Statement From PAGV Co-Chairs on Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas

May 25, 2022

“Once again, as a nation, we mourn the massacre of children in a school. Again, the mass shooter is an 18-year-old who walked into a store and legally purchased two assault-style rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition, which he unleashed yesterday within a classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and 2 teachers while wounding at least 15 others.

“Authorities have not given a motive yet, but whatever the reason for the gunman’s horrific actions, the issue remains that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines enabled someone to kill and maim many human beings within minutes, even seconds. These instruments of death must be banned from anyone other than the military or law enforcement. We must act now to end the carnage in classrooms, supermarkets, movie theaters, and anywhere else in America.

“There are not enough prayers or words to console the families, fellow students and teachers. Right now, we need more than words, we need action.”


PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 60 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.

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