It has been almost six months since 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Similar attacks have since taken place all over the country and the community in Uvalde remains divided on gun control.
Many families in Uvalde have generations of experience in hunting, which means guns and other weapons have been part of their culture for years. However, the shooting incident in the school has left residents in Uvalde, including gun owners, giving serious thought to their views on gun control.
Reports have quoted Jesse Rizo, a relative to a nine-year-old victim Jackie Cazares in the Uvalde shooting, saying that the horrific incident left the residents thinking about a direct solution to the problem.
“It’s something that was dormant. It’s something that nobody wanted to touch. But now it’s inevitable,” Rizo told ABC News.
However, others do not think that gun control will offer any permanent solution to the shooting problem that has been plaguing the United States for long.
“I really, I really don’t feel like banning any gun is going to solve any problem,” Jason Molitor, another Uvalde resident quipped.
However, Rizo, who has been one of the most prominent gun control advocates in the community, says that the solution they are aiming for will not become a burden for the rest of society and will help in saving lives.
“I don’t know one person here who didn’t grow up without a weapon at a young age. All of us. All my friends,” Rizo said.
Molitor also revealed that he was only five years old when he held a firearm for the first time in his life. He also said that his first kill in a hunt came when he was eight.
“We consider the pigs as an invasive species, a nuisance, and they multiply,” he quipped before continuing, “You want the larger capacity magazines so we can try to get more of them.”
Molitor also revealed that one of his employees in the ranch he owns outside Uvalde was the father of a victim in the shooting at the elementary school. As per him, he supports some of the proposed gun control policies, however, opposes proposals to put a complete ban on assault rifles as it would harm the hunting ranches in the region.
“We’d like to see something done to stop (shootings) from happening, but as far as starting to take guns and guns rights away from people? That’s just a slippery slope that I think really concerns a lot of gun owners,” the ranch owner said.
Meanwhile, Rizo revealed that he is considering donating his hunting ranch for building a memorial for the victims of Robb Elementary.