Texas school shooting revives gun control debate

ABC News' Rachel Scott reports from Capitol Hill and from the NRA convention in Houston on the renewed push for action on gun control reform in the wake of the deadly Uvalde, Texas shooting.
7:31 | 05/28/22

Coming up in the next {{countdown}} {{countdownlbl}}

Coming up next:

{{nextVideo.title}}

{{nextVideo.description}}

Skip to this video now

Now Playing:

{{currentVideo.title}}

Comments
Related Extras
Related Videos
Video Transcript
Transcript for Texas school shooting revives gun control debate
>> THANK YOU. >> NEXT TONIGHT, WE WANT TO TURN TO HOUSTON WHERE THE NRA IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL CONVENTION JUST A FEW HUNDRED MILES AWAY FROM THE TRAGEDY THAT EVOLVED. IT DREW A LARGE PROTEST, THIS COMING AS THE DEBATE OVER GUN CONTROL HAS REOPENED IN WASHINGTON D.C. AS MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DEBATE WET IF ANYTHING CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE TO STOP THIS CARNAGE THAT KEEPS HAPPENING AGAIN AND AGAIN. ABC'S RACHEL SCOTT HAS BEEN PRESSING FOR ANSWERS. SHE HAS THIS REPORT. >> NEARLY 300 MILES AWAY FROM THE MASSACRE, THE LARGEST GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION IN THE NATION IS GATHERING. PROTESTERS RALLYING OUTSIDE THE NRA CONVENTION IN HOUSTON, TEXAS. >> WE NEED TO REMEMBER WHO! WE NEED TO ORGANIZE AGAINST, AND THAT IS -- PEOPLE IN THERE. >> MY DAUGHTER IS A TEACHER. SHE HAD TO LEARN HOW TO -- BULLETS IN HER CLASSROOM IN ORDER TO TEACH. I'M DONE ABOUT HAVING TO WORRY EVERY SINGLE DAY THAT GOES TO CLASS. THAT I'M GONNA GET A PHONE CALL THAT SHE WAS BLOWN INTO PIECES TRYING TO PROTECT HER CHILD. >> WE SHOULDN'T GO TO SCHOOL AND BE SCARED. THAT I COULD GET HURT THAT THEY. WE CAN'T CONTROL -- [NOISE] I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. >> WE WANT TO SEE CHANGE. >> INSIDE THE NRA CONVENTION -- >> I WANTED TO BE HERE IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS WITH THE WONDERFUL PATRIOTS OF THE NRA. >> AS FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP AND TEXAS SENATOR TED CRUZ TOOK THE STAGE, ATTENDEES TOLD US GUNS ARE NOT THE ISSUE. DO YOU THINK AMERICA HAS A GUN PROBLEM? >> ABSOLUTELY NOT. ABSOLUTELY NOT. >> TERESA WAKEFIELD, A GUN OWNER AND GRANDMOTHER OF 13 SAYS AFTER YOU'VE ALREADY, LAWMAKERS SHOULD RECONSIDER THE LEGAL AGE TO BUY A GUN. >> WHY SHOULD WE BE ABLE TO BUY WEAPONS THAT 18? IT'S HEARTBREAKING. BUT GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE. PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. THE GUN DID NOT GONNA -- JUMP IN THE TRUCK. IT DID NOT RUN TO THE SCHOOL. THE GUNS DIDN'T DO IT. THAT YOUNG BOY DID. >> BACK IN WASHINGTON, THE DEBATE OVER REFORM IS HEATING UP AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS OF CONGRESSIONAL ACTION ON GUN CONTROL. REPUBLICAN LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL GIVING THE GREEN LINE ON BIPARTISAN TALKS, ENCOURAGING TEXAS SENATOR JOHN HORNET, -- DEMOCRATS TO FIND COMMON GROUND. >> I'M NOT INTERESTED IN THE SAME OLD TIRE TALKING POINTS. I'M ACTUALLY INTERESTED IN WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE THE TERRIBLE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED IN UVALDE LESS LIKELY IN THE FUTURE. >> RETURNING TO WASHINGTON, JUST BACK FROM THE TRAGEDY IN UVALDA, SPEAKING WITH DEMOCRATIC SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY, HIS HOME STATE OF CONNECTICUT ROCKED BY THE SANDY HOOK MASSACRE TEN YEARS AGO. >> HOW LONG -- IN ORDER TO REACH SOME TYPE OF AGREEMENT? WE >> DON'T HAVE A LONG TIME. THERE'S A SENSE OF URGENCY IN THIS COUNTRY. [NOISE] WE HAVE A NUMBER OF AREAS THAT WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS ON. BACKGROUND CHECKS. RED FLAG LAWS. [NOISE] >> THOSE ISSUES BACKED BY THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS. 86% BACK AND NATIONAL RED FLAG LAW, ALLOWING AUTHORITIES TEMPORARILY TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE DETERMINED TO BE DANGEROUS. AND NEARLY 90% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT EXTENDED BACKGROUND CHECKS. IT SPARKED CLEAR DEMOCRATS -- GET TEN REPUBLICAN VOTES NEEDED TO PASS ANY GUN CONTROL LEGISLATION, BUT A SLOW BIPARTISAN GROUP SAYS THEY'RE WILLING TO TRY. >> ARE THERE 60 VOTES FOR THAT? >> A LITTLE BIT EARLY TO TRY TO PREDICT THE OUTCOME THAT IS CLEARLY A LOT OF INTEREST. >> SO WE WENT OUT ON THE HUNT FOR ANSWERS ON CAPITOL HILL TO FIND OUT WHAT IF ANYTHING REPUBLICANS WOULD SUPPORT. CAN YOU ASSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THAT THIS TIME SOMETHING WILL GET DONE? >> I CAN'T ASSURE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THERE'S ANY LAW WE CAN PASS TO STOP THE SHOOTING. >> SOME REFUSED TO TAKE OUR QUESTIONS. >> DO YOU SUPPORT A BACKGROUND CHECK? DO YOU SUPPORT IT? >> AFTER THE MASS SHOOTING IN TEXAS, WILL REPUBLICANS TAKE ACTION ON GUN CONTROL? DO YOU SUPPORT BACKGROUND CHECKS? OTHERS SAID GUN REFORM IS A NONSTARTER. >> PASSING MORE LAWS -- [NOISE] >> THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT SOME TYPE OF ACTION WHEN IT COMES TO GUN REFORM. ARE YOU WRONG ON THIS? >> WE NEED TO LOOK AT WITH SOLUTIONS [NOISE] -- >> BUT IF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY BACKGROUND CHECK -- >> [NOISE] >> WHEN QUESTIONED ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS, REPUBLICAN SENATOR RICK SCOTT AND THE INTERVIEW. >> OKAY, YOU DO IT. >> SENATE DEMOCRATS CAN CHANGE THE RULES TO PASS GUN REFORM LEGISLATION WITHOUT REPUBLICAN SUPPORT. A MODERATE DEMOCRAT, JOE MANCHIN AND KYRSTEN SINEMA ARE NOT ON BOARD WITH ENDING THE FILIBUSTER. >> SENATOR SINEMA, DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING THE SENATE RULES IN ORDER TO PASS GUN CONTROL -- 19 CHILDREN ARE DEAD! >> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> CAN YOU GIVE US A COMMENT ABOUT IT? >> HERE IN THESE HALLS, DAVID HOGG, ALSO ON A MISSION. A SURVIVOR OF THE 2018 PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTING HOOVER SPOKE OUT AS A 17-YEAR-OLD. >> WE ARE NOT TRYING TO TAKE YOUR GUNS. WE NEVER HAVE BEEN, AND WE NEVER WILL. >> TODAY HE'S 22. STILL FIGHTING FOR CHANGE. >> I'M FRUSTRATED, OUTRAGED, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING EXHAUSTED. WE'VE DONE OUR JOB. WE'VE DONE OUR JOB RIGHT. THE MISTAKE THAT WE MADE AFTER PARKLAND IS THAT AS YOUNG PEOPLE, WE ASSUME THAT -- HALFWAY WORKED. >> THIS WEEK DEMOCRATIC LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER BLOCKED A REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL NAMED AFTER TWO PARKLAND SCHOOL SHOOTER VICTIMS, AIMED AT ADDRESSING SCHOOL SAFETY. >> -- SCHOOLS WILL HAVE DONE NOTHING TO PREVENT THE SHOOTING. >> REPUBLICANS BLOCKED THE REPUBLICAN -- IN THE WAKE OF THE BUFFALO SHOOTING. >> THIS BILL WOULD BE MORE ACCURATELY CALLED THE DEMOCRAT PLAN TO GRANT AND INSULT OUR POLICE AND SOLDIERS AS WHITE SUPREMACISTS AND NEO-NAZIS. >> AFTER TWO MASS SHOOTINGS IN JUST OVER ONE WEEK, SENATORS LEFT TOWN FOR RECESS. GUN LEGISLATION, VERY MUCH UP IN THE AIR. >> SENATOR GRAHAM, ARE THERE ENOUGH REPUBLICANS GET THIS PASSED? >> IT'S CERTAINLY NOT THE FIRST DOOR SLAMMED IN THE FACE OF POTENTIAL GUN REFORM. RACHEL SCOTT JOINS ME NOW. RACHEL, WE HEARD FROM THOSE NRA MEMBERS IN YOUR PIECE THERE. WE KNOW SOME POPULAR GUN REFORMS LIKE EXTENDED BACKGROUND CHECKS, RED FLAG LAWS, MANY'S AMERICANS SUPPORT THEM. DO YOU FIND ANY MEMBERS OF THE NRA THAT SUPPORTED THEM AS WELL? >> TREVOR, WE DID. ALMOST EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE NRA THAT WE SPOKE TO TODAY DID SUPPORT SOME TYPE OF GUN REFORM. WHETHER IT WAS BACKGROUND CHECKS, SOME TYPE OF RED -- RED FLAG LAW. EVEN SEEING AN 18-YEAR-OLD SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO PURCHASE SUCH A POWERFUL WEAPON. SEEING SOME OF THE FACES OF THE POLL NUMBERS -- 89% OF AMERICANS, OVERWHELMING MAJORITY SUPPORTING SOME FORM OF BACKGROUND CHECKS. TREVOR? >> COULD BE A CHANGE IN AMERICAN'S V

This transcript has been automatically generated and may not be 100% accurate.

{"duration":"7:31","description":"ABC News' Rachel Scott reports from Capitol Hill and from the NRA convention in Houston on the renewed push for action on gun control reform in the wake of the deadly Uvalde, Texas shooting.","mediaType":"default","section":"ABCNews/US","id":"85031686","title":"Texas school shooting revives gun control debate","url":"/US/video/texas-school-shooting-revives-gun-control-debate-85031686"}