Lee Greenwood retires from National Rifle Association concert in Texas after Uvalde school shooting

Lee Greenwood is the youngest musician to withdraw from a concert at the National Rifle Association annual meeting in Texas after the Uvalde School shooting.

Greenwood directly cited the massacre, which killed 19 children and two adults, as the direct cause of his last-minute pangs of conscience.

“As a father, I join the rest of America in being absolutely heartbroken by the horrific event that took place in Texas this week,” Greenwood said in a statement Diversity. “I was supposed to perform with my band at the NRA private event on Saturday. After careful consideration we have decided to cancel the performance out of respect for those who are grieving the loss of these innocent children and teachers in Uvalde.”

Greenwood’s uber-patriotic anthem “God Bless the USA” is just the latest song to disappear from the NRA setlist after a number of other acts canceled scheduled performances this week. “American Pie” singer Don McLean withdrew his performance, saying it would be “disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA” in light of Tuesday’s gunfight. Country singers Larry Stewart and Larry Gatlin also returned after filming at the free-running Houston concert called The Grand Ole Night of Freedom, with Gatlin going so far as to criticize the NRA for not supporting background checks. “I’m a 2nd Amendment guy,” Gatlin said United States today, “But the 2nd Amendment shouldn’t apply to everyone. As simple as that.”

Singer Danielle Peck took a similar line to Greenwood in her cancellation, citing a “respect for all families in Uvalde” in a statement announcing her withdrawal from the show, which is set to take place about 270 miles from the site of the fair shoot . Their cancellations leave Jacob Bryant as the only artist remaining on the bill.

It’s not just musicians who are waking up to the harrowing unseemliness of the NRA conference being held so shortly after and so shortly before the school shooting. After days of intense public opposition, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will no longer be attending the event, instead broadcasting pre-recorded video annotations. Texas political heavyweights Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Dan Crenshaw also said they will not be attending again this week.

But Ted Cruz, who stormed out of an interview Tuesday when asked about gun violence in America, will still show up at the convention. And former President Donald Trump is adamant about attending the event.

“America right now needs real solutions and real leadership, not politicians and partisanship,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Wednesday. “As such, I will be making good on my long-standing commitment to speak at the NRA conference in Texas and to deliver an important address to America.” Lee Greenwood retires from National Rifle Association concert in Texas after Uvalde school shooting


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