Texas Governor Greg Abbott is one of America’s fiercest gun rights advocates. Now his state is grappling with another school massacre

For American children, the possibility of an armed man bursting into their classroom and attempting to kill them is not just a nightmare. 

It’s something for which they are trained. 

“Active shooter drills”, in which kids as young as five are told to crouch behind their desks while their teachers lock the doors and turn off the lights, are as common in the US as fire drills. 

In some schools, the theatrics become so extreme that children are doused in fake blood and asked to moan and writhe around while police in combat gear run the halls. 

In a country with more guns than people, where 53 citizens die from a bullet wound each day, teaching children to save themselves has become the only fix everyone can agree on. 

But when a man brandishing two assault rifles broke into Robb Elementary School in a small Texan town this week, it turned out that all those drills weren’t nearly enough.

A middle-aged woman holds one hand up in prayer as she sobs in a crowd of people
The community of Uvalde, like so many others, is now in mourning.
 (Reuters: Veronica G. Cardenas)

Nineteen little lives lost. Two teachers who tried to shield them, gone. 

Parents who had fed their fourth graders breakfast and sent them on their way were, by nightfall, providing DNA samples so the bodies of their babies could be identified.

For the Governor of Texas, there was an obvious explanation for the tragedy.

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