It never takes long, does it? Approximately 23 seconds after the news broke telling of the mass shooting that occurred in Austin, TX, the gun control lobby swung into action to call for stricter gun control measures.
It never fails.
The Austin American Statesman published a piece in which the author complained about how these pleas for gun control after a tragic shooting never result in any meaningful action to curtail Second Amendment protections in the Lone Star State. The author brings out the 2019 mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, noting that “Republicans vowed to work across the aisle to find common ground on gun safety measures.”
The author writes:
Instead, the GOP-led Legislature this year passed the permitless carry measure to allow anyone over the age of 21 who can legally possess a firearm in Texas to carry a handgun in public without a license. Lawmakers also approved bills to allow school marshals to carry concealed guns instead of keeping them locked away, let hotel guests bring guns to their rooms, remove sales taxes for firearm safety equipment and lift Texas-made firearm silencers from the state’s list of prohibited weapons.
State Rep. Vikki Goodwin called on Gov. Greg Abbott to veto the permitless carry bill that was recently passed in the legislature.
“We cannot ignore the pattern of gun violence that we have seen again and again,” Goodwin wrote in a letter addressed to Abbott. “While I realize that laws cannot singlehandedly keep guns out of the wrong hands, I also understand that they improve boundaries, create order and set a tone. We need you, as our governor, to send the message that we are addressing mass gun violence in Texas.”
As Austin recovers from a senseless mass shooting leaving 1 dead & 13 injured, the permitless carry bill sits on Gov. Abbott’s desk awaiting his signature. Today I sent a letter asking him to veto the bill, as it will only serve to perpetuate mass gun violence in TX. #txlege pic.twitter.com/JmD5qOFy9F
— Rep. Vikki Goodwin (@VikkiGoodwinTX) June 14, 2021
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