Outraged Uvalde Residents Rise Up Against Local Fundraiser for NRA

A fundraising event planned by charity for National Rifle Association (NRA) in Hondo Texas, some 40 miles away from the Robb Elementary School shooting, was canceled after relatives of the victims demanded that the Hondo City Council nix the fundraiser. The Hondo City Council voted 4-to-1 on Monday to deny Friends of the NRA, the foundation that planned the fundraiser, a space for the event in the city’s Medina Fair Hall after relatives protested the affair. “It is a slap in the face to all of Uvalde, especially the ones that lost a loved one, some of us being here…

Poll Reveals Gov. Greg Abbott’s Lead Over Beto O’Rourke May Be Shrinking

Following the deadliest school shooting in Texas’s history, new polling finds that far right Gov. Greg Abbott’s unfavorability rating is higher than it’s ever been, while his lead over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke may be shrinking. As new findings from University of Texas/Texas Politics Project show, Abbott’s favorability was at 44 percent as of June, with another 44 percent of those polled saying that they view the governor unfavorably. This is the highest the latter has ever been, according to surveys conducted by the pollster ranging back to 2012, when Abbott was Texas’s attorney general. The survey was taken…

Compromise Gun Bill Passes Senate, Expected to Pass House on Friday

The Senate passed a compromise gun reform bill on Thursday night, after weeks of negotiation between Democrats and Republicans in response to a surge in mass shootings throughout the country. The bill is a far cry from what gun reform advocates have been calling for, as it doesn’t address the root causes of the U.S.’s gun violence epidemic, including the deep-pocketed and politically powerful gun lobby. But the bipartisan group of 20 senators — which includes 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans — still praised the legislation as being a worthwhile step forward. “This bill is a compromise. It doesn’t do…

California: Speak Up for Student Privacy

There has been a 500% increase in the use of remote proctoring tools during the pandemic. EFF is proud to sponsor S.B. 1172, the Student Test Taker Privacy Protection Act (STTPPA), a first-of-its-kind piece of legislation authored by Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, to place limits on what they collect and provide students the right to their day in court for privacy violations.

Protesters Call for Student Strikes If Lawmakers Fail to Pass Gun Reforms

Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in over 450 protests across the country Saturday demanding lawmakers take action on gun control laws in the wake of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York. March for Our Lives, the youth-led organization created by students who survived the mass shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, organized Saturday’s rallies. Patricia and Manuel Oliver, whose son, Joaquin, was among those killed in Parkland, addressed the Washington, DC crowd announcing a new campaign called I Will Avoid. “Our elected officials have betrayed us and avoid the responsibility…

Uvalde Hires More Police After 60 Cops Took 77 Minutes to Act in School Shooting

Uvalde plans to hire more school police officers in the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting, even amid reports that the officers dispatched to the scene waited for over an hour to enter the building as kids were trapped inside with the shooter. On Thursday, Hal Harrell, the superintendent of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, announced that the district’s police department would expand the size of its force. “It is our goal to hire additional officers to be assigned to each campus for the upcoming school year,” said Hal Harrell during a press conference. However, it’s not apparent…

Joe Manchin Is Open to Raising Age to Buy Assault Weapons to 21

Conservative Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), who has repeatedly obstructed his Democratic colleagues’ agenda over the past year, has expressed support for gun reform in the wake of the recent string of mass shootings across the country. Manchin told CNN on Monday that he would vote in favor of legislation that would raise the age for purchasing assault-style weapons up to 21. In his opinion, he said, there isn’t any real reason for anyone to own an AR-15, the weapon often used by killers in mass shootings. Manchin, who is a hunter, said that he’d never have “a need”…

Journalists in Texas Say Uvalde Police Are Actively Obstructing News Reporters

Police and bikers in Uvalde, Texas, are restricting a growing number of journalists from reporting on the aftermath of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 fourth graders and two teachers dead. “None of us can ever recall being treated in such a manner and our job impeded in such a manner,” says Nora Lopez, executive editor of San Antonio Express-News and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. “Newsgathering is a constitutional right, so at some point this will cross into basically official oppression,” she says. Lopez also says residents are now afraid to speak…

Federal Grant May Help Pay for Razing of School Where Uvalde Shooting Took Place

Robb Elementary School, the site of the tragic shooting on May 24 where 19 children and two teachers were killed, may be demolished using federal grant money, according to Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin. “I don’t think anybody’s plans are but to tear that building down,” McLaughlin said in a quote to NBC. “I would never ask, expect, a child to ever have to walk in those doors ever, ever again. That building needs to be gone.” State Sen. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio, who oversees the Uvalde district, agrees with McLaughlin and when President Biden paid a visit to the…

The AR-15 Has No Business Being in the Hands of Civilians

Content warning: This story includes graphic descriptions of gun violence and its effects on the human body. As the nation absorbs the horror of yet another massacre of schoolchildren, questions about the police’s response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, have become paramount. According to still conflicting reports, police became aware of an active shooter within Robb Elementary School but did not enter the building and engage the attacker for more than 70 minutes. In that span, the gunman was able to kill 19 children and two teachers with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. The Washington Post reports: Since the…

Will the Gun Lobby Block New Safety Laws Again?

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo, demand for gun control at the state and federal level is mounting. We speak with Frank Smyth, longtime investigative journalist who has been covering the National Rifle Association, about the gun lobby’s grip on U.S. lawmakers. He says the Democratic strategy to “find common ground” with conservatives is failing, as the growing gun rights movement refuses to do the same, and discusses how the NRA’s history of hypocrisy and corruption has weakened the formal, centralized power of the group. “The NRA is imploding … but the ideology that they…

We Need “Gun Control” at the Pentagon

New outcries for gun control have followed the horrible tragedies of mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. “Evil came to that elementary school classroom in Texas, to that grocery store in New York, to far too many places where innocents have died,” President Biden declared over the weekend during a university commencement address. As he has said, a badly needed step is gun control — which, it’s clear from evidence in many countries, would sharply reduce gun-related deaths. But what about “gun control” at the Pentagon? The concept of curtailing the U.S. military’s arsenal is such a nonstarter that it…

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