San Antonio

Texas State Senator blames Abbott, GOP, NRA after Uvalde shooting

“If Greg Abbott wants to go lobby for them, if he wants to be an advocate for them, that’s on him, but the people of Texas are sick and tired of this,” he mentioned.

UVALDE, Texas — State Sen. Roland Gutierrez is looking for a particular session of the Texas State Legislature to enact widespread sense gun legal guidelines, putting blame on Republicans and the gun foyer after the shooting at Robb Elementary that killed 21 on Tuesday. 

Gutierrez, a Democrat from San Antonio who represents Uvalde in District 19, interrupted a press convention that Gov. Greg Abbott was giving this week to name for motion on gun management. “We’ve got to do something, man,” he mentioned. 

In the times after the assault, Abbott has dismissed the concept that extra restrictive gun legal guidelines would assist. 

At the memorial that’s rising exterior of the elementary faculty the place 19 college students and two of their lecturers had been killed, Gutierrez spoke to KENS 5 in regards to the ache of this previous week, and what change he hopes will come.

RELATED: ‘Call us again, man’: Texas Sen. Roland Gutierrez interrupts Gov. Abbott at press convention

“I’m gonna keep yelling, I’m gonna keep demanding it,” he advised KENS 5’s Henry Ramos. “People are demanding change, Democrats and Republicans.”

“How is it that an 18-year-old can walk into a store down the street, buy two automatic rifles in three different days, 1,800 rounds of ammunition, and no one stops to say anything?” he continued. “It needs to be raised to 21, we need to have waiting periods, we need to have red flag laws, there’s about three things that most people agree on.”

Standing in the best way, he mentioned, are elected Republicans and the gun foyer that helps fund their election campaigns.

RELATED: How to assist the Uvalde neighborhood affected by the varsity shooting

“If most Democrats and Republicans agree on them, then why aren’t we doing them? It only comes down to one thing, and that’s the NRA, gun manufacturers and their money that they’re giving to the Republican party,” he mentioned. “If Greg Abbott wants to go lobby for them, if he wants to be an advocate for them, that’s on him, but the people of Texas are sick and tired of this. He’s had eight massacres under his watch. Enough is enough.”

The National Rifle Association held its annual conference in Houston over Memorial Day weekend, simply days after the shooting at Robb Elementary. Abbott spoke through pre-recorded video message, whereas Ted Cruz and Donald Trump appeared in individual. All have taken political contributions from the NRA.

RELATED: NRA audio system unshaken on gun rights after faculty bloodbath

“There’s bipartisan support in the constituency, the voters,” Gutierrez mentioned. “It’s the folks in Austin, the Republicans in Austin that don’t want to move a bit because they’d rather advocate for the NRA than advocate for their constituents that want common sense gun laws. Look, I’m a gun owner, but this is ridiculous. These weapons in the hands of 18-year-olds, makes zero sense, and we have to create some change there.”

For many years mass shootings have sparked nationwide debate on gun management, however performed little to maneuver the needle on enacting gun management measures. Gutierrez says that even some Republican colleagues at the moment are calling for motion in a method he hasn’t seen earlier than.

“I’ve had two Republicans, one in the House, one in the Senate, already call for a special session. That has never happened before,” he mentioned. “You’ve got colleagues that are calling me – they’re anonymous at this point, they don’t want me to say who they are – they’re telling me, ‘Maybe the 21 (years old) thing makes sense.’ Of course it makes sense!”

Authorities mentioned the 18-year-old shooter in Uvalde was capable of legally buy two assault rifles and over 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

“We’ve got work to do, Greg Abbott wants to blow us off. He wants to blow us off. We need to go back in two, three weeks, uncover what went on over here, and make sure that we have adequate and substantial change on our gun laws,” Gutierrez mentioned. “Let’s create gun laws, because we have none. Every time we go back in that building every other year, all they do is create more accessibility to guns instead of less.”

Texas Republicans handed a invoice in 2021, signed by Gov. Abbott, that enables anybody who can legally buy a gun to hold that gun in public and not using a allow or license. The invoice was opposed by gun security advocates and legislation enforcement teams. Abbott mentioned that the invoice was “the strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history.”

18-year-olds can’t purchase handguns legally within the state, however they will buy rifles just like the one utilized in Uvalde and in lots of different mass shootings.

Outside of the bigger dialog on gun management, Gutierrez mentioned he is grieving with the households in his neighborhood, and dealing to verify they’ve resources to get by this disaster within the quick and long run.

“It’s been really emotionally draining, you’re just on a rollercoaster, but I don’t even think about myself when I see the families,” Gutierrez mentioned. “I want to assure them that they have adequate state resources, make sure that we find more resources for them. No one should feel like they’re in need for anything. I want them to know that we’re here for them, and we’re here for the long haul.”

Those wants will embody psychological well being care for many who have been deeply traumatized, particularly the younger kids who survived the assault and the households of those that didn’t.

“I’ve asked Greg Abbott to give us $2 million for this community, the community health clinic, so that we can bring long-term mental healthcare,” Gutierrez mentioned. “There is only one psychiatrist in Uvalde, that is the problem of rural Texas. We need licensed social workers here rather than doing teletherapy. Therapy is a little bit different than telemedicine you really need to have that personal touch.”

This want for care will proceed lengthy after Uvalde leaves the nationwide headlines, the Texas lawmaker added, as will the ache locally.

“This is just the beginning. Our families here that are affected are on a rollercoaster ride of their own, a thousand times what you and I are going through,” Gutierrez mentioned. “But I’m not gonna leave, and we’re gonna make sure that we keep doing what we need to do for our constituents.”

Back to top button