On Tuesday, May 24 at 11:32 am, a mass shooting traumatized Robb Elementary school and others. The shooting occurred at Robb Elementary, which provides education to children in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades in Uvalde, Texas.
The 18-year-old suspect, Salvador Ramos, shot and killed his grandmother before driving, abandoning his vehicle, and entering the school. He shot and killed 19 students and two adults at the school before being killed by a border patrol officer.
Multiple law enforcement reports in Texas state that the shooter was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and numerous magazines. Currently, 6 children and four adults are being treated at the San Antonio hospital, including a ten-year-old girl and two adults in critical condition. Two police officers were also hurt but are expected to survive.
The motive behind the shooting has not yet been identified. It has been understood that Ramos lived less than three miles away from the school. Three county workers lowered the city’s flags to half mass as Biden ordered all flags to be reduced in respect for the school. Biden is expected to speak at 5 p.m., Pacific time. Blood donations and other resources are being rushed to San Antonio, Dallas, and other cities to help.
“I’d hoped, when I became president, I would not have to do this again,”PRESIDENT BIDEN STATED IN AN ADDRESS TO THE NATION JUST AS HE RETURNED FROM HIS TRIP TO ASIA.
“Another massacre. Uvalde, Texas. An elementary school. Beautiful second, third, and fourth graders. Parents who will never see their children again, who will never snuggle into bed, and who will never be the same again. To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away; as a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby. The idea that an 18-year-old kid can walk into a gun store and buy two guns is just sick. I’m sick and tired of it; we have to act. I learned of this while I was on an aircraft coming back from Asia on a 17-hour flight and what struck me is that these kinds of mass shootings rarely happen with this kind of frequency in the world. Why? Why do we have to live in the carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen?”
“The community in Texas will never be the same…My heart is breaking for the families at Robb Elementary,” said Senator Chris Murphy. “I am here to beg to find a path to work with here and find a way to pass laws to reduce this. We need to do something and stop sending a quiet endorsement to the shooters as a quiet government does nothing shooting after shooting. What are we doing? Why are we here?”
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As our nation suffers and mourns another school shooting, what does this mean for our current gun laws? Is the second amendment still relevant? Is it causing more harm than good? These are questions that divide our nation. Yet, it’s something we need to face before another tragedy occurs.