CHICAGO – Following news of a tragic shooting at a Texas elementary school, State Senator Cristina Pacione-Zayas (D-Chicago) issued the following statement:

“Words cannot describe the devastation felt across the country right now. As information is released in the coming hours and days, one thing is clear—the lives of nineteen children were taken entirely too soon, along with the life of two teachers, while they were engaged in learning.

“As a mother, I cannot fathom the feeling of sending my child to a place where they are supposed to be safe, gaining knowledge and skills, but having the constant worry if they’ll return home alive and well. In the wake of a mass shooting just 10 days ago motivated by white supremacy in Buffalo, NY, gun violence is too often a common happening in our communities throughout Chicago and across the country.

“Not only am I heartbroken—I am angry. How much longer are we as a country going to allow the proliferation of gun violence? How many more lives will be taken before far-reaching, legitimate change is enacted?

“Right now, as we continue to learn more about the developing situation, I can only offer my deepest condolences. My heart breaks, and I stand in solidarity with all the families affected.”

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