Governor says Texas working to address ‘mental health problems’ after Allen mass shooting

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke with Shannon Bream on FOX News Sunday and said he will be in Allen on Sunday to try to help the community heal after a mass shooting at an outlet mall on Saturday.

A gunman wearing tactical gear and carrying multiple rifle magazines fatally shot eight people and wounded seven with an AR-15 rifle before he was killed by a police officer on scene at the Allen Premium Outlets.

“Obviously, this is just devastating. Texans are hurting today,” Abbott told FOX News. “The people who are hurting the most, obviously, are the families of the victims. Families who lost a loved one. Families who have a loved one who is injured.”

Bream asked Abbott if there are any gun reforms he would push for in Texas or national reforms he thinks should be considered by Congress.

“At the state level, this is something we’ve been grappling with over the past year,” Abbott said. “There are some potential easy solutions, such as passing laws that we are working on right now, to get the guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals and increase penalties for criminals who possess guns.”

Abbott told FOX News that he expects the Texas legislature to approve $3 billion in mental health funding this session.

“There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of anger and violence that is taking place in America and what Texas is doing in a big time way — we are working to address that anger and violence at its root cause, which is the mental health problems behind it,” Abbott said.