Anti-gun control tweets from TX politicians resurface after shooting

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) is under fire for gun control tweets in 2021 after responding to the fatal Ross Elementary School shooting that occurred late Tuesday morning in Uvalde, Texas, a city in Congressional District 23 of Texas, at least 15 people were killed. which he represents.

After the shooting, Gonzales, who is supported by the NRA Political Victory Fund, tweeted: “My heart breaks for the town of Uvalde. Pray for our families.” Twitter users referenced Gonzales’ tweets from last year criticizing gun control measures in the state, with many asking, “Is that you?” with screenshots of his tweets in the comments.

A March 2021 tweet read: “I voted NO to two gun control measures today in the House of Representatives. I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment and will do whatever I can to oppose the gun grabs of the far left.”

“I hope you are just as proud right now knowing there is something you could have done to protect the children in your area from this senseless tragedy,” one user commented below the 2021 tweet.

“Go to Uvalde and say it out loud,” wrote another.

“I’m sure your youngest voters at Robb ES are particularly proud of those votes today, Congressman,” said a third.

According to data from the World Population Review, Texas has the second highest number of school shootings in the United States, just behind California. Since 1970, Texas has reported 135 school shootings. The Ross Elementary School shooting sparks increased demand for gun control in the state.

“Praying for the families has done absolutely nothing in the past mass shootings in schools. GUN LEGISLATION…we need this now!! Do your job and listen to your voters! They want gun laws…NOW!” one user tweeted.

“Students deserve better than living in constant fear of a gunfight. We need gun control. Now,” wrote another.

Twitter users also set fire to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for a 2015 tweet encouraging Texans to buy more guns. The original tweet, posted in October 2015, reads, “EMBARKED: Texas #2 in the nation for new gun sales, behind CALIFORNIA. Let’s pick up the pace, Texans @NRA.” This tweet was in response to a Houston Chronicle blog post that said, “The Lone Star State Still Trails California in New Gun Purchases.”

In 2021, Abbott expanded gun rights in Texas by signing several new gun laws that allow people to carry a handgun without background checks and training, and to carry a concealed gun in public without a permit. That same year, Texas had the highest number of gun licenses in the United States, at 1,006,555, according to CBS News.

Many Twitter users believe today’s shooting is a direct result of these new policies holding Abbott accountable. Others noted the NRA’s support of Gonzales and Abbott, noting that just three days after the Ross Elementary school shooting, Abbott would be speaking alongside Donald Trump and Tom Cruz at the NRA conference in Texas.

“Horrific mass shootings will continue to occur in America as long as NRA-backed Republicans remain in power,” tweeted Jon Cooper.

“The NRA conference is in Houston this weekend and Gov. Abbott is speaking there on Friday if you’re looking for those responsible,” wrote another user.

“There’s an NRA conference in Houston this weekend and Governor Abbott is on the agenda as the keynote speaker. Doesn’t that say it all? He’s part of the problem, not the solution,” said a third.

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*Initial Release: May 24, 2022 7:01pm CDT

Rebekah Harding

Rebekah Harding is a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot. She has digital and print bylines in Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan, SheKnows and more.

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