Houston-area activists and lawmakers are calling again for action against mass shootings

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – There is an incredible sense of numbness and hopelessness that gun violence activists and elected officials are trying to fight. Beyond thoughts and prayers, they call for action and change.

Texas has had more mass school shootings since 2013 than any other state. Legislation is now being called for again. In addition, leaders said they wanted this weekend’s NRA conference at the George R. Brown to be canceled. They said this is not the time.

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee organized a vigil at the federal building downtown Tuesday night. She was joined by State Representative Gene Wu, Fiel Houston, Mom’s Demand Action, representatives from the Houston Area Women’s Center and family members of victims of local gun violence.

The congresswoman called for emergency meetings at the state and federal levels to introduce and vote on gun violence legislation restricting who and what types of guns are allowed.

Referring to the fact that Uvalde has a large migrant population, she also called for all immigration procedures involving victims’ families to be suspended.

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There was a time for song and prayer. The crowd also lit candles to honor the lives that have ended in mass shootings in New York, Southern California and now Uvalde.

“We must come together and resolve that we do not want children to be murdered. That it’s not worth it,” said Moms Demand Action’s Karin Knapp.

“America, wake up. this is real It’s not normal what you’re trying to make normal. Children do not have a chance to live their lives as children. America, what are we doing?” said George Kemp Jr., the father of a gun violence victim in Houston.

“There is no real answer except where is our courage? where is our courage Where’s our resolve to just say, ‘I’m going to let children live,'” added Jackson Lee.

There is no sign that Congress has the votes to pass legislation against mass shootings. President Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. Greg Abbott are currently scheduled to speak at this weekend’s NRA conference, according to our partners at the Houston Chronicle.

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