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Texas mass violence committee members receive death threats

AUSTIN, Texas — The vice chairman of a new Texas House committee that’s addressing issues related to gun violence says some of its Republican members have received death threats.

Democratic state Rep. Poncho Nevarez said Wednesday the lawmakers were targeted “by people who do not want to see any movement on gun issues.” Nevarez declined to comment on who the lawmakers were.

Republican Rep. Drew Darby told the San Angelo Standard-Times two committee members received death threats.

The committee was formed last week in response to two mass shootings that occurred in Texas last month.

On Aug. 31, a gunman killed seven while driving in the area of Odessa and Midland, firing randomly at people. In El Paso less than a month earlier, a gunman targeting Mexicans killed 22 people at a Walmart.

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