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Journalists Respond To Texas Governor Greg Abott’s Joke About Shooting Reporters

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Journalists Respond To Texas Governor Greg Abott’s Joke About Shooting Reporters

Two days after Greg Gianforte, the newly elected Republican congressman from Montana was charged with assault for body-slamming a reporter for asking a question about TrumpCare, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) jokingly threatened to shoot reporters.

Abbott showed off a target sheet as he was literally surrounded by a ring of reporters and photographers, “jokingly” pointing to the bullet holes and saying, “I’m gonna carry this around in case I see any reporters,” according to reporter Patrick Svitek.




The Republican governor delivered his joke at a shooting range following the signing of a new law that reduces the cost of a license to carry permit in the state.

First-time gun licensees will now pay $40 under the new law, down from $140. Renewal fees will also fall to $40 from $70.

His office says the new law “strengthens the 2nd Amendment,” but critics worry that the state is going too far with various gun measures, reports the HuffPost.

“The right to bear arms is something that is synonymous with the state of Texas. We are proud to expand the right to bear arms by lowering the cost of what you have to pay in order to get a license to carry,” Abbott said, according to the Texas Tribune. “Texans’ ability to bear arms is going to be even bolder today than it’s ever been before.”

Abbott’s poorly timed joke follows an incident involving Montana Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte (R) and reporter Ben Jacobs of The Guardian.

Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly grabbed Jacobs by the neck and slammed him to the floor at the candidate’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman after the reporter posed questions about the Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal plan.

Journalists weighed in on Abott’s joke:




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