NRA Convention Featuring Trump as Speaker Already Drawing Outside Protesters A sign for the National Rifle Association's annual meeting is seen at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images)
By Jay Clemons | Friday, 27 May 2022 04:20 PM
The National Rifle Association's annual meeting begins Friday in Houston, Texas, with former President Donald Trump serving as a keynote speaker.
There will be plenty of action outside the George R. Brown Convention Center, as well, with a number of protesters already calling for gun reform — just three days after the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which led to the deaths of 19 children and two adults.
According to a Twitter video taken by NBC News senior investigative reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, young children are apparently lining up across the street from the convention venue, carrying protest signs and wearing T-shirt images of the Uvalde kids and teachers killed in Tuesday's shooting.
In the video, the T-shirt pictures presumably account for the 21 Uvalde victims.
Some children can be seen holding signs that read, "Am I next?"
Other signs say, "We need gun control, not just thoughts and prayers."
The flurry of Friday activity suggests the NRA convention will remain a primary spot for protesters all weekend.
On Thursday, students across the United States staged walkouts at their schools.
Thursday's walkout participants — from Virginia to California — were apparently demanding stricter gun reform in America, according to social media reports and local news outlets.
On Wednesday, moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., embraced calls for national gun reform, but stopped short of supporting any measure that requires the Senate filibuster to be scrapped.
The filibuster currently requires a 60-vote threshold to enact sweeping changes to any established law.
Regarding the filibuster, Manchin says it's "the only thing that prevents us from total insanity."
It's worth noting: Apparently, no active NRA member has ever been implicated in a mass shooting in America; and yet, this group of reportedly 5 million members often bears the brunt of protest heat whenever a shooting occurs.