After its latest mass shootings, Texas leads the way in loosening gun laws

Four of 10 deadliest massacres in the modern US occurred in the state but its governor has stuck to the NRA playbook Hours after Texas suffered its latest mass shooting, when a gunman drove through Odessa on Saturday shooting randomly from an assault-style rifle and killing seven people, the states Republican governor, Greg Abbott, declared that hed had enough. I have been to too many of these events as governor, he said. I am tired of the dying in Texas. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable and action is needed. His sense of urgency was all too understandable. Texas has been the scene of white supremacist murdered 22 people. Abbotts call to …

Houston: Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro as rightwingers protest

Counter-protesters outnumber small group of far-right demonstrators as 2020 contenders speak inside convention In Houston on Saturday, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration. The 30,000 would attend the three-day event. We are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community, Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. Weve recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and register and actually show up to vote. In the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25% higher …