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NRA Meeting in Houston Likely to Be Met With Protests After School Shooting

The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting will be held just days after 19 children and 2 teachers were slain at an elementary school in in Uvalde, Texas. 

The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis in 2019. This year’s gathering, set to be held in Houston on Memorial Day weekend, comes days after the second-worst school shooting in US history. 

The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis in 2019. This year’s gathering, set to be held in Houston on Memorial Day weekend, comes days after the second-worst school shooting in US history. 

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

As a hospice chaplain who served in two pediatric trauma hospitals, Teresa Kim Pecinovksy says that she will never forget witnessing the death of a child. Hearing a mother keening over her son or daughter isn’t a feeling she can articulate. “We don’t have a word in English to encapsulate the sound,” she says.

When she learned about the May 24 elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas — which has claimed the lives of 19 children and 2 adults — Pecinovksy thought she would throw up. She is pregnant with her third child; a Houston resident and ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), she is geographically far from the scene, but it feels near to her as a Texan. She says she felt called to do something with the rage and indignation she feels. “As clergy, we should be at the forefront leading the way,” she says.