Uvalde school shooting: Democrats promise action after visiting a grieving community in Uvalde

UVALDE, Texas (KTRK) — President Joe Biden left Uvalde Sunday night and vowed to do something to respond to crowds begging for change.

“We mourn with you. We pray with you. We stand by you. And we are committed to turning that pain into action,” Biden said in a tweet.

Loud chants for change met Biden and the first lady as they visited the memorial at Robb Elementary School.

They left a bouquet of white roses at the memorial and then attended mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Several relatives of the victims are members of the Church.

Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee also traveled to Uvalde to comfort the community and meet privately with the victims’ families.

“They want answers about what happened to their children,” Jackson Lee said.

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Jackson Lee wrote a letter urging the US Department of Justice to investigate law enforcement’s response to Tuesday’s mass shooting. The DOJ announced Sunday that it would be conducting a review.

She is also demanding that the state government give victims’ families faster access to a relief fund, as well as a declaration that will bring them the mental health care they need in the long term.

“In that case, you can call in medical professionals. Psychiatrists who can come from all over the country and can be hired for a two-year period,” Jackson Lee said.

Some parents want more. They are asking lawmakers to pass gun safety laws to make schools a safer place. Nicole Castillo has two daughters in elementary school.

“I’m glad they’re done with school, but at the same time it’s still a hole in the stomach. In two and a half months they have to go again. That’s a whole year of fear. So, it’s really hard,” Castillo said.

It’s a message Democrats said they would bring back to Washington as they prepare to sit down with the gun lobby and their Republican counterparts.

“What will you do about legitimate gun safety restrictions? Humanity. I ask you. Humanity, decency, courage and action,” said Jackson Lee.

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