TEXAS ─ On Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled eight executive orders he said will help protect the public from mass shootings. The orders center on reporting to and public awareness of the Texas Suspicious Activity Reporting Network. Abbott said he will announce legislative proposals next week.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, interim executive director of Jolt Action, a Texas Latino voter organization:
“Gov. Abbott’s executive orders are inadequate to take the action Texans are demanding to keep our communities safe from mass shooters. Anything short of complete gun reform is not enough.
“We reaffirm our call for a special Texas legislative session during which lawmakers must finally guarantee background checks for all gun purchases. Our current uncontrolled, easy access to guns is giving domestic terrorists the tools they need to devastate our communities in a matter of minutes. Leaving gun access in place for people who have these motives isn’t leadership — it’s cowardice, and it’s not going to prevent more deaths.
“Latinos have not forgotten the hateful, racist rhetoric that ended with a shooter taking 23 lives in El Paso in August. Gov. Abbott and other Texas leaders have a history of whipping fear of Latinos to bolster their political profiles. It’s ludicrous for Abbott to scapegoat and dehumanize Latinos, then present increased monitoring as his solution. He must commit to undoing the bigoted atmosphere he helped foster and to fighting white supremacy in Texas.”
Jolt Action is the largest Latino progressive organization in Texas, focused on building the political power and growing the influence of young Latinos.