On Tuesday, tragedy broke out in Uvalde, Texas. An 18-year-old gunman opened fire in an elementary school, murdering multiple teachers and more than one dozen fourth-graders. Families, school staff, and other members of the Uvalde community are still staggering from what took place.
In the aftermath of the school shooting, there have been a variety of reactions. Some people called for beefed up security in schools, along with a stronger focus on mental health reform.
Then, there are others who have called for more gun control, seeking to politicize the tragedy for partisan gain.
However, of all the responses to Tuesday’s tragedy, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has carried himself in a way that everyone, especially Joe Biden, could learn from.
Words of Wisdom From the Governor of Texas
Following this week’s mass shooting, Abbott stressed the importance of Uvalde and Texas at large to come together. The governor pointed out that hearts are breaking right now and tragedies of this nature can very well wreak even more havoc.
Next, Abbott would go on to call for healing, unity, and for people to lift one another up during these challenging times. The Texas governor also confirmed that an investigation into this shooting is active and more details will be provided as they become available.
Abbott’s message marked a stark contrast from what Americans heard from Biden after Tuesday’s shooting. Instead of calling for real healing, the president viciously went after “the gun lobby” with rhetoric that only serves to inflame emotions.
After taking the Lord’s name in vain on several occasions, Biden spoke about ripped souls and hollowness, something that people in Texas didn’t especially need to be reminded of.
In the wake of the president’s remarks, they were panned as widely divisive, partisan, and not at all appropriate for the situation at hand.
Keeping His Composure Amid Direct Attack
On Wednesday, while Gov. Abbott held a press conference, he was interrupted by Beto O’Rourke, a Texas Democrat looking to posture politically and pick up new votes for his gubernatorial campaign.
However, even when O’Rourke repeatedly shouted at Abbott and accused him of not doing anything to prevent future mass shootings, the Texas governor did not engage.
Later, when Abbott was asked about O’Rourke’s outburst at the press conference, the governor said screaming and seeking to politicize tragedy in Uvalde won’t help people who are hurting.
This is an attitude that many Americans would be all too happy to see from the current president.