Gun Violence Is A Problem In Texas. And No One’s Talking About It.

Gun Violence Is A Problem In Texas. And No One's Talking About It.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, of Texas, back right, speaks during a debate with MJ Hegar, of Round Rock, left, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (Bob Daemmrich/Nexstar/KXAN via AP, Pool) Texas has been home to several high-profile mass shootings over the past decade. And after each deadly event, like clockwork, there’s a debate about the types of legislation that can be passed to prevent the next tragedy. But for some reason, the issue has hardly been spoken about during the 2020 election cycle. During the third and final presidential debate , the topic wasn’t broached once. That’s odd considering just 13 months ago, former El Paso congressman Beto O’Rourke declared, “Hell yes we’re going to take your AR-15s, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” during a Democratic debate featuring candidates who were hoping to represent the party in the race for the presidency. The lack of discussion about guns and Second Amendment rights is also unusual because gun deaths have been on the rise over the past two decades. According to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the number of annual gun deaths in Texas has jumped from 2,117 in 1999 to 3,522 in 2018. It’s because of that increase in annual gun deaths that Ed Scruggs, board president of the nonpartisan group Texas Gun Sense , said his group advocates for evidence-based policies that they believe will reduce gun injuries […]

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