on fox and friends On Friday, Greenwood added, “For me to go and play the NRA just a few days after filming would be an endorsement, and then people would see it as [me saying] “I like this gun.” Obviously, this weapon killed children. I just couldn’t go.
He noted that he and other artists were under contract to perform, but that the attack happened at “a very bad time” so soon after the attack.
Fox News morning show hosts quickly changed the subject after his remarks.
On Thursday night, the country singer announced that “As a father, I join the rest of America in being heartbroken by the horrific event that happened this week in Texas,” according to Variety. “I was scheduled to perform at the private NRA event on Saturday with my band. After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the appearance out of respect for those who mourn the loss of these innocent children and teachers in Uvalde.
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Greenwood’s ultra-patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA” is just the latest song to drop from the NRA setlist after a string of other acts canceled performances scheduled for this week. “American Pie” singer Don McLean pulled his appearance, saying it would be “disrespectful and hurtful for me to play for the NRA” in light of Tuesday’s massacre. The freewheeling concert in Houston – called The Grand Ole Night of Freedom – also saw country singers Larry Stewart and Larry Gatlin return after the shooting, with Gatlin going so far as to criticize the NRA for not supporting background checks. “I’m a Second Amendment guy,” Gatlin said USA today“But the Second Amendment shouldn’t apply to everyone. It’s that simple.”
Singer Danielle Peck took a similar line to Greenwood in her cancellation, citing ‘respect for all of Uvalde’s families’ in a statement announcing her withdrawal from the show, which is expected to take place about 270 miles from the stage of mass filming. Their cancellations leave Jacob Bryant as the only remaining artist on the bill.
It’s not just musicians who realize the incredible impropriety of the NRA convention being held so soon after and so close to the school shooting. After days of intense public opposition, Texas Governor Greg Abbott will no longer attend the event, opting instead to send pre-recorded video remarks. Texas political heavyweights Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw also said this week they would no longer participate.
But Ted Cruz, who stormed out of an interview when asked about gun violence in America on Tuesday, is still ready to show up to the convention. And former President Donald Trump has remained firm in his belief in attending the event.
“America needs real solutions and real leadership right now, not politicians and partisanship,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Wednesday. “That’s why I will keep my long-standing commitment to speak in Texas at the NRA convention and deliver an important speech in America.”
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