21 People Were Murdered and Republicans Are Still Protecting The Gun Lobby

Last week, 21 people – including 19 children – were killed in a senseless act of gun violence. In the wake of this horrific attack, Republicans were quick to offer their thoughts and prayers, but unsurprisingly, doubled down on their extreme, wildly out-of-touch commitment to the gun lobby.

Instead of taking action to keep our children safe, Republicans across the country are blocking legislation, loosening gun laws, and protecting the gun lobby:

Associated Press: “Senate GOP blocks domestic terrorism bill, gun policy debate”

The Texas Tribune: “Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws”

The Guardian: “Democrats rush to push gun safety laws after mass shootings as Republicans stall”

In the past week, Republicans have offered nonsensical solutions and excuses for their refusal to combat gun violence in our country:

Heartland Signal: “Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR) on whether he would support raising the age to buy an AR-15 from 18 to 21: ‘No… That’s not going to be the solution and it’s going to cause more harm than good.’”

BuzzFeed’s David Mack: “TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick, a fierce opponent of gun control, says today’s shooting may have been caused by Texas schools having ‘too many entrances and too many exits.’”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Twice in recent days [Herschel] Walker has fumbled questions on gun control: In one interview he seemed to suggest monitoring young people’s social media activity, and in another he dodged the question altogether.”

Buzzfeed: “Texas Officials Blame The School Shooting On Mental Health And Not The Guns That Were Used To Kill 19 Children”

Top Republican leaders – including Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Governor Kristi Noem – doubled down on their commitment to the gun lobby at the NRA convention in Texas, just days after the shooting in Uvalde. 

Vox: “Days after school shooting, Republicans defend gun rights at NRA convention”

Washington Post: “Trump, Cruz join NRA leaders in defiant response to Uvalde shooting”

Insider: “Texas Gov. Abbott gave 2 different speeches about gun control at the same time with 2 different messages. One was in Uvalde, the other was at the NRA convention in Houston.”