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September 6, 2019

AUSTIN — Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued this week eight executive orders as a response to recent mass shootings last month.

Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, had the following response:

“In the face of the worst month for gun violence in the U.S. this year, Gov. Greg Abbott’s eight executive orders do nothing to address the fundamental problem. Instead, he would have our neighbors spying on each other; the government violate our privacy; executions rushed in a state with a shameful history of convicting the wrong people; and social media monitored in a potential blatant violation of our first amendment rights. These solutions will do nothing to change an atmosphere where our children’s most significant school lessons are active shooter drills. It’s time for our state leaders to be as outraged as their constituents and stand up with courage to take on the tough issues related to guns.”

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