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Just hours before a mass shooting in Bryan, Texas, left one dead and multiple people injured, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out that President Joe Biden was “threatening our 2nd Amendment rights” and attempting to “take away our guns.”
The shooting occurred at Kent Moore Cabinets on Thursday afternoon; one person was killed, while four others were critically injured, and one victim suffered non-critical injuries. One victim is a state trooper who helped chase down the suspect. A suspect — believed to be an employee of Kent Moore Cabinets — is in custody but has not yet been named by authorities.
Around noon on Thursday, Gov. Abbott took to Twitter to defend gun rights.
“Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights,” the tweet read. “He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns. We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”
Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights.
He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns.
We will NOT allow this in TX.
It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing. https://t.co/d4EydwmQnf
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 8, 2021
The “2nd Amendment Sanctuary State” legislation Abbott is referring to is HB 2622, introduced in March, which calls to establish Texas as a “sanctuary” state in which federal gun laws cannot be enforced. The legislation is modeled off the sanctuary cities framework, in which cities could declare themselves sanctuaries within which Immigration and Customs Enforcement practices could not be enforced.
Abbott has repeatedly touted the sanctuary state bill, though in the past he’s signaled support for limited gun control. Following the 2019 mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that left 23 people dead and scores of others injured, the governor said he would consider supporting more scrupulous background checks.
“Right now, there is nothing in law that would prevent one stranger from selling a gun to a terrorist, and obviously that’s a danger that needs to be looked into,” Abbott said in 2019, the Texas Tribune reported.
Since then, however, Abbott has again picked up the mantle of gun rights.
“Last session, I signed 10 laws to protect gun rights in Texas,” he said in February. “This session we need to erect …read more
Source:: Business Insider