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18 children, 1 adult killed in mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Christian Martinez, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Jenny Jarvie, Los Angeles Times on

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Abbott, who is scheduled to address the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston later this week along with former President Donald Trump, said he had instructed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to investigate the shooting.

The politics of gun control in America quickly came to play.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said the victims were “taken at the hands of an individual who should have never had a weapon in the first place.”

“Tragedies like this will continue to leave Texas families grieving and traumatized until our state starts prioritizing our families, our safety, and our future,” he said in a statement. Today, we grieve and renew our demand for meaningful action now to end gun violence. Texas families can’t wait any longer.

According to Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control, the first half of the 2021-2022 school year was the deadliest in recent history.


There have been at least 77 incidents of gunfire on school grounds across the country, resulting in 14 deaths and 45 injuries, so far this year. Six of these incidents took place in Texas.

“We are heartbroken for everyone impacted by this senseless act of violence in a predominantly Latinx community,” Rena Estala, a volunteer with the Texas chapter of Students Demand Action, said in a statement. “School is the last place where kids should have to worry about gun violence. We need leaders at every level to prioritize gun safety now.”


(Los Angeles Times staff writers Richard Winton in Los Angeles and Courtney Subramanian in Washington contributed to this report.)

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