Uvalde families push for urgency after California shooting

Austin, Texas (AP) — Uvalde families pleaded Tuesday for new urgency to tighten gun laws following a series of mass shootings in California, including the nation’s deadliest gun violence since last year’s attack on a Texas elementary school.

“People die every day, this shouldn’t happen,” said Veronica Mata, whose 10-year-old daughter Tess was among those killed in the May attack on Robb’s elementary school.

Three shootings in California that have killed at least 24 people since last week come as the Texas Legislature returns to work for the first time since the Uvalde massacre. Democrats have put forward dozens of proposals that have tightened gun laws in Texas, but most of them stand little chance of moving forward in the face of the GOP’s overwhelming majority.

However, several parents and relatives of the 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalda drove more than three hours on Tuesday to resume their calls to the Texas Capitol. Some families said Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who made no mention of the Uvalda shooting when he was sworn in for a third term during his inaugural address last week, privately told them he did not support tougher restrictions.

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