No It Couldnt LLC released a cable TV advertisement on Sunday slamming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott over his gun policies. The ad includes a 911 audio call from the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The 30-second ad includes an interview of Abbott touting his policies allowing more access to guns.
“Remember when we passed open carry and campus carry?” Abbott says in the interview. “People said it’s gonna be the O.K. Corral. None of that happened.”
Then the ad switches to video footage of the Uvalde shooter holding an assault rifle and walking through a hallway at Robb Elementary School.
“I don’t think there’s going to be any bad side effect to it,” Abbott says next.
Then the ad switches back to the shooter walking through the school with a 911 recording call of a student in the classroom during the shooting.
“Uvalde County 911,” the operator says. “There’s a school shooting,” the student replies.
Then the governor adds, “And I feel really good about it passing.”
“I’m in classroom 112,” the girl continues. “Please hurry. There’s a lot of dead bodies.”
The ad ends with a dial tone and a black screen.
With election day on Tuesday, the ad comes days before the midterm vote. This is the group’s second ad against the governor, hitting him specifically on the state’s gun policies.
The LLC’s name is a play on words of the governor’s initial statements after the shooting, where he said, “It could’ve been worse.”
According to the Federal Communications Commission, the ad is airing in Austin on Monday.
Kennedy is a recent graduate of the University of St.Thomas in Houston where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Celt Independent. Kennedy brings her experience of writing about social justice issues to the Texas Signal where she serves as our Political Reporter. She does everything from covering crime beats, Texas politics, and community activism. Kennedy is a passionate reporter, avid reader, coffee enthusiast, and loves to travel.