On “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough claimed that Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott is to blame for the deaths of children in the state.
On Saturday, a shooter opened fire in a Texas mall, killing nine people, including himself, and injuring seven more.
Scarborough’s remarks were preceded by a panel discussion on gun control when the host decided to unleash a torrent of criticism on the Texas Governor.
Joe Scarborough on Greg Abbott and guns, "The murders in Texas since 2014 by guns have skyrocketed. All this guy does is say he wants more guns in the state of Texas. It's sick. This is a sickness." pic.twitter.com/mQukCZZf5Y
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“I always talk about it, I get guns. Guess what else I have? I got training. I got a permit, I went through the process, practiced at the range. They have idiots now – and you talk to gun shop owners, and they will go, like, ‘Well, tell me, this guy just walked in, he’s an idiot. I had to sell him the gun. You know, passed this cursory check,’” Scarborough said.
“Again, Greg Abbott and Texas legislators are killing little children everyday, because they won’t do what is required to keep them safe in schools, to keep them safe in churches, to keep them safe in synagogues, to keep them safe at country music concerts,” he continued.
“It is an unbelievable crisis that we have self-inflicted so that others can make crazy money selling us guns and just keep doing it. And no one is standing up. There must be a movement across all lines to stop this. That’s the only way it’s going to happen.” Sharpton replied.