Louisiana politicians weigh in on gun control debate

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Kennedy, Cassidy, Graves and Congressman Steve Scalise have all been endorsed by the NRA Political Victory Fund.

NEW ORLEANS — Texas Governor Greg Abbott backtracked Friday on his previous praise for law enforcement in the Uvalde shooting.

Texas law enforcement admitted to a series of errors that prevented officers from arresting the gunman barricaded in a classroom for nearly an hour.

“I was misled. I’m furious with what happened,” Abbott said. “I was on this same stage two days ago, and I was recounting the public information that was given to me in a room a few meters behind where we are now.”

A few kilometers away, the memorial of the 19 people and two teachers who died in Uvalde is growing. Along with the grief is the national gun control debate.

“I must be clear here, it is unacceptable for Congress or the administration not to act,” said Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves. “But the reason it wasn’t done is because it’s not easy.”

Graves told Eyewitness News he didn’t believe an assault weapons ban would have stopped the shooter.

“He might not have been able to buy them from that store. However, that would not have prevented the availability of AR-15s that were previously made,” he said.

He and Sen. John Kennedy both said they agreed new laws should be considered, but were split on background checks.

“We don’t need more gun control in America, we need more idiot control,” Kennedy said.

Graves says background checks obviously don’t go far enough, but Kennedy dodged when asked if he would support universal background checks.

“I’m not going to take away someone’s constitutional right on a whim, based on the hysteria that we continue to see coming out of the Democratic Party,” Kennedy said.

Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy told Vice News on Thursday where he stands on the AR-15s.

“Well, if you talk to people who own it, kill wild hogs or whatever in the middle of Louisiana, they wonder why would you take it away from them?” Cassidy said when asked why anyone would need this gun.

Kennedy, Cassidy, Graves, and Congressman Steve Scalise have all been endorsed by the NRA Political Victory Fund and have received thousands of campaign dollars from the organization.

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