Republican Presidential hopefuls choose to send video messages instead of attending NRA convention
The National Rifle Association (NRA) convention began in Indianapolis today, but not all Republican candidates were present.
While former Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the event, other non-Trump GOP candidates chose to send in pre-recorded video messages instead.
The convention was held less than two hours away from the site of a recent mass shooting in Louisville, Kentucky.
This, coupled with recent controversies surrounding gun violence, made some candidates wary of attending in person.
The NRA’s extreme positions on issues such as abortion and guns are not in line with the views of the American public, and many candidates are hesitant to be associated with them.
Despite this, Pence was met with boos from members of the crowd, showing the divisive nature of the issue.
Overall, it seems that Republicans are struggling to navigate the politics of guns, with some too timid to attend the NRA convention in person, and others facing criticism for their association with the organization.
As the 2024 presidential race heats up, it remains to be seen how candidates will handle this divisive issue.