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El Paso Shooting

Norma Martinez | Texas Public Radio

Hispanic Heritage Month comes a little over a month after an act of violence targeting Mexicans and Mexican Americans claimed 22 lives in El Paso. Activists want communities across Texas and the U.S. to have more profound observations to elevate Hispanic history and culture.

Tony Diaz, a Houston-based writer, says the rich culture should not be recognized and appreciated for just 30 days, but all year long.

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An initiative to reduce gun violence in Bexar County kicked off on Monday during a joint news conference of government leaders and community groups at the county courthouse.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. | The Texas Tribune

Two usual political allies — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the National Rifle Association — traded rhetorical blows Friday after Patrick continued to advocate for requiring background checks for stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

State Rep. Roland Gutierrez at the podium during news conference by local Texas Democrats calling for a special legislative session on gun violence. Other local state lawmakers stand behind him at event held at San Antonio College.
Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

Democratic state lawmakers held joint news conferences across Texas on Wednesday to urge Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special legislative session in Austin to address gun violence in the state.  


Eddie Pesquale visited a memorial of victims in Odessa.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

A line of white crosses dotted an empty lot on an otherwise busy road in south Odessa. The memorial went up several days after a shooting rampage killed seven people and wounded about 25 more in Odessa.

Somber groups of visitors trickled in to pay their respects. They quietly left flowers and balloons and wrote words of encouragement on the crosses in permanent marker. 


Update, 6:20 p.m. ET: This story now includes additional language about the types of ammunition Walmart will no longer sell. 

Walmart announced Tuesday that it will discontinue sales of ammunition designed for handguns and military-style rifles such as the AR-15.

The company will also stop allowing customers to openly carry firearms inside its stores, and called on lawmakers to consider passing new gun control legislation.

El Paso, Dayton, Odessa. Understanding Mass Shooting Trends In America

Sep 2, 2019
Luis Melgar | Guns & America

At a press conference Sunday in Odessa, Texas, FBI special agent Christopher Combs said that the nation is now averaging an active shooter incident “every other week,” a broad term used by the FBI to describe someone “attempting to kill people in a populated area.

Not all of these incidents escalate to the level of a mass shooting.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Walmart has announced plans to rebuild and reopen the El Paso store where a gunman killed 22 people earlier this month. 


Ryan Poppe | Texas Public Radio

Gov. Greg Abbott began a series of public safety roundtable discussions Thursday to explore how Texas might prevent another mass shooting. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is meeting Thursday for the first time with a new group he formed to address safety concerns after the mass shooting earlier this month in El Paso.

The Texas Safety Commission includes politicians, law enforcement, school leaders and others.

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