Texas mayors bipartisan group calls for special session on gun legislation in wake of Uvalde shooting

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A bipartisan group of Texas mayors wrote a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday urging him to call a special legislative session for gun control, claiming that their proposed changes would have prevented the mass shootings in Uvalde and Santa Fe. 

The mayors, both conservatives and liberals, called for legislation on requiring universal background checks, increasing the age to purchase “assault weapons” to 21, passing red flag laws, increasing mental health funding, and properly training school safety officers. 

“We represent a continuum of political ideology and have come together because we know most Texans have a strong desire for common sense reform to protect our children,” the mayors of Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Plano, Houston, and other big cities in Texas wrote. 

“Families are asking us how many more shootings must happen before we act. The communities of Uvalde, El Paso, Santa Fe, and Sutherland Springs deserve better. In response to mass shootings—Florida passed red flag laws, and we can do the same here in Texas.”

Hearts on a banner hang on a fence at a boarded up Robb Elementary School on Friday, June 3. (AP/Eric Gay)

Savador Ramos, the 18-year-old gunman who

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