Uvalde victims' families celebrate Día de los Muertos by marching to Gov. Abbott's mansion
Austin, Texas - In honor of Día de los Muertos, family members of the Uvalde school shooting victims marched from the State Capitol to the Governor's Mansion to demand Gov. Greg Abbott raise the age to buy certain firearms in Texas.
Nearly six months have gone by since 19 children and two adults lost their lives to senseless violence after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.
Though Gov. Abbott failed to to do much of anything to ensure another mass shooting doesn't occur in the state of Texas, that hasn't stopped the family members of those who were killed on May 24 from demanding that he do more.
On Tuesday, families of the Uvalde victims traveled to the state's capital city of Austin for the Marcha de los Niños, or the March of the Children, to honor the lives that were lost in the shooting for Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead – a Mexican holiday where people celebrate the lives of loved ones they have lost
Walking in total silence, the family members carried a Día de Los Muertos ofrenda, or offering, from the Texas State Capitol to the Governor's Mansion in downtown to ask the governor to increase the minimum age requirement to buy an assault-style rifle from 18 to 21.
Also in attendance was Texas Rep. Gina Hinojosa, who spoke at the Capitol and introduced the families of the Uvalde victims. She went on to demand change by way of legislative action and by encouraging fellow Texans to vote like their lives depend on it.
Rather than calling for legislative action or change, Gov. Abbott has doubled down on his stance that raising the minimum age requirement to buy an assault-style weapon to 21 would be "unconstitutional."
Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO / ZUMA Wire