Texas GOP lawmaker defends banning abortion but not guns because of 'this thing called the Constitution'

Texas GOP lawmaker defends banning abortion but not guns because of 'this thing called the Constitution'
Texas State Representative James White (R-District 19) discusses the Uvalde, Texas school shooting with CNN anchors Victor Blackwell and Alisyn Camerota, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 (screengrab/Eric Dolan/YouTube).
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During an interview with CNN this Wednesday, Texas GOP Rep. James White was asked what the state legislature should do in the wake the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school this Tuesday, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.

"We should allow the law enforcement and investigators to do their work," White said, adding that the results of the investigation would further inform him what should be done "going forward."

White went on to say that the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, passed all three background checks that were applied to him after he purchased the weapons that he used to carry out the shooting. But as he spoke, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota interjected to point out that he was asked for his solution to the problem of mass shootings -- not to rehash the details about the shooting that everybody already knows.

"The reason I ask is because we all seen how quickly and creatively Texas, your local legislature, can act when it wants to, say, protect the unborn embryo," Camerota said. "Why not act with that alacrity to protect living, breathing 10-year-olds in this school behind me?"

White replied that the reason Texas doesn't act against mass shootings as it does with abortion is that "we have this thing called the Constitution," adding that "we need to look at our mental health system."

CNN anchor Victor Blackwell then chimed in, incorrectly claiming that even Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said there is no known mental health connection. Blackwell also cited an NRA statement which said that the shooting was an act by a "lone deranged criminal," following up by telling White "there was no evidence there was mental illness."

"Well look," White replied. "'Deranged' is a state of mental health, okay?"

Watch the full exchange in the video below:

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