CONTACT: Victor Landa, 210-884-3429
SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 15, 2019) – This morning I joined my council colleagues in unanimously approving a resolution calling for federal and state action to end gun violence. This issue is not complicated. We can and must do something now to stem the increase in the hate coupled with gun violence that is tearing our communities apart, filling our families and children with fear and making entire segments of our society feel targeted.
The resolution approved today asks Gov. Greg Abbott to call a special session of the State Legislature in order to consider his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan which has yet to be brought for discussion and a vote. The resolution also calls on the leadership of the U.S. Senate to begin an earnest discussion of the gun legislation approved by the House of Representatives.
We are also committed to finding ways to make our city more secure against mass shootings.
We need laws that fit the society and times we live in. While we respect the Second Amendment’s granting of the right to bear arms - we have no intention of taking anyone’s guns away - we should understand the context in which it was written.
Historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz writes in her book “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” that the founding myth of the United States, which includes the second amendment to the constitution, was in part a policy against indigenous people, designed to seize the territories of the original inhabitants.
The recent mass shooting in El Paso brought this to bear in a manifesto left by the confessed shooter - he specifically targeted Hispanics, the very same descendants of the original inhabitants of these lands.
We can’t keep waiting for our elected leaders to act. We urge them to do something now.