Since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, there have been 311,000 children impacted by gun violence at 331 schools across the United States. The Robb Elementary School shooting that resulted in the death of 19 children and 2 teachers is the deadliest school shooting in Texas History. Since the May 24th tragedy, there have been at least 20 mass shootings in the United States.
In response, Sen. John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, and Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, are leading a bipartisan effort to incentivize states to establish red flag laws. These laws would make it illegal for anyone determined to be dangerous to themselves and others from accessing firearms.
However, Sen. Cornyn has requested that Republican senators hold off on making public their positions on the emerging Senate gun violence bill while he negotiates the bill behind closed doors. Sen. Murphy has expressed publicly that he believes chances are slim for a bipartisan deal but the U.S. Congress is feeling intense pressure from Americans to address the gun violence epidemic that is plaguing communities across America.
We demand our Texas members of Congress listen to the survivors of Uvalde and prioritize the safety of their constituents over their loyalty to party lines, corporations or the National Rifle Association. It is time for our teachers and our students to know we have their backs.
We demand that Sen. Cornyn and Republican lawmakers swiftly and effectively work with Democratic Senators to pass gun safety legislation to address the gun violence epidemic.
We ask our community to call Sen. Cornyn demanding he take immediate action and hold him accountable to the people of Texas.
By taking swift action, lawmakers will show us, their constituents, that they prioritize our safety and will do whatever it takes to prevent more loss of life to gun violence. Let’s work together to make America safe again.
Call Sen. Cornyn’s offices in Austin and Washington DC
Washington DC: 202-224-2934