Dade Phelan announces committee to examine the Uvalde shooting

Dade Phelan announces committee to examine the Uvalde shooting

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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June 6, 2022

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan announced Friday the creation of a special investigative committee to examine the Uvalde shooting which resulted in the tragic deaths of nineteen children and two adults.

“The fact we still do not have an accurate picture of what exactly happened in Uvalde is an outrage,” Phelan said in a media statement. “Every day, we receive new information that conflicts with previous reports, making it not only difficult for authorities to figure out next steps, but for the grieving families of the victims to receive closure. I established this investigative committee for the dedicated purpose of gathering as much information and evidence as possible to help inform the House’s response to this tragedy and deliver desperately needed answers to the people of Uvalde and the State of Texas.”

In the wake of the school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott requested the formation of special committees in both the House and Senate to examine school safety. It is the first legislative inquiry into the law enforcement response to the shooting. Questions are being raised across the nation over the decision by Uvalde schools police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo to not confront the 18-year-old gunman for more than 45 minutes while as many as 19 officers had gathered in the halls of Robb Elementary.

The three-person committee will comprise former Texas Supreme Court judge Eva Guzman, state Republican Rep. Dustin Burrows, and El Paso Democrat Joe Moody. Burrows will chair the committee. Phelan said Burrows, Moody and Guzman have “decades of experience in civil and criminal litigation matters” that make them well-equipped to conduct the committee’s investigations.

In addition, Phelan has asked representatives from the areas of each of the major mass shootings from recent years to join the Select Committee on Youth Health and Safety, which will be looking into Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a response to the Uvalde shooting along with the House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee. Those committees will look into school safety, mental health, social media’s role in mass violence events, police training and firearm safety.

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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