On May 23rd a young man visited the school of his childhood and killed 19 students and injured others. Before going to Robb elementary, he shot his grandmother in the face.
There are many theories are promoted as to why this person would kill so many at his community school.
But there is no theory but facts that point to how easy it was for this young man to purchase an AR-15 and many bullets as if he were going to war.
Today the families of those killed and injured continue to suffer as there are no clear answers. The Governor promises to have his Department of Public Safety do a full study as to how close to 400 Law Enforcement officers took more than an hour to confront the shooter. Many do not trust the Governor who receives money from the NRA National Rifle Association and who has made it easier for people to purchase and carry weapons. Instead, they should demand that the Department of Justice review this failure.
Recently there was to be an NRA fundraising in the city of Hondo 39 miles east of Uvalde that would raffle off an AR-15. The families from Uvalde made their case to the city council of Hondo and the city canceled the use of their facility by the NRA.
There has been a lot of money raised and the families have demanded transparency and hope that it will soon be distributed.
T-shirts and signs honoring all killed are all over the city. Outside of Robb Elementary, there are thousands of stuffed animals, pictures, banners, candles, personal notes, and religious items. Every day at dusk families come to pay homage. It has been over 105 degrees in Uvalde, so it is better to visit the school towards the end of the day to pay their respect.
Donors have paid for the funeral costs, the burial site costs, and man-made coffins. A religious man from Georgia delivered special benches which included photos to the families.
Also, there are the most incredible murals on the wall of the city. If you spend a day, you will soon be humbled by the love being shared and the difficult road that the families and the community are traveling.
Humble families have had to become warriors to demand justice for their loved ones.
There is a long history of racism and voter suppression in Uvalde and there need to be some serious changes made to the political structure in Uvalde and Texas.