State Rep. Rebecca Mitchell, a Georgia mother of four, remembers the breakfast table on the day after 19 students and two teachers were murdered at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
She was about to send her 8-year-old son to his last day of first grade at his Gwinnett County school last Wednesday, just as photos of the young victims in Texas began blanketing news programs and social media. They all looked like her son.
“I couldn’t stop crying,” said Mitchell, an infectious-disease scientist and outgoing Democratic representative from Snellville. “I had to leave the table because I couldn’t tell him on his last day of school what had happened — and then just go drop him off.”
In Georgia, thousands of families — not unlike those across the country — are enduring yet another mass shooting in the U.S. Many are angry over how easy it is to buy semi-automatic rifles like the Georgia-made weapon used in last week’s Texas attack. Others say it’s time to make sure every Georgia community has rapid access to school counselors, therapists and mental-health treatment facilities on a regular basis and during times of crisis.
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