Uvalde, Texas school shooting: ‘Our values ​​are messed up’ Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says of the massacre

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Business as usual continued at the Houston City Council on Wednesday, but strong words also came from City Hall.

“(Tuesday) night we talked about how we just wanted to go home and kiss our kids or hug the people we love the most,” said Abbie Kamin, who represents District C. I can’t do that. There are beds today that are empty.”

While several council members commented on the mass shooting in Uvalde, nobody in the room was more defiant than Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“I don’t want to be nice anymore,” said Turner, who gave a 12-minute speech about the shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children, at Robb Primary School in Uvalde.

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During that time, he passionately called out elected officials as well as adults who have misplaced their firearms priorities.

“We protect our guns more than we protect our babies,” Turner said. “Our values ​​are messed up”

Turner brought up this weekend’s NRA conference in Houston, saying it could not be canceled due to contractual obligations, but called out Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz for attending the event.

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He also criticized Cruz’s proposal to arm teachers to make schools safer.

“I’m a little disappointed in Sen. Ted Cruz,” he said. “(Cruz) said the answer to this gun violence is to put guns in the hands of teachers. Do you mean that seriously?”

He also interviewed state legislators who passed House Bill 1927 in 2021, which allowed Texans to carry a handgun without a license or training.

Turner also spent time reaching out to pro-life faith groups opposed to current gun laws.

“How can you love someone you don’t see and do nothing for the ones you see every day,” Turner asked.

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The mayor said it’s up to elected officials, including himself and the city council, to pass laws protecting children from gun violence.

“The kids don’t do that to themselves,” he said. “It’s the adults.”

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