Anti-gun leftist entertainer Bette Midler took to Twitter on Wednesday and told people to "come armed" to a possible protest at the National Rife Association's convention in Houston this weekend.
Midler's suggestion came on the heels of a mass killing at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this week, and was among a flurry of tweets and replies the far-left actress and singer posted on the social media platform.
While the NRA said convention attendees can carry guns, they cannot be armed inside the General Assembly Hall for Friday's Leadership Forum, as former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak and the Secret Service is in charge at that time.
How did folks react to Midler's shoot-from-the-hip tweet?
Midler — who's been nothing if not politically and socially outspoken of late — received some backlash for telling people to "come armed" to the potential protest:
- One commenter remarked, "19 children and 2 adults just died from gun violence yesterday, and you're cracking a joke about 'come armed'? ... at least I HOPE it's a joke."
- "She's gonna get people killed," another user said. "Massively irresponsible."
- "No, no, no. Don't do this. Don't go armed and don't listen to her suggestion to act like it's Jan 6. This is the wrong take," another commenter reacted.
- "Oh my gosh, Bette. Don’t act like a Republican!!!" another user said. "It’s so unbecoming."
- "If someone does show up and shoots at people at this convention, I hope the police arrest you for this tweet," another commenter told Midler.
- "Calling for more gun violence at the NRA convention doesn’t help us heal over the shootings. You are calling for more innocent people to be victims," another use wrote. "This doesn’t do anything to get us united. NRA teaches how to use guns properly & store them properly."
Houston is bracing for a number of protests related to the NRA convention, including planned actions from Moms Demand Action, Youth for Beto, and the Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter, according to Bloomberg.
"American Pie" singer-songwriter Don McLean pulled out of a scheduled performance at the convention due to Tuesday's mass killing, USA Today said.
"In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week," McLean said in a statement to the paper. "I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well. After all, we are all Americans."
In addition, Daniel Defense — the manufacturer of the gun used in the Uvalde massacre — on Wednesday withdrew from the convention.