Uvalde Parents Confront Gov. Greg Abbott Over Texas Gun Law

by | Aug 27, 2022 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott may have woken up Saturday to the sound of parents screaming the names of their children who died in the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde.Family members of about a dozen of the students and teachers who died in the attack gathered in front of the governor’s mansion in downtown Austin at around 5:15 a.m., blaring recordings of their children laughing and playing, then pausing to shout their names. Several parents held poster-sized portraits of their loved ones and yelled at Abbott to step outside.Parents of children who died in the May 24 school shooting in Uvalde stand outside the governor’s mansion in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Aug. 27.Roque Planas/HuffPostAdvertisement“If we can’t sleep, neither can you!” one parent shouted. “These are the voices of our children!” Brett Cross, whose son Uziyah died in the shooting, yelled into a bullhorn. “This is all we have left because you don’t give a damn!” The protest is part of a larger push from parents and the gun reform group March for Our Lives to get Abbott to call a special session of the state Legislature to raise the minimum age to buy semi-automatic rifles from 18 to 21.Later that morning, hundreds of gun reform advocates ― including survivors and relatives of students from other mass shootings ― gathered at the steps of the state Capitol, repeatedly chanting “Raise the age!” and “Vote him out!”“Our kids are going back to school and asking, ‘Will I be next?’” Javier Cazares, whose daughter Jackie died in the Uvalde shooting, told the crowd.AdvertisementRhonda Hart, whose daughter Kimberly died in a 2018 shooting at Santa Fe High School, contrasted Texans’ easy access to high-powered rifles with the strict rules she had to follow in the Army. “I had three weeks of training before I was allowed to handle [an] M16,” she said, in reference to the military firearm.Several speakers tearfully told stories about family members who died in the May 24 shooting.“My sister leaves behind her only child, who has to go on without her,” said Maggie Mireles Thomas, referring to teacher Eva Mireles. “Eva was strong. She could have taken [the shooter] ― but not with this weapon.”Gun reform advocates generally want to see more aggressive restrictions on assault rifles.Raising the minimum age for purchase would be a smaller and more politicall …

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