Parents of some of the children murdered in the Uvalde mass shooting are divided today on: Washington Post article. which publishes graphic images of the attack for the first time.
The newspaper published the photos along with previously unpublished photos from other shootings in which an AR-15 was used to commit mass murder.
The disturbing photos include pools of blood on the floor of the classroom where the Uvalde children were trapped with their killer, and one showing their small bodies in bags.
In defense of the article, The Washington Post’s editor-in-chief, Sally Buzbee, wrote: op-ed justifying and explaining why she decided to publish the photos, emphasizing that it was intended to expose the horror that AR-15s can cause.
People react outside Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students from Robb Elementary School were transported after the shooting, in Uvalde, Texas, U.S., May 24, 2022.
Kimberly Garcia, Amerie Jo Garza’s mother, pleaded with fans not to share the article
Still, the decision to print the photos enraged some, including Kimberley Garcia, the mother of ten-year-old Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 children murdered.
Garcia claims she tried to prevent the article from being published and pleaded with her social media followers to ignore it.
“Please don’t share the Washington Post. Taking my daughter from this world was unfair from the beginning, and how she was taken is also unfair.
“Amerie, her classmates and teachers do not deserve this,” she said in one of many social media posts condemning the film.
Democratic Sen. Roland Gutierrez called the article “beyond offensive” to the victims’ families.
“My heart goes out to the Uvalde families and every family who has survived gun violence.
Brett Cross, whose son Uziyah was killed, supports the article. He said the world should see the destruction caused by the AR-15
“The State of Texas has gone to great lengths to cover up its abject failure to respond to the Robb Elementary School shooting.
“Unfortunately, Uvalde families are seeing these photos for the first time, a full 18 months after the massacre.
“It is beyond outrage that government officials deprived these families of their dignity and the ability to view these sensitive images in private should they choose to do so.”
The Post says it obtained photos from more than 30 freedom of information requests.
The newspaper published the photos along with previously unpublished photos from other shootings in which an AR-15 was used to commit mass murder
However, sources within the Texas Department of Homeland Security tell DailyMail.com that Uvalde’s photos were not released based on such a request and were instead “leaked.”
Brent Cross, the uncle and legal guardian of 10-year-old Uziyah Garcia, supported the Washington Post. Since the May 24, 2022 massacre, he has been campaigning to ban the AR-15.
I may be alone in my thoughts when the Washington Post publishes new photos of the Robb Elementary Massacre, the shooting that killed my son Uziyah.
“With love and respect for every family, from everyone who lost a loved one in our shooting to the others featured in this article, I disagree with not showing this to the public.
“I disagree with the statement that public opinion turns a blind eye to the reality that is America. I have been waiting for information for almost two years and our city, state and government still refuse to give us it,” he said.
In her article, Buzbee stated that the newspaper intended to remain sensitive to the victims’ families while also aiming to “increase the public’s understanding of the increasing use by mass murderers of these readily available weapons, originally intended for war purposes.”