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Uvalde families get political after lawmakers refuse to tackle gun laws

In the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, families of victims asked Gov. Greg Abbott to call for a special session on gun violence.They wanted him to direct the Texas Legislature to increase the minimum age for purchasing a semi-automatic weapon to 21. But Abbott refused.

Talking to reporters last month, Abbott said making the change would be unconstitutional. “There have been three court rulings since May that have made it clear that it is unconstitutional to ban someone between the ages of 18 and 20 from being able to buy an AR,” Abbott said.

Abbott’s comments angered the families in Uvalde, who are still grieving…. “To me, it doesn’t seem like he cares,” Cazares said. “We are demanding accountability, and he’s just not doing anything.”

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