San Antonio Democrats Call For A Special Session On Gun Violence

In the aftermath of multiple deadly mass shootings in the state, Texas lawmakers are calling on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to take action.

Standing in solidarity at San Antonio College, all nine Democratic members of San Antonio’s state congressional delegation called on Texas Governor Greg Abbott to reconvene the state legislature for a special session to address gun violence.

In prepared statements, the legislators said that inaction on gun violence will lead to more mass shootings in Texas like recent tragedies in El Paso, Odessa, and Midland.

Reading their remarks one by one, all nine of the legislators were critical of the statewide Republican leadership. They echoed a similar sentiment: The time for talking is over and the time for action is now.

“Round tables are not cutting it anymore and we cannot wait until 2021 to do something,” said State Rep. Ina Minjarez.

The Texas Legislature is not scheduled to convene again for a regular session until January 2021.

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State Rep. Diego Bernal addressed his Republican colleagues who are skeptical that gun control will put an end to mass shootings in Texas.

“There isn’t one magic thing we can do, but there are a series of things we can try,” said Bernal. “There’s nothing left to do but try.”

The news conference was organized by the Texas House Democratic Caucus and was one of five taking place in Texas’ largest cities calling on Governor Abbott to convene the legislature for a special session. Similar events took place in Dallas, Houston, Austin, and El Paso.

Earlier in the day, 61 members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus wrote an open letter to Governor Abbott calling for a special session on gun violence.

At the news conference, all eight San Antonio Democrats in the Texas House were joined by State Senator Jose Menendez, the lone San Antonio Democrat in the Texas Senate.

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