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Texas school shooting survivor to lawmakers: If you don’t act on guns, ‘you do not have a prayer of being elected’
A survivor of the recent Texas school shooting said Friday that lawmakers who aren't calling for stricter gun measures don't have "a prayer of being elected."
"The truth is that whatever we are doing as a society - or not doing - is not working," 17-year-old Megan McGuire said at a press conference held by Santa Fe High School students.
"Inaction is not an option," she added.
"We must do something and we must get it right," McGuire said, adding that "for elected officials who think that doing nothing is acceptable, my thought is that if you do not do something, you do not have a prayer of being elected."
The press conference came seven days after a mass shooting at the Houston-area high school left 10 people dead.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued a call for action shortly after the mass shooting.
"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and the families," Abbott said at a news conference. "It's time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again in the history of the state of Texas."
Abbott said he would begin working with state lawmakers and communities across the state on proposals to prevent gun violence in schools.
The May 18 massacre was the deadliest school shooting since the one in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 that left 17 dead.