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Despite decades of mass shootings in Texas, legislators have failed to pass meaningful gun control laws

State lawmakers have rejected dozens of bills that would have prevented people from legally obtaining weapons used in many mass shootings. Instead, they’ve made it easier for residents to get guns and harder for local governments to regulate them.

By Jessica Priest and Perla Trevizo, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
A group of men embrace during a vigil a day after a mass shooting at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 4, 2019.  REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1E05433300

University of Texas Tower shooting in Austin

People stand at a monument bearing the names of those killed in the August 1, 1966 University of Texas tower shooting that left 16 people dead, during a memorial in Austin, Texas August 1, 2016.  REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz - TM3EC811B1701

Starburst Lounge shooting in El Paso

First Baptist Church shooting in Daingerfield

Western Transportation Systems company shooting in Grand Prairie

College Station rampage 

Dallas nightclub shooting

Luby’s shooting in Killeen

Walter Rossler Co. massacre in Corpus Christi 

Wedgwood Baptist Church shooting in Fort Worth

Mi-T-Fine Car Wash shooting in Irving

Sash Assembly of God shooting in Sash

Fort Hood shooting in Killeen

Parishioners at Greater Vision Community Church cry during the altar call as a pastor offers prayers for those killed in the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, Texas, November 8, 2009. The death toll from an Army psychiatrist who opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post rose to 13 on Friday, and Army officials said the suspected shooter was hospitalized and on a ventilator. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES MILITARY CRIME LAW) - GM1E5B900K501

Fort Hood shooting in Killeen

Attack on police in Dallas

Sutherland Springs church shooting 

Texas Governor GREG ABBOTT attends a candlelight vigil Sunday evening for those killed in the killings at the Sutherland Springs. There were 26 members of the Sutherland  Springs First Baptist Church slain,

Santa Fe High School shooting 

El Paso Walmart shooting

Midland-Odessa shooting

Messages written in sidewalk chalk are seen as people gather for a vigil following Saturday's shooting in Odessa, Texas, U.S. September 1, 2019. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare - RC184FA52BB0

Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde

Students flee and authorities help others evacuate after a gunman entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022.

Allen outlet mall shooting

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