Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart Cancel Texas NRA Performance

Lee Greenwood, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart all pulled out of the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers.

In a statement to Fox News, Larry Gatlin said he couldn’t “in good conscience” happen at a time like this.

“To my sad fellow Americans, I cannot in good conscience perform at the NRA convention in Houston this weekend,” Gatlin said.

“While I agree with most of the positions held by the NRA, I have come to believe that while background checks won’t stop every lunatic with a gun, it’s up to at the very least a step in the right direction to try to prevent the kind of tragedy we saw this week in Uvalde – in my beloved and crying Texas,” he added.

Gatlin also lamented the fact that teachers do not master the use of weapons.

“It’s not a perfect world and ‘if only the crowd’ policies will never make one,” Gatlin said. “I’m a ‘what if’ guy, and I can’t help but ask the question, ‘What if the teachers had been proficient in the use of firearms and had, in fact, been armed this week ? My answer is that there would not be 21 freshly dug graves for 21 of God’s precious children.

“My prayers and thoughts are with everyone who is hurting, and I pray that the NRA will rethink some of its outdated and thoughtless positions regarding guns in America. I’m a second amendment guy, but the second amendment shouldn’t not apply to everyone. It’s so simple. GOD PLEASE HELP US,” Gatlin added.

Larry Stewart noted that he stepped down from the show out of respect for the victims while acknowledging the work of the NRA to protect the 2nd Amendment. He said:

Due to the tragedy in Uvalde with the horrific school shooting and the children who died, I want to honor the victims, the families, the city and our friends in the great state of Texas to the best of my ability.

So I’ve made the decision to step down as a performer for the NRA convention this weekend, especially since the event is just down the road. I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, and I know that the NRA is a great organization that teaches strict gun safety with a membership of law-abiding citizens who love our country. I just think it’s better for me right now. God bless everyone involved!

Lee Greenwood, singer of God bless the USAsaid he would not happen to mourn the loss of those innocent children who died.

“As a father, I join the rest of America in being heartbroken by the horrific event that happened this week in Texas. I was scheduled to play the NRA private 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 at Uvalde,” Greenwood said.

“During this Memorial Day weekend, we must also remember the service members, women and first responders who gave their lives to protect our great country,” Greenwood added. “Please join me in paying tribute as we unite, which would be the most appropriate measure at this time.”

The abandonment of the three artists comes shortly after “American Pie” singer Don McLean retired from performing for the same reasons, as reported by Breitbart News.

“In light of recent events in Texas, I have decided that it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week,” McLean said.

“I am sure that everyone planning to attend this event is equally shocked and sickened by these events. After all, we are all Americans. I share the pain of this terrible and cruel loss with the rest of the nation,” he concluded.


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