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Texas House Democrats To Host Series Of “Safe Texas Town Hall” Meetings Across State

In face of inaction by Abbott after Uvalde, Democrats lead demand for change

(AUSTIN) – Members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus will lead a series of town hall discussions across the state on the subject of mass shootings and gun violence and how to best protect Texans at schools and other public places. The meetings will take place over the next couple of weeks, with the first to be held in El Paso, the site of the 2019 Walmart mass shooting that left 23 dead.

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, in which 19 children and 2 teachers were fatally shot, is the latest such tragic event in recent Texas history. Following the El Paso mass shooting, House Democrats called on Governor Greg Abbott to convene a special session to close the background check loophole, ban the sale of high-capacity magazines, enact extreme-risk protective orders and other common-sense measures. Abbott ignored the demand for action, instead convening round-table meetings. Now, after the Uvalde tragedy, the governor is taking a similarly weak approach by asking the House and Senate to convene special committees.

Texas House Democratic Caucus Chair Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie) issued the following statement:

“What happened in Uvalde has shaken Texas to its core, and Texans want to see action from the governor and legislature. The problem is not that there is a shortage of committees in the Texas Legislature; the problem is that there is a shortage of political will to do the right thing.

“House Democrats have clearly been on record for years supporting common-sense gun safety measures that will save lives, but we need to have leadership from Governor Abbott if anything is to change. House Democrats will lead town hall meetings across the state to hear from our constituents, who are also the governor’s constituents. At each of these meetings, we hope the governor will finally be able to see that there is strong support from Texans of all backgrounds for the Legislature to enact common-sense solutions to gun violence.”

The Texas House Democratic Caucus Safe Texas Town Hall meetings will begin June 6th. Additional details will be provided as dates and locations are confirmed and more town halls are scheduled.

El Paso County Town Hall
Starlight Event Center
6650 Continental, 6th Floor, Sunset Room
El Paso, TX 79925
Monday, June 6th, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Dallas County Town Halls
Carrollton:
Location TBD
Tuesday, June 7th

Grand Prairie:
Location TBD
Thursday, June 9th

Richardson:
Details to come.

Dallas:
Details to come. 

Tarrant County Town Hall
Tarrant County College South Campus, SREC Recital Hall
5301 Campus Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Thursday, June 9th, 6:00 pm 

Travis County Town Hall
Location TBD
Saturday, June 11th

Bexar County Roundtable
Location TBD
Tuesday, June 21st, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm

Harris and Fort Bend County Town Hall
Details to come. 

Williamson County Town Hall
Details to come. 

Rio Grande Valley Town Hall
Details to come. 

Maverick County Town Hall
Details to come. 

The Texas House Democratic Caucus, which is composed of all Democrats in the Texas House, serves as the group’s membership services and logistical arm, and works to support House Democrats with communications, policy, and legal resources. Chaired by Rep. Chris Turner (D – Grand Prairie), the Caucus is focused on fighting for real solutions for all Texans.

For questions regarding the information in this release, please contact Erin Swearingen, Communications Coordinator for the Texas House Democratic Caucus, by email erin@texashousedems.com.

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