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Statement: Our nation’s children deserve a commitment to change

Child Rights

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, released the following statement in response to the horrific deaths of 19 children and two adults at the hands of a gunman yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas:

“I feel the same today as I felt nearly 10 years ago after Sandy Hook. At that time, I said that we can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. At this point, our nation’s children merit attention, priority, and a commitment to change. The status quo has not worked and should no longer be acceptable to anyone.”

To read the full statement from 2012, please visit