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Durbin Statement on Shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding reports that 14 students and one teacher were killed in a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

“Today’s news is heartbreaking and tragic.  Fourteen young lives and a teacher gone far too soon.  My heart is with the families and friends of these lives lost.

“I implore – beg – my Republican colleagues to join Democrats in finally making changes to our gun laws to help prevent Americans from re-living this gun tragedy far too often.  We cannot continue to sit on our hands and allow innocent lives to be lost.  Congress must act.”