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January 26, 2023
A mile-long fleet of 52 school buses representing school children who have been killed in shootings in the United States since 2020, made a trip to the home of Texas Senator Ted Cruz this weekend to protest his anti-gun control stance.
The buses were sent by a gun control advocacy group called Change the Ref, founded by Patricia and Manuel Oliver, who lost their son Joaqin in the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Manuel Oliver made headlines last week when he interrupted President Joe Biden during an address at the White House celebrating the recent gun safety bill passed by Congress. The bill was the first meaningful gun safety legislation passed in three decades.
The 4,368 empty bus seats represent every United States child victim of gun violence since 2020. The lead bus was filled with personal items from children who have been killed in school shootings. The bus convoy is part of The Yellow Bus Project, a mobile museum dedicated to raising awareness for gun violence and advocating for gun safety reform.
The school buses parked themselves in a formation that looked like an assault rifle in Houston on Wednesday before heading to the home of Senator Cruz the following day. Upon arrival, Manuel and Patricia Oliver hand-delivered a letter his late son had written when he was 12 to US gun owners, asking them for their support of universal background checks.
In a statement, Manuel Oliver pointed out Cruz is the leading recipient of gun lobby funds in Texas. “We are showing American voters the toll these politicians have taken on our children’s lives with this all-too-real archive,” said Oliver. “And this is only the beginning. We will not stop with Sen. Ted Cruz. To every politician who has stood by, taken NRA money, and refused to listen to the people they represent: the museum is on the way to honor you next.”
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: KHOU.COM