Following a Sunday press conference by Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott that was widely panned, the name of the shooter who went on a killing spree before being shot by police near Odessa was released and more information about him became available.
With that information in hand, on Sunday, Abbott attempted to make the case that criminals shouldn’t have guns — and unwittingly made the case for expanded background checks that the NRA opposes.
Taking to Twitter, Abbott wrote, “Not only did the Odessa gunman have a criminal history… …he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas… …& he didn’t go thru a background check for the gun he used in Odessa. We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands.”
Twitter commenters were quick to pick up the illogic of Abbott’s tweet, with one writing, “So we agree, background checks for all purchases. No more loopholes for private sales or gun shows.”
That was the general tenor of responses to the Republican governor who signed a bill that made it easier for Texans to carry guns which went into effect on Sunday.
You can see some comments below:
Not only did the Odessa gunman have a criminal history…
…he also previously failed a gun purchase background check in Texas…
…& he didn’t go thru a background check for the gun he used in Odessa.
We must keep guns out of criminals’ hands. https://t.co/vgrqcHtBtF
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 2, 2019
Then close the loophole for private sales.
Anyone wishing to sell a previously owned gun should sell it back to a dealer – then the dealer can conduct a background check and sell it legally.
— Modest Molly (@Im_half_awake) September 2, 2019
So what you’re saying is Background Checks work? So let’s make sure that’s a federal requirement for all gun sellers. A Red Flag Law may have also helped in this situation. Let’s encourage @senatemajldr @JohnCornyn @tedcruz to pass these laws. Text CHECKS to 644-33
— JB (@goosenotter) September 2, 2019
— Miranda Corbell (@MirandaCorbell) September 2, 2019
So we agree, background checks for all purchases. No more loopholes for private sales or gun shows.
— Adi Amrany (@AdiAmrany) September 2, 2019
We must help Texans get you out of office.
— Jeremy Pond (@JeremyPond) September 2, 2019
Universal background checks it is then!
— Minx (@DubbelEntendre) September 2, 2019
So universal background checks & closing loopholes could have stopped him getting a weapon. I agree. That’s a good starting point & one favored by more than 90% of Americans.
— Penny Linsenmayer (@PennyLins) September 2, 2019
So we need a national background check system. Thanks for confirming.
— BEofM (@SolusBrex) September 2, 2019
So, the problem is Texas allows some gun sales without background checks!
— Andrew Lazarus (@AndrewLazarus4) September 2, 2019
Thank you for saying this. I’ve been waiting for GOP Governors to say we need background checks on all gun transactions. I know this must have been difficult for you.
— Marc V (@MarcVent15) September 2, 2019