- Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave two speeches Friday about gun violence with different messages.
- Vi Ovaldi said legislation was “on the table” to address gun violence after a shooting that killed 21 people.
- Speaking to an NRA audience, Abbott said laws do not prevent “lunatics” from “doing evil.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave two separate speeches on gun control at the same time Friday — with two very different messages.
Someone in Uvald was speaking to the gun violence community in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting; The other was a pre-recorded letter to the NRA Conference in Houston.
Abbott canceled his personal appearance at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association after last Tuesday’s shooting in Ovaldi, in which an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers and wounded 17 others. Instead, he held an in-person press conference in Ovaldi and sent a pre-recorded message to the NRA audience.
“In terms of a private (legislative) session, I would just like to say this: All options are on the table,” Abbott said, speaking to members of the Uvalde community on combating gun violence and calling the status quo “unacceptable.”
Do we expect laws to emerge from this devastating crime? The answer is absolutely yes. “There will be legislation in several different areas,” Abbott said during a press conference in Yuvaldi. “Committees will be formed, meetings will take place, there will be proposals to be elicited, many of which will result from legislation being passed in Texas.”
In contrast, Abbott’s pre-recorded speech at the NRA’s annual meeting was broadcast at the same time in Houston, about 400 miles away, and played down the impact of gun control legislation.
“Throughout the country there are thousands of laws restricting the possession and use of firearms, laws that have not prevented lunatics from committing evil acts against innocents in peaceful societies,” Abbott said in the recorded message.
“In Ovaldi, the shooter committed a felony under Texas law before he pulled the trigger,” Abt added. “Possession of a firearm on school property is considered a crime. But that did not stop him.”
Abbott’s governor’s office did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.
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