Friday, December 09, 2022

Republicans who represented Uvalde, Texas demand ‘more than thoughts and prayers’

Will Hurd, a former US Congressman representing Uvalde, Texas, wants “more than thoughts and prayers” to address the nation’s issue of gun violence on Monday.

“Last month, a fourth-grade classroom in Uvalde, Texas, a small, quiet community that I represented in Congress, became a war zone. Nineteen beautiful, innocent children and two dedicated, brave teachers are forever left behind by a vicious massacre. Went for it,” Hurd wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times. “It’s annoying. It’s heartbreaking. It could have been stopped.”

In the wake of the massacre at Robb Elementary School, and another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, which killed 10 people last month, a bipartisan group of senators is working on a gun control bill. But GOP lawmakers have argued that no new law would stop people from committing gun violence and blame shootings on other factors. Many were criticized for having “thought and prayed” instead of a meaningful solution.

“I believe in the simple language of the Second Amendment. I had an A rating with the National Rifle Association in Congress, and they supported my re-election campaigns,” Hurd said. “I also agree that it is ridiculous that any attempt to reform laws to keep lethal firearms out of irresponsible hands is met with outrage and stonewalling.”

Former Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) Is Calling For Gun Reform Laws, Including Universal Background Checks, Red Flag Laws And Raising The Age For Purchasing High-Capacity Semi-Automatic Weapons.
Former Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) is calling for gun reform laws, including universal background checks, red flag laws and raising the age for purchasing high-capacity semi-automatic weapons.

Hurd called for a multifaceted approach to America’s issue of gun violence, including strong social safety nets and accessible, quality mental health care facilities in communities.

“But we must also be prepared if our efforts fail – and that means preventing potential mass shooters from accessing weapons and victims,” he wrote.

Hurd was one of eight Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of HR 8, passed by the House last year, which would require universal background checks for gun purchases.

Bills like the HR8 should be signed into law and the age to buy high-capacity semi-automatic weapons should be raised, Hurd said. He added that red flag laws that allow law enforcement to temporarily seize firearms from individuals who may pose a danger to themselves or others should also be created at the federal level.

“Mass shootings don’t have to be a fact of life. They are preventable. However, we can’t back away from our political corners and repeat the same weary things,” Hurd said.

Read the full article in The New York Times.

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