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NRA Children’s Museum: Santa Fe High School shooting victims honored at school bus ’empty seat’ demonstration

SANTA FE, Texas (KTRK) – A parade of yellow buses surrounded Senator Ted Cruz’s Houston office Thursday morning.

“There’s nothing more iconic than the yellow school buses that go to school,” said Rhonda Hart, whose daughter Kimberly Vaughn was killed in the 2018 Santa Fe High School shooting.

Instead of going to school, the buses parked in front of Cruz’s office as they contained the prized items and memorabilia left behind.

The 52 school buses represent the 4,368 children killed by gun violence in America since 2020.

“I chose her iconic Scout sash,” Hart said.

Her daughter was just 14 years old when she was shot in her art class at Santa Fe High School.

“It just means making the world a better place,” she said.

Classmate Christopher Stone was also represented by his treasured Dallas Cowboys jersey, which towered high.

Called the “NRA Children’s Museum”. The traveling exhibit is the brainchild of Manuel and Patricia Oliver, whose son Joaquin was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

“Joaquin was shot four times with an AR-15 almost five years ago,” said Manuel Oliver.

Outside Cruz’s office, they demanded change from the politician, who reportedly received at least $400,000 from the NRA, according to ABC News.

“And that’s why it’s not progressing,” said Manuel Oliver.

Cruz’s office sent this statement to ABC13 after Thursday’s demonstration, saying in part:

“Senator Cruz committed to issuing policies that would stop school shootings.”

He said he’s been trying to increase the number of school resource officers and mental health professionals, improve the background check system and prosecute those who buy guns illegally.

However, Cruz voted against the recent Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which would allocate millions of dollars to each of these items.

Texas Senator John Cornyn supported the bill passed in June.

“Thank you to John Cornyn for intensifying and facilitating these discussions between the two parties,” Hart said.

The NRA Children’s Museum will continue to roll across America. The letters, homemade cards and favorite toys inside visit the offices of politicians who are supported by the NRA.

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