CAPAC Chair Statement Following the Tragic Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, TX

May 26, 2022

Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, tragedy struck the Uvalde, Texas, community when a gunman entered Robb Elementary School, killing 21 people – including 19 children. Rep. Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), has released the following statement:

"I am grieving for the families in Uvalde, Texas who have lost their loved ones in the senseless mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. With over 200 mass shootings in the United States in 2022 alone – 27 of those school shootings – the tragedy in Uvalde has been one of the deadliest, and came just days after the mass shootings targeting the Black community in Buffalo, New York, and a Taiwanese congregation in Laguna Woods, California. It is egregious that we, as a nation, are allowing our children and educators to be slaughtered in their schools, a place that should be safe haven centered around learning and growing, not active shooter drills and unimaginable fear. As the Chair of CAPAC, I remain in firm solidarity with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), and Hispanic communities across the country, as we continue to mourn the 21 innocent lives lost and a community fractured by violence. I am also calling on my colleagues to stop stalling and pass commonsense gun reform so we can put an end to these violent attacks on communities across the nation. Inaction, at this point, is a conscious choice and one that will continue to devastate and destroy lives."