10-year-old Uvalde shooting survivor calls for assault weapons ban

Caitlyne Gonzales, a survivor of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, shares her story and how she is honoring the memory of her best friend.
8:55 | 12/08/22

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>> AND WELCOME BACK TO TRAGEDIES BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER LAST NIGHT, THOSE WHO LOST KIDS AND LOVED ONES IN THE SANDY HOOK AND ALL DAY SHOOTINGS GATHERED TOGETHER ON CAPITOL HILL. BOTH JOINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI. THEY HONORED THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIED DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. >> AND IT WAS PART OF THE 10TH ANNUAL NATIONAL VIGIL FOR ALL VICTIMS. WITHIN THAT CROWD WAS A VERY SPECIAL LITTLE GIRL, 10 YEAR OLD KAITLYN GONZALEZ. SHE'S ACTUALLY A SURVIVOR OF THE ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING. AND NOW SHE'S CALLING FOR CHANGE. I HAD THE HONOR TO TALK VIGIL AR PUSH TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. SO 10 YEAR OLD KAITLYN GONZALEZ IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD. AND THAT'S BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED TO HER IN DUVAL DE TEXAS CHANGED HER WORLD. SHE SURVIVED THAT DEVASTATING MASSACRE. ARAB ELEMENTARY. BUT TWENTY ONE OTHERS DIDN'T, INCLUDING HER BEST FRIEND, NINE YEAR OLD JACKIE CASARES. SO CAITLIN HAS COME HERE TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL WITH THE HOPES THAT SHE CAN DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO PREVENT ANOTHER COMMUNITY FROM SUFFERING LIKE HERS. CAITLIN WANTS LAWMAKERS TO BAN THE SALE AND POSSESSION OF ASSAULT STYLE RIFLES BEFORE REPUBLICANS TAKE CONTROL OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THIS JANUARY. SO SHE IS HERE. CAITLIN, IT'S SO GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE. SO LET ME ASK YOU, WE HAD A CHANCE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT BEFORE THE INTERVIEW STARTED TO TELL ME HOW YOU'RE DOING. JUST HOW YOU'RE FEELING. AND JUST WHEN YOU WAKE UP EVERY DAY, WHAT'S GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? >> IN YOUR HEART? I'M FEELING GOOD. AND THEN I'M LIKE, SOMETIMES I'LL BE SAD. AND SOMETIMES MOST OF THE 10% HAPPY. >> GOOD. AND YOU'VE BEEN SEEING A COUNSELOR ONCE A WEEK, RIGHT? HOW IS THAT BEEN? DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER? WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT AND HOW IS THAT HELPED YOU? OH, WE JUST TALK ABOUT THE GOOD MEMORIES, NOT THE BAD MEMORIES. AND IT'S LIKE IT'S A PAY COUNSELOR. EVERY HOUR SHE'LL PULL ME OUT OF MY CLASS AND SHE'LL GO TAKE ME TO HER OFFICE AND WE WOULD TALK AND CHIT CHAT AND PLAY. >> ISN'T THAT NICE WHEN YOU CAN KIND OF PLAY A GAME, IT HELPS YOU RELAX. THEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY TO TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS. IT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT OUR FEELINGS RIGHT NOW. I CAN I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT. LOOK, EVEN AT MY AGE, WE LOVE TO TALK TO OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT OUR FEELINGS. RIGHT. AND TO GET THROUGH TOUGH TIMES . SO, JACKIE, YOUR BEST FRIEND, YOU LOST HER THAT DAY. >> WHAT DO YOU WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER FROM FROM THAT MOMENT, CAITLIN? >> UM, JUST LIKE CRYING BECAUSE MY MOM HAD TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD PASSED AWAY. SO I WAS JUST I WAS JUST, LIKE, DEVASTATED. DIDN'T I? >> YEAH. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST ABOUT JUST YOUR PERSONALITY AND HER, LIKE, LAUGH AND SMILE. YOU GUYS HAD A GOOD TIME TOGETHER. WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TOGETHER? LATER? >> SLEEPOVERS. WE LIKE GOING TO EACH OTHER'S HOUSES. OH, YEAH. MY KIDS LOVE SLEEPOVERS, THAT IS. THEN YOU CAN STAY UP ALL NIGHT, RIGHT. AND TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING AND PLAY GAMES. AND YOUR PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. I KNOW TOO. I WAS LOOKING AT YOUR BRACELETS AND I ASKED YOU ABOUT THOSE AND I NOTICED YOU HAVE ONE TOO THAT SAYS ELIANA. AND I KNOW YOU HAD A BRACELET FOR FOR JACKIE, BUT IT BROKE. AND YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP MAKING THOSE BRACELETS. BUT TELL ME ABOUT ELIANA AS WELL. SHE WAS ALSO A REALLY GOOD FRIEND, WASN'T SHE? YEAH. AND SO HOW ARE YOU AND YOUR CLASSMATES DOING? DO YOU TALK ABOUT A LOT? DO YOU SOMETIMES COME TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT THE GOOD MEMORIES TOGETHER? AND WE TALK ABOUT LIKE SOME PEOPLE SOMETIMES, BUT THERE'S TWO THERE'S TWO SURVIVORS HERE IN ROOM 112 IN MY CLASS. AND THEY'LL JUST HAVE A HARD TIME LIKE LAST FRIDAY, WE HAD A FIRE DRILL AND THEN EVERYBODY STARTED FREAKING OUT AND STUFF LIKE, OH, WOW. AND YOU YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT DRILLS ARE, RIGHT? JUST TO PREPARE AND BE READY. AND I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING TO HEAR THAT AND PROCESS THAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE HERE IN DC. I MEAN, HOW EXCITING TO COME TO OUR NATION'S CAPITAL FROM UVALDE, WHERE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MAKING THIS TRIP? UM, YES. THIS IS MY THIRD TIME ACTUALLY COMING TO WASHINGTON. BUT, UM, I WAS EXCITED ABOUT THIS ONE BECAUSE, LIKE, THE TWO AND THEN THE MARCH AND THE RALLY AND STUFF LATER. THAT'S RIGHT. AND YOU TELL ME TELL ME WHY YOU CAME THIS TIME. WHAT WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT TO YOU TO COME AND TAKE PART IN THE VIGIL AND JOINING OTHER ADVOCATES FROM UGALDE? UM, THIS IS MY SEVENTH SEVERALS MARCH WITH MARCH 4TH TO DO THE MARCHING TO PASS THE BAND TO BUY AN ASSAULT WEAPON. AND THEN THE VIDEOS JUST TO REMEMBER ALL THE ONES THAT WE LOST RIGHT. YOU'LL NEVER FORGET THOSE FRIENDS THAT YOU LOST. YEAH, THEY'RE SPIRIT. THEIR MEMORY LIVES ON AND FIGHTING FOR CHANGE. YOU WANT THIS BILL TO BE PASSED. YOU'RE FIGHTING TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. YOU KNOW, THAT'S A PRETTY HEAVY THOUGHT FOR A TEN YEAR OLD GIRL. YOU HAVE LEARNED A LOT, HAVEN'T YOU? WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT THESE TYPES OF WEAPONS? AND TELL ME WHY YOU WANT THEM BANNED. >> OH, WELL, THEY BELONG IN A WAR, NOT THE CLASSROOM OR LIKE THE GROCERY STORY. SO THAT'S WHY WE NEED A PACK BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND NOT EVERYBODY RESPECTS GUNS . RIGHT. AND KNOWS KNOWS HOW TO USE THEM AND WHY TO USE THEM AND WHAT THEY'RE FOR. DID YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAD TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT CERTAIN WEAPONS AND WHY THEY'RE EVEN HERE? >> OH, YES, I DID. BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO. BUT IT'S LIKE YOU HAVE TO IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, LIKE TAKE THE AVERAGE KITTY. YOU'RE RIGHT. YOU GOT TO KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE BEING AN ADVOCATE, RIGHT? WELL, YOU'VE GOT A REALLY YOU'VE GOT A STRONG STORY OF A PERSONAL STORY AND WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR STORY RIGHT. >> CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE HERE? UM, JUST LIKE PEOPLE KNOW MY STORY. MY NO, NO. MY FRIENDS AND ALL THE ONES THAT WE LOST STORY, I JUST NEED IT. WE NEED TO, LIKE, SHARE THEIR STORIES TO MAKE SURE IT HURT. RIGHT. AND WRITE STORIES, MOVE PEOPLE RIGHT. PEOPLE LEARNING ABOUT PEOPLE AND WHY THEY WERE SO SPECIAL. AND THAT I MEAN, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE AN EVIL, AN EVEN BIGGER PURPOSE NOW? I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOUR FAMILY LOVES YOU. YOU KNOW, YOU'RE A SPECIAL LITTLE GIRL. YOU'RE DOING VERY WELL IN SCHOOL. I CAN SEE HOW CLOSE YOU ARE WITH YOUR SISTER. AND NOW IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE EVEN A BIGGER, MORE SPECIAL PURPOSE. AND WHAT DO YOU THINK THAT IS? UM, THIS TO BE LIKE AN ADVOCATE AND BE A NORMAL CHILD? ALEX, STUFF LIKE THAT. BECAUSE I WANT TO BE AN ADVOCATE AND LIKE STUFF. AND YOU'RE MY FRIENDS, TOO. BUT THEN I WANT TO BE A NORMAL CHILD LIKE A JUST A REGULAR KID . >> I AGREE. YOU SHOULD HAVE A GOOD BALANCE OF BOTH. I'VE ALREADY READ THAT YOU HAVE CAMPAIGNED WITH DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. YOU MET WITH U.S. SENATORS, YOU'VE DELIVERED SPEECHES IN FRONT OF HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE. YOU WERE AT THAT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ADDRESSING THE POLICE CHIEF, PETE ARREDONDO, WHO IS NO LONGER THERE. AND YOU TOLD HIM WHY HE SHOULDN'T BE THERE AFTER EVERYTHING YOU'VE BEEN THROUGH. WHAT GIVES YOU THE STRENGTH TO DO THIS? >> HONESTLY, I JUST NEED TO GET MY LEGS HEALTH CARE. I JUST NEED TO DO STUFF LIKE THIS. I LIKE TO GO GET MY NAILS DONE. ANY OF MY FRIENDS OR STUFF LIKE THAT. THAT'S RIGHT. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR HEART. ALL RIGHT. FINAL ADVICE FOR KIDS YOUR AGE ,PARENTS THAT ARE WATCHING THIS INTERVIEW, WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO THEM ON HOW THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE, HOW THEY CAN HELP END GUN VIOLENCE? >> OH, THAT'S OH, THAT'S A HARD ONE. JUST LIKE COMING OUT HERE AND DOING THE RALLIES AT DISINTERESTEDLY. JUST TRY TO BE IS WHAT YOU CAN. EVEN IF SHE'S CALLING THE SENATORS AND TELL THEM WHY WE NEED TO PASS THE THEN THAT'S ALL THEY'RE BEING VOCAL. YES. AND YOU HAVE BEEN A VOICE AND CONTINUE TO BE A VOICE FOR ALL YOUR FRIENDS.

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