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Elon Musk backs ‘tight’ background checks for all gun sales in wake of mass shooting in Texas


Elon Musk talks on stage at the Westworld Features Session of SXSW Austin Convention Center March 10, 2018, Austin.

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called for “tight” background checks for all gun purchases while also backing gun ownership as a “safeguard” against political tyranny — a day after a lone gunman killed at least 19 children and two adults at an elementary school in south Texas.

Musk sent an email to CNBC in which he blamed media outlets for giving murderers all the attention they want by covering mass shootings.

“Regarding the recent events, it is evident that the shooters do this in order to get the maximum amount of attention.” What is it that the media does to mass murderers? Musk asked.

Texas has a large Musk company presence. Tesla, electric vehicle maker movedCalifornia has less strict business regulations than the Lone Star State, which allowed Austin to be home to company headquarters. The state also offers state and local incentives valued at $64 millions.

Tesla officially opened a massive new vehicle and battery factory near Austin in April.

Musk is also the CEO of SpaceX. SpaceX launches rockets that can be reused from Boca Chica in South Texas.

In recent months, the CEO has been more politically active. announcingHe stated earlier that he would vote Republican in May, but he didn’t get into the gun control debate.

In emails, he stated to CNBC that he supported tight background checks for gun sales. He also supports limiting the sale of assault weapons to those in “high-risk locations” such as gun range owners or to individuals who are gang wardens.

Musk stated, “I believe the right to keep and bear arms is a vital safeguard against any potential government tyranny.” Musk stated in an email to CNBC that historically, those at power have not allowed the public ownership of guns.

At least 19 children and two adultsOn Tuesday, a massacre at a Uvalde elementary school in Texas resulted in their deaths. This was just one of many mass shootings that have occurred in this country so far in 2015.

ForbesMusk is the wealthiest person on the planet, with an estimated net worth of more than $200 billion. His deal to buy Twitter was initially worth more than $40 billion. If the deal is approved, he said that he would allow former President Donald Trump to return on Twitter, which has since been banned permanently.

Twitter banned the former president in January 2021 following a siege by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. Twitter stated at the time that it took the decision due to “the risk of further violence incitement.”

Trump, who was a passionate tweeter at the time, had over 80 million followers. Musk, along with his legions of fans and shareholders, has more Twitter followers than anyone else.

SpaceX, a Republican-dominated Texas company, is applying for FAA approval to expand Boca Chica and launch its Starship Super Heavy vehicles. Local environmentalists have expressed concern. pushed back againstSome of the company’s plans.

A report by Reuters claims that Musk has been accused of sexually harassing an attendant at SpaceX. Business Insider. Musk has denied sexually harassing anyone.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Republican Gov. scheduledMusk is set to join him at the annual pro-gun National Rifle Association meeting. Trump will also attend the NRA meeting. CNBC interviewed Abbott last year and he said that Musk is a frequent contact.

Elon was forced to leave California due to part of California’s social policies. Elon repeatedly told me that Elon likes Texas’ social policies. Abbott said at the timeHe introduced it after that. near-ban on abortionsIn the state.

Musk didn’t respond to a question asking if he would contact Abbott to urge him to improve background checks laws in Texas. Since the Texas shooting, Democratic legislators in Congress have urged their counterparts to adopt comprehensive gun reform legislation.

Tesla workers were employed in December. shot and killedCo-worker, in Fremont’s parking lot at Tesla’s Fremont California factory.