AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the shooting at Timberview High School Wednesday:
“I’m heartbroken to hear of the shooting at Timberview High School today. My thoughts are with those injured, their loved ones, and everyone affected by these events. To the students, teachers, and staff who went through this trauma today, know that so many of us are holding you in our hearts.
“For far too long, Texas communities have suffered at the hands of gun violence. Texas kids are growing up fearing for their safety at school because our leaders refuse to take action to put an end to this scourge. Yet despite tragedy after tragedy, Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans are still opening the door to gun violence, still refusing to prioritize our families, and still refusing to keep Texas kids safe. Just last month, Abbott’s permitless carry law took effect — enabling almost anyone to get their hands on a gun without a license, a background check, or the most basic safety training.
“The number one job of our elected officials is to keep Texans safe. Today, Greg Abbott and Texas Republicans once again failed — because their dangerous gun laws are making it easier than ever for just about anyone to get a gun. How many tragedies is it going to take before Texas Republicans put aside their agenda and start putting our families first? We are long past the time for thoughts and prayers. We can’t afford to keep waiting.”