Texas state senator says Abbott ‘has tried to bamboozle’ community after Uvalde shooting

A Texas state senator on Wednesday accused Gov. Greg Abbott (right) of trying to ‘bamboozle’ Texans ‘into thinking we’re actually going to do something’ following a shooting in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas last month. 21 dead.

During a CNN interview, anchor Wolf Blitzer asked Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez (D) to respond to Abbott’s announcement earlier in the day that he had asked Lt. -Governor and Speaker of the Texas House to convene special legislative committees focused on school safety, mental health, social media, police training and gun safety.

Gutierrez, whose district includes Uvalde, said the call for committees, like similar actions after previous mass shootings in the state, would not result in meaningful reform, adding that there was no process for convening special committees unless the governor calls a special session.

“He … tried to bamboozle, I think, this community into believing that we’re actually going to do something,” the state senator said of Abbott. “He did that – it’s the same deal he did after Santa Fe and El Paso and Sutherland Springs, round tables, recommendations, and nothing led to meaningful legislation.”

“The only thing that can get us into this building is a special session convened on a certain date that only he can convene,” he added.

Gutierrez’s remarks come about a week after the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde left 19 children and two adults dead.

The shooting reignited calls to pass gun reform legislation, and Texas Democrats and some Republicans have called for a special session following the shooting that would allow the state legislature to amend , eliminate or add new laws, according to KSAT 12 .

Abbott is the only official who can call a special session, since the state legislature only operates for a five-month period once every two years, the ABC affiliate noted.

The Hill contacted Abbott’s office for comment.

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