School is back in session in Texas and many parents are concerned about the safety of their children. State Representative Paul Workman (R-Austin) holds himself up as a champion of his community, but his record in the Texas Legislature says otherwise.

Despite the horrific shooting a few months ago at Santa Fe High School, near Houston, that left 10 dead, politicians have done a lot of talking, but little to protect our kids, teachers and schools. Governor Greg Abbott has held roundtables and a Senate school safety committee recently released a report according to the Texas Tribune, but that’s about it.

Paul Workman, who has a 93 percent from the NRA, has supported legislation that makes our students and schools less safe, including:

  • Workman voted for SB 11, which authorized concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.
  • Workman voted for open carry of handguns, by voting in favor of HB 910.
  • Workman voted in favor of HB 1076, which prohibits the enforcement of federal firearm regulations.

The pattern after school shootings in America is upsettingly clear and consistent. Politicians offer thoughts and prayers, and pledge that they will do whatever they can to ensure that this will “never happen again,” but public focus on the incident inevitably fades, and nothing changes. Paul Workman has proven to be just another enabler of the status quo.