Roland Gutierrez recalled hearing parents sobbing after yesterday’s school shooting.
“People elect me to solve problems. And in this space, I feel so helpless,” Gutierrez said.
“What am I doing in Austin if I can’t get my fellow Republicans to learn from this?” he added.
Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez recounted the heartbreaking experience of hearing the “uncontrollable crying” of victims’ parents who waited at the Uvalde Reunification Center to find out if their children were still alive.
“I went to the reunification center and saw families waiting to find out if their child was dead or alive,” Gutierrez said. MSNBC Wednesday. “When people were told their child had died, you heard uncontrollable crying.”
“They were sitting there huddled with their families praying. I can’t believe we’re living in this nightmare right now,” Gutierrez said.
In a separate interview with the CBC, Gutierrez described the moment each family learned their child had died, saying, “You saw the horror, just guttural screams. I can’t imagine this kind of pain. As the father of two daughters. me.”
At least 21 people were killed and several were injured during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday. Families of those involved in the school shooting gathered at the Uvalde Civic Center, where some were asked to provide DNA samples to help identify the bodies of unrecognizable victims.
“I don’t wish Americans could have solved what I saw last night. But I do wish people who are advocating for these types of weapons know what I know now,” he told MSNBC. .
Gutierrez also expressed frustration with his GOP colleagues.
“People elect me to solve problems. And in this space, I feel so helpless,” he continued. “Because after trying and trying, we can’t have a modicum of common sense.”
“That’s all I ask for the future – because if we don’t hear from this, then what will we do? What am I doing in Austin if I can’t bring my fellow Republicans to learn from it?” Gutierrez said.
Democratic lawmakers like Alexandria Ocasio Cortez have called out GOP members like Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Lauren Boebert for their inaction on gun control, even after the devastating Uvalde shooting.
Many Republican lawmakers continue to stand firm for gun rights. Tuesday, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene advocated that the United States did not need more gun control, but should instead “get back to God”. Meanwhile, Cruz appeals dismissed for gun controland instead suggested that more armed officers be stationed in the schools.
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