Texas Gun Sense

Texas Gun Sense is very proud to release our new four-part video series

Surviving Gun Violence


Texas Gun Sense

Texas Gun Sense is very proud to release our new four-part video series

Surviving Gun Violence


Texas Gun Sense

August 19, 2019


Texas Gun Sense Statement

on the Governor’s Texas Safety Commission Meeting


Texas Gun Sense is grateful to participate in Governor Greg Abbott’s Texas Safety Commission, scheduled to meet at 10:30 AM on Thursday, Aug. 22 at the State Capitol. The commission consists of elected officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, educators, social media representatives from around the state.

In the wake of the racially-motivated mass shooting in El Paso on Aug. 3 (which killed 22 and injured 26), Texas Gun Sense has an important message to deliver to the commission. As the only gun violence prevention organization invited to take part, we believe the Commission must recognize that the easy availability of firearms plays a critical role in gun-related violence. TGS will recommend that the commission review a number of common sense, evidence-based policies, including:

  • Instituting background checks on the sale of all firearms,
  • Raising the age of purchase for all firearms to at least 21 years of age,
  • Limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines,
  • Regulating sales and accessibility of assault-style rifles on the federal level, and
  • Adopting extreme risk protective order (otherwise known as a “red flag” laws).

While eager to participate in these talks, Texas Gun Sense is realistic when it comes to the political and policy differences which impact addressing gun-related violence in our state. In a divided environment, TGS knows that it is imperative we use this opportunity to make an effective, respectful case on behalf of the millions of Texans who demand that our state leaders must take immediate action to protect their constituents. It is our hope that following these discussions lawmakers of Texas can come together and expeditiously evaluate and enact legislation before another Texan is killed by a gun tragedy.

Read all of our policy recommendations here. For more information about gun violence and gun violence prevention, visit our website at www.txgunsense.org.


Contact Information:

Ed Scruggs: (512) 565-0502

Frances Schenkkan: (512) 971-0683

E-mail:  info@txgunsense.org

Website: www.txgunsense.org

MFSA Depends On Your Help For Its Programs and Activities

Please Include Us in Your Giving Plans! – New mailing address

Join with us as we connect progressive United Methodists in putting faith into action!

Membership in MFSA is not predicated on ability to pay.  We do not have “dues”.  However, our local unit and the National Office need funding each year for programs and activities.  Membership gifts and special giving are always appreciated. MFSA is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.   Membership gifts to MFSA are tax deductible as provided by law.

There are several easy ways to join or support MFSA.

  • You can log onto the national MFSA website, http://www.mfsaweb.org and follow the instructions there (you can safely use a credit card). Please indicate that you are part of the Rio Texas MFSA.
  • Or, you can mail a check made out to “Rio Texas – MFSA” to

Rio Texas MFSA

PO Box 66055

Austin, TX  78766-6055

The suggested minimum donation is $60, but any amount is welcome.  Thanks for your support!

Historically, we have had eight monthly meetings per year, generally on the second Thursday of the month (this may change in the future).  We communicate using monthly electronic newsletters & updates to our website and Facebook page.

Texas Gun Sense

Vice News has released “Fear and Loading: Women and Guns in America“.  The piece was filmed in Austin in April during the week of the National School Walkout.  The Vice team traveled to Texas to explore both sides of the gun issue from the perspective of women.  Interviews included Texas Gun Sense board member and gun violence survivor, Susan R. Nelson, a group of women at a “Girls and Guns” conference and the Austin students who organized the National School Walkout at the Texas Capitol.

We are grateful to our supporters and for all you do.   Texas Gun Sense is ready to fight for common sense gun laws during the upcoming legislative session.   Please consider a one-time or sustaining donation today – the work we do relies on the generous support of donors like you.

Texas Gun Sense is a statewide nonprofit and nonpartisan organization advocating for common sense, evidence-based policies to reduce gun injuries and deaths.   For more information, visit www.txgunsense.org.

From Texas Gun Sense

Since the Parkland, FL high school shooting on February 14, 2018, so much has changed in the gun violence prevention movement.  The Parkland students have led the way with their March for Our Lives group and TGS is proud to have been asked to be a Texas partner.  We welcome all of our new supporters and want to reach out to everyone with our update.

What’s Been Happening:

Upcoming Events:

  • Town Hall with Senator Royce West and other dignitaries May 3, 2018.  Join us!
  • We will be in Dallas, May 3-5, 2018 to partner with other gun violence prevention organizations to provide information during the National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting May 4-6 in Dallas. More info.
  • We will visit Houston supporters May 16-18, 2018. Join us!
  • Every Month:  We visit the Texas Capitol once or twice per month before the legislative session begins, meeting with law makers to discuss ways to improve Texas gun law.
    Want to come to the Capitol with us?

Town Hall for Our Lives – April 8

All area Members of Congress and candidates are invited to participate in a town hall to discuss gun violence and gun violence prevention in America/Texas. Participants to be added as they RSVP. More details will be updated shortly.

Confirmed participants to date:
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (HD-51)
Mary Wilson (D candidate, TX-21)
Christine Mann (D candidate, TX-31)
Julie Oliver (D candidate, TX-25)
Chris Perri (D candidate, TX-25)
Joseph Kopser (D candidate, TX-21)
Mike Siegel (D candidate, TX-10)

Co-hosted by March for Our Lives Austin, Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, Indivisible Austin, Voto Latino, Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, National Association of Social Workers Texas chapter, Texas Capitol Walkout for Gun Safety, Literary Women in Action, ADAPT of Texas, Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas, Counter Balance ATX, and others to be announced.


Sun, April 8, 2018

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT


William B Travis High School

1211 East Oltorf Street

Austin, TX 78704

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Town Hall For Our Lives in TX-21

On March 24, tens of thousands gathered for the first March For Our Lives to the state capitol in Austin, TX. On April 7, please join Austin area students and community leaders to fulfill the March’s call for local candidates to speak on their commitment to keep schools, churches, and concerts safe from gun violence.



Sat, April 7, 2018

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT



Dittmar Recreation Center

1009 West Dittmar Road

Austin, TX 78745

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RSVP to the Town Hall For Our Lives in TX-21!

March For Our Lives was created, inspired, and led by students of all ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientation who are no longer willing to sit and wait for someone else to take action. They have issued a call for Town Halls to be held in all 435 congressional districts on April 7 and we are honored and look forward to helping fulfill their mission in TX-21.

The event will highlight student and volunteer activist action as well as expectations for elected leaders to lead a conversation on this issue. The event is open to all candidates to make comments and answer community questions.


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Protests Planned Against Gun Violence

Washington DC March & Rally

Organizers of a rally against mass shootings planned for next month in Washington are expecting up to 500,000 attendees, according to an event permit application.

The application filed this week with the National Park Service indicates the “March for Our Lives” will be March 24, although a location hasn’t been determined. The rally, organized by survivors of last week’s school massacre in Parkland, Fla., will have “sister marches” in other major cities, organizers said.

The event will include “student speakers, musical performers, guest speakers and video tributes,” according to the permit application, with 14 Jumbotrons and 2,000 chairs.

Mike Litterst, a spokesman for the National Park Service, said that organizers initially proposed holding the event on the Mall but are looking at moving the rally to another location in Washington after the request conflicted with a film crew’s permit.

[A superintendent threatens to suspend students protesting gun laws. But that’s not legal.]

We’ve had enough. Thoughts and prayers” are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action.

On March 24, 2018, students will rally in Washington D.C and in local communities across the country to demand action from our leaders. Join us in the March For Our Lives, as we fight for an America that is free from gun violence.



Protest Rally in Dallas Planned for May 3

At NRA Annual Meeting

More Information to come …


October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter

Please find the October 2017 Rio Texas MFSA newsletter here: 2017 Oct


MFSA Meeting on Thursday, March 9

Under The Gun

Join Rio Texas MFSA on Thursday, March 9 at Saint John’s UMC, 2140 Allandale Rd. for a presentation and discussion on gun violence.  Andrea Brauer, the Executive Director of Texas Gun Sense will introduce Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was killed in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre.

Together we will watch the documentary film “Under The Gun”, which examines the events and people who have kept the gun debate fierce and the progress slow, even as gun deaths and mass shootings continue to increase.  Through the lens of families impacted by the mass shootings in Newtown, Aurora, Isla Vista and Tucson, as well as those who experience daily gun violence in Chicago, the documentary looks at why politicians are finding it difficult to act and what is being done at the state and local levels.  The film is executive produced and narrated by Katie Couric and directed by Stephanie Soechtig.

Join us at 6:30p for snacks.  The program begins at 7p.  All are welcome.

MFSA September Meeting Thursday, September 8, 7pm

Texas Gun Sense

During the upcoming year, the Rio Texas Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA) will focus our programming and action on Creating a Culture of Nonviolence.   On Thursday, September 8, join us at Saint John’s UMC Austin, 2140 Allandale Rd, to learn about the work being done by Texas Gun Sense to reduce gun violence.   Our speaker will be Andrea Brauer, Executive Director at Texas Gun Sense, providing information about the organization.

txgunsenselogoFrom the website http://www.txgunsense.org/:

“The shootings of innocent people are becoming far too common, and we are dismayed by the lack of response from our government.

Texas Gun Sense works to reduce gun violence by promoting effective gun laws through research and public awareness.

We use “gun sense” because we recognize citizens’ right to own guns, but also believe our laws could be strengthened to include more sensible policies that would protect the general public from avoidable accidents and injuries from guns.”

Join us at 6:30p for snacks. The program begins at 7p. All are welcome.

Concert Across America


If you cannot attend our meeting, consider attending the Concert Across America to remember the victims of gun violence at Threadgills, 301 Riverside Dr. on Sunday, September 25 – 3-8p. With special musical performances from: Jimmie Dale Gilmore & Butch Hancock, Guy Forsyth & the Riveters, and others.


Gun violence takes a devastating toll on Texans daily. The number of gun deaths in Texas has been rising annually, and it is time we speak up to say that it is unacceptable. Show your support for ending gun violence by attending the Austin event and donating to Texas Gun Sense.  For more information on how you can sponsor or partner for the event please contact Megan Russell at megan@txgunsense.org or 512-465-2162.