The sister of a 9-year-old girl who was butchered in the Uvalde school massacre tearfully asked Texas lawmakers Thursday to pass a gun safety law.
“I’m begging you here to do something,” said Jazmin Cazares, whose little sister Jacklyn was one of the 19 children and two teachers shot dead at Robb Elementary School on May 24.
“People who were supposed to protect her at school didn’t do it,” Cazares, 17, sobbed. “They failed.”
Cazares – who appeared before a committee of lawmakers examining how to prevent future mass shootings – insisted the state should enact background checks and “red flag” laws to prevent guns from getting into the hands of confused people .
She said gunman Salvador Ramos, 18 – a loner who was bullied because of his speech impediment and has shown signs of deteriorating mental health after a recent suspension – could get his hands on a semi-automatic weapon too quickly.
“Days after he turned 18, he bought an AR-15 and hundreds of rounds of ammunition,” she said.
Cazares also criticized the school district and police – who didn’t act for almost 80 minutes when Ramos killed children in a classroom – for their lack of preparation before the attack.
School safety measures included urging teachers to lock doors, but that wasn’t an option for some educators, she said.
“As [is that possible] when some of those classroom doors wouldn’t lock?” she said.
Cazares’ emotional testimony came the same day the Supreme Court announced a decision allowing a significant expansion of gun rights, saying Americans have the right to carry firearms in public.
Jacklyn loved to sing and dance and had dreams of going to Paris after she graduated, Cazares told the committee.
“She was one of the sweetest souls anyone would ever meet,” the teen said.
Over the past decade, the Republican-controlled legislature in Texas has turned gun restrictions on its head, though the state has suffered a string of mass shootings that have killed more than 85 people in the past five years.
Delays and failures in law enforcement responses during the mass shooting in Uvalde are the focus of investigations at the federal, state and local levels.
The Texas State Police chief this week called it a “pathetic failure,” adding that law enforcement’s response ran counter to everything he had learned since the Columbine High School mass shooting in 1999.
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