Texas donors to GOP and Governor Abbott sign letter supporting gun control measures
Conservatives and Republican donors in Texas have signed an open letter calling on Congress to take action to support tougher gun control measures after last week’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Some of these donors have contributed to the GOP and Governor Greg Abbott campaigns, and now support measures such as the Red Flag laws, raising the legal age to purchase firearms to 21, as well as expanding background checks, the Texas Tribune reported on Saturday.
The letter, which should fit on a full page in The Dallas Morning News Sunday, was signed by more than 250 gun rights supporters, including billionaire Robert Rowling, according to the Tribune.
Efforts by Texas conservatives to pass gun control legislation came after Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old gunman, shot and killed 19 children and two teachers last week, who were using two AR-style rifles -15, which he had legally purchased days before the murders.
The signatories are focused on federal legislation that would pave the way for gun safety while ensuring that gun control laws are enacted consistently nationally, according to former Todd Maclin. senior JP Morgan Chase executive, who paid for the open letter, the outlet reported.
“Most law enforcement experts believe these measures would make a difference,” the letter read. “And recent polls of fellow Tories suggest there is strong support for such gun safety measures.”
The former bank executive, who is a conservative gun owner himself, said last week’s mass shooting “motivated me and really touched me and encouraged me to support ongoing effort,” according to the Tribune.
“I just felt I had to do something, and I also believe that there are reasonable things that can be done,” he said, adding that he saw the interest in reforming the guns from more conservative gun owners, who feel “very good”. sense of urgency and a great need for support [Cornyn] because he is doing his best to solve these problems.”
The signatories would have supported Senator John Cornyn in leading bipartisan negotiations in Congress for possible gun control measures.
“We are grateful that our Senator John Cornyn is leading the effort to address the recent tragedies in Uvalde and elsewhere in our great country,” the letter read, according to the Tribune. “He is the right man to lead this bipartisan effort, as he has demonstrated throughout his career.”
On Friday, Cornyn told Politico he was not seeking to curtail “the rights of law-abiding citizens under the law under the Second Amendment,” but said “it would be embarrassing” if the school shooting took place. ‘Uvalde was not pushing the Senate to come up with some form of bipartisan legislative response.
“I think we can get a bipartisan deal in the public interest,” he told Politico.
An Economist/YouGov poll, which surveyed 1,500 American adults between May 28 and May 31, found that 65% of Republican voters classified the Uvalde school shooting as “an act of mental illness”, while 64% said it was “an act of violence”. .”
When respondents were asked whether or not they thought “tougher gun laws would have prevented one of the recent mass shootings”, 67% of Republican voters said it would not have prevented any shootings.
Newsweek contacted Abbott’s office for comment.