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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden meet with School Superintendent Dr. Hal Harrell and principal Mandy Gutierrez at the memorial for the victims of the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Sunday, May 29, 2022. | Photo credit: The White House

Former Texas GOP Congressman Calls for Gun Reform

May 26, 2023

Former Texas GOP Congressman Calls for Gun Reform

Ask Students: What measures for gun control were mentioned? Why aren’t the majority of Republicans supportive? How can the victims’ families create change?

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The concern about guns, and the violence done with them, is growing in this country. But Republicans and Democrats have long had very different views about what can be done. Former Republican Congressman Will Hurd is one of the few in his party calling for meaningful gun reform. Amna Nawaz spoke with him in Uvalde.

For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Where was the Robb Elementary School shooting?
  • How can the victims’ families create change?
  • What measures for gun control were mentioned?
  • Who is supportive of background checks?
  • According to Will Hurd, why aren’t the majority of Republicans supportive?

Focus Questions

Do you think it’s more important to control gun violence than to protect gun rights? Why or why not?

Media Literacy: How would an interview with a different Republican influence the story?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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