Vigil at AZ State Capitol honors students killed in Texas

PHOENIX — 19 pairs of small footwear circled a tree exterior the Arizona State Capitol. Those footwear representing the 19 youngsters killed in Texas Tuesday.

Several had been in attendance at the vigil grieving and calling for change. While flags exterior the state capitol fly at half-staff, religion leaders and lawmakers demand extra to forestall gun violence.

Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix exclaimed at the vigil, “Our children don’t bleed by democrat or republican. This is a bi-partisan problem, and we can fix it together. ‘Are you angry?’,” she asks the crowd. “‘Yes!’,” they reply. Longdon responds, “‘Then get to work!’”

Several dozen persons are in attendance, together with Leda Devlieger, a Gilbert third grade trainer visibly shaken by Tuesday’s occasions in Texas.

“I haven’t stopped crying since,” says Devlieger. “I went to school this morning afraid of what my students might ask or say and they didn’t say much.”

Devlieger continues, “Some of them share names with my students. There was a little girl named Tess and I have a Tess in my classroom. Their faces, they’re the same ages.”

ABC15’s Christine Stanwood asks Devlieger: Why proceed educating?

Devlieger: This is difficult for me to say, I really, am leaving educating this year.

After 4 years of being an educator, Devlieger says the principle motive to step apart is funds however, “I would be lying if I didn’t say that these other factors play into it. We’re heroes one minute. Then people hate us the next minute.”

Thursday might be her final day as an educator. “I’ve thought many times what would I do if somebody came to my room and you know, I would leave my kids motherless.”

While many in our state name for gun management, there are two payments shifting via the legislature, pushing for extra gun rights. One would broaden the locations in which holders of hid weapons permits can carry firearms. The different would permit allow holders to maintain absolutely loaded weapons in their vehicles on college campuses.

Both payments handed the House and a Senate committee however haven’t been introduced up for a full vote in the Senate. Arizona Senate Democrats launched an announcement saying these payments shouldn’t transfer ahead.

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