TEXAS: Who rules? Its firearms

As shootings and the victims from them increase in U.S., Texas stimulates it.

The latest dramas took place weeks ago, and ended last Saturday when 5 people were murdered.

According to authorities, there were between 15-20 people dead there, as well as 3 people detained at shopping centers in El Paso.

EFE news agency commented in Washington that they do so when rigor over gun control decreases.

Where? In such places as schools and churches, When? As of this Sunday.

The eight laws that protects it were passed by Texas Legislature between last January and May.

One of those norms allows Texans to bring firearms into churches, synagogues and other places of worship, unless a signage expressly bans so.

There’s another law that prohibits school districts from banning licensed gun owners from storing guns and ammunition in their vehicles.

One of the laws eliminates restrictions on the number of school marshals who can carry fire guns, either in public or private schools.

At the same time, Texans are also allowed to store guns and ammunition in the so-called foster homes, provided that they are locked up.

The legislation also prohibits landlords from banning renters and their guests from carrying fire guns in lease agreements.

It also prohibits owners’ associations from banning gun storage on rental properties.

Another law allows Texans to carry firearms without a license in state of disaster.

These eight laws are in force notwithstanding two mass shootings were registered in Texas last August.

One of them, in early August, left 22 people dead, including 8 Mexicans.

Hours ago, on Saturday, 5 others were killed and 21 wounded.

All this happened in the state the Bush family, which holds the condition of having successfully courted the favors of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Years ago, there was a Democratic president, William Clinton, who dared to describe that association as one of the real powers behind the throne in United States.

Texas mass shootings corroborate it.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / CubaSi Translation Staff

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USA-huge student march: Another one?

A true flood of people gathered last Saturday in several cities of the United States and the world to demand greater control over firearms.

On this march, highly awaited, several media outlets sounded out people’s reaction and thus reported what happened.

For example, Los Angeles Times published that the demonstrators demanded a legislation to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, like those used in Parkland and Las Vegas shootings in recent months.

Among the participants was 18-year-old student Enma Gonzalez, one of the representatives of the preparatory schools in Florida, who said from the podium: “Fight for your lives, before it’s someone else’s job”.

According to the publication, minutes earlier, she stood in silence during six minutes and twenty seconds, the time it took the gunman to carry out the massacre in Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Florida. In Los Angeles City, the demonstrators, carrying posters, denounced the National Rifle Association (NRA) and demanded changes.

There, student Giselle Jimenez, 17, held a sign reading: "Silly me, I didn’t know that not wanting children to be slaughtered by assault rifles was being political”.

Famous singer Paul McCartney was at the march in New York to honor his former bandmate and friend, John Lennon.

He attended the rally wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “We Can End Gun Violence", and told the CNN: “One of my best friends was murdered by gun violence right here, so this protest is important to me".

As it’s known, Lennon was shot to death on December 8, 1980, in front of his apartment in that city.

In New Orleans, the students too carrying posters criticized House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, seriously wounded in a shooting.

Olivia Keefe, 17, said “the gun-control legislation should not be a partisan issue; it is not about Democrats or Republicans at all… This is about common sense".

Media outlets estimated that the figures of the participants are inexact, because hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Washington.

The students from the Majory Stoneman Douglas High became survivors and political activists of this march that had a world response.

"Welcome to the revolution", said Cameron Kasky, one of the Parkland student organizers, in his speech aimed at members of Congress. And added: “We’re the change… Represent us or get out”.

Delaney Tarr, another Majory Stoneman Douglas High school student said: “We are a movement and we won’t stop!”.

On the other hand, Trump neither listened to the echo of the march nor the speeches by the students, because last Saturday, he was at his elegant West Palm Beach, Florida golf course, alongside his wife Melania.

Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff

NBA Joins Campaign to End Gun Violence

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is teaming up with gun control activists over the holidays in a campaign to end gun violence. Basketball stars like Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul call for an end to gun violence in a television commercial sponsored by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberga's group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

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