Activist groups called on lawmakers to enact stricter gun laws at a rally in Washington, DC, on Thursday, May 26, two days after a gunman entered a Texas elementary school and killed 21 people.
Everytown for Gun Safety streamed footage live to Facebook from the Rally for More Than Thoughts and Prayers at the US Capitol on Thursday morning.
Everytown wrote that the Senate “owes us more than thoughts and prayers to end our country’s gun violence crisis.” They gathered in Washington with other gun-control groups including Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, as well as Senators Chris Murphy, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Alex Padilla, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Amy Klobuchar, and representatives including Lisa Blunt Rochester.
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed in the shooting on Tuesday. Police identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Uvalde resident who authorities said was shot and killed by law enforcement. Credit: Everytown for Gun Safety via Storyful