Republican who represented Uvalde, Texas, demands ‘more than thoughts and prayers’

Will Hurd, a former US congressman who represented Uvalde, Texas, wants “more than thoughts and prayers” to address the issue of gun violence in the country on Monday.

“Last month, a fourth-grade class in Uvalde, Texas, a quiet little community I represented in Congress, became a war zone. Nineteen innocent beautiful children and two dedicated and courageous teachers are gone forever because of a vicious massacre,” Hurd wrote in a New York Times op-ed. “It’s infuriating. It’s heartbreaking. It was avoidable. »

In the wake of the Robb Elementary School massacre and another mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 dead last month, a bipartisan group of senators are working on a bill to gun control. But GOP lawmakers argued that no new law would prevent people from committing gun violence and blamed the shootings on an array of other factors. Many have been criticized for offering “thoughts and prayers” instead of meaningful solutions.

“I believe in the plain language of the Second Amendment. In Congress, I had an A grade with the National Rifle Association, and they supported my re-election campaigns,” Hurd noted. “I also think it’s ridiculous that any attempt to reform laws to keep deadly firearms out of irresponsible hands is met with outrage and obstruction. »

Former Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) calls for gun reform laws, including universal background checks, red flag laws and raising the age to buy semi-automatic guns from large caliber.

Hurd called for a multifaceted approach to the problem of gun violence in the United States, including stronger social safety nets in communities and accessible, quality mental health care facilities.

“But we must also be prepared if our attempts fail – and that means preventing would-be mass shooters from gaining access to weapons and victims,” he wrote.

Hurd was one of eight Republican lawmakers to vote in favor of HR 8, a bill passed by the House last year that would have required universal background checks for gun purchases.

Bills like HR 8 should be enacted, Hurd said, and the age to buy a large-caliber semi-automatic weapon should be raised. Red flag laws that allow law enforcement to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who may pose a danger to themselves or others should also be developed at the federal level, he said.

“Mass shootings don’t have to be a reality. They are avoidable. However, we cannot retreat to our political corners and repeat the same tired talking points,” Hurd said.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

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