KVUE -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said the online ads paid for by his campaign committee inviting gun-owning New Yorkers to move to Texas are part brag, part dig at new gun regulations signed by Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"Texans always like to talk about how great our state is," Abbott explained. "And what Governor Cuomo in New York did is to just give us another opportunity to distinguish Texas from New York and explain to the entire country why Texas is better than New York."
Abbott said except for a few concerned with the prospect of more New Yorkers moving to Texas, he's received generally positive response over the tongue-in-cheek campaign.
In the wake of the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, Abbott has made his stance on gun control clear. He believes crackdowns on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and beefed-up background checks are wrong answers to mass shootings like the one in Newtown.
"It is heart wrenching for any parent to think about losing a child under any circumstance, especially at the hands of a gunman in school," said Abbott. "But at the same time it's sad and disturbing that some politicians will seize upon a tragedy like this and try to exploit it for their own political gain and for their own political agenda. And that's precisely what some politicians are doing right now."
"Remember one of the worst mass shootings we've had at schools was Columbine. Columbine took place during the time period where we had the assault weapons ban in place," said Abbott.
The weapons used in the 1999 shooting in which 15 people died including the perpetrators included two 12-gauge shotguns and one 9mm semi-automatic handgun with three high-capacity magazines. The weapon that fired the most shots was a Hi-Point 995 Carbine, a 9mm semi-automatic rifle equipped to accept 10-round magazines and designed comply with the Federal Assault Weapons Ban lasting from 1994 to 2004.
On Wednesday, President Obama announced a series of proposals and initiatives in response to mass shootings which focused largely on gun laws.