Ardent “gun rights” supporter Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott tried desperately Saturday to give attention to shooters’ “mental health” points as a substitute of points equivalent to quick access to assault rifles at a press convention following the mass capturing at an El Paso Walmart that left a minimum of 20 folks lifeless.
Abbott as soon as boasted he was “embarrassed” that Texas was second to California in gun gross sales. He insisted Saturday that the state legislature handed “bill after bill after bill” to guard college students from faculty shootings after eight youngsters and two lecturers have been fatally shot final 12 months at Santa Fe Excessive Faculty in Texas. One of many payments Abbott signed into regulation concerned arming extra lecturers. Not one of the payments concerned elevated gun management.
Abbott acknowledged that “we did not, as far as I know, evaluate for and plan for an incident like this,” referring to the Walmart capturing. (Watch his feedback within the video above starting at 21:36.)
“That said, I can tell you that perhaps the most profound and agreed-upon issue that came out of” legislative hearings on the college shootings was the “need for the state and for society to do a better job of dealing with challenging mental health-based issues,” Abbott added. “We know that’s a component … probably … to any type of shooting that takes place.” Abbott stated funding has been supplied “for the state to better address” psychological well being points.
Police have recognized the gunman at Walmart as 21-year-old Patrick Crucius, however have stated nothing about his psychological well being. Police and the FBI are investigating a hate-fueled “manifesto” that could be linked to Crucius, authorities revealed on the press convention.
Abbott additionally stated Saturday that “Texas grieves” — and requested for prayers.
Abbott is a favourite of the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation, which just lately hailed ten pro-gun legal guidelines the governor has signed this 12 months. “Governor Greg Abbott has now signed all of the NRA-supported legislation which the Texas Legislature sent him during the 2019 session,” an NRA website boasted.
In June Abbott vetoed a invoice by his legislature making it a state crime to carry weapons into safe areas of airports.
His 2015 tweet encouraging Texans to “pick up the pace” by shopping for extra weapons was a specific goal of a number of barbs Saturday.
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