Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement on the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:
“I am saddened, heartbroken and frankly angered by yet another brutal yet preventable mass shooting, this time at Robb Elementary School. When parents pack their children’s lunches, tie their shoes, and kiss them goodbye, they are sending them to what is supposed to be a warm and vibrant environment for learning, not a war zone. My heart is with Uvalde and my focus is on standing with victims and survivors to stop the scourge of gun violence.
In California, we’ve championed some of the strongest laws against gun violence, leading the way nationally. While I am pleased that in this spirit of uncompromising leadership, Governor Gavin Newsom, Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins are announcing efforts to expedite legislation to protect our families and children from gun violence, it is clear that ultimately, the solution must come at the federal level.
It’s long past time to stand up to the cowards who are unashamedly beholden to the NRA and willing to let our children be killed rather than enact real gun control laws, which the majority of Americans want. I urge every American of good conscience to stand against the gun lobby and against those who would put inanimate weapons of war before the lives of our children. Today, let us mourn those lost. Tomorrow, let us honor their memory by defeating the gun lobby once and for all.”