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During an interview with CNN this Wednesday, Texas GOP Rep. James White was asked what the state legislature should do in the wake the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school this Tuesday, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.
"We should allow the law enforcement and investigators to do their work," White said, adding that the results of the investigation would further inform him what should be done "going forward."
White went on to say that the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, passed all three background checks that were applied to him after he purchased the weapons that he used to carry out the shooting. But as he spoke, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota interjected to point out that he was asked for his solution to the problem of mass shootings -- not to rehash the details about the shooting that everybody already knows.
"The reason I ask is because we all seen how quickly and creatively Texas, your local legislature, can act when it wants to, say, protect the unborn embryo," Camerota said. "Why not act with that alacrity to protect living, breathing 10-year-olds in this school behind me?"
White replied that the reason Texas doesn't act against mass shootings as it does with abortion is because "we have this thing called the Constitution," adding that "we need to look at our mental health system."
CNN anchor Victor Blackwell then chimed in, incorrectly claiming that even Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said there is no known mental health connection. Blackwell also cited an NRA statement which said that the shooting was an act by a "lone deranged criminal," following up by telling White "there was no evidence there was mental illness."
"Well look," White replied. "'Deranged' is a state of mental health, okay?"
Watch the full exchange in the video below:
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Beto O’Rourke’s big gamble on gun safety may have positioned him perfectly for 2022 midterms: report
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) made a big gamble when he came out against assault rifles as a Texas Democrat, but his gamble may have paid off after the Lonestar state suffered yet another mass shooting.
"Officials in Texas described in chilling detail on Wednesday how an 18-year-old gunman shot his grandmother in the face and left her wounded at her home, drove a pickup truck that crashed at a high speed by a nearby elementary school, and exchanged shots with police officers on the scene who were unable to stop him before he killed 19 children and two teachers in a massacre in a single classroom," The New York Times reported Wednesday. "The gunman was inside the school for roughly one hour before a tactical unit from the border patrol shot him several times, killing him."
“The time to stop the next shooting is right now, and you are doing nothing,” O’Rourke said. “You’re offering us nothing.”
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick accused O'Rourke of being "out-of-line" for pointing out the state's public policy outcomes.
But O'Rourke may have prescient timing.
"It wasn’t long ago that Beto O’Rourke seemed to sacrifice his chances of winning statewide office in Texas in favor of winning the Democratic nomination for president by embracing gun control," Leah Askarinam wrote for The New York Times. "In a 2020 presidential debate, he said, 'Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.' But O’Rourke, who is now the Democratic nominee in this year’s governor’s race, seems to be centering himself right back into the middle of the gun debate after interrupting Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference this afternoon."
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