The federal government may move to tear down Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, and replace it with a recent campus, a state senator said Sunday.
Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat who represents Uvalde, said President Joe Biden told him the White House was “going to look to raze that college, construct a recent one.” Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited Uvalde on Sunday to grieve with the families impacted after a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at the college on Tuesday.
An emotional Gutierrez said he was working with the White House to sift through a federal grant process to rebuild the college.
“There’s a federal grant process for it,” he told KSAT, a neighborhood television station, on Sunday. “That’s the sad part, there’s a federal protocol for schools like Columbine and others, where they provide you with [millions to rebuild]… What sort of world are we living in that laws was created for razing these schools. It is not sensible.”
The local lawmaker went on to say he was also seeking to secure funding for mental health facilities in Uvalde, adding that he “can’t inform you what number of little children I’ve talked to that don’t need to return into that constructing.”
“We’re going to have a look at getting real money for mental health care,” he said. “This can be a community that’s going to wish therapy. There’s one psychiatrist in Uvalde, only a few mental health therapists. We’re going to alter that. It’s a must.”
Individuals are demanding change, Democrats and Republicans. It’s not happening due to the #NRA, gun manufacturers and the cash they’re giving to the GOP. @GregAbbott_TX desires to be an advocate for them and the people of TX are sick and bored with it.https://t.co/jwKSagy6zN
— Senator Roland Gutierrez (@RolandForTexas) May 30, 2022
Schools like Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, were torn down and rebuilt after mass shootings, while others, including Columbine High School in Colorado, have resisted calls to achieve this.
Gutierrez, alongside other Democrats, has called on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to call a special legislative session to weigh recent gun control measures, including universal background checks and a proposal to lift the minimum age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21, amongst others. On Friday, Gutierrez interrupted a press conference Abbott was holding after the shooting
“We now have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said. “Just call us back.”
Abbott, alongside many top Republicans, has dismissed common sense gun control efforts.
“There’s not a hunter in Texas that utilizes these sorts of weapons,” Gutierrez later told The Texas Tribune. “And so I’m not saying let’s take those sorts of weapons away, I’m saying that we must always have some greater accessibility restrictions. …Whenever you’ve got an 18-year-old kid getting his hands on this type of weaponry, it just is not sensible to me.”