Texas Democrats release statement on President Phelan’s letter to Lt. Governor Patrick on safe schools proposals
AUSTIN, Texas— Today, Jamarr Brown, co-executive director of the Democratic Party of Texas released the following statement on Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan’s letter to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick outlining proposals he hopes will address school safety issues:
“In this three-and-a-half-page letter outlining the ways the president wants to address school safety, the word ‘gun’ appears only once – incidentally, at the end of the letter. Texas Republicans are moving mountains to avoid the real problem: guns. Their efforts to bolster mental health would be laudable if done in good faith, but even that is questionable given that Governor Abbott and his fellow NRA donors have actually cut mental health funding by $211 million. dollars this year alone.
“The fact is that guns are the problem. Yes, we need more mental health support and our schools need to be properly modernized – but these are distractions from the issue at hand: that an 18 year old could legally buy a weapon of war and use it to slaughter a class of children and teachers.
“Instead of making meaningful reforms after El Paso and Sutherland Springs, the governor and his fellow Republicans have increased gun access in recent years. The truth is, until real gun safety legislation is passed in this state, children and teachers are, tragically, not safe in school — or anywhere else — in Texas.