Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) skipped the NRA’s annual meeting to speak to the Uvalde community on Friday (Pictures: Getty Images/Reuters)

Texas Governor Greg Abbott skipped the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention to speak to the Uvalde community, but not before sending a video in which he said laws wouldn’t have stopped the gunman.

Speaking on Friday afternoon, an impassioned Abbott accused police officers at Robb Elementary School of lying to him about their efforts to take out the gunman.

Abbott said he was previously ‘misled’ with information on Tuesday’s massacre and ‘I am livid about what happened’. He said he expects law enforcement to do ‘exactly what they’re supposed to do’ moving forward.

The Republican governor spoke from Uvalde instead of attending the NRA’s three-day annual meeting, which started on Friday.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott appears on screen as he delivers a message at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Houston (Picture: Reuters)

However, Abbott provided a pre-recorded video message to the NRA in which he said that restricting gun laws would not have stopped gunman Salvador Ramos.

‘There are thousands of laws on the books across the country that limit the owning or using of firearms, laws that have not stopped madmen from carrying out evil acts on innocent people in peaceful communities,’ stated Abbott in his recording.

‘In Uvalde, the shooter committed a felony under Texas law before he pulled the trigger. It is a felony to possess a firearm on school premises, but that did not stop him.’

Abbott noted that the 18-year-old gunman’s actions amounted to capital murder and he would be subject to the death penalty in Texas had he not been shot dead during the rampage.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott held a news conference with state agencies and local officials at Uvalde High School, three days after a gunman killed nineteen children and two adults at Robb Elementary School (Picture: Reuters)

‘Just as laws didn’t stop the killer, we will not let his evil acts stop us from uniting the community he tried to destroy,’ Abbott said.

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