AUSTIN, Texas— Today, Gilberto Hinojosa, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Texas issued the following statement as students at Uvalde CISD back to school for the 2022-2023 school year:

“Today was meant to be different than it is.

“By now, we hoped to have given the heartbroken families of Uvalde the smallest modicum of justice – by enacting meaningful gun violence prevention legislation, in the hope that a massacre like that at Robb Elementary never happen again.

“We, and the families of the victims of the Uvalde shooting, have asked our incorrigible governor – for once in his career – to set aside the wishes of his generous NRA donors and do what is right for the citizens he is charged with leading.We asked him to call a special legislative session to pass a law raising the minimum age to purchase an assault rifle in Texas from 18 to 21.

“He didn’t give in. He stood up for his ultra-wealthy NRA buddies and didn’t give in to the pressure put on him by tens of millions of Texans. He waited months to fix it — then recited a mealy, meaningless diatribe on the fact that it was not in his powers to effect a real change.

“As of today, at the very least, we were supposed to have answers about what led to one of the worst mass shootings in American history – and how we could make sure it didn’t happen. never happen again. But even on our need for transparency, Governor Abbott continues to be a strong advocate of injustice — covering up fact after fact that could lead to a better understanding of the tragedy.

“We pray for the students, teachers and families of Uvalde today. We pray for their safety and that against all odds they will feel a sense of peace and comfort as they begin a new school year. .

“But above all, we feel rage on an unprecedented level – against a group of leaders who have so spectacularly failed in their most basic duty: to protect their constituents.

“We will turn this rage into action in two months. Texans will hold these abandoned office holders accountable.