Texas Standard for May 31, 2022: Lawmakers press for a state response to Uvalde

As funerals begin for the 19 students and two teachers killed at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, President Biden promises action on gun safety. How likely is that to happen, and what sort of change could be coming? Meanwhile, many Texas lawmakers are asking Gov. Greg Abbott to address the issue at the state level. Also: Criticism is growing over the response of law enforcement as the situation unfolded last week in Uvalde – why did training efforts aimed at stopping school shooters fail, and where do we go from here?

These stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardMay 31, 2022 9:24 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Tuesday, May 31, 2022:

Uvalde families to begin burying loved ones this week

Families in Uvalde are preparing to bury the 21 people killed at Robb Elementary School last week. Yesterday, the city’s two funeral homes hosted visitation for 10-year-olds Amerie Jo Garza and Maite Yuleana Rodriguez. The Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports that hundreds came to Uvalde to pay their respects to Amerie’s family.

Will Congress do anything about guns after Uvalde?

Texas Sen. John Cornyn is starting discussions with Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy today regarding gun policy changes Congress could consider after the mass shooting in Uvalde. But despite dozens of mass shootings over recent years that have left hundreds of Americans dead, Congress has had little appetite for gun reform. Will this time be any different? Abby Livingston, Washington bureau chief for The Texas Tribune, joins with more.

As the NRA meets in downtown Houston, hundreds rally in opposition

The National Rifle Association reelected its long-time chief executive officer and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre at its annual board meeting in Houston. LaPierre’s reelection came despite an ongoing lawsuit against him alleging misuse of NRA funds. Houston Public Media’s Andrew Schneider reports.

Texas lawmakers press for a state response to Uvalde

While talk about potential legislation in Washington, D.C., unfolds, many Texas lawmakers are asking Gov. Greg Abbott to address the issue at the state level. State Sen. Roland Gutierrez represents District 19, which covers parts of Texas from San Antonio to Uvalde, and joins us today with a message for the governor about Uvalde.

Here’s what Uvalde police training says about confronting mass shooters

Since the moment news of the Uvalde shooting broke, questions have dogged law enforcement’s response – specifically, their role in stopping the attack. Just how prepared were local Uvalde police to handle an active shooter situation? For more, we turn to Mike Baker, national correspondent for The New York Times.

New book addresses ‘The Race-Wise Family’

“To every mother and father longing to make a difference, may your family and your children be the keys to bringing hope and healing in our racially broken world.” So reads the dedication of a new book co-written by an Austin-based author and activist. Today we’re talking to Michelle Ami Reyes, co-author of “The Race-Wise Family: Ten Postures to Becoming Households of Healing and Hope.”

A deep vein of Mexican American history runs through Uvalde

The prominently Mexican American community of Uvalde may not have been known to many before last week. But throughout the years, Uvalde has birthed civil rights movements and inspired change. Russell Contreras, justice and race reporter at Axios, joins us with more.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.

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