Live Updates: ‘Guns Are More Important Than Children,’ Uvalde Mother Laments to Congress

New York Times

06-08-2022

The day before, we visited Uvalde — Uvalde, Texas. Over the last two decades, more school-age children have died from guns than on-duty police officers and active-duty military combined. We need to ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines. And if we can’t ban assault weapons, then we should raise the age to purchase them from 18 to 21. But as soon as he turned 18, he purchased two assault weapons for himself.

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