Protesters rallied for gun reform on May 27, outside the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, where the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual convention was being held three days, following a school shooting in Uvalde.
In the wake of the shooting, during which a gunman with an AR-15 killed 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, gun-control advocates were again calling on lawmakers to take measures to limit gun access.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke spoke at the rally, in part describing his visit to the home of Alithia Ramirez, one of the children killed in the Uvalde shooting on May 24.
“Walking into their kitchen, Alithia’s balloons from her tenth birthday were still clinging to the ceiling,” said O’Rourke.
Still helium in them. Her bed as she left it that morning, still unmade."
O’Rourke affirmed his commitment to “working together” to end gun violence and promised gun reform would be a priority for his administration as Governor of Texas should he win.
Several other people spoke at the rally, including Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Black Lives Matter Houston founder Aston Woods, Parkland shooting survivor and activist David Hogg, and other candidates running for office in Texas’ midterms. Credit: Beto O’Rourke via Storyful