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Does America Stand For Guns Or For Sanity?

I changed my flight back home to Hawai’i so I could be at the protest of the National Rifle Association (NRA) in Houston on Friday, May 27 following the mass murder of 19 kids and 2 teachers at the Uvalde, Texas elementary school earlier in the week. The NRA callously refused to postpone its annual gun-selling convention in Houston despite the call for the organization to stand down in wake of yet another mass killing, the third in a period of three weeks with ten killed at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York and one person killed and five wounded in shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, California.   Thousands of angry people of all ages jammed into Discovery Park across the street from the massive George R. Brown convention center in downtown Houston.

Protesters Take On NRA Convention After Texas Shooting

Houston, Texas - After two sleepless nights wondering what, if anything, she could do, Nancy Harris, 73, decided to drive four hours to Houston. Before she left, she pulled out a piece of paper and wrote down 12 names. Each name was someone she knew had been shot. She put an asterisk next to the ones who had died, including her own daughter. She says she didn’t know the National Rifle Association, one of America’s most powerful lobbyist groups, was meeting in Houston this weekend until after the horrific shooting in Uvalde on Tuesday. She is a gun owner but stood across the street from the NRA’s convention to share her story with anyone who would listen. “I have no children left,” Harris said.

The NRA Exists To Keep Weapons Profits Booming

Today, a group of right-wingers are gathering to fetishize guns. The cast of characters includes a former president, multiple sitting congresspeople, and the senator of a state which just saw the fourth deadliest school shooting in American history. There also will be members of the far-right group the Oath Keepers, people who attempted to overturn the results of the last election, weapons manufacturers, people who call queer people “degenerates,” and an actor who once played Superman. And that’s just the board members. The National Rifle Association (NRA) hosts their annual convention this weekend just a few days after a school shooting in Uvalde left 19 children and two adults dead and a few weeks after a white supremacist fatally shot 10 people in a supermarket in Buffalo.

Salesforce Staff Want To Cut NRA Ties After Uvalde Shooting

San Francisco , California - Employees at Salesforce, San Francisco’s largest private employer, are urging executives to cease their working relationship with the National Rifle Association after the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school shooting that left 19 children and two adults dead. An open letter titled, “Ending our customer relationship with the NRA,” was sent to the tech titan's co-CEOs, Marc Benioff and Bret Taylor; CFO Amy Weaver; and CMO Sarah Franklin on Wednesday evening, according to a current Salesforce employee (who was granted anonymity in accordance with Hearst’s ethics policy). The letter, which SFGATE has viewed, was also posted on the company's internal Slack (Salesforce now owns Slack).

“NRA Enables Domestic Terrorism” Projection Lights Up Trump Hotel Before Conference

Washington, DC–Activists lit up Trump International Hotel with messages critical of the National Rifle Association lobby on Thursday night. The light show was timed to draw negative attention to the NRA annual conference being held in Dallas, Texas on Friday. Activists projected giant memes across the iconic bell tower of the hotel, reading, “The NRA paid Congress $2,401,020 For Inaction” – “Take Democracy Back” and “NRA Enables Domestic Terrorism.” Other light images included memes of an AR-15 and a skull and crossbones. Trump Hotel security called police and within minutes DC police responded and ordered the activists to turn off the projector or face arrest. Police claimed the activists had no permit or permission to be on “private property” despite the equipment being staged on the sidewalk far from the building. Activists refused to leave and invoked their first amendment right to free expression.

Gun Control Protest Outside The NRA Convention

Countering the messaging emanating from the National Rifle Association's convention across the street, a student-organized protest took place in Dallas on Saturday to denounce the powerful lobbying group's "dangerous agenda." The "Rally 4 Reform," organized by, brought together advocates for common sense gun reform who rallied outside City Hall. The event was just across the street from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where the NRA's gathering—which promises a "weekend of fellowship and fun!"—is underway. "Our generation is the post-Columbine generation," organizer Waed Alhayek from the University of Texas at Arlington told KERA News. "We've seen tragedy after tragedy after tragedy," she said. "After the Parkland students stood up, even older people are saying, 'Why have we accepted thoughts and prayers?' on Twitter."

Florida Shooter’s JROTC Took NRA Money, Excelled At Marksmanship

Whether the latest school shooter’s participation in a JROTC program that took NRA money and trained in marksmanship contributed to the shooting or not, it is symptomatic of a culture in which many schools are forgetting that The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Is Not a Substitute for Education. The worst kept secret in our gun-mad and war-mad culture is that U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans. Are veterans of the U.S. military disproportionately likely to be mass killers in the United States? Asking such a question is difficult, first because of concerns of profiling, discrimination, etc., and second, because it’s hard to answer. It’s important to answer because it’s important for us to know whether military training is contributing to this epidemic, a fact that (one must rush to say)...

Activists Blockade NRA Entrance To Protest ‘Relentless’ Gun Lobby

By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams - At least 16 people were arrested during a peace vigil outside the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Tuesday, as activists staged a "die-in" to demand gun reform in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando earlier this month. The demonstration, organized by the peace group CODEPINK, began Monday night and lasted into Tuesday morning as activists blocked the entrance to the NRA's headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia and lay down on the ground to symbolize victims of gun violence.
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