Austin, TX — rear multiple shooting incidents nationwide this week, Uvalde family tree People gathered on Tuesday as the Texas legislature introduced four new bills to tighten gun control in the wake of the Robb Elementary School shooting last May.
Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D. San Antonio) says school shooting survivors will sue Texas agencies and Texas law enforcement officers will be sued for conduct of duty if passed into law and introduced a bill to create a permanent institution. A federal law that protects compensation funds for victims of school shootings and protects gun sellers and manufacturers from liability by taxing state gun sales. Abolish protection laws.
A watcher of Texas politics said gun control reform is unlikely to pass without the support of Republicans, who control both houses of the state legislature and governor.
Gutierrez told ABC News that he currently has no intention of being co-sponsored by the Republican Party on any of the proposed bills, but all bills will eventually have an associated bill in the Texas House of Representatives. said deaf. “Most of these are nonpartisan issues,” he said.
Gutierrez, who represents Uvalde, said it was time to address the country’s gun problem as the list of mass shootings continues to grow.
“You can sue big cigarettes if they’re marketed to children, but you can’t sue big guns. It’s ridiculous,” Gutierrez said. “I don’t know how it got passed, and I think my Republican colleagues will support me.”
Last May, an 18-year-old gunman armed with an assault rifle attacked Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two teachers. It was a mass shooting that sparked several lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
Velma Durand, the sister of the murdered teacher Irma Garcia and a former teacher at Robb Elementary School, has urged Congress to consider the proposed bill.
“I come here and plead with you to heed these common-sense gun laws that we Americans, teachers, and children need to live in peace.” Are you waiting for it to happen to you and your family before taking the time to stop it?”
Texas legislators have introduced more than 30 gun control bills ahead of the 2022 Texas legislature. Other proposals include raising the age to buy an assault rifle from his 18 to his 21, implementing red flag laws and requiring background checks on all gun sales.
Felicia Martínez, the mother of victim Xavier Lopez, said Tuesday, “The age limit should be raised to 21 because it’s unbearable to have a family split up.
“These laws need to change, they need to change today, not tomorrow,” Martinez said.
The Uvalde family continues to lobby for gun reform, with many traveling to Washington, D.C. last year to advocate a federal assault weapons ban.
Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University in Houston, said he doubts gun control policies will pass this Congress.
“All of that was suggested,” Jones told ABC News.
Jones said while most Republicans view the proposed reforms as a violation of their Second Amendment rights, legislators face a harsh reality in the Uvalde case.
“Uvalde is a difficult issue for lawmakers in that one of the more common sense gun reform proposals, raising the age to buy an assault rifle from 18 to 21, is being proposed, both in itself and the scale of the carnage.” said Jones.
Brandon Rottinghouse, a professor at the University of Houston, said the Republican Party, which has a majority under Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, has all the power.
“[Republicans] Set the agenda in the State Senate. They set up committees and set priorities. So they have a lot of power,” Rottinghouse told his ABC News.
“What they talk about is that this is not a gun issue, it is a public safety issue. said Mr.
Other members of Congress are already looking beyond gun control, dealing with the political realities of gun-obsessed states.
Rep. Sean Thierry, a Democrat representing parts of southern Houston, has proposed several gun control bills, but also advocated measures to improve school safety.
Thierry plans to introduce legislation requiring school districts to adopt a range of school security technologies to reduce threats to students and teachers, such as electronic metal detectors and panic alert buttons.
“Even if we raise the legal buying age to 21, ban assault weapons, or mandate background checks, we will still need these backstops,” Thierry told ABC News. “These measures do not eliminate the need for additional school security.”
Thierry also proposed a bill to impose a 1,000% tax on the purchase of assault rifles.