It’s the One-Year Anniversary of the Uvalde Shooting & as a Texas Mom, Things Are Getting Worse

As I helped my kindergartener get ready for school this morning, he chattered on excitedly about his class graduation tomorrow and our upcoming summer beach trip. His whole face lit up with the excitement of his day, but I couldn’t help feeling heavy-hearted. Today is the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest school shootings in the country that took place at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, leaving 19 fourth-grade students and two teachers dead, and 17 others shot and wounded. Those families will never have a normal morning again … and not enough people seem to care.

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Watching my son run to school with his marker-stained hands and too-big Buzz Lightyear backpack bouncing behind him, I have to fight back the dread of wondering when the next mass shooting will occur. Especially living in Texas, a state with weak gun laws.

“Almost a year now, and honestly nothing has changed,” Jesse Rizo, the uncle of one of the Uvalde victims, told the Uvalde school board recently, per The New York Times.

I would argue that things have changed — for the worse.

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