The murder of 19 school children and 2 teachers was all done legally. Republicans are complicit.
A Republican Congressman was asked by a Reporter 3 times this question and the Republican Congressman NEVER answered the question. The question was simply this: Why does an 18 year old need to purchase an AR-15 and 375 rounds of ammunition? Three times the Republican Congressman was asked this question and the Republican Congressman never answered the question.
WHY? 19 children and 2 teachers are now dead because this 18 year old was able to buy this gun and the Republican Congressman won’t answer the simple question of Why an 18 year old needs an AR-15 and 375 rounds of ammunition?
The Uvalde shooter legally purchased two AR-15 rifles soon after turning 18 on May 17 and May 20 from a local federal firearms licensee.
The high school dropout celebrated his milestone birthday with a dinner at Applebee’s on May 16 with his grandmother, Celia Martinez Gonzales — whom he would go on to callously shoot in the face before unleashing a bloodbath inside a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Exactly one week before the mass shooting, and the day after his birthday, Ramos headed to local sporting goods store Oasis Outback to buy a “semi-automatic rifle,” Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw confirmed at a press conference.
Ramos returned the next day to buy 375 rounds of ammunition, and then again two days later, last Friday, to pick up a Daniel Defense AR-style rifle, McCraw said.
Confronted with mass shootings, Texas Republicans have repeatedly loosened gun laws…
Gov. Greg Abbott and other Republican leaders signaled an openness to some gun restrictions after recent mass shootings. But in the last several years, lawmakers have eased gun laws, most notably by passing a permit-less carry bill last year.
But when lawmakers have reconvened in Austin in the months after a mass shooting, those same leaders tend to fall silent on any restrictive measures when it comes to guns. In the last two legislative sessions, Texas legislators have loosened gun laws, most notably by passing permit-less carry in 2021, less than two years after mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa took the lives of 30 people.
The fatal shooting of 19 children and two adults on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, has shocked the country, evoking memories of other tragic school shootings such as Columbine, Newtown and Parkland, and renewing calls for Congress to do something.
But the response to those calls from many Republican lawmakers is the same now as it pretty much always is: The country should not have stricter gun control.
Why do these Republicans refuse to act? Beyond the fact that many believe stricter gun control would not prevent such mass shootings, a look at the data reveals that there is simply no political pressure to do so.
While there are certainly some Americans who want stricter gun control, the public at large is far more split on the issue than a lot of commonly cited polling data would have you believe.