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Republicans to speak at NRA conference in Houston just 3 days after Uvalde school shooting

People console each other after another mass shooting at a school in the US [Marco Bello/Reuters]
People console each other after another mass shooting at a school in the US [Marco Bello/Reuters]

On this edition of Your Call, we're discussing the mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas elementary school, which left 19 children and two adults dead. The 18-year-old shooter, who lived in the area, was killed by officers, according to officials.

This marks the 27th school shooting this year and the 119th school shooting since 2018, according to Education Week. More than 300,000 students in K-12 schools have experienced gun violence on campus since the Columbine shooting on April 20, 1999. Guns are now the leading cause of death among children, according to research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. For decades, car accidents were the leading cause of death among children.

Texas, a state with more than a million gun owners, has some of the least-restrictive gun laws in the country. Gun owners 21 and older can legally open carry in public without a license. As Republican-controlled states make it easier to buy and carry guns, how can we address this crisis?


Zeenat Yahya, policy director with March For Our Lives

Dr. David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center

Web Resources:

The Brady Campaign: Which Senators Have Taken the Most NRA Money?

BBC: Texas shooting: 19 children among dead in primary school attack

The Guardian: Texas School Shooting: Biden calls for ‘turning pain into action’ on gun laws after 21 killed

The Washington Post: Trump to speak at NRA meeting in Texas days after school shooting

Insider: Sen. Ted Cruz rejects calls for gun control and suggests more armed cops should be stationed at schools after devastating Texas school shooting

Boston Review: The Supreme Court Is Poised to Put Politics Ahead of Gun-Violence Prevention

The Washington Post: From Sandy Hook to Buffalo and Uvalde: Ten years of failure on gun control

The Trace: Exactly How High Are Gun Violence Rates in the U.S., Compared to Other Countries?

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.