What Next

Reporting on Guns From Texas

The view from a state that doesn’t “have that many restrictions left to loosen up”—and just had a mass shooting.


Episode Notes

Following the shooting in Uvalde, we talked to a Texas reporter who has covered mass shootings for five years. The Lone Star State remains a GOP stronghold, which means Texas Republicans tailor their messaging and legislation to avoid being primaried from the right. This affects how gun laws are written and how mental health is instead elevated, leaving both issues underserved.

Guest: Lauren McGaughy, investigative reporter for the Dallas Morning News.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova and Sam Kim.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.