Anger raised by gun salesman at school near NRA convention after Uvalde shooting

A gun dealer received fierce backlash this week after placing ads outside a Houston school just days after the deaths of 19 children and two teachers in a shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

Ads for Silencer Shop, a Texas-based store that specializes in silencers and firearm accessories, were seen on utility boxes outside of Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on Friday. The billboards were installed less than a mile from where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is holding its annual convention this weekend Houston Chronicle reported.

The NRA convention has drawn significant criticism as the country has been rocked by at least three major mass shootings in the past month, including the deadly massacre at Robb Primary School in Uvalde on Tuesday. Thousands of activists have gathered in Houston to protest the gathering, holding up pictures of gun violence victims and asking politicians and lobbyists to support gun control reform.

The ads, which boasted “the easiest way to get your oppressor,” were immediately condemned by school officials. Sean Tellez, the assistant principal, slammed the retailer on Twitter and said the ads would be removed.

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A Texas arms dealer received swift backlash after placing ads outside a Houston school just days after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Above, protesters in support of gun control hold signs to the National Rifle Association (NRA) Congress on Friday in Houston.
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“I understand that is the case@Houston, Texas Utility boxes, but get that nonsense off our block. Our kids shouldn’t see stuff like that because we live and study two blocks from where the NRA insists they still hold their convention. They’re getting scraped now,” he wrote Friday while sharing a photo of the ad.

The deputy principal later tweeted that the situation was “beyond frustrating” and that while changes might not be felt “overnight,” he would continue to work to create a safe space for students and families.

“I swear by everything I believe in that I will do my part to change this narrative, protect my students and work to remove from power those who think it’s okay or that I and mine.” Colleagues should be trained as first responders or go to war,” he added. “Unfortunately, we are at war, but the war we are fighting is for the world and for the dreams of our children. It is time that my generation is winning this battle, so no one else has to face it.”

Several community members responded to his statements, with one parent writing: “Thank you for taking these off. My son seems a little shaken by all of this. I want him to continue to see @HSPVA as a safe, caring and learning community.”

Others tweeted that the ads were “amazing” or “disgusting.” Another parent added: “As if I wasn’t nervous enough about even letting my kid go to school today.”

Tuesday’s shooting was the second-deadliest mass shooting at a US school. It comes nearly a decade after a gunman opened fire in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 young children, six adults and then himself.

The Robb Elementary School massacre also came less than two weeks after two other major shootings that tormented communities across the country. On May 14, a white supremacy gunman opened fire at a convenience store in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people who were black. A day later, a gunfight at a church in Laguna Woods, California, killed one man and wounded five others by a man with anti-Taiwanese views.

Silencer Shop, which sells guns made by Daniel Defense, a brand used by 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos when shooting at Uvalde, is listed as an exhibitor at this weekend’s NRA conference.

However, Daniel Defense withdrew from the event after the fatal attack.

news week asked Silencer Shop for a comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/gun-seller-ad-school-near-nra-convention-after-uvalde-shooting-draws-ire-1711216 Anger raised by gun salesman at school near NRA convention after Uvalde shooting

Rick Schindler

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