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Chicago mayor blasts Gov. Greg Abbott for citing her city’s crime at Uvalde shooting press conference

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot are criticizing Gov. Greg Abbott after the Republican leader, during a press conference Wednesday about Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, pointed to Chicago crime as an example of why tough gun laws are “not a real solution.”

In his remarks following the tragedy that left 22 people dead, including 19 children, Abbott blamed a mental health crisis for the shooting. He also singled out gun laws in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles he said have been ineffective. 

“I hate to say this but there are more people who get shot every weekend in Chicago than there are schools in Texas,” Abbott said. “And we need to realize that people who think that well, maybe we can just implement tougher gun laws, it’s gonna solve it. Chicago and L.A. and New York disprove that thesis.”

Abbott continued, adding: “If you’re looking for a real solution, Chicago teaches that what you’re talking about, is not a real solution. Our job is to come up with real solutions that we can implement.”

Pritzker took to Twitter to respond to Abbott shortly after the comments were made. “Shame on you, @GovAbbott,” he wrote, pointing to a report that a majority of guns used in Chicago crimes came from outside of Illinois. “Don’t feed into the false narrative about Chicago and Illinois – it’s an excuse that politicians like you hide behind to stop the federal legislation we need to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.”

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Pritzker also accused Abbott of lying and explained that his comments perpetuate gun violence. “The majority of guns used in Chicago shootings come from states with lax gun laws,” he wrote. “Do better. You have 19 kids and two teachers who deserve our best.”

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot also defended against Abbott’s comments, tweeting, “Gov. Abbott, instead of coming after my city, take a moment to think about how YOU can stop this carnage. I work day and night to stop the violence. I see the suffering. Open your eyes. Lives are being lost. Be a part of the solution or get the hell out of the way.”

Abbott and other Texas Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz and Uvalde Rep. Tony Gonzales, who also faced criticism after the shooting for their stance on gun ownership and for helping to pass laws that allowed the 18-year-old shooter, identified by authorities as Salvador Ramos, to purchase the assault rifle-style weapon he used in the shooting in Uvalde. Authorities said he bought two such rifles the previous week shortly after turning 18.

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