STORY: Cruz said in a speech to the National Rifle Association that communities needed weapons to stay safe. "Taking away guns will not make them safer."
Hernandez said, "Since they don't make themselves available for discourse, we have to make the time and confront them wherever we see them. And for me, that was last night at a restaurant.”
Governor Gregg Abbott, a Republican and staunch gun rights proponent who addressed the meeting in a pre-recorded video, seized on apparent police lapses in Uvalde, telling a news conference later he was misled and "livid about what happened."
Abbott denied newly enacted Texas gun laws, including a controversial measure removing licensing requirements for carrying a concealed weapon, had "any relevancy" to Tuesday's bloodshed. He suggested state lawmakers focus renewed attention on addressing mental illness.