ABC News Live: Inside the effort to bring home Brittney Griner

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♪ ♪ >> HELLO, EVERYONE. THANK YOU FOR STRAINING WITH US. >> TOP STORIES ON ABC NEWS LIVE TODAY. FREEDOM FOR BRITTNEY GRINER. NO DETAILS ON THE WNBA STARS RELEASE ON THE HIGH-PROFILE PRISONER SWAP WITH RUSSIA. WHAT WE ARE LEARNING ABOUT HER TRIP HOME AND NOTORIOUS ARMS DEALER THE U.S. EXCHANGED FOR HER AND THE BEHIND THE SCENES NEGOTIATIONS. >> AND, NO PROGRESS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID IN CHILDREN, THE NEWS ON BOOSTERS FOR KIDS UNDER 5 COMING UP JUST AHEAD. >> PLUS, MY INTERVIEW WITH A 10-YEAR-OLD CHILD IN THE SCHOOL MASSACRE. THE IMPACT IT HAD ON HER AND WHY SHE IS PUSHING FOR MORE PROTECTION IN OUR SCHOOLS. BUT WE DO BEGIN WITH THE DRAMATIC RELEASE OF THE WNBA STAR FREED FROM A RUSSIAN COLONY AND HEADING BACK TO THE U.S. AFTER NEARLY 300 DAYS OF IMPRISONMENT. >> NEW VIDEO FROM RUSSIAN STATE VIDEO SHOWS BRITTNEY GRINER BEFORE SHE WAS RELEASED INTO U.S. CUSTODY. AT ONE POINT IN THIS FOOTAGE YOU CAN SEE GRINER IN THE VIDEO ASKING QUESTIONS -- ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT HER RELEASE. >> ARE YOU READY? >> YES. >> DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU'RE HEADING TO TO? >> NO. >> YOU ARE FLYING BACK HOME. >> TO THE U.S.? >> TO THE U.S. >> WHAT A MOMENT THERE. AFTER THAT BIDEN ADMINISTRATION STRUCK A DEAL TO RELEASE A CONVICTED RUSSIAN ARMS DEALER, VIKTOR BOUT, IN EXCHANGE FOR GRINER. >> PRESIDENT BIDEN TWEETING THE PHOTO WITH HIM CONFIRMING SHE WILL BE COMING BACK SOON AFTER MONTHS OF INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS. YOU CAN ALSO SEE THE WI-FI HER SIDE -- BY HIS SIDE. THE PRESIDENT ALSO SPEAKING TODAY ALONGSIDE BRITTNEY GRINER'S WIFE. >> THIS IS A DAY WE HAVE WORKED TOWARD FOR A LONG TIME. NEVER STOPPED PUSHING FOR HER RELEASE. IT TOOK PAINSTAKING AND INTENSE NEGOTIATIONS, AND I WANT TO THANK THE HARDWORKING PUBLIC SERVANTS ACROSS THE ADMINISTRATION WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO SECURE HER RELE RELEASE. >> FOR MARK, LET'S BRING IN AARON KETURAH SKI ALONG WITH OTHERS. AND DR. DANNY GILBERT, AT THE INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING DARTMOUTH COLLEGE. WE HAVE QUITE THE PANEL. WE DO HAVE AN ALL-STAR PANEL. LET'S JUST START WITH YOU. GRINER NOW ON HER WAY HOME FROM RUSSIA. THAT WAS PRETTY AMAZING TO SEE FROM THE VIDEO INSIDE THE AIRPLANE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT FOOTAGE FROM RUSSIAN STATE MEDIA? CLEARLY SHE LOOKS LIKE SHE IS IN GOOD HEALTH, EXCITED TO COME BACK, BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE ACTUALLY SEEING FOOTAGE NOT IN THE JAIL CELL. >> AND THAT SMILE IS EVERYTHING, ISN'T IT? IT SPEAKS TO WHAT PRESIDENT BIDEN SPOKE ABOUT EARLIER THAT BRITTNEY GRINER IS IN AN UPBEAT MOOD AND IN GOOD HEALTH. SHE WILL GET CHECKED OUT AT THE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER IN SAN ANTONIO BEFORE SHE GOES HOME OR WHEREVER SHE IS GOING TO GO FOR THE NEXT LITTLE BIT, BUT SHE DOES LOOK UPBEAT AND SMILING AND IN GOOD HEALTH. WE HAVE LEARNED IN THE LAST FEW MINUTES THANKS TO UNSEALED COURT DOCUMENTS THAT THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR ALL OF THIS TO TAKE PLACE GO BACK AT LEAST NOVEMBER 29, THAT IS WHEN THE ADMINISTRATION REQUESTED THAT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS RELEASE VIKTOR BOUT FROM INCARCERATION AT THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN ILLINOIS. THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN SOMETIME BETWEEN DECEMBER 2ND AND DECEMBER 16TH, SO THIS IS IN THAT WINDOW. THE PIECES HAVE BEEN IN MOTION TO SET THE STAGE FOR THIS RELEASE TODAY FOR AT LEAST A FEW DAYS NOW. >> THIS IS A MOMENT FOR THE PRESIDENT AS WELL. HE SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY TO SECURE THE RELEASE. WHAT ELSE ARE THEY SAYING? >> THE FIRST OFFER FROM THE ADMINISTRATION WAS MADE PUBLIC IN THE SUMMER WHEN THEY PUT ON A SUBSTANTIAL OFFER TO THE RUSSIANS TO GET THE RELEASE OF VIKTOR BOUT. THEY DIDN'T GET INTO DETAILS OF WHAT THE OFFER WAS BUT SOURCES SAID IT WAS AN EXCHANGE FOR VIKTOR BOUT. IT BECAME CLEAR IN THE SUBSEQUENT MONTHS THAT THE RUSSIANS WERE NOT ENGAGING WITH THE ADMINISTRATION, IGNORING THAT OFFER ON THE TABLE. AND THEN RIGHT AFTER THE MIDTERM ELECTIONS, PRESIDENT BIDEN TOLD ME HE FELT BECAUSE THE ELECTIONS HAD TAKEN PLACE, THE RUSSIANS WERE GOING TO BE MORE SERIOUS ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS TO GET BRITTNEY GRINER HOME, THEY WERE GOING TO ENGAGE IN A MORE SERIOUS WAY, AND NOW HERE WE ARE A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER. TODAY THE WHITE HOUSE SAID IN RECENT WEEKS IT BECAME CLEAR THAT THEY WERE GOING TO CONSIDER BRITTNEY GRINER'S CASE DIFFERENTLY THAN THE RUSSIANS WOULD, AND IN RECENT DAYS IT WAS CLEAR THIS WAS GOING TO BE AN OFFER FOR BRITTNEY GRINER OR NOBODY. THIS WAS NOT A CHOICE OF WHICH AMERICAN TO BRING HOME, IT WAS GRINER OR NOBODY. >> LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE CELEBRATED THE RELEASE, BUT ALSO QUESTIONED THE DECISION TO SWAP FOR A KNOWN ARMS3█3 4 F1 █ INTERNATIONAL AR VIKTOR BOUT. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS HERE. >> AND IF HE STILL IS DEEMED A THREAT. THERE ARE LAWMAKERS WHO ARE OBVIOUSLY REJOICING BASED UPON THAT NEWS. SPEAKER PELOSI SAID THAT GRINER SUFFERED UNTHINKABLE TRAUMA, THAT SHE WAS OVERJOYED BY GREINER'S RETURN. BUT AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE REPUBLICANS SPECIFICALLY. BUT BUT THOSE IN ALL PARTIES WHO ARE SAYING THAT THEY ARE DISCOURAGED BY THE FACT THAT VIKTOR BOUT WAS NOT SWAPPED FOR BOTH GRINER AND WHEELIN. KEVIN MCCARTHY TWEETED THIS, I WANT TO SHOW IT TO YOU. HE SAID THAT IT WAS UNCONSCIONABLE, WERE HIS WORDS ,THAT THE MERCHANT OF DEATH, THAT'S VICTOR BOUT, WAS RETURNED TO PUTIN. >> BUT LEAVING PAUL WHEELIN, THAT'S THE SECOND PAGE OF THAT BEHIND WE SAW AGAIN, UNCONSCIONABLE IS THE WORD AT THE END OF THAT TWEET. AS YOU SEE THERE, MIKE MCCAUL, THE REPUBLICAN, SAID THAT HE WAS RELIEVED THAT BRITTNEY GRINER WAS COMING HOME, BUT FELT THAT THIS PRISONER SWAP SERVED TO ONLY EMBOLDEN OTHER COUNTRIES TO KIDNAP AMERICANS TO WRONGFULLY PRISON AMERICANS IN THE HOPES OF SOME KIND OF A POTENTIAL PRISONER SWAP. I CAN TELL THAT I ASKED SHEILA JACKSON LEE, THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR GREINER'S HOME DISTRICT IN HOUSTON, WHAT SHE MADE OF THIS GENESIS OF THIS DEAL , MEANING THAT WHEN THE WHITE HOUSE FIRST UNVEILED THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS DEAL , THERE WAS THE IDEA THAT WE WERE SWAPPING TWO AMERICANS, PAUL WHEELIN AND GRINER, FOR ONE , VICTOR BOOT. AND THEN, OF COURSE, COMING TO TODAY, IT TURNS INTO A ONE FOR ONE SWAP. SHE BLAMED VLADIMIR PUTIN FOR THAT AND SAID THAT HE WAS NOT NEGOTIATING IN A WAY THAT WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TO AMERICANS BACK . WE THE WHITE HOUSE SAID THAT EARLIER TODAY AS WELL, THAT THEY BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA WAS NOT NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH FOR BOTH GRINER AND WHEELIN, BUT ONLY FOR GRINER AND NOT WIELAND'S. >> SO THE QUESTION AS TO WHAT HAPPENS NEXT FOR PAUL WHEELIN, THAT IS AN OPEN QUESTION, GUYS. THAT THERE REALLY IS . AND IT'S PRETTY CLEAR , AS KAREN JUST REPORTED, THAT PUTIN WAS WAS HOLDING BACK , HOPING FOR A FRIENDLIER CONGRESS, SOME KIND OF PRESSURE ON ON BIDEN OUT OF THE MIDTERMS. A WEAKER BIDEN, PERHAPS. MAYBE THAT WAS PART OF THE EQUATION AS WELL. DIDN'T TURN OUT THAT WAY. SO LET'S BRING IN DR. DANNY GILBERT AND I JUST WANT TO MENTION TO OUR AUDIENCE THAT YOUR EXPERTISE YOUR FIELD OF STUDY IS YOUR RESEARCH, IT SAYS, EXPLORES THE CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF HOSTAGE TAKING IN INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. WHAT AN INTERESTING AREA TO STUDY. AND YOU'RE JUST THE PERSON TO HAVE HERE. SO TALK IS ABOUT THIS DEAL , WHAT YOU SEE IN IT AND WHAT IT MIGHT MEAN FOR PAUL WHEELER. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME. IT'S RARE THAT I GET TO BE PART OF A HAPPY NEWS STORY. SO I'M SO GLAD TO SEE BRITTNEY GRINER COMING HOME AND THIS MOMENT IS REALLY BITTERSWEET IN TERMS OF WHAT IT MEANS FOR PAUL WHEELIN. I THINK SUGGESTS THAT, FIRST OF ALL, THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION ARE OPEN, THAT THE UNITED STATES AND RUSSIA ARE NEGOTIATING, BUT THAT THE RUSSIANS ARE REALLY PLAYING HARDBALL, THAT THEY CONSIDER POLAND IN A DIFFERENT CATEGORY AND WHATEVER THAT MEANS, THAT IT MIGHT MAKE IT HARDER TO GET HIM HOME, THAT IT MIGHT TAKE MORE TIME AND POSSIBLY DIFFERENT OR ADDITIONAL CONCESSIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO BRING HIM BACK . BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO DOING THAT. AND THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TIRELESSLY BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE SURE THAT HE AND ALL OTHER WRONGFULLY DETAINED AMERICANS COME HOME AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. >> AND PHIL, AS YOU KNOW, YOU REPORTED THAT POLAND WAS ABLE TO GIVE AN INTERVIEW AFTER HEARING THE NEWS FROM PRISON CALLED IN ACTUALLY TO CNN AND ITS AUDIO ONLY . BUT HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT HE WAS VERY HAPPY THAT BRITTANY IS GOING GOING HOME. BUT HE STILL DOESN'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS SITTING THERE IN IN PRISON STILL AND THAT HE'S GREATLY DISAPPOINTED THAT MORE HASN'T BEEN DONE TO SECURE HIS RELEASE. >> RIGHT. IN THAT IN THAT STATEMENT, GOES ON , AS YOU SEE THERE, CAROL. SHE SAYS, ESPECIALLY AS AS THE FOUR YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MY ARREST IS COMING UP. HE SAYS, I WAS ARRESTED FOR A CRIME THAT I NEVER THAT IT NEVER OCCURRED. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY I AM STILL HERE. HE WENT ON TO PLEAD DIRECTLY TO PRESIDENT BIDEN, SAYING HIS BAGS ARE PACKED AND HE'S READY TO GO. BUT AS KAREN AND DANNY JUST REPORTED, IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE. FOR SOME REASON OR ANOTHER, THE RUSSIANS SEE HIM IN ANOTHER CATEGORY. WE DO KNOW THAT THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION ARE OPEN. WE SPOKE TO A SENIOR WHITE SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL TODAY THAT SAID THEY EXPECT THE CHANNEL WITH MOSCOW TO REMAIN OPEN TO DISCUSS WIELAND'S RELEASE AND BREAKING THROUGH WHATEVER IMPASSE THERE IS . THEY SAY THAT IT'S IT'S A SHAM ESPIONAGE CHARGE AGAINST HIM. PRESIDENT BIDEN HIMSELF TODAY DURING SORT OF THAT VICTORY LAP , SAYING THAT BRITTNEY GRINER IS COMING HOME WITH WITH HER WIFE BEHIND HIM. ALSO THE VICE PRESIDENT . HE MADE IT A POINT TO SPEAK PAUL WIELAND'S NAME MORE THAN ONCE AND SAID, WE'VE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT PAUL . WE'RE WORKING ON IT. AND IT'S JUST, YOU KNOW, AS KAREN SAID, THIS WASN'T A CHOICE, BOTH OF THEM TO COME HOME. IT WAS A CHOICE, BOTH OF THEM OR NONE OF THEM. AND THE UNITED STATES DECIDED TO BRING BRITTNEY GRINER HOME. >> AT THIS POINT, WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT INTERVIEW, AARON. PHIL, KAREN, JAY AND DR. DANNY, GREAT TO HAVE YOU ALL. >> THANKS VERY MUCH. WELL, COMING UP, SHE'S JUST 10 YEARS OLD. SHE'S FACED WITH TRAGEDY, BUT USING HER STRENGTH FOR ADVOCACY. NOW HEAR FROM A STUDENT SURVIVOR FROM UVALDE ABOUT WHAT KEEPS HER GOING AND WHAT SHE WANTS CONGRESS TO DO TO MAKE KIDS FEEL SAFER. OUR SCHOOLS YOU ARE, ANYTIME "ABC NEWS LIVE" STREAMING LIVE AND FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS. >> AND WELCOME BACK TO TRAGEDIES ARE BRINGING FAMILIES TOGETHER HERE IN WASHINGTON. >> LAST NIGHT, THOSE WHO LOST CHILDREN OR LOVED ONES IN THE SANDY HOOK SHOOTING UVALDE SHOOTING GATHERED ON CAPITOL HILL. BOTH ARE JOINED BY THE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER PELOSI HONORING THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO DIED DUE TO GUN VIOLENCE. >> THAT'S RIGHT. AND IN THAT CROWD WAS A LITTLE GIRL BY THE NAME OF CAITLIN GONZALEZ, 10 YEARS OLD. SHE WAS A SURVIVOR OF THE ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING. >> AND NOW SHE'S CALLING FOR A BAN ON ASSAULT RIFLES. AND SHE TOOK HER CAUSE TO WASHINGTON. I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO JUST BEFORE HER VIGIL LAST NIGHT AND WHY SHE'S WANTING TO CHANGE THE WORLD. SO 10 YEAR OLD CAITLIN GONZALEZ IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD. AND THAT'S BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENED TO HER IN DUVALL DE TEXAS CHANGED HER WORLD. SHE SURVIVED THAT DEVASTATING MASSACRE AT ROBB 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. THANK YOU FOR BEING 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? YOUR HEART? >> I'M FEELING GOOD. AND THEN I THINK SOMETIMES YOU'LL BE SAD AND SOMETIMES MOST OF THE TIMES AND HAPPY. GOOD. AND YOU'VE BEEN SEEING A COUNSELOR ONCE A WEEK, RIGHT? HOW HAS THAT BEEN? DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER? WHAT DO YOU TALK ABOUT? AND HOW IS THAT HELPED YOU? >> OH, WE JUST TALK ABOUT LIKE THE GOOD MEMORIES, THE BAD MEMORIES, AND IT'S LIKE IT'S A PAY COUNSELOR. SO EVERY HOUR SHE'LL PULL ME OUT OF MY CLASS AND SHE'LL GO TAKE ME TO HER OFFICE AND WE WOULD TALK, 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? YEAH, 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 CRYING BECAUSE MY MOM HAD TOLD ME THAT SHE HAD PASSED AWAY. >> SO I WISH I WAS JUST, LIKE, DEVASTATED. AND I. >> YEAH. WHAT DO YOU MISS THE MOST ABOUT HER? JUST PERSONALITY IN HER, LIKE, LAUGH AND SMILE. YOU GUYS HAD A GOOD TIME TOGETHER. >> WHAT WERE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO TOGETHER? WE HAVING 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 ELLIANA. AND I KNOW YOU HAD A BRACELET FOR FOR JACKIE , BUT IT BROKE. AND YOU'RE GOING TO KEEP MAKING THESE BRACELETS. BUT TELL ME ABOUT ELLIANA 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 IT A LOT? DO YOU SOMETIMES COME TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT THE GOOD MEMORIES TOGETHER? >> AND WE ALL TALK ABOUT LIKE SOME PEOPLE SOMETIMES, BUT THERE'S TWO THERE'S TWO SURVIVORS. I MEAN, ONE TWELVE 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 ALL DAY. WHERE YOU EXCITED ABOUT MAKING THIS TRIP? UM, YES. THIS IS MY THIRD TIME ACTUALLY COMING TO WASHINGTON. BUT, I MEAN, 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 SEVERAL SEVERAL MARCH WITH MARCH 4TH TO DO THE MARCHING TO PASS THE BAND TO BUY AN ASSAULT WEAPON AND INDIVIDUALS JUST LIKE TO REMEMBER ALL THE ONES THAT WE LOST RIGHT NOW. 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 THE WAR, NOT THE CLASSROOMS OR LIKE THE GROCERY STORY. SO THAT'S WHY WE NEED A PATH 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? >> YES, I DID. BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO . BUT IT'S LIKE YOU HAVE TO IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, LIKE, TYPE OF 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 JUST NEED TO , LIKE, SHARE THEIR STORIES TO MAKE SURE IT HURT. RIGHT. 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 ANY VRON, 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 LIKE STUFF LIKE THAT, BECAUSE I WANT TO BE AN ADVOCATE AND STUFF. AND YOU'RE MY FRIENDS TOO. BUT THEN I WANT TO BE A NORMAL CHILD. I COULD 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 THE 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 LEG SELF CARE. I JUST HAD TO DO STUFF LIKE ISOLATORS GO GET MY NAILS DONE. ANY OF MY FRIENDS THINK THAT? THAT'S RIGHT. YOU DO NEED 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 IT'S LIKE COMING OUT HERE AND DOING THE RALLIES. AND INTERESTING. JUST TRY TO BE IS WILL CARR. AND YOU CAN EVEN IF IT'S JUST CALLING THE SENATORS AND TELL THEM WHY WE NEED TO PASS THEM, THEN THAT'S ALL THEY'RE BEING VOCAL AND YOU HAVE BEEN A VOICE AND CONTINUE TO BE A VOICE FOR ALL YOUR FRIENDS. AND WE'RE SO GLAD THAT YOU CAME HERE AND TALKED WITH US. >> THE YOU FOR HAVING ME. I FELL IN LOVE. DEIRDRE BOLTON. YEAH, AND LOOK, FIRST OF ALL, HER FAMILY IS VERY STRONG. HER SISTER WAS HERE, MOM WAS HERE AND IN THE COUNSELING HAS HELPED A LOT. IT REALLY HAS. I MEAN, THE WAY SHE SPOKE AND THE WAY SHE PRESENTED HERSELF, YOU COULD SEE HOW ALL THAT LOVE AND ALL THAT SUPPORT IS IS HELPING HER, HELPING HER HEAL AND THE RESILIENCE OF CHILDREN. YOU KNOW, YOU SEE IT ALL OVER THE WORLD IN REFUGEE CAMPS. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE WILL ARRIVE IN A CAMP AND THEY'LL BE THE DELTS WILL BE DEVASTATED AND THE KIDS WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO KICK AROUND IN AS A SOCCER. AND THEY HAVE JOY , I THINK JOE BIDEN THE REFUGEE CAMP COVERED WARS. AND THAT'S ALWAYS AMAZED ME. THE KIDS ARE ALWAYS SMILING. THEY'RE RESILIENT. AND JUST BEING FOCUSED ON JOY. AND THAT'S WHAT THAT'S WHAT SHE COULD TELL. SHE'S GREAT. YEAH, SHE'S A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRL. WELL, WE'VE GOT A TEAM ON THE GROUND IN UVALDE AS A COMMUNITY HEALS AND CONTINUES TO FIGHT FOR CHANGE. AND YOU CAN FIND ALL OF THEIR COVERAGE IS REALLY REMARKABLE. MULTIDIMENSIONAL COVERAGE OF WHAT'S HAPPENED REALLY AFTER MOST OF THE PRESS HAS GONE. WE HAVEN'T ABCNEWS.COM UNDER THE UVALDE. THREE SIXTY FIVE . >> WELL, COMING UP, WE'RE PEOPLE INJURED IN A BUILDING EXPLOSION IN IOWA AND AN EVACUATION UNDERWAY. WE'LL HAVE DETAILS ON THAT. LOOK AT THAT JUST AHEAD. "ABC NEWS LIVE" PRIME WITH LINSEY DAVIS STREAMING WEEKNIGHTS. GLAD YOU'RE WITH US HERE. "ABC NEWS LIVE". OTHER STORIES THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING THIS HOUR, ABC STATION IN CEDAR RAPIDS IS REPORTING AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INJURED FOLLOWING BUILDING EXPLOSION IN EASTERN IOWA. IMAGES SHOW A MASSIVE PLUME OF SMOKE THERE RISING INTO THE AIR. WE'RE TOLD THAT THE BUILDING IS A GRAIN ELEVATOR AND SOYBEAN CRUSHER FACILITY. OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE EVACUATING PEOPLE FROM WITHIN THE AREA. WE'RE ALSO LEARNING ABOUT NEW CLUES IN THE MURDER OF FOUR UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO STUDENTS. AUTHORITIES WORKING TO TRACK DOWN A VEHICLE THAT COULD BE RELATED TO THE CASE, SIMILAR TO THE CAR YOU SEE IN THIS PHOTO. VICTIM'S HOME REMAINS AN ACTIVE CRIME SCENE. BUT ON WEDNESDAY, INVESTIGATORS GATHERED ITEMS NO LONGER NEEDED IN THE INVESTIGATION TO GIVE BACK TO THE VICTIMS FAMILIES. CELINE DION REVEALING THAT SHE HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED THE RARE NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION. >> SINGER ANNOUNCED IT ON INSTA GRAHAM THAT SHE HAS A RARE AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER THAT IS AFFECTING HER ABILITY TO PERFORM. WE'LL FOLLOW, OF COURSE, HER TOUR. >> AND THE FDA AUTHORIZING A NEW JOE BIDEN 19 BOOSTER SHOT FOR KIDS AS YOUNG AS SIX MONTHS. THE BOOSTER WILL HELP FIGHT AGAINST TWO SUCH VARIANTS OF THE AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE BOOSTER IN AT LEAST TWO MONTHS FROM

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