Texans, Cowboys issue statement on Uvalde school shooting

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Another mass shooting has happened in America. Another mass shooting has happened at a school.

Fourteen elementary school students were shot and killed on Tuesday at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. The murders come only 10 days after a gunman killed 10 citizens in a Buffalo grocery store.

The NFL community has responded.

We are heartbroken by this afternoon’s tragic events in Uvalde as we mourn alongside our neighbors in Texas,” the Texans said in a statement. “To the victims, their families and the entire Uvalde community, you are held close to our hearts today and in the weeks to come.”

“The entire Dallas Cowboys organization grieves alongside the community of Uvalde and all of those affected by today’s tragic event,” the Cowboys said in their own statement.  “As we mourn the loss of innocent life, our hearts and prayers are with the victims’ families, loved ones, faculty and staff of Robb Elementary.”

With no solutions on the horizon, the fact remains that to live in the United States of America means to risk dying in a mass shooting. It’s like any other risk of any other calamity that Americans assume when they leave the house. Automobile accident. Lightning strike. Mass shooting.

We know the statistics. We know the corners into which we’ll retreat politically, shouting “gun control” and “mental health” at each other so loudly that no one hears anything and nothing gets done.

It’s sad. But it’s reality. To live in the USA means to possibly die in a hail of bullets, on any given day and at any given time.

28 responses to “Texans, Cowboys issue statement on Uvalde school shooting

  1. The lack of empathy in this country is disgusting and will be our downfall.

  2. More “thoughts and prayers” that do nothing to solve the real problem. Texans love their guns…

  3. These kinds of stories crush me from the inside out. Especially the death of children. I can’t wrap my head around this….

  4. Our country is becoming insane. I don’t think banning guns at this point will do anything, they will find guns on the black market to commit these kinds of atrocities. Pandora is out of the box and I don’t know how it goes back in.

  5. If you can’t cope with things and refuse to get help for your problems, go ahead and check out. But there’s no reason to take a bunch of innocent people with you. You think you’re making a statement and will be famous? No, because some other jackass will do the same thing next week.

  6. singularitynow says:
    May 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    Our country is becoming insane. I don’t think banning guns at this point will do anything, they will find guns on the black market to commit these kinds of atrocities. Pandora is out of the box and I don’t know how it goes back in.
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    Most of the guns used in these shootings are purchased legally. It’s not a panacea; but, if you make “assault type” weapons illegal then most wacko’s will have a tougher time finding them or affording them.

  7. Kids die. No one really cares enough to do something unless it’s their kid. Happens everyday in America. If anyone actually cared they would actually do something about it. From a veteran and a handgun owner. I don’t need my gun more than a child needs their life. Priorities.

  8. What happened in our country around 1999 or so?

    I graduated from HS a few years before that, and the thought of anybody doing this was about as likely as aliens landing on the White House lawn.

    You guys can tell about guns all you want, still takes somebody to pull the trigger. Guns have been around for centuries and this crap never happened. Why do people now have so little respect for humanity these days?

  9. “Thoughts and prayers”. Not reasonable and effective gun control laws, but “thoughts and prayers”. That’s what we will get from a political system entirely corrupted by money, in this case money from the NRA and gun manufacturers. Meaningful change will only happen when money is taken out of politics, folks.

  10. Intentionally or not, you are parroting NRA rhetoric that claims discussing solutions in the aftermath of gun violence is somehow inappropriate or as you put it “shouting”. As welcome as better mental healthcare would be, that is not what separates us from other developed nations that have fairly neglible levels of gun violence. The difference is meaningful gun laws. Take Australia which used to have our level of gun crime and culture. In the decade following their adoption of meaningful gun control, the number of shootings and deaths decreased manifold.

  11. While I agree that stricter gun laws are needed, nothing will stop sleazy criminals from selling and buying them on the black market. We need to shut down the back alley weapon sales. Anybody with $100 in their pockets can go to downtown Chicago, Dallas, LA etc. and buy an illegal weapon. Sickening.

  12. And books too.
    humb0lt says:
    May 24, 2022 at 7:53 pm
    Ban abortion but don’t restrict access to guns. Makes sense.

  13. nathanp2013 says:
    May 24, 2022 at 8:14 pm
    singularitynow says:
    May 24, 2022 at 7:51 pm
    Our country is becoming insane. I don’t think banning guns at this point will do anything, they will find guns on the black market to commit these kinds of atrocities. Pandora is out of the box and I don’t know how it goes back in.
    ———————————————
    Most of the guns used in these shootings are purchased legally. It’s not a panacea; but, if you make “assault type” weapons illegal then most wacko’s will have a tougher time finding them or affording them.

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    Actually, according to the State Dept. only 18% of “violent weapon offenders” had their guns legally registered. That means 82% have the other guns illegally. No laws will stop those people. And I hardly think they are enrolling in safety classes or NRA membership.

  14. Gun laws will not stop all gun deaths. So what do we do? Nothing? How about we try to prevent some of them? At least try! Tell kids we at least tried.

  15. Every representative–local, county, state, federal–who accepts contributions from the NRA or from political action committees (PACs) that launder such contributions, must be required to make a dollar for dollar payment to an interest-bearing reserve, from which all reparations must be paid (including emergency medical care, funeral expenses, living expenses for the victims’ families, and education). If these representatives lack the conviction that life is better than death, then they must pay for their cowardice and for their deference to the gun lobby. A true cynic would conclude that the voters in Texas support banning abortion only to give school children a running start from the real killers.

  16. Better gun laws would help but the real issue is the lack of respect young men in this country have for humanity. They see themselves as outsiders, as loners. They are not a part of the community anymore. We have to have better mental health awareness and we have to raise kids better. It’s frightening how many psychopaths are among us.

  17. People are talking a lot of smack about Texas because of our freedoms. New York is one of the strictest states in the country when it comes to gun laws and they had a mass shooting a week ago.

    The only thing strict gun laws do is take guns out the hands of law abiding citizens. Criminals will always be able to get their hands on a gun. Just as marijuana and cocaine were/are illegal for a long time, people still get their hands on it.

  18. As someone said earlier, guns in America have been around a long, long time. But mass shootings and school shootings are a recent (20 years?) phenomenon. The questions that need to be asked, and therefore the solutions that need to be contemplated, is what has happened to us? What is happening to our society? The way we not only think about others but the way we think about ourselves. How little one must think of one’s self to commit these unconscionable acts. I have zero sympathy for these perpetrators but I am forced to wonder what it is that these very young men, of different races and walks of life, are dealing with that makes killing as many people as they can seem like an appropriate response to the problems they are having. This is an extremely difficult and complicated problem that must be solved and I have no ideas toward that end.

  19. Human brains don’t fully develop until the age of 25. Guns shouldn’t be legal to purchase until then. Also, thanks for not posting the name of the shooter.

  20. Actually these things happen more and more because of media and social media. I don’t follow either so this is the first I heard of it. But all you people on Facebook and Twitter or watch cnn, msnbc, or fox will know forever by heart the persons name, age, political choice, work history, family history, mental history, cars owned, and favorite cereal. Yet in one week you won’t know a single victim’s name. Media and social media turn them into heroes known forever.

  21. I have three guns stored responsibly in my home. At no time have they gotten up by themselves and shot anyone. We have plenty of laws on the books to regulate their purchase. The issue we’re facing today is one of mental health. We’re allowing people with mental health issues to purchase firearms. There’s a huge disconnect between our law enforcement and mental health professionals. Most of the lunatics that commit these atrocities exhibit crazy behavior and outright tell others what they’re going to do. Both the Buffalo and now Texas shootings were committed by 18 year olds. What has happened to our youth? I’m sure the last few years of imposed isolation from peers and being told that the Corona virus is going to kill us all hasn’t helped. Mix in the “climate crisis” drumbeat that we have 12 years before we all die and are we really surprised that our youth are suffering? I’m not going to get into the breakdown of our nuclear families and the seemingly lack of disciple today but we’re just beginning to face a generation set upon by mental illness. It’s not going to be pretty.

  22. This problem can’t be solved by legislation, it can only be solved by adults who teach love and respect… when someone is different, that’s not the time to make fun or bully. That love and respect must be taught at a young age so that when they become adults these things don’t happen… until then expect more of the same

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