Texas School Shooting: Heartbreak, Love, Kindness and Anger over the Latest Massacre of Innocents | American News

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In a small town like Uvalde, it is impossible to avoid the shock wave of what happened on Tuesday morning.

It’s as if everyone here knows someone who has been caught up in the horrors of the deadliest school shooting in the United States for almost a decade.

Throughout the day, residents weaved their way past police roadblocks and film crews to pay their respects to the Robb Elementary School.

Joseph Avila, left, prays while holding flowers in honor of the victims killed in Tuesday's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Despair has turned to grief heartbreaking for the families of students killed after an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in their classroom in Texas and began shooting, killing at least 19 fourth-graders and their two teachers.  (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Joseph Avila prays while holding flowers in honor of the victims
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The spectacular thunderstorms that hit the city in the hours after the shooting had dissipated to give way to clear, wet blue skies. In the heat, they handed out flowers and balloons to the Texas State Troopers who stood guard at the school.

A state trooper picks up flowers to place on a makeshift memorial honoring victims killed at Robb Elementary School
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A state trooper picks up flowers to place on a makeshift memorial honoring victims killed at Robb Elementary School

The disbelief, the horror, the anger that this could happen in a quiet, residential area like this was palpable.

“I didn’t want to let go of my kids this morning,” Amanda Welch said. “It’s hard to find the words for this. I’m just numb.”

The stories of those who lost their lives in their class, they are told now. The cut short lives, the teachers who tried to protect them.

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Even the biggest questions of how America deals with a problem seemingly unique to it – horrific levels of gun violence – seem somewhat meaningless in the torrent of grief in this city.

Remy Ragsdale, 3, attends a protest organized by Moms Demand Action Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at the Governor's Mansion in Austin, Texas after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde.  (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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Remy Ragsdale, 3, attends a protest organized by Moms Demand Action at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin, Texas

Their politicians seemed deaf to this sensibility with the unseemly shouting match at governor’s press conference. It was proof, if anyone needed it, that this debate rages on.

It is somewhat incongruous to see volunteers with their therapy dogs, people from the church offering spiritual support, the outpouring of love and kindness from the community, in a context of such horrendous violence.

America is a land of such contradictions – and few answers.

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