A popular morning talk show recently took Texas Governor Greg Abbott to task for his response to the state’s ongoing gun violence problem. The hosts cited an editorial in a prominent Dallas newspaper, which called for Abbott to take action and described the situation as “an unspeakable tragedy.” The paper also urged Abbott to address the imbalance between nearly unrestricted gun ownership and the decline in societal safety due to the constant threat of violent death.
The show’s hosts, clearly frustrated with the lack of progress on gun control, highlighted the governor’s predictable response of citing mental health as the issue. Co-host Mika Brzezinski questioned Abbott’s commitment to mental health, pointing out the insufficient funding for mental health programs in Texas.
Joe Scarborough, the other co-host, emphasized that mental health problems exist in many other countries but don’t result in the same staggering levels of gun violence that we see in the United States. He argued that this discrepancy highlights the need for stricter gun control measures. Scarborough also criticized Abbott for a previous incident where the governor focused on the immigration status of victims in a shooting, rather than addressing the root cause of gun violence.
The hosts concluded that the “sickness” in Texas starts at the top with Governor Greg Abbott, who they argue has consistently failed to protect the state’s citizens, including children in schools, churches, and shopping malls. The impassioned segment serves as a reminder that the debate over gun control and the role of political leaders in addressing this crisis remains a pressing issue, particularly for millennial audiences who have grown up in an era of increasingly frequent mass shootings.