September 27, 2019/Blog, Media

The epidemic has to stop.



Washington Navy Yard

Fort Hood


Colorado Springs

San Bernardino



Las Vegas

Sutherland Spring

Santa Fe


Virginia Beach


El Paso


The epidemic has to stop. This list will keep growing if our leaders don’t step up.

Governor Greg Abbott and Republicans in the state legislature continue to refuse to call an emergency special session to pass common-sense solutions to end gun violence and eradicate white supremacy.

Too many innocent lives have been lost. No father, child or grandparent should ever have to get the call that one of their loved ones was shot in a senseless act of violence and racial hate.

“An emergency special session is the only way to truly start combating the scourge of gun violence and white supremacy in our state and country. People are dying every single day. Governor Abbott must act now before another tragedy befalls Texas. Every day he waits, our families remain vulnerable to another attack.”

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Manny Garcia

We’re tired of the alerts on our phones, only to see another mass shooting claiming the lives of people who went to a bar, to go back-to-school shopping, or was simply attending a music festival.

This isn’t the America we love and cherish, where all people are accepted no matter their skin color, gender, or who they love.

Trump and his cronies keep spewing and stirring up hate all over our great nation. From a gunman driving over nine hours to El Paso to a man gunning down 49 innocent lives in Orlando — spurred by racism and homophobia. Enough is enough.

This can’t keep happening. We must put an end to this once and for all.

Gun violence is an epidemic in Texas and across our country:

  • Mass shootings have become the norm
  • Guns are easily ending up in the hands of dangerous people
  • Guns are being accessed without proper background checks
  • Weapons of war are too easily accessible – they belong in war zones, not our neighborhoods
  • Campus carry has been forced upon our public universities

“Every Texan should be free to walk outside, go to church, go to school, and go shopping without the fear of gun violence.”

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa

We need more than thoughts and prayers, we need policy and change. Racist rhetoric is rampant in Republican talking points, and it needs to be eradicated.

It’s time to demand comprehensive universal background checks, end open carry laws, ban high capacity magazines, keep weapons of war off our streets, and pass red flag laws so that we keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

Democrats and the American people agree:

It’s time for common-sense gun reform.

Now more than ever, mass shootings and images of shocked young people and grieving parents have become all too common on the nightly news. The toll of gun violence is intolerable and Texans are demanding solutions.