In response to President Joe Biden’s recent slew of executive actions announced on Thursday aiming to reduce gun violence, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to make Texas a “2nd Amendment Sanctuary state.”
Biden undertook his first attempt as president to tackle the fraught politics surrounding guns in America in the wake of recent waves of mass shootings across the nation. Merely five hours after the announcement, five people were gunned down in South Carolina. Other states which have recently suffered deadly mass shootings include Georgia, Colorado and California.
“This is an epidemic, for God’s sake, and it has to stop,” Biden said in a Rose Garden speech. The president has since crafted a rule addressing the spread of untraceable “ghost guns” or homemade firearms put together from parts purchased online or at gun shows. He also promised more action from the U.S. Justice Department and urged Congress to pass gun-reform proposals.
“There’s much more that Congress can do to help that effort, and they can do it right now,” Biden said. “They’ve offered plenty of thoughts and prayers, members of Congress. But they’ve passed not a single new federal law to reduce gun violence. Enough prayers; time for some action.”
Abbott took to Twitter to vehemently oppose the President’s proposals: “Biden is threatening our 2nd Amendment rights. He just announced a new liberal power grab to take away our guns. We will NOT allow this in TX. It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.”
In response to Abbott’s comments, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilbert Hinojosa released a statement Thursday evening in which he wrote: “Governor Abbott, when you open the door to gun violence, this is not a sanctuary for anyone. We demand action.”
A few hours after Biden’s announcement, a shooting took place in Bryan, Texas which resulted in one fatality and four others taken to hospital in critical conditions.