Following Today’s Thoughts and Prayers Press Conference, Abbott and Cruz Will Join Trump at Friday’s NRA Convention
We begin with the 213th mass shooting in America so far this year that has left 19 elementary school children and 2 teachers dead and 17 wounded at the hands of a troubled teenager who just bought two assault rifles and 375 rounds of ammunition for his 18th birthday. Joining us to describe the town of Uvalde and its people and the elementary school with 90% of the student Hispanic and 80% from economically disadvantaged homes is Lydia Camarillo, the President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, a national non-profit non-partisan organization based out of San Antonio, Texas. She plays a key role in developing the tactical strategies for the SVREP nonpartisan voter registration, voter education and get out the vote campaigns. Prior to joining SVREP, Camarillo served as the National Director of the Leadership Development Program for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and we discuss how blaming mental health not guns is not surprising since Gov. Abbott and Senator Cruz, along with former President Trump are scheduled to speak at the NRA convention on Friday in Houston.
Blaming Mental Health, Not the Availability of Weapons of War in the Hands of Teenagers
Then with the press conference today featuring Texas’s Republican leader at which Governor Abbott focused on mental health not the availability of military-style weapons in the hands of teenagers, we speak with Jonathan Metzl, professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. He is the author of several books and a prominent expert on gun violence and mental illness, and his latest book is Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland and we discuss how, in order to get a driver’s license, you must pass a test, but to own a weapon of war you need nothing but the money the gun manufacturers are charging.