In wake of the Robb Elementary massacre that killed 21 students, Cowboys player DeMarcus Lawrence wants schools to improve and upgrade their security measures.
Lawrence is even willing to contribute some of his own money towards the cause and is looking for more athletes to join him. One of the athletes Lawrence called on is none other than Lakers star LeBron James.
Tired of waiting around for the government to reform gun laws, Lawrence is taking it upon himself to better protect students around the nation.
Lawrence, 30, has played all eight of his NFL seasons for the Cowboys in Dallas, about a six-hour drive away from where the horrific school shooting occurred in Uvalde, TX.
In addition to requesting assistance from LeBron James, Lawrence also took to Twitter to condemn the actions of Governor Abbott, who Lawrence feels has been ineffective in reducing statewide gun violence.
The shooting in Uvalde is the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history and the fifth mass shooting in Texas since 2015. Many, including Lawrence, have wondered if the frequency of shootings is directly correlated to loose Texas gun regulations.
In the last two legislative sessions, Texas legislators have loosened gun laws, most notably by passing permitless carry in 2021. Despite being faced with a heavy stream of mass shootings, Texas legislators refuse to enforce stricter gun laws.
Now, with 21 more lives taken by senseless gun violence, Texas legislators will once again be tasked with putting an end to this vicious cycle.
“It’s astounding to me,” said state Sen. Roland Gutierrez, a Democrat from San Antonio whose district includes Uvalde. “We’re supposed to create things. We’re supposed to create legislation to keep people safe. By God, to keep children safe. And here we’ve done exactly the opposite.”