SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Hondo City Council has voted to revoke a rental agreement the city had with the Medina Area Friends of the NRA for an event planned for Saturday.
The group was going to hold a fundraiser at the Medina County Fair Hall in Hondo but outcry from the public put the issue on the agenda for Monday night’s council meeting.
Several community members felt that holding the NRA event a little more than two months after 19 students and two teachers were killed by a gunman at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 44 miles away.
Among those speaking in opposition of the fundraiser, Brett Cross, the guardian of 10 year old Uziyah Garcia, who was killed at Robb Elementary.
“It’s a slap in the face to do this so soon. You know, if the hands were reversed and they had had this happen, I do not think they would appreciate us doing the same thing.”
Uziyah Garcia’s mother, Nikki Cross, also spoke out against the event:
“It’s only been two months for us and your have this God’s country, God’s town all over here but what happened to love they neighbor.”
Supporters for the event spoke during the meeting as well, with some saying “emotions do not override our constitutional rights”.
After hearing from both sides, City Council came to the decision to revoke the rental agreement, which means the Medina Area Friends of the NRA will not be able to hold their event at the planned location.
Hondo Mayor John McAnelly announced that the decision was made in the best interest of Hondo residents.
The Medina Area Friends of the NRA have yet to comment on the decision.