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Gun control group takes out full-page ad in Houston Chronicle

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The gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety on Tuesday took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle featuring students from across Texas asking Gov. Greg Abbott (R) what he plans to do about gun violence following a mass shooting that left 10 dead at a Texas high school.

More than 40 students signed a letter featured in the ad that tells Abbott, “We are dying on your watch” and asks him “What will you do about it?” Politico reported.

The letter in the ad accuses Abbott of failing to do his job by offering opposition to “reasonable gun measures.”


“Instead, you’ve signed dangerous policies to force public colleges in Texas to allow guns on campus and make it legal to openly carry firearms in public,” the letter reads.

“You’ve continued to push the notion that guns everywhere for everyone make us safer,” the letter adds. “By that logic, shouldn’t we be among the safest states in the nation?”

The letter also questions past reported comments from Abbott about how gun violence happens because of “hearts without God.”

The newspaper ad comes just a few days after a shooter at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, killed 10 people and injured a number of others.

Following the shooting, Abbott said he would be holding several roundtable discussions focused on gun safety.

The latest shooting comes about three months after a Parkland, Fla., school shooting that left 17 people dead and triggered a national movement for gun reform led by student survivors.

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