Raiders donate $1 million to Uvalde school district

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As the Uvalde, Texas community continues to struggle with the aftermath of last month’s mass murder at Robb Elementary School, an NFL team with no obvious ties to the tragedy is stepping in with a major contribution.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, a front-page story in the Uvalde Leader-News reports that a $1 million contribution has been made by the Las Vegas Raiders.

The story explains that the donation was sparked by conversations between team owner Mark Davis and former Raiders safety (and retired NFL agent) Vann McElroy, who grew up in Uvalde and resides there now.

The money is aimed at fortifying the campuses of the Uvalde school district. The issue of making it harder for a shooter to get in raises real questions about the ease of getting kids out. It also represents an express capitulation to the concept that school shootings are inevitable.

Unfortunately, they are. And if sweeping changes won’t be made to restrict the ability of some American citizens who are unfit to responsibly own a BB gun to amass an arsenal of assault rifles, another solution is needed. It’s sad and depressing and dystopian that it’s come to this, but come to this it has. Unless and until real steps will be taken to minimize the ability of potential mass murderers to acquire weapons that allow mass murders to be made with lightning speed and precision, soft targets containing the most vulnerable among us must be hardened, in effective ways.

Hopefully, the money donated by the Raiders will put to the best possible use in order to keep the students in Uvalde safe. Hopefully, other communities will do the same. Ideally, we’ll get back to a time where such measures aren’t needed.

The saddest truth in all of this is that those days may be gone forever.

8 responses to “Raiders donate $1 million to Uvalde school district

  1. How much did Dan Snyder give from our team with the stupid new name? Nothing, huh?! Oh, I forgot that he’s hiding out from the Del Rio fiasco and Congress!

  2. thats the only way the cowboys will be champions anyway, have their own league of two teams..

  3. I grew up in the hood back in the 80s and even way back then at my High School we had to have school ID’s, walk past security and through a metal detector each day. It was routine like getting on a plane. Security patrolled the school grounds in cars and walked the hallways. Suburbanites talked trash about our ‘ghetto schools’ and ridiculed us for needing the extra protection. Nobody got shot though. The fact that many of these shooting are happening in suburban schools without the security measures found in ghetto schools should knock the smirk off some faces and have people look at it differently now.

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