To hear most Democrats and media figures speak, the direct cause of every single school shooting in the U.S. is that there’s just not enough gun control.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), however, pointed to high numbers of shootings in New York City and Chicago during a Wednesday press conference about the school shooting Tuesday in Uvalde as evidence that more gun control would not work the way the media and Democrats seem to think it would.
“I know that people like to try to oversimplify this,” Abbott said. “Let’s talk about some real facts, and that is, there are ‘real’ gun laws in Chicago. There are ‘real’ gun laws in New York. There are ‘real’ gun laws in California.”
“I hate to say this, but there are more people who are shot every weekend in Chicago than there are in schools in Texas,” he continued. “And we need to realize that people who think that, ‘Well, maybe we could just implement tougher gun laws, it’s going to solve it.’ Chicago and L.A. and New York disprove that thesis. And so if you’re looking for a real solution, Chicago teaches that what you’re talking about, it’s not a real solution. Our job is to come up with real solutions that we can implement.”
Mental health a factor
Abbott pointed out that there were no school shootings and very few mass shootings for most of the 60 years gun laws allowed 18-year-olds to buy long guns in the state.
“The ability of an 18-year-old to buy a long gun has been in place in the state of Texas for more than 60 years,” he said. “And think about during the time over the course of that 60 years, we have not had episodes like this. And why is it that for the majority of those 60 years, we did not have school shootings? And why is it that we do now?”
He admitted that he didn’t have an answer to his own question, but he thought it might be better mental health services at the state level.
“Anybody who shoots somebody else has a mental health challenge, period,” he said. “We as a government need to find a way to target that mental health challenge and do something about it.”
Democrats want gun control anyway
Abbott’s comments did not do much to stem the chorus of voices on the left calling for action on stricter gun laws.
Democrats called on the Senate to pass the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which would require background checks for all guns sales, even between two individuals.
But that law would not have prevented the Uvalde shooting suspect, Salvador Ramos, from buying the guns used in the shooting because he got them from a licensed gun dealer.
So tell me again what the point of stricter laws is?