A Gun-Control Activist Said ‘Yes’ to the Texas Governor’s Invitation. Here’s What Happened Next.

A Gun-Control Activist Said ‘Yes’ to the Texas Governor’s Invitation. Here’s What Happened Next.

“You’ve done nothing!” has emerged as a repeated refrain in the wake of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas — from angry parents restrained by law enforcement, and from opposition leaders like Beto O’Rourke, who disrupted Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday. In advance of this weekend’s NRA conference in Houston, where Abbott was scheduled to appear, protesters are mobilizing to voice their exasperation with inaction from state leaders in the wake of yet another massacre. But actually, in 2018, after a mass shooting at Santa Fe High School near Houston, and again in 2019 following a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart, the Texas governor did do something: He pulled a task force together, and asked Ed Scruggs — gun control activist and former board president of Texas Gun Sense — to be a part of it. Scruggs talked to POLITICO Magazine about how those discussions unfolded (and eventually unraveled) and how he went from thinking Texas’ leaders were sincerely engaging with gun control proposals to feeling like he had been “used like a prop.” “It’s certainly disheartening now,” says Scruggs. “But I think people need to realize that there was a time when our state leaders said they were open to trying things to stop this, and they invited people to discuss this. Were they serious? Were they just playing a role? Because now that this has happened again, they need to explain themselves.” Here’s what else he had to say: […]

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