UVALDE, Texas — The Texas town where 19 children and two teachers were shot in an elementary school classroom has canceled a deal for a gun group’s fundraising event in a town hall belonging to the city.
Uvalde City Council voted 4-1 on Monday to rescind the lease for Friends of the NRA to hold their fundraiser Saturday at the city’s Medina Fair Hall.
The vote came after an angry crowd denounced the event, including a raffle for a semi-automatic rifle similar to the one an 18-year-old shooter used in the May 24 shooting in Robb Elementary School.
The group has held similar fundraisers at the hall for about 15 years and rented the hall last spring, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Supporters of the local National Rifle Association group said the event helped teach young people how to handle firearms responsibly and that there was no disrespect for the dead at Robb Elementary. Others in the crowd on Monday condemned the event and its timing.
“We as parents deserve better than this. I mean, you can’t sit here and try to sell a gun that’s amazingly similar to the one that killed our kids, you know, less than 60 days after they died,” said Angel Garza, Amerie’s stepfather. Jo Garza, who was among those killed.
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