Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made a quick look at a fundraiser on Tuesday after studying a gunman opened hearth at an elementary faculty in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 youngsters and two fourth-grade lecturers.
Abbott on Wednesday confirmed his cease on the beforehand scheduled fundraiser at a non-public house in Walker County, about 300 miles from the taking pictures at Robb Elementary School.
“On the way back to Austin, I stopped and let people know that I could not stay, that I needed to go and I wanted them to know what happened and get back to Austin so that I could continue my collaboration with Texas law enforcement, and to make sure that all the needs were being met here in the Uvalde area,” Abbott mentioned throughout a information convention meant to replace reporters on the mass taking pictures.
The day of the taking pictures, Abbott held a briefing on wildfires in Taylor County, in line with a spokesperson’s assertion cited by The Texas Tribune. He had simply realized of the Uvalde taking pictures and offered an replace in the course of the Taylor County look, in line with the outlet.
Later, he attended the marketing campaign fundraiser in Walker County.
During the information convention acknowledging his fundraising cease, Abbott was confronted by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee difficult Abbott within the November governor’s election. O’Rourke accused Abbott of failing to take motion to stop mass shootings.
“This is on you,” O’Rourke informed Abbott earlier than regulation enforcement escorted him from the room. “Until you choose to do something different, this will continue to happen. Somebody needs to stand up for the children of this state or they will continue to be killed just like they were killed in Uvalde yesterday.”
Later on Twitter, O’Rourke ripped Abbott for the fundraising look, saying the governor “was counting dollars while they were counting bodies.”
Abbott ducked O’Rourke’s accusation on gun coverage.
“What they need now more than ever is our love,” Abbott mentioned of the Uvalde neighborhood. “What they need is uplifting from all of our fellow Texans and all of our fellow Americans.”
“The reality is, as horrible as what happened, it could have been worse,” Abbott continued. “The reason it was not worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do: They showed amazing courage by running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives.”
Onlookers mentioned police have been “unprepared” and hesitant to enter the varsity after the assault started, in line with The Associated Press.
The gunman, who barricaded himself inside a classroom the place he shot all of his victims, was finally shot useless by a Border Patrol crew.