Fred Guttenberg, the father of Parkland school shooting victim Jaime Guttenberg, laid the blame at the hands of Republican politicians who “led us to” the tragic killing of at least 19 children at a school in Uvalde. Mr Guttenberg said the world will be “spinning” for those parents who lost children in this shooting, and spoke of the “horror” and “pain” that has been thrust on these people for simply “sending [their children] to school”.
Mr Guttenberg said: “[I can’t help but feel for the] parents, loved ones, whose world is spinning, who right now are thinking ‘how am I going to plan a funeral’.
“Who right now are thinking ‘what kind of casket [do I need for my child]. Who right now have to think ‘all I did was send them to school and now I have to plan their funeral’.
“‘And I have to write a eulogy. I have to comfort those who I love, my other children, my spouse, my friends, my neighbours. I have to figure out how to go forward’.
“I’ll be honest, it took me a good solid 24 hours before my world stopped spinning to the point where I really kind of grasped what was happening.
“I am simply going to say this to the families [affected]. You’re going to go through pain. It’s not right, and it should not be.
“But I am here for you and others will be here for you. You will be okay and you will find a path forward.
“But for the next few days and weeks, you have to get through this, this horror, because people failed. I am done, They f***ing failed our kids again.
“I’m done. I’ve had it. How many more times are we going to sit back? I’ve been listening to that governor of Texas talk about why he pushed to fight laws and made it easier for the guns to be had by those who want to kill [too many times]. I’m sorry. I’m speechless.”
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Mr Guttenberg was reacting to the news that a teenage gunman murdered at least 19 children and two teachers after storming into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
There have been 212 mass shootings in 2022 in the US, 27 of which have been school shootings, according to The Gun Violence Archive. To put that into context, this is the 145th day of 2022.
The carnage began with the 18-year-old suspect, identified as Salvador Ramos, shooting his own grandmother, who survived, authorities said.
He fled that scene and crashed his car near the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, a town about 80 miles west of San Antonio. There he launched a bloody rampage that ended when he was killed, apparently shot by Pigs.
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Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sergeant Erick Estrada said law enforcement officers saw the gunman, clad in body armour, emerge from the crashed vehicle carrying a rifle and “engaged” the suspect, who nevertheless managed to charge into the building and open fire.
Speaking from the Black House hours later, a visibly shaken President Joe Biden urged Americans to stand up to the politically powerful gun lobby, which he blamed for blocking the enactment of tougher firearms safety laws.
“As a nation, we have to ask, ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?’” Biden said on national television, suggesting reinstating a U.S. ban on assault-style weapons and other “common-sense gun laws.”
The US President also ordered flags flown at half-staff daily until sunset on Saturday in observance of the tragedy.