Amid calls around the U.S. for tighter restrictions on firearms, Abbott repeatedly talked about mental health struggles among Texas young people and brought up laws in New York, Chicago and California to argue that tougher gun laws don’t prevent violence.

The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas sent three Facebook messages to an online  friend minutes before the attack, saying that he had shot his grandmother and warning that he was going to shoot up a school, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Wednesday, AP.

The messages appear to have been read only after the attack, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone.

Killer Salvador Ramos wrote in the first that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then that he had shot the woman, and finally that he was going to shoot up an elementary school, according to Abbott. It was not clear whether Ramos specified which school.

Ramos, an 18-year old who had been physically abused by his parents, used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodshed Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde that ended with police storming a classroom and killing him. He had legally bought AR-15s just days before the killing, authorities said.

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