Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will be joined by other leaders in releasing new data showing an increase in guns being used in homicides in the county. That’s among the stories we are following for your day ahead.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is sharing new information about gun violence in the county on Tuesday. But the briefing’s timing comes as the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting is set to be held in Houston this week.
The data comes from the county’s Institute of Forensic Sciences, which says that the percentage of homicides involving a gun increased from 76% in 2018 to 84% in 2021. According to preliminary data from 2022, guns have been involved in 87% of homicides.
The 2021 data showed that Black residents were disproportionately victims of gun homicides, comprising 55% of all gun homicides in the county, the institute found.
Hidalgo and other county leaders are also expected to point to research showing the effect of weaker gun laws as it relates to higher rates of gun deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental killings.
According to Everytown Research website, between 2011 and 2020, the rate of gun homicides in Texas increased by 90%.
As a result, Hidalgo plans to announce that she will introduce a resolution declaring June “Gun Violence Prevention Month.” It’s said to be a way to honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence in Harris County.
The NRA will hold its convention this Friday through Sunday at George R. Brown Convention Center.
The organization has already weighed in on Hidalgo’s resolution.
“Politicians like Judge Hidalgo embrace policies that release violent criminals onto streets without a hint of justice while the NRA champions the right of law-abiding gun owners to defend themselves, their loved ones, and their homes. While Hidalgo continues to side with criminals, the NRA makes no apologies for standing with law-abiding citizens,” said Amy Hunter, spokeswoman for the NRA.
Former President Donald Trump will headline a rally during the convention on Friday.