December 3, 2022
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Friday that gun laws don't stop 'madmen' intent on killing people, days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a recorded video Friday told the National Rifle Association convention in Houston that gun laws don’t stop “madmen” from killing, days after 21 people were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Abbott, who was slated to speak in person at the NRA event before the shooting, also expressed sympathy for those who died in the attack at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 children and two adults Tuesday. 

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In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Abbott addressed the NRA's annual convention Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) 

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference in San Antonio. Abbott addressed the NRA’s annual convention Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

“This is the time of year that children look forward ot the end of the school year and the promise of summer adventures. But nineteen innocent children will never come home from that last week of school,” Abbott, a Republican, said. “As Texans and as Americans we grieve and mourn with these families, the loss of a child is a tragedy that no parent should ever have to endure.” 

The governor continued to say that the shooter was already breaking several laws before the attack started. 

A vigil in the center of Uvalde, Texas honoring the 19 students and 2 teachers shot in the deadly mass shooting.

A vigil in the center of Uvalde, Texas honoring the 19 students and 2 teachers shot in the deadly mass shooting. (Fox News Digital)

“There are thousands of laws on the books across the country that limit owning or using firearms, laws that have not stopped madmen from carrying out evil acts on innocent people and peaceful communities,” Abbott said. “In Uvalde, the gunman committed a felony under Texas law before he even pulled the trigger. It’s a felony to possess a firearm on school premises, but that did not stop him. And what he did on campus is capital murder.”

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“Just as laws didn’t stop the killer, we will not let his evil acts stop us from uniting the community that he tried to destroy,” Abbott added. 

People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.

People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Abbott’s comments came amid protests outside the NRA convention in Houston, and as many are pushing for increased gun control laws in the wake of the attack. 

In Congress, Democrats are calling for tighter federal gun laws while moderates in both parties in the Senate work on a possible deal for legislation either on 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, N.Y., in recent weeks.