Representative democracy in Texas, mass shootings edition

In a representative democracy, you elect someone to represent you.

Not in Texas. Following the 2019 mass shootings in El Paso and Santa Fe, and the 2022 school massacre in Uvalde, the GOP-controlled legislature has decided to study gun violence. The lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, has appointed a legislative committee for that purpose.

The state senators representing El Paso, Santa Fe, and Uvalde aren’t on it. Consequently, the victims and their families in those communities will have no input.

Why? Because all three of those communities are represented by Democrats. And Patrick, a highly partisan Republican, doesn’t want them “politicizing” the gun issue.

Texas isn’t a representative democracy. If you want to discuss guns, it isn’t even a pretense of one. It’s the silence of the wolves.

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