As of this morning, we know that 21 people — 19 children and 2 adults — were killed Tuesday in the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, making it one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history and all the more horrific because so many of the victims were just starting their lives.
This latest shooting has raised new questions about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R), who is facing an uncertain bid for reelection in November, when he will likely face Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.
Specifically, Abbott is being haunted by a tweet he sent in 2015 in which he urged Texans to buy more firearms so they wouldn’t be lagging behind the state of California:
I’m EMBARRASSED: Texas #2 in nation for new gun purchases, behind CALIFORNIA. Let’s pick up the pace Texans. @NRA https://t.co/Ry2GInbS1g
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) October 28, 2015
Abbott has yet to address the tweet in light of the horror which transpired in the Lone Star State yesterday, but social media users had some responses to his ghoulish encouragement to Texans.
Fixed it for you. pic.twitter.com/k8vLtzbU7q
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 6, 2019
California has 10 million more people than Texas and you want to surpass the amount of guns they buy? Every bridge and railway in the US can be rebuilt with new steel, from melting all of the unneeded guns already in this country. We all know that it is about profit.
— Duke Mauerman (@Duke_Mauerman) May 25, 2022
Great news! At least one guy in El Paso followed your advice! He’s a mass murderer but oh well, it can’t be helped. Thoughts and prayers!
— Peter Ames Carlin (@peteramescarlin) August 3, 2019
Bet you’re not embarrassed right now though… Seriously, do any Texas voters see this tweet then connect it to the events that subsequently happened today, and think this guy is breaking down in tears right now in his office wondering how he could’ve stopped it?
— Aye🇺🇦 (@__WhatItDo__) May 24, 2022
How do you push that wheelchair with so much blood on your hands?
— J’accuse le juge John Roberts!! (@malawiflames) May 25, 2022
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