Statement from Assemblymember O’Donnell on School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas

For immediate release:

"As a parent, teacher, and Chair of the Assembly Education Committee, my heart is in pain hearing about the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

"These horrific crimes shatter the safety that all children deserve to feel in their schools. Gun violence is out of control in our country. This must be stopped by keeping guns away from those intent on committing mass violence.

"As a classroom teacher, I know too many children are rightfully afraid of school violence. With each shooting, new trauma is inflicted on an exponential number of our students. This cannot be normalized any longer. As a member of the California Legislature, we must keep our children and all people safe and I am committed to taking responsible, common sense actions on gun laws and school safety to combat this societal scourge."