AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the mass shooting today in Bryan, Texas:
“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the horrific events in Bryan today. To those who lost a loved one, we are thinking of you during this incredibly difficult time. I wish all those injured as fast and full a recovery as possible.
“I am holding the entire Bryan community in my thoughts as families and friends alike grapple with the aftermath of this tragedy. I also thank the brave first responders who put themselves in the way of danger to keep Texans safe.
“We also know all too painfully that thoughts are not enough. Events like these are the reason advocates are fighting relentlessly for common-sense gun control — because there should be no such thing as events like these. It is a painful irony that this tragedy struck on the very day our President took action towards ending gun violence — reminding us how necessary and overdue these reforms are. However, Texas politicians — including our governor himself — have actively barred the door to these reforms, and continue to put our communities at risk for this violence every single day. Today, just hours before this shooting, Greg Abbott took to Twitter to criticize President Biden’s move, saying, ‘It’s time to get legislation making TX a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State passed and to my desk for signing.’
“Governor Abbott, when you open the door to gun violence, this is not a sanctuary for anyone. We demand action. We aren’t asking anymore. Sandy Hook parents have been grieving for more than eight years now. The El Paso community is still reeling from the massacre a year and a half ago. Families in Atlanta, Boulder, and now in Bryan are newly living the sting of losing loved ones. Not a single one of them should be going through this.
“Families are suffering and will continue to suffer until politicians like Greg Abbott stop clearing the way for violence and tragedy to be wrought on our communities. I ask every Texas leader to stand with me in calling for the common-sense gun reform that will keep people safe. Texas families cannot wait any longer.”