Texas is unlikely to adopt key provision of bipartisan gun bill — a red flag law to take guns away from people deemed dangerous

Texas is unlikely to adopt key provision of bipartisan gun bill — a red flag law to take guns away from people deemed dangerous

This post was originally published on this site By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune June 23, 2022 The bipartisan gun bill that is on a fast track through Congress and backed by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn includes new state grants to incentivize red flag laws, which allow judges to temporarily...

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Republicans flip US House seat in South Texas in historically Democratic stronghold

Republicans flip US House seat in South Texas in historically Democratic stronghold

This post was originally published on this site Republican Mayra Flores prevailed Tuesday in a special election for an open congressional seat in South Texas, marking a major breakthrough for Republicans eager to blaze new inroads in the historically blue region. She beat Dan Sanchez, the leading Democrat, outright in...

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Election 2022 Takeaways: Big Trump Win, Nev. Senate Race Set

Election 2022 Takeaways: Big Trump Win, Nev. Senate Race Set

This post was originally published on this siteDonald Trump’s preferred candidate in South Carolina made Rep. Tom Rice the first Republican to be booted from office after voting to impeach the former president.

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Justice Department Will Conduct Review Of Law Enforcement Response To Uvalde Shooting

Justice Department Will Conduct Review Of Law Enforcement Response To Uvalde Shooting

This post was originally published on this site The Justice Department is conducting a “critical incident review” of law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde school shooting at the request of the city’s mayor, spokesperson Anthony Coley said Sunday.

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How Uvalde’s elected officials have voted on gun laws

How Uvalde’s elected officials have voted on gun laws

This post was originally published on this siteThe rural Texas town is represented by Democrats and Republicans with a wide range of views on gun laws

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Uvalde, Texas, gunman was inside the school for an hour as parents urged police to rush in, witnesses say

Uvalde, Texas, gunman was inside the school for an hour as parents urged police to rush in, witnesses say

The gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday crashed his truck outside Robb Elementary School at roughly 11:30 am. He “was inside the school for roughly an hour,” The New York Times reports, before a tactical unit of four Border Patrol agents breached the classroom where the shooter was holed up and shot him dead around 1 pm.
In that hour-long period, “frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school,” The Associated Press reports. Juan Carranza, who witnessed the events from his house across the street, told AP he saw women shouting “Go in there! Go in there!” at the officers after the attack began, but they did not go in.
Javier Cazares, whose 4th grade daughter, Jacklyn Cazares, was killed in the shooting, told AP he suggested to fellow fathers that they “just rush in because the cops aren’t doing anything like they are supposed to.” Police held them back, but “we wanted to storm the building,” Cazares told The Washington Post. “We were saying, ‘Let’s go’ because that is how worried we were, and we wanted to get our babies out.”
Authorities haven’t provided a clear timeline of events, but Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman Travis Considine said the gunman, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, “encountered” a school police officer before entering the building and “they exchanged fire,” leaving the officer wounded. Two Uvalde officers who arrived and tried to get inside were wounded in another exchange of gunfire with Ramos, he said. Ramos then entered a 4th grade classroom and “barricaded himself by locking the door and just started shooting children and teachers that were inside that classroom,” DPS Lt. Christopher Olivarez told CNN.
“Much of how events unfolded remains unclear,” including whether police “could have intervened earlier to prevent Ramos from reaching the classroom” or entered the locked classroom sooner, the Post reports. The Border Patrol agents “had trouble breaching the classroom door and had to get a staff member to open the room with a key,” AP reports, citing a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. 
“Ramos was in the room for some time before police officers entered, and it was unclear whether he killed the students when he first barricaded himself inside or just before the police breached the room,”  the Post reports. “Shots were still being heard at 12:52 pm.”
What is clear is law enforcement officers were among those who suffered personal losses Tuesday. One of the slain teachers, Eva Mireles, was married to a Uvalde schools police officer, and a sheriff’s deputy’s daughter was among the children killed in Mirales’ classroom.

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Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas governor during update on Uvalde elementary school shooting

Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas governor during update on Uvalde elementary school shooting

This post was originally published on this siteTexas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Beto O’Rourke confronted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and other officials on Wednesday as they tried to provide updates on Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in the state.

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Henry Cuellar declares victory, but Jessica Cisneros won’t concede in nail-biter runoff for South Texas seat

Henry Cuellar declares victory, but Jessica Cisneros won’t concede in nail-biter runoff for South Texas seat

This post was originally published on this site By Abby Livingston and Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune May 24, 2022 LAREDO —U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, the last anti-abortion Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, boldly declared victory just before midnight in his nail-biter primary runoff race. But his progressive...

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It’s not just Uvalde, Texas — shootings on school grounds is at historic highs in the US

It’s not just Uvalde, Texas — shootings on school grounds is at historic highs in the US

This post was originally published on this siteGunfire on school property is at an all-time high, according to the K-12 School Shooting Database at the Naval Postgraduate School.     

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