‘Shame On You, Gov. Abbott’, Pritzker Tells Texas Gov. After Massacre

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ILLINOIS — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker joined other Democrats in criticizing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for his state’s lack of gun control laws, a day after 19 students and two teachers were killed at an elementary school 45 miles west of San Antonio on Tuesday.

Pritzker, who tweeted his sympathy for families affected by the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that claimed the lives of 21 people, tweeted again on Wednesday, this time directing his sentiments toward his fellow governor.

“Shame on you, Gov. Abbott,” Pritzker tweeted.

Abbott on Wednesday used Chicago as an example of places where strict gun control laws are not working. Abbott said that more people are shot every weekend in Chicago than there are schools in Texas, which drew a stern reply from Pritzker.

“You are lying about Chicago and about what actually perpetrates gun violence,” Pritzker wrote in response. “The majority of guns used in Chicago shootings come from states with lax gun laws. Do better. You have 19 kids and two teachers who deserve our best.”

Embedded in the tweet was a 2017 NBC Chicago story that cited a report saying that more than 60 percent of guns recovered in Illinois came from out of state. The 2017 Gun Trace Report indicated that of the 60 percent of out-of-state guns, 20 percent of the firearms were traced back to Indiana, the report said.

The report said that Chicago police have recovered more than 7,000 guns every year since 2013. The tally was much higher than other metropolitan areas, the report said, adding that Chicago recovered six times the number of guns per capita than in New York City and 1.5 times more than Los Angeles, the report said.

On Tuesday, GOP gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey spoke out against the amount of gun violence in Chicago, which he characterized as a “corrupt, dysfunctional hellhole” during a debate of GOP candidates aired by WGN.

Pritzker tweeted on Tuesday night following the massacre at Robb Elementary that “his prayers are with (victims’) families and my resolve is with all Americans who are working to end senseless gun violence wherever it occurs.”

On Wednesday, Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupted an Abbott news conference discussing Tuesday’s shooting.

O’Rourke interrupted Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, said the situation is “totally predictable” when you choose not to do anything,” he said, according to a video of the news conference. O’Rourke was escorted out of the news conference, and Patrick called O’Rourke’s behavior “out of line and an embarrassment.”

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May 25, 2022 at 04:02PM

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