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January 26, 2023
Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s response to the Robb Elementary School shooting that left 21 people dead this week is under national scrutiny as details continue to emerge about the massacre, but Abbott says he was initially “misled” about the details he gave the public.
In the days since Tuesday’s horrific shooting that took the lives of 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, law enforcement and government officials have found themselves under a microscope as the public grapples to understand what increasingly appears to be a long delay on the part of law enforcement to act during the shooting.
Abbott and other Texas officials gave a press conference the day of the shooting in which they praised law enforcement officers for their quick and effective response to the shooting, but since then details have been revealed that may directly contradict what Abbott told reporters on the day of the attack.
For his part, Abbott claims he was misled about the details of what occurred at Robb Elementary on Tuesday, and is now “livid” about being given misinformation which he then conveyed to the public.
“I was on this very stage two days ago and I was telling the public information that had been told to me,” Abbott said at a press conference on Friday, where he addressed the conflicting information. “As everybody has learned, the information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate. And I’m absolutely livid about that.”
Abbott has found himself under fire for more than just his response to the Uvalde shooting recently, with recent Texas gun laws being signed by the governor that some say contributed to the shooting this week. “Let’s be clear about one thing,” he said on Friday. “None of the laws that I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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