August 13, 2022

Don McLean, the musician behind the 1971 hit “American Pie,” has resigned from performing on the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation’s nationwide conference this weekend, following Tuesday’s mass capturing at an elementary faculty in Uvalde, Texas.

“In mild of the latest occasions in Texas, I’ve determined it could be disrespectful and hurtful for me to carry out for the NRA at their conference in Houston this week,” McLean mentioned in an announcement issued to TMZ.

“I’m positive all the parents planning to attend this occasion are shocked and sickened by these occasions as effectively. In spite of everything, we’re all People. I share the sorrow for this horrible, merciless loss with the remainder of the nation.”

McClean was one in every of a number of performers — together with Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck, and Larry Gatlin — scheduled to carry out on the NRA conference this weekend in Houston, which is about 250 miles from Uvalde.

At the least 19 youngsters and two lecturers at Robb Elementary Faculty had been killed Tuesday when an 18-year-old gunman opened hearth. The incident marks the nation’s deadliest faculty capturing for the reason that Sandy Hook Elementary Faculty capturing in 2012, and is the nation’s third-deadliest faculty capturing in historical past.

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