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‘Our children’s lives are on the line’ | Texas House committee formed to investigate Uvalde mass shooting holds first meeting

The committee is being led by Republican Rep. Burrows, Democratic Rep. Joe Moody from El Paso, and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

AUSTIN, Texas — Behind closed doorways, a Texas House committee formed by Speaker Dade Phelan met with legislation enforcement who responded to the shooting at Robb Elementary School.

During the public remarks, which lasted about six minutes earlier than the committee went into government session, State Rep. Dustin Burrows says they’ll be listening to testimony from legislation enforcement over the subsequent few weeks.

The committee is being led by Republican Rep. Burrows, Democratic Rep. Joe Moody from El Paso, and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman.

“We understand there’s a growing urgency for answers, that’s why this committee was formed—answers and solutions will come,” Rep. Burrows stated throughout his opening remarks.

Rep. Burrows stated due to the quasi-judicial nature of the investigation, most of the testimony can be given in government session.

The first witnesses giving remarks embrace Texas Department of Public Safety’s director Steven McCraw, who final week said the Uvalde CISD Police Chief Pete Arredondo was the incident commander responding to the shooting. 

It was later revealed legislation enforcement waited for an hour outdoors the Robb Elementary faculty classroom earlier than confronting the gunman. McCraw referred to as that “the wrong decision, period.”

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“Our children’s lives are on the line—that’s why this committee is so important,” Rep. Moody said. The consultant stated he sat in an El Paso city corridor the place the neighborhood continues to be recovering from a mass shooting at a Walmart there in 2019 the place 23 folks have been killed. 

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 “When the issues are complex and the stakes this high, we need facts first. We can’t develop sound policies on the conflicting reports we have, especially when some of them are agenda-driven narratives,” Rep. Moody stated.

It’s not clear when a report of their findings may very well be issued, however Rep. Moody states they could produce a preliminary report to give some data to the public earlier than their investigation is full.

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