Trump, Cruz Join NRA Leaders in Defiant Response to Uvalde Shooting

From a Washington Post story by Isaac Arnsdorf  headlined “Trump, Cruz join NRA leaders in defiant response to Uvalde shooting”:

HOUSTON — Outside a National Rifle Association convention beset by high-profile cancellations after a massacre at a Texas elementary school, protesters massed on Friday to demand gun control and answers from authorities.

The Republican lawmakers who elected to keep their speaking plans at the annual gathering sounded a different note: Defiance.

Former president Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, among other speakers, broadly rejected proposals for new restrictions and called instead for more school security or mental health screenings, while issuing dark warnings of alleged Democratic plots to take weapons.