A Texas state senator says Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is trying to “bamboozle” the public into thinking he will actually get something done after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas left 21 people dead.
On Wednesday Abbott requested the lieutenant governor and the Speaker of Texas House of representatives convene special legislative committees to find solutions to end school shootings, but not through gun control measures. The committees will focus on school safety, mental health, social media, police training and firearm safety.
State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D) told CNN that no meaningful gun reform legislation will come out of these committees primarily because it is not a special legislative session.
“He has tried to bamboozle, I think, this community into thinking that we’re actually going to do something,” Gutierrez said. “This is the same deal that he did after Santa Fe and El Paso and Sutherland Springs, roundtables, recommendations, and nothing led to any meaningful legislation.”
“The only thing that can get us into that building is a special session called for a date certain that only he can call,” he added.