Families of victims of Uvalde massacre call for legislation amid more gun violence

Families of victims of Uvalde massacre call for legislation amid more gun violence

As more Americans have died in mass shootings in recent days, the parents and families of children killed in a school shooting in Uvalde eight months ago pleaded Tuesday for Texas legislators to pass “common-sense gun laws” so children “can stop living in the United States of the NRA.” The parents gathered at the Texas Capitol for a news conference in which state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, whose district includes Uvalde, announced bills he has filed and other plans for this year’s legislative session that began this month and ends May 29. They were joined by the parent of a student who died in the 2018 shooting at Santa Fe, Texas, high school. “Take clear notice of these common-sense gun laws our children and future need to live in the United States of America and stop living in the United States of the NRA,” Velma Lisa Duran, of San Antonio, said referring to the National Rifle Association, the most powerful gun lobbying group in the country. Duran’s sister, Irma Garcia, was one of the two teachers and 19 killed in the May 4, 2022 shooting in Uvalde. Garcia’s husband, Joe Garcia, died two days later of a heart attack. The Uvalde massacre was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history and one of the deadliest in the country. The law enforcement response has led to investigations and outrage because officers waited more than an hour to enter the building to stop the shooter. Their calls for action from the family […]

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