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Reactions of understanding, grief, and healing from Uvalde mass shooting

In continuing this conversation, we hear from those who have had their lives universally changed by this event and others like it. In sharing their stories, we learn how grief can be turned into action. Plus, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia weighs in.



Kladys Castellón prays during a vigil for the victims of a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.


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Today’s episode allows us to talk to about the healing processes involved in dealing with the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. We seek to form connections— to reach out to others— to know we are not alone.

To help sort through all of this from a psychological perspective is Dr. Jeff Temple, Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at UTMB, who served on Governor Abbott’s school safety committee after the Santa Fe High School shooting in the Houston area in 2018.

We then hear from Tony Monalto, President of Stand with Parkland: The National Association of Families for Safe Schools, whose daughter, Gina Rose Montalto, was a victim of the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018.

And, John Martinez shares his deep, heartfelt feelings about his aunt, Irma Garcia, a fourth grade teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde who was also among those killed by the mass shooter on Tuesday.

But first, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia takes time to lend her voice to this discussion to passionately express her sentiments and concern for Congress to take immediate action toward gun violence in America.

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