For Immediate Release
NEWS: Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s Statement on Uvalde, Texas School Shooting
Yonkers, NY – Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16) issued the following statement after an 18-year-old reportedly shot 19 children and 2 teachers dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas yesterday afternoon.
“Twenty-one people were taken from us yesterday, including 19 kids - the most innocent people in our society,” said Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D (NY-16). “There are no words to describe how we feel as we mourn more lives lost to gun violence, mere days after the atrocities in Buffalo, NY and Laguna Woods, CA. Children are the most innocent among us, and they should have the opportunity to live and experience all that life has to offer, without it being cut short by gun violence. To slaughter them is unspeakable sickness and evil. Our children deserve to grow up with laughter, joy, and play. Our children deserve to grow up, period. How much more gun violence do we have to suffer? We are completely drained and our communities need healing.”
“There is too much pain and suffering in our society. We have to stop. We have to pause life right now and look at what we are doing. It cannot be business as usual. This is not normal and it should not be normalized. We cannot just go back to work or school today. We have to stop. We have to pause. We have to talk. We have to think. We have to love. If we do not stop and take the time required to heal, the compounding tragedies we have experienced in our communities and seen across the country will push us to our demise.”
“The American people need Republicans in the Senate to work with Democrats to pass common sense gun reform. Our nation also needs a reckoning. The structure of our society is literally killing us. And it is on us to stop it.”