Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Friday skipped the National Rifle Association (NRA) conference and spent the day in Uvalde, providing an update on the tragedy at a Texas elementary school shooting that left 19 children and two adults killed, making it clear that he is “livid” at the misinformation he was initially given on the shooting.
In the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting, the Texas Republican skipped attending the NRA convention in Houston in person, providing pre-recorded remarks at the event instead. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) also skipped an in-person appearance at the event.
“While a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and an NRA member, I would not want my appearance today to bring any additional pain or grief to the families and all those suffering in Uvalde,” Patrick said.
Abbott instead spent the day in Uvalde, releasing an update on the shooting.
“I was misled,” Abbott said of the police response to the shooting following news that it took officers an hour to get into the classroom. “I am livid about what happened.”
“I was on this very stage two days ago and I was telling the public information that had been told to me in a room just a few yards behind, where we’re located right now. I wrote down hand notes in detail about what everybody in that room told me in sequential order about what happened, and when I came out here on this stage and told the public what happened,” Abbott said, explaining that it was a “recitation of what people in that room told me, whether it be law enforcement officials or non-law enforcement officials, whatever the case may be.”
“And as everybody has learned therefore, the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate, and I’m absolutely livid about that,” he said.
“Here is my expectation. My expectation is that the law enforcement leaders that are leading the investigations which includes the Texas Rangers and the FBI, they get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty,” Abbott said.
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