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Texas Governor Greg Abbott, in a video taped Friday, told the National Rifle Association convention in Houston that gun laws don’t stop the “crazy” from killing, days after 21 people were killed in a shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas.
Abbott, who was scheduled to speak in person at the NRA event before the shooting, also expressed sympathy for those who died in the Robb Elementary School attack that killed 19 children and two adults on Tuesday. .
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“It’s the time of year when children look forward to the end of the school year and the promise of summer adventures. But nineteen innocent children will never come home from this last week of school,” said said Abbott, a Republican. “As Texans and as Americans we grieve and grieve with these families, the loss of a child is a tragedy no parent should ever have to endure.”
The governor went on to say that the shooter was already breaking several laws before the attack began.
“There are thousands of laws in effect across the country that restrict the possession or use of firearms, laws that have failed to stop madmen from committing evil acts on innocent people and peaceful communities. “, Abbott said. “At Uvalde, the shooter committed a felony under Texas law before he even pulled the trigger. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school property, but that does not didn’t stop. And what he did on campus was capital murder.”
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“Just as the laws didn’t stop the killer, we won’t let his evil deeds stop us from uniting the community he tried to destroy,” Abbott added.
Abbott’s comments came amid protests outside the NRA convention in Houston, with just as many pushing for increased gun control laws in the wake of the attack.
In Congress, Democrats are calling for tougher federal gun laws while moderates from both parties in the Senate are working on a possible deal for legislation on either background checks or red flag laws.
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The Uvalde shooting was the second major mass shooting in the United States this month, following an apparently racially motivated shooting in Buffalo, NY, in recent weeks.
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