Elon Musk speaks on stage through the Westworld Featured Session throughout SXSW at Austin Convention Center on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk known as for “tight” background checks for all gun purchases whereas additionally backing firearm possession as a “safeguard” in opposition to political tyranny — a day after a lone gunman killed no less than 19 youngsters and two adults at an elementary faculty in south Texas.
In an electronic mail to CNBC, Musk blamed the media for giving murderers the eye he believes they crave by masking mass shootings.
“Regarding recent events, the shooters are obviously doing this to generate the most amount of attention possible. Why is the media doing exactly what the mass murderers want?” Musk requested.
Musk’s firms have an enormous footprint in Texas. Electric automobile maker Tesla moved firm headquarters to Austin from California final 12 months because of the Lone Star State’s much less stringent enterprise laws, and state and native incentives value about $64 million.
Tesla formally opened an enormous new automobile and battery manufacturing unit close to Austin in April.
Musk additionally runs SpaceX, which launches reusable rockets from Boca Chica, in south Texas.
The CEO has turn into extra vocal politically in latest months, asserting earlier in May that he plans to vote Republican.
He mentioned in emails to CNBC on Wednesday that he helps “tight background checks” for all gun gross sales and limiting gross sales of assault weapons to folks in particular circumstances, like gun vary homeowners, or individuals who stay in a “high risk location, like gang warfare.”
At least 19 youngsters and two adults had been killed in a mass capturing at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary faculty on Tuesday, considered one of a spate of mass shootings within the U.S. thus far this 12 months.
“I strongly believe that the right to bear arms is an important safeguard against potential tyranny of government. Historically, maintaining their power over the people is why those in power did not allow public ownership of guns,” Musk mentioned in an electronic mail to CNBC.
Forbes ranks Musk because the richest individual on the earth with a internet value of over $200 billion. He is within the strategy of buying Twitter for a deal that was initially value over $40 billion. He has mentioned he would let former President Donald Trump again on the platform if the deal goes by.
Twitter completely banned the previous president in January 2021 following a siege by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. At the time, the social media firm mentioned it made the choice “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Trump was an avid person of the platform and had amassed greater than 80 million followers. Musk has much more Twitter followers than Trump did at the moment, together with legions of shareholders and followers of his firms.
In Republican-dominated Texas, SpaceX is looking for FAA authorization to increase its Boca Chica facility and conduct launches of its Starship Super Heavy autos there. Environmentalists and different native teams have pushed again in opposition to among the firm’s plans.
Musk was not too long ago accused of sexually harassing a SpaceX flight attendant, in response to a report by Business Insider. Musk has denied the allegations.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who remains to be scheduled to attend the pro-gun National Rifle Association annual assembly on Friday, counts Musk amongst his allies. Trump can be set to attend the NRA assembly. Abbott mentioned final 12 months in an interview with CNBC that he speaks with Musk “frequently.”
“Elon had to get out of California because in part of the social policies in California and Elon consistently tells me that he likes the social policies in the state of Texas,” Abbott mentioned on the time, after he launched a close to ban on abortions within the state.
Musk didn’t reply when requested if he would name Abbott to push him to strengthen background verify legal guidelines on the Texas state degree. Democratic lawmakers in Congress have known as on their colleagues to go complete gun-reform measures because the Texas capturing.
In December, one Tesla employee shot and killed a co-worker within the car parking zone of Tesla’s manufacturing unit in Fremont, California.