Rep. Tony Gonzales on gun control discussions after the Texas massacre: "not today"


Texas Congressman Tony Gonzales represents the city of Uvalde, the site of the recent mass shooting in the United States.

“Right now, we shouldn’t focus on gun control policies, we should focus on families of 19 children and two adults, not gun control policies,” Gonzalez told “CBS Morning” on Wednesday. He was shot and killed at Robb Elementary School.

“I am happy to be discussing policy, not today. I mean, today we, our communities, are hurting. You know, politicians want to divide us. Leaders unite us and we are Americans now. “We need to unite as a team. In Yuvalde, Texas, it can happen anywhere,” he said. “There are families who cannot identify their children right now. There are families who need to bury their children. I mean, this is what we are working with.”

Gonzales also expressed concerns about frontline responders who helped victims of the shooting.

“I’m worried because I’ve seen so many bloody police officers at the scene. We need to withdraw from the front lines. I’m worried about society itself. I’m happy to revisit the ‘I’ policy. Today we must unite. We are victims Not only that, but we also have to talk about survivors.”

Gonzalez, a Republican, previously voted against two gun reform bills, including one calling for expanded background checks. He also voiced his support for his Second Amendment.

Gonzalez said as a father he wants his children and all children to be safe and school safety should be discussed in Parliament. Currently, he is focused on helping small communities heal and making sure they have all the resources they need to move forward.

“This is my home. Uvalde is not a dot on the map for me. It is not political football for me. This is a home. These people I know, these are my community. I represent them. I love them,” he said. Gonzalez. “Now we need love. We need compassion. We need people to join us as we heal.”

Last year, Gonzales worked with Uvalde leaders, including local Democrats, to build the city’s first mental health clinic. Gonzalez said tragic times bring people of all political beliefs together.

“When tragedy strikes, it doesn’t determine whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat, whether you voted, or the color of your skin, or whom you prayed to. This country, we must come together… Don’t divide us, we must come together.” said.

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