Texas Legislature form select committees to address gun violence and improve community safety


AUSTIN, Texas (KETK) – The Texas House and Senate announced Tuesday the formation of select committees on mass violence prevention and community safety.

This formation follows the mass shooting in El Paso that came in July when 20 people died and recently in Odessa-Midland where seven people were killed.

Lt. Gov. Patrick and Speaker Bonnen have each formed a select committee to address multiple issues across the state and recommend effective solutions that will prevent mass gun violence and improve the safety in communities.

“Speaker Bonnen and I had previously agreed to study ways to combat domestic terrorism during the interim, but following the recent mass shootings in El Paso and Midland — as well as Santa Fe and Dallas — we have decided to appoint Select Committees this week to address these challenges. We will announce the members shortly,” said Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

“The heinous tragedies like those that occurred in El Paso, Midland, and Odessa have become all too common in our state, and such a serious epidemic of violence should be met with meaningful solutions,” Speaker Bonnen added. “These committees have difficult, important work before them, and the solutions they come up with will provide a roadmap for the Legislature’s work over the interim and in the next session.”

Governor Abbott issued a statement following the formation of the select committees.

“Texas will not stand by and allow violence to continue to rip apart our families and communities. As I said in Odessa, words alone are inadequate as we face this challenge. Words must be followed by meaningful action to prevent these senseless and devastating attacks. I applaud the House and Senate for establishing these committees, and Texas lawmakers have my full support as we work together to put an end to this violence. These committees, alongside the Domestic Terrorism Task Force and the Texas Safety Commission, are vital to our ongoing efforts to respond to these recent tragedies and protect innocent life. Texans stand as a united front against violence, and together, we will ensure a safer future for our state,”
Governor Abbot said.

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