Texas Elementary School Shooting: 14 Children Were Killed, Governor Abbott Says

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On May 24, Texas governor Greg Abbott confirmed that 14 elementary school children and one teacher were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, about an hour and a half west of San Antonio. Abbott told the media that the shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, is also dead and it is assumed he was killed by law enforcement officers responding to the shooting, according to CBS News. According to the San Antonio Express-News, Ramos shot his grandmother before going to the elementary school.

“It is believed that he abandoned his vehicle then entered into the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde with a handgun and he may have also had a rifle,” Abbott told the news media during a press conference. “He shot and killed, horrifically and incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher.”

In the wake of the shooting – just a week after the horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York, by a white supremacist targeting a Black community – ire immediately erupted online over Texas’s gun laws. The Washington Post’s Clyde McGrady tweeted, “Friday, I wrote that Buffalo was the ‘deadliest mass shooting so far this year’ and it didn’t even hold up for one week.” Ten were killed in the Buffalo shooting.

Former Obama admin spokesperson Tommy Vietor shared a list via Houston Public Media of gun legislation Abbott shepherded through Texas’s legislature during the 2021 session, including a “constitutional carry” law. That legislation allows Texans without permits to openly carry guns. In 2021, Abbott also celebrated Texas becoming a “Second Amendment sanctuary” along with five other states.

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As of this writing, Abbott is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting on May 27, alongside former president Donald Trump. A viral tweet depicted a 2015 screenshot from Abbott decrying that Texas fell to number two in states where the most guns are bought, with Abbott writing he was “EMBARRASSED.” One user wrote, “Someone should ask Greg Abbott if he’s embarrassed now.”

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