The decision comes after 德克萨斯州政府. 格雷格·雅培 said he would not appear in person at the event, instead opting to deliver a video message instead.
“After prayerful consideration and discussion with NRA officials, I have decided not to speak at the NRA breakfast this morning,” Patrick said in a statement.
“While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and an NRA member, I would not want my appearance today to bring any additional pain or grief to the families and all those suffering in Uvalde,” Patrick continued.
“This is a time to focus on the families, 首要的,” 他加了.
Patrik and Abbott had been slated to attend the convention in Houston where several prominent Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz and former President Donald Trump, are scheduled to speak.
“政府. Abbott will be delivering remarks via pre-recorded video to the NRA Conference,” Abbott campaign spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement on Friday. “He will be going to Uvalde today.”
Several high-profile figures, 包含 singers Larry Gatlin and Don McLean, also have canceled their appearances at the NRA conference after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos walked into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 德州, on Tuesday and shot 19 children along with two faculty members.
Fox News Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.