Washington, DC — Following the mass shooting today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which according to news reports left 14 children and one teacher dead before the shooter’s life was ended, Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarmann issued the following statement:

“The cold horror of this attack should be unthinkable, but it has now become commonplace. Children’s lives are routinely sacrificed, families continually destroyed, and communities forever changed because of our nation’s suicidal embrace of the warped vision of America promoted by the firearms industry and gun lobby. As a nation, we should be disgusted at what we have become, ashamed at our surrender of public safety to those who promote increasingly lethal firearms as a solution to almost any problem, and enraged at those who dismiss these attacks as ‘the price of freedom.’”

The Violence Policy Center is a national educational organization working to stop gun death and injury. Follow the VPC on Twitter and Facebook.