Residents of Texas have been left furious as Donald Trump danced at a National Rifle Assosciation (NRA) convention after reading out the names of children killed in the Texas shooting.
During his address, Trump read out the names of the 21 victims of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas and called for teachers and schools to be armed in order to prevent other massacres.
After his speech Houston, he danced on stage to Sam and Dave’s 1966 song Hold On, I’m Comin’.
People were quick to get online and show their outrage at the former presidents actions during the event. Claiming his dancing was inappropriate and his call for more firearms in schools disingenuous, reports the Mirror.
Democrat strategist Adam Parkhomenko tweeted: "Trump danced at the NRA convention. Their little bodies aren’t even in the ground. And he’s f*****g dancing.”
Andrew Stroehlein, the European media director of Human Rights Watch, added: "The bodies of the children shot dead in #Uvalde aren’t even buried yet, and Trump is dancing at an NRA gun celebration."
Paul Castro, the head of a Texan school whose son was shot dead in a road rage incident, slammed Trump's proposals to prevent further shootings, branding them 'disingenuous' and 'hypocritical'.
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Mr Castro, superintendent of A+UP Charter School in Houston, told the Texas Tribune: "It makes me mad at the same politicians saying the same thing that they have been saying since (the) Columbine (school shooting)."
He said limiting school entrances and arming teachers would be laughable – if the topic was not so significant.
He added: “Armed police were on the premises and didn't go in and now you want Miss Smith in elementary school to take a shot?
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“It’s disingenuous and a lie and it stops politicians from taking responsibility. It is hypocrisy at its worst.”
Thousands of protesters gathered outside the George R Brown Convention Centre.
Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers union, rejected suggestions that teachers be armed to thwart future shootings.
"More guns equal more violence. Assault weapons should be banned," she said.
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Trump repeated the NRA's oft-used mantra that 'the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun' during his speech at the conference yesterday (Friday, May 27).
He said: "The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”
He added that the gunman, Salvador Ramos, who was shot dead by a Border Patrol agent, will be eternally damned to burn in the fires of hell over the massacre.
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