Incident comes only months after shooting at Robb Elementary School claimed 21 lives and wounded 17 others
Washington, D.C., September 8, 2022 — The community of Uvalde, Texas, has once again been rocked by gun violence as two young people were injured in a shooting at Uvalde Memorial Park Thursday. The incident comes only two days after students returned to school, and less than four months since the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School that killed 19 students and two teachers and wounded 17 others.
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Children in Uvalde are already traumatized from the devastation that shook their community a few months ago and now, less than a week back to school, once again young people are being gunned down. This is unacceptable and as a parent, I am outraged. How are we supposed to let our kids walk outside, play on the playground, or get the education they deserve in a country where bullets are indiscriminately taking out children? How are we supposed to look our kids in the eyes and tell them they are safe? While the details of this incident are still developing, one thing is clear — we need to do better. We desperately need sensible gun laws to create the safer country our children deserve.”
Team ENOUGH Executive Council’s Jasir Rahman shared:
“Young people all across the country are already on edge about returning to school. Every time another shooting happens, it serves as a reminder that there is nowhere for us to truly be safe from gun violence. The shooting in Uvalde has undoubtedly retraumatized the community and shattered any sense of security that may have been regained since May. Inaction by public officials has entrenched communities such as Uvalde in tragedy. Children losing their lives in the streets should not be normal. And while we’re constantly under threat from gun violence, we’re supposed to continue focusing on school and going about our daily lives like everything is okay. Everything is not okay. We need our leaders to step up, take action, and pass stronger gun laws that will keep us safe.”
Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.