SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has broken his silence following the horrific murders of 19 elementary school youngsters and two adults at a Uvalde, Texas, school earlier this week.
After initially calling for “tight” background checks and special licensing for Americans who want to own so-called ‘assault’ rifles, he stressed the importance of the right to keep and bear arms historically.
Also, in an email to CNBC, Musk slammed the media for giving these murderers exactly what they crave, the fleeting attention of the masses.
“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?” he wrote.
“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,” he added.
Meanwhile, Twitter shares rose on Thursday after Musk announced he was increasing the cash portion of his Twitter bid.
The outlet reports:
A new filing reveals that Elon Musk plans to front $33.5 billion in his bid to take over Twitter.
Musk is in talks with Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey and others to help finance, or roll their shares over, to complete the deal.
In a letter to investors backing the holding company that Musk is forming to take Twitter private, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO expressed his commitment to completing the deal.
Shares of Twitter rose more than 5% after hours on the news, while Tesla shares dipped about 1%.
As CNBC’s David Faber previously reported, Elon Musk is expected to serve as a temporary CEO of Twitter for a few months after he completes the $44 billion acquisition.