Mass shootings are all too familiar, they happen all too often, and in these senseless killings, the children always pay the price. The Texas Shooter was identified as Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old who attended Uvalde High School. Just hours before committing the mass shooting, Ramos shot his grandmother. Now, the talk is about guns and politics.
What do we do? Why does this keep happening? Should we ban guns? Let’s stop the questions for a moment and the call to arms – let’s think about the families who will not be able to tuck in their children tonight. Please pray for their families, and please pray for the children who will be traumatized for life over this nightmare. Those children now have irreparable damage that will take decades of therapy to fix. Those families will never be the same.
The facts of the shooting are as follows;
- – Uvalde is a town of 16,000
- – Ramos purchased the guns within a week of his 18th birthday
- – Ramos murdered 19 children and two adults
- – Ramos attempted to murder his grandmother
- – Ramos is now deceased, shot by a border patrol agent who did not wait for backup.
- – Two police officers were shot, and both are expected to survive
- – At this time, there is no known connection to terrorism
- – The children at Robb Elementary are all 2nd through 4th graders
- – Ramos was “bullied” as a child, with one pupil saying that he was mocked for his lisp
- – Endured gay slurs and people making fun of him because of his clothing
- – Leading up to the shooting, Ramos would cut up his face with knives “just for fun” – his friends knew about it
- – Ramos used to drive around with another pal and shoot people at random with a BB gun
- – Childhood friend Stephen Garcia told the paper that Ramos “would get bullied hard like bullied by many people. Over social media, over gaming, over everything.”
- – Nadia Reyes, another high school classmate, told the paper that Ramos recently posted an Instagram story of himself yelling at his mom, who he said was trying to kick him out of their home.
- – “He posted videos on his Instagram where the cops were there, and he’d call his mom a b—- and say she wanted to kick him out,” she told the paper. “He’d be screaming and talking to his mom really aggressively.”
- – Ramos’ neighbor Ruben Flores, 41, said he tried to be a kind of father figure to the troubled teen, who had “a pretty rough life with his mom.”
- – Ramos’ mother was apparently an active drug user – and Ramos’ grandmother was trying to evict her because of her drug use after Ramos had moved to his grandmothers
- According to Flores, Ramos moved to his grandmother’s home across town a few months ago, who said he last saw the grandmother Sunday when she stopped by the mom’s Hood Street property, which she also owned.
- – While at Wendy’s, the employer for Ramos, Ramos would be very rude towards the girls sometimes, and one of the cooks, threatening them by asking, ‘Do you know who I am?’ And he would also send inappropriate texts to the ladies,” the former co-worker told The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity.
- Unconfirmed: Texas shooter was arrested 4 years ago for planning to shoot up a school when he turned 18, says Rep. Gonzales on Fox.
These are the facts surrounding the shooting which took place at Robb Elementary school. On the day of, Ramos shot his grandmother and then took off in his truck which he crashed into a ditch a short time later. After shooting at responding officers, Ramos made his way into the school.
“At that point, as he made entry, he began shooting children, teachers, anybody that was in his way he was shooting people that were in front of him,” said Lt. Chris Olivares with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
This shooting was not a one off, it was not something that the killer had randomly decided to do. Instead, the killer was failed entirely by his family, entirely failed by the school, and entirely failed by his employer. Before his 18th birthday, there were plenty of signs that this young man was heading down a very, very dark path. Yet, law enforcement, his employer, his family, and the school system failed to recognize and act.
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Now, while that absolutely does not absolve Ramos of his actions, he took the lives of 19 children and potentially three adults. Those children and their families will never be whole again, nor will the survivors of the shooting be able to feel safe anywhere again.
All of these facts show that this individual was troubled but received no help from the institutions, which could easily have stepped up and stepped into his situation and potentially prevented this young man from acting. Now, of course, everyone wants to blame the guns he shouldn’t have been able to buy a firearm. However, he passed the background check, which leads to the serious question; How come out of the numerous times that law enforcement was called to his mothers home, they didn’t add it to his report? As per the facts Ramos would scream at his mother, call her bad names and speak really aggressively towards her. All the while the police are there.
These shootings keep happening because we as a society are not focusing on the root of the problem. We never have and probably never will. Each time a shooting happens, our representatives blame the guns. However, what they should do is blame themselves our school systems are absolutely failing our students. We argue over what curriculum can be taught in school, we argue over whether armed guards should be posted at our schools, all of which are great discussions for another day. What we have to do is focus on mental health. Focus on fixing the severe problems that plague our nation; addiction. Focus on just how miserable our children are. How many children are on antidepressants, Adderall, or other medications that completely alter their state of mind?
It doesn’t matter if a killer uses a gun, a knife, a truck, or his or her hands; the weapon does not matter. What matters is the state of mind of the individual attempting to cause harm to others. There are always signs prior to the action, and we as a society are not stepping up to help our youth.
- Police stood outside for an hour while the shooter locked himself in the classroom.
- Police Restrained parents who begged them to go inside.
- Only went inside to get their own kids out.
- The border patrol agent who killed the shooter had a staff member unlock the door for him.