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San Diegans gather for vigil after Texas deadly school shooting

A candlelight vigil Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park to recollect these killed in Uvalde, Texas.

SAN DIEGO — San Diegans are amongst these calling for extra motion within the wake of Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas that left 19 youngsters and two adults lifeless.

Organizers for Safer CA held a candlelight vigil Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park to recollect these murdered in Texas.

“This is scary…I have lockdown drills with my kids and we practice what to do when someone comes into our building, it’s not fair for them, they’re just babies,” stated preschool instructor, Melissa Hamand, who was on the vigil on Wednesday night time. 

“Well, we’re pushing for one basic law and that’s background checks at the federal level we’d also like to see a ban on assault weapons and red flag laws put in place at the federal level,” stated Carol Landale, who’s the chief director of San Diegans for Gun Violence Protection.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher directed flags on the San Diego County Administration Center to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of Tuesday’s mass shooting.

“Gun violence has once again taken the lives of innocent schoolchildren,” Fletcher stated in response to the shooting, which left no less than 19 college students lifeless at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, a small metropolis west of San Antonio. The demise toll additionally included two adults, authorities stated. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stated one of many two was a instructor.

San Diego Mayor, Todd Gloria posted his reaction on Twitter, “San Diego grieves with Uvalde, Texas amid this unimaginable horror that has struck their community. We can’t continue to act like this kind of senseless gun violence is normal — it’s not. We must reform this country’s gun laws. Now.”

A retired ATF particular agent and mother pushing for gun legal guidelines shared their perception.

“I’m unspeakably heartbroken for the people of Texas, the parents who lost their children today and children who survived that will live with that trauma forever,” stated Celeste Perron, a volunteer with the California chapter of Moms Demand Action.

The group was based within the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting that claimed the lives of 26 folks. Ten years later, the shooting at Robb Elementary in Texas echoes the Sandy Hook bloodbath.

“Children are still being slaughtered in their schools and that is absolutely unacceptable,” Perron stated.

Tuesday was the deadliest school shooting in Texas historical past. It was additionally probably the most deadly grade school shooting within the U.S. since Sandy Hook. Lawmakers are being known as on to take motion.

“You should be moving heaven and earth to keep our children safe. And I hope these people who are not doing enough, some of these leaders who are not doing what they know, that they will change,” Perron stated.

Brad Galvan spent thirty years as an ATF agent and investigated lively shooter incidents.

“Here in the United States there’s almost four million weapons,” he stated. “It’s very easy to get a firearm.”

He stated there should be enhancements in addressing psychological well being.

“It has to be identified and acted upon before it gets to this point where they get their hands on a firearm and do something as horrendous as this,” Galvan stated.

The county constructing in San Diego was lit up orange in remembrance of the lives lost. 

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