Texas lawmakers plot next move with domestic terrorism plan afte

Texas lawmakers plot next move with domestic terrorism plan after Midland-Odessa shooting

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas lawmakers are planning their next move with the domestic terrorism task force, launched by Gov. Abbott last week. 

The first meeting was Friday, one day before the Midland-Odessa shooting.

In addition to the El Paso shooting on August 3, that marks two mass shootings in a month, and Lubbock County District Attorney Sunshine Stanek said enough is enough.

"When El Paso gets attacked or when Midland-Odessa gets attacked, Texas is getting attacked. So really what that means to me is it just makes me want to work harder on the taskforce and figuring out what we can do," Stanek said.

She said these mass shootings revealed a major weakness in the state: A lack of proactivity.

"This particular one is really aimed at preventative measures and trying to think about preemptive things we can do as state law enforcement to prevent attacks from happening," Stanek said.

Stanek and Gov. Abbott both stressed the biggest step towards fighting domestic terrorism is giving state prosecutors more power. 

"The federal laws and federal prosecutors have a lot of tools in dealing with terrorism that we don't necessarily have at the state level. It's a good thing when we work together, but it would be nice for us to have some state laws that have some teeth," Stanek said.

She added gun control was not brought up in the meeting with Gov. Abbott, but she said everything is on the table to protect our state.   

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