ABC News Live: Protesters gather outside NRA convention in Houston

Frustration grows as critics say not enough is being done to address gun control in the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting.
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Transcript for ABC News Live: Protesters gather outside NRA convention in Houston
ONE NEWS SOURCE. HELLO EVERYONE, I'M TEHRAN. THANKS FOR STREAMING WITH. US HERE ARE SOME HEADLINES. THERE ARE NOW AT LEAST NINE POSITIVE CASES OF MONKEYPOX IN SEVEN STATES ACROSS THE U.S.. INCLUDING ONE IN VIRGINIA, NOW. CDC DIRECTOR DOCTOR ROCHELLE WALENSKY SAYS THAT NOT ALL OF THESE INFECTED PATIENTS HAVE TRAVELED ABROAD. MEANING THERE MAY BE SOME COMMUNITY SPREAD HERE IN THE U.S.. ALL THE VIGILS SAY THIS IS NOT A GREAT RISK TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WITH ALL POSSIBLE CASES SHOULD BE REPORTED TO A DOCTOR QUICKLY. IN THE MEANTIME, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT IT WILL NOT PURSUE CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER FBI AGENTS WHO FAIL TO OPEN AN INVESTIGATION INTO SPORTS DOCTOR LARRY NASSAR, FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING FEMALE GYMNAST. DESPITE THOSE AGENTS LIKELY PROVIDING, QUOTE, INACCURATE OR INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. IN A STATEMENT, DOJ SAID QUOTE, THIS DOES NOT ANYWAY REFLECT THE VIEW THAT THE INVESTIGATION OF NASSAR WAS HANDLED AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN. NOR DOES IT ANYWAY REFLECT APPROVAL OR DISREGARD OF THE CONDUCT OF THESE FORMER AGENTS. NASSAR IS CURRENTLY SERVING TEN YEARS IN PRISON AFTER BEING FOUND GUILTY IN 2018 RESULTING MORE THAN 250. AND AL JAZEERA SAYS IT WILL COMMIT A CASE TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT ON THE KILLING OF REPORTER SHIREEN ABU AKLEH. SHE WAS SHOT DEAD EARLIER THIS WEEK AS PART OF AN ISRAELI RAID. THE NETWORK AND OFFICIALS HAVE ACCUSED THESE REALLY FORCE OF INTENTIONALLY KILLING HER. AN ACCUSATION THE COLLIE BLATANT LIE. BUT WE BEGIN WITH THE CONVERSATION OVER GUN CONTROL. CRITICS SAY THAT BIDEN IS NOT DOING ENOUGH TO ADDRESS THE TRAGEDY IN UVALDE, AND GUN CONTROL AMONG GROWING CALLS TO DO SO. ALL OF THIS AS PROTESTS GATHERING IN HOUSTON, WITH FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP, AND OTHER PROMINENT REPUBLICANS, ARE SET TO SPEAK AT THE CONVENTION OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION TODAY. TO DISCUSS, LET'S BRING IN MARY ALICE PARKS, AND RACHEL SCOTT. AND ERIC ASSIGNMENT FROM ABC TV STATION IN HOUSTON. WELCOME, ALL RACHEL LET ME BEGIN WITH YOU. YOU ARE HOUSTON AT THE NRA PROTEST, WE ARE HEARING BEYOND YOU THERE. WALK US THROUGH WHAT YOU ARE HEARING AND SEEING. , WELL TERRY WE ARE THREE MILES AWAY FROM EOVALDI AND THIS IS A SCENE THAT WE DON'T THINK WE WOULD SEE PLAY OUT THE NRA. CONVENTION YOU HAVE PROTESTERS LINING THE STREETS, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE JUST OVER HERE, YOU SEE THE POLICE. THE LAW ENFORCEMENT IN FRONT OF THE CONVENTION CENTER AND THE CONVENTION KICKS OFF TODAY THIS IS A SCENE WHERE YOU HEAR PEOPLE SEEING SAYING, IT COULD'VE BEEN YOUR GRANDCHILDREN. SAYING SHAMAN. YOU DO NOT GO. INSIDE >> THESE PEOPLE OUT HERE, ARE FEELING THE WHAT'S OPEN AIR CONCERT. FUELING THE OUTRAGE FROM THAT MASS SHOOTING THAT KILLED 19 CHILDREN. 19 CHILDREN, AND TWO TEACHERS. JUST THREE MILES AWAY, IN UVALDE TEXAS. AND INSIDE, WE TALKED TO GUN OWNERS WHO SAID THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE GUNS ARE THE ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY. BUT I WILL TELL YOU TO TERRY, THAT THE MAJORITY PEOPLE THAT WE DID TALK TO INSIDE ATTENDING THIS CONVENTION, WHO ARE NA NRA MEMBERS THEMSELVES THEY SAY THAT THEY DO HAVE TO PASS SOME SWIPE OF REFORM, SOME TYPE OF CHANGE. AND WE KNOW AND OUR POLLS SHOW THAT. 89% OF AMERICAN SUPPORT EXPANDED BACKGROUND CHECKS. FOLKS THAT I TALKED TO INSIDE, ALMOST EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT I TALKED TO FILES THEY WOULD BE FOR THAT AS WELL. AND THEY ASKED THE SAME QUESTION THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE ASKING OUT HERE, HOW DID SUCH A YOUNG PERSON GET SUCH A POWERFUL WEAPON, TERRY? >> HOW DID SOMEONE WHO IS SO YOUNG, AND TO IT ALSO POSTED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT VIOLENT THREATS, AND POSTED CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW HE HAD TORTURED AND KILLED ANIMALS, HOW DID THAT I WALK IN AND GET THAT KIND OF A GUN? LET ME NOW TURN TO ERICA. SO ERICA, THE WHOLE COUNTRIES HARDEST BREAKING, AND AS RACHEL RIGHTLY SAYS, WE ARE ALSO OUTRAGED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED. HOW ARE TEXANS RESPONDING TO THIS CONVENTION, AND THE TRAGEDY IN UVALDE. WELL CERTAINLY TEXAN SURE THE HEARTBREAK THAT SO MANY AMERICANS AND PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD SHARE. WE UNFORTUNATELY HAVE BEEN HOME TO SEVERAL MATT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS. SANTA FE A FEW YEARS AGO, EOVALDI NOW. IT IS TOUGH TO KEEP GOING THROUGH THIS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BABIES. INNOCENT DEFENSELESS CHILDREN WHO ARE SIMPLY SENT TO SCHOOL THAT DAY TO LEARN SHE TEACHERS, WHO HERMETICALLY SHIELD. ADAMS WITH A TOUGH SPOT FOR PARENTS OF PEOPLE THE COMMUNITY THERE'S A LOT OF PASSION FROM PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES HERE. WE ARE IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON AS. WE'LL BE CAN REALLY SEE THE PASSION ONLINE. YOU CAN HEAR IT ON THE STREETS, THERE ARE PEOPLE WITH SIGNS. AND AT THIS POINT, SINCE WE HAVE TOUCHED THAT DEMOGRAPHIC, CHILDREN A LOT MORE PEOPLE ARE SPEAKING OUT WHO NORMALLY MAY NOT HAVE PREVIOUS ITERATIONS. AND THEY ARE ASKING FOR CHANGE. EVERYONE MAY NOT KNOW WITH THAT EXACT SOLUTION MAY LOOK LIKE, BUT THEY AGREE SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE. SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MESSAGING ME ALL WEEK, WE'VE SEEN IT ON A LOT OF OUR SOCIAL PAT PLATFORMS, OUR VIEWERS HAVE BEEN WEIGHING IN. BUT IT IS A SOLEMN WEEK. MANY OF US HAVE TO TAKE A BEAT AND PROCESS YET ANOTHER TRAGEDY, AND THEN CHANGE FROM TRAGEDY AND GRIEF TO ACTION. WHAT IS NEXT. AND THAT IS WHY A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE HERE BEHIND US. THEY ARE WANTING TO HOLD LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE AND ASK WHAT IS NEXT. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT FOR THE TEXAS IS NOT AGAIN IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH ANOTHER SCHOOL SHOOTING. >> AMERICA, THIS MANDARIN, THIS IS THE FIFTH MASS SHOOTING ON TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT'S WATCH. IT IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF KICKS ESSENTIAL DINNER PARTICULAR. AND I WANT TO ASK ABOUT HIS ROLE IN THIS. HE CANNOT YESTERDAY WITH THAT PRESS CONFERENCE, WHICH ENDED UP BEING A ISSUE OF FALSEHOODS. A LITANY OF FALSEHOODS WHETHER INTENTIONAL OR UNINTENTIONAL, WE DON'T. NOW BUT CERTAINLY WHEN HE SAID WAS FLAT OUT FALSE. AND I GUESS THAT HE WAS SUPPOSED TO SPEAK IN PERSON TO THE NRA, BUT HE HAS BACKED OUT OF THAT. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF GREG ABBOTT'S ROLE RIGHT NOW, WHEN IS HE GONNA DO WITH THE CONVENTION, AND HOW TEXANS ARE PERCEIVING IT? >> LISTEN TERRY, PEOPLE ARE FED UP. TEXANS ARE FED UP. NOW GOVERNOR ABBOTT HAS AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF SUPPORT, AND HAS HAD IT IN PREVIOUS YEARS. BUT AGAIN, THE SAME PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE BEEN SILENT IN THE PASSER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST GOVERNOR ABBOTT. THEY ARE SEEING, LOOK WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE MENTAL ILLNESSES IN THE COMMUNITY. WE UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CAN'T ALWAYS STOPPED RANGE PEOPLE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE BUCK STOPS WITH. YOU IT STOPS IN AUSTIN, TEXAS. IT STOPS IT STARTS AT THE TOP AND GOES DOWN. IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH POLICY AND IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH HOW YOU'RE PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE IN TERMS OF WANTING TO PRIORITIZE, PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. AND OUR COMMUNITY. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT HE WAS SET TO SPEAK IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON AT THE CONVENTION BUT HE CHOSE TO BE AT A NEWS CONFERENCE IN UVALDE TODAY. HE SENT THE PREWORK COURTED MESSAGE TO THE ATTENDEES SO THEY THEY WILL SEE HIM IN SOME FORM OR FASHION. OTHER LEADERS HAVE PULLED OUT. LIEUTENANT -- DOWN PATRICK SAYS HE WILL KNOCKING. TO HEAR SEVERAL OTHER TEXAS SENATORS WILL NOT BE HERE'S. WELL THERE ARE STILL SOME INSIDE HER SET TO DELIVER. OBVIOUSLY FORMER PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP. TED CRUZ IN A NUMBER OF. OTHERS UNFORTUNATELY, THIS WEEK AT LEAST AS FAR AS THE POLLS, A LOT OF PEOPLE NOT HAPPY WITH GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT, AND TO YOUR POINT AND THOSE NEWS CONFERENCES, MANY FELT THAT HE JUST MISSED THE MARK TO BE HONEST. WE KNOW THAT INFORMATION COMES IN EARLY, AND THERE ARE THINGS THAT YOU DON'T ALWAYS KNOW UP FRONT, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT TURNED OUT JUST TO BE DOWNRIGHT FALSE, AND SOME PEOPLE FELT THAT IT WAS ENOUGH ANTIQUE. IT WAS NOT GENUINE, AND THAT HE COULD'VE DONE A LOT BETTER, NOT ONLY COMFORTING A GRIEVING STAY, BUT ACTUALLY GETTING SOMETHING DONE GOING FORWARD AND LANDING UP SO THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE SEEING AS FAR AS PASSIONATE PROTESTS GO. THEY SAY THEY WANT ANSWERS, NOW, TODAY. NOT FOR ANOTHER TRAGEDY, NOT FOR ANOTHER WEEK. RIGHT NOW. >> AND WE WILL SEE IF THEY GET THEM. WE ARE THIS ABC NEWS WASHINGTON POST POLL THAT RACHEL MENTIONED THEY FOUND THAT 89% OF AMERICANS SUPPORT UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. 86% PRESENT TO SUPPORT THOSE RED FLAG LAWS. SO RACHEL, AS YOU WERE SAYING, HE'S FOCUS AT LEAST CONSERVATIVE LAWMAKERS ON THE ISSUE HERE IN WASHINGTON. I LOVE HIS CLUB, I WANT TO SEE IT. AGAIN THIS IS RACHEL SCOTT TRYING TO GET SOME ANSWERS HERE IN WASHINGTON. >> BUT IF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY BACK ON? CHECKS >> MA'AM, I WONDER I UNDERSTAND YOUR POINT. OF YOU >> IT IS THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, SIR. >> I'LL PARENTS LOOKED AT HOW THEIR SCHOOLS ARE DOING FOR SCHOOL SAFETY. >> THE BACKGROUND CHECK -- WE TAKE AWAY. GUNS >> AND YOU WILL BE FINISHING IN? INTO OKAY YOU DO IT. >> YEAH, RACHEL, THEY SHOULDN'T LIKE BEING CONFRONTED WITH THOSE QUESTIONS AND GOOD FOR YOU FOR DOING. IT KEEP SWINGING AWAY. WE CAN SEE THAT LAWMAKERS MIGHT BE MEETING IN THE MIDDLE TO FIND A WAY, THEY SAY, TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE ISSUES. WHAT IS THE STATUS OF TRYING TO GET SOME OF THESE THINGS THAT THE VAST MAJORITY THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SUPPORT, GET THEM INTO FEDERAL LAW? >> WELL TERRI, I WILL PREFACE BY SAYING THAT WE HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN HERE -- THERE'VE BEEN MASS SHOOTINGS HERE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES. AFTER HAPPENED, THERE IS A MOMENT, THERE'S A PERIOD WHERE LAWMAKERS -- . YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SHOUTING [INTERPRETER] . AND THEY START TALKING ABOUT IT, THE BIG QUESTION IS, WHAT CAN ACTUALLY GET DONE AS A -- . DEMOCRATS, [INTERPRETER] TEN REPUBLICANS AT LEAST IN ORDER TO PASS GUN LEGISLATION, OR ANY LEGISLATION. AS OF RIGHT NOW, THEY DO NOT [INTERPRETER] . BUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THAT, [INTERPRETER] THEY HAVE A FAIRLY STARTED TO TALK. THEY HAVE A BIPARTISAN [INTERPRETER] . SEVERAL SENATORS ARE HAVING IS NEGOTIATIONS. BUT THEY BUFFER RECESS. FOR TEN DAYS. AND SO NOW WE HAVE A MOMENT IN TIME WHERE WE ARE FACING THE SAME QUESTION AGAIN, WHAT WILL CHANGE? WHAT WILL HAPPEN? WELL LAWMAKERS MOVE IN THE DIRECTION OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? . [INAUDIBLE] NOT ONLY FOR THEMSELVES, BUT FOR THE FUTURE. AND MANY OF THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHERE ABOUT THE KILLINGS. IT IS ABOUT THE CHILDREN. THIS IS A MOMENT IN OUR NATION 'S HISTORY RIGHT NOW WHEN SO MANY PEOPLE ARE ASKING [INAUDIBLE] . >> WHAT WILL CHANGE. THAT IS THE QUESTION RIGHT NOW. AND THE FACT THAT THESE WERE CHILDREN WERE SLAUGHTERED I THINK HAS DRIVEN EVERYBODY TO THE BREAKING POINT. WE'LL SEE IF IT MEANS ANYTHING. MARY ALICE, PRESIDENT BIDEN IS EXPECTED TO VISIT UVALDE ON SUNDAY, SO WHAT IS THE LATEST FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. >> YEAH HE IS PLANNING TO MEET WITH VICTIMS. VICTIMS FAMILIES. COMMUNITY LEADERS. I DON'T THINK ANYONE IS EXPECTING A NEW POLICY PROPOSAL FROM THIS WHITE HOUSE ANYTIME SOON. WE HAVE HEARD THE PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT WHERE HE STANDS ON THIS ISSUE. HE IS FOR SWEEPING REFORMS. HE HAS PITCHED THINGS LIKE A BAN ON ASSAULT RIFLES. I DON'T THINK THAT ANYONE IS HOLDING THEIR BREATH FOR CONGRESS TO PASS ANYTHING SO BAD FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I THINK THAT THINGS ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW AND THE SENATE ARE MUCH MORE NARROW, MUCH MORE MODEST IN SCOPE BUT THE LINE WE HEAR FROM DEMOCRATS IS FINE LET IT BE ANYTHING. ANYTHING. BUT THEY ARGUE IS THAT, DO NOTHING HASN'T HELPED. WE KNOW THE GUN VIOLENCE IS ONLY ON THE RISE, MATTHEWS ONLY BECOMING MORE. FREQUENT SO OFTEN WE HEAR FROM DEMOCRATS, DON'T LET THE PERFECT BE THE ENEMY OF THE GOOD. PASS ANY KIND OF SMALL RESTRICTIONS THAT WOULD MAKE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THESE WEAPONS OF. WE'RE >> THAT DEBATE HAS BEEN STYMIED, BEFORE IT DOES FEEL LIKE IN THIS MOMENT AFTER THIS ATROCITY THAT THERE'S SOMETHING IN THERE. RACHEL, ERICA, MARY ALICE, THANK YOU. THE LAST U.S. MOURNS YET ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING, COUNTLESS TOWNSEND FAMILIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY KNOW THIS PAIN. THE PAIN THAT UVALDE IS GOING THROUGH ESPECIALLY IN TEXAS, THE SHOOTING AT ROBB ELEMENTARY COMES JUST ONE WEEK AFTER THE FOUR-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING, WHICH LEFT EIGHT STUDENTS AND TEACHERS SAID. ONE OF THOSE CAN RELIEVE ON. SINCE THEN, KIMBERLY'S MOM RHONDA HARDEST BECOME A ADVOCATE FOR GUN VIOLENCE. VOLUNTEERING WITH THE TEXAS CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION. RHONDA JOINS US NOW WITH MORE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO BE WITH US TODAY, RHONDA. >> HI, THANKS FOR HAVING. ME >> I JUST WONDER, WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT UVALDE, WHAT WENT THROUGH YOUR MIND? >> I WAS AT WORK ALL DAY. WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT IT WAS ALLEGEDLY A SMALLER SHOOTING. IT WAS 2 TO 4 PEOPLE. THEN I WENT TO PHYSICAL THERAPY. BY THE TIME WE GET A PHYSICAL THERAPY THAT, IT HAS SNOWBALLED TO 14. AND I THINK BY THE END OF THE NIGHT, IT HAD RISEN TO 19. AND THE PERSON THAT CAME TO MY HEAD WAS, I WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED AT TEXAS LEADERSHIP. AFTER I, SHOOTING WE HAD A MEETING WITH GREG ABBOTT, DONALD TRUMP, TED CRUZ IN THAT, ROOM OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS. AND THEY PROMISED US MORE SCHOOL SAFETY. AND MORE GUN LAWS. AND WE ISSUED THE OPEN CARRY LAW IN TEXAS, WHICH IS GREAT RIGHT, LET'S JUST LET EVERYBODY HAVE A. GUNS I'M DEEPLY DISCUSSED AT THIS ADMINISTRATION. >> AS A MOM WITH THIS AND KIND OF UNIMAGINABLE EXPERIENCE, WHAT MIGHT YOU SAY TO SOME OF THE FAMILIES GOING THROUGH THE IMMEDIATE SEARING PAIN OF LOSING THEIR LOVED ONES IN UVALDE. WAUKESHA LIVE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF YEARS? I CAN TELL THEM THAT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE IN THE FLOOD OF. IT IF YOU THINK OF GRIEF AS LIKE WATER, THEY ARE IN THE FLOOD OF. IT THEY CANNOT GET THEMSELVES UP TO TAKE A BREATH. THEIR BODIES PROBABLY HURT, THEY'RE NOT GONNA SLEEP FOR DAYS. IT IS GOING TO BE AWFUL. BUT IT DOES GET BETTER. I THINK PROBABLY AROUND YOUR NUMBER THREE, IT GOT BETTER FOR ME AS FAR AS ANNIVERSARIES GO. AND TO THE FAMILIES OF UVALDE, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT SPEAKING TO THE PRESS IN THE MEDIA RIGHT NOW, WE'VE GOT YOU. WE'VE GOT YOUR BACKS. THERE'S A WHOLE SLEW OF US HERE OVER IN -- AREA. AND WE ARE HAPPY TO WHERE THE SPEECH BURDEN FOR YOU WHILE YOU GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND THEY ARE LITTLE ONES TO REST. >> RHONDA, THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THING TO SAY. I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE A COMMUNITY NOW OF MOMS LIKE YOU. AND I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT >> TODAY THEY MAY DAY MADE THE WRONG DECISION BY NOT REACHING THE DOOR. FOR MORE THAN AN HOUR WHILE THEY WERE SHOOTING GOING. ON >> YET WAS LIKE AN HOUR, 45 MINUTES TO AN. OUR >> SO WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO THAT? >> THAT IS DISGUSTING. THAT IS IMPORTANT THE POLICE OFFICERS, AND THE SWAT TEAM, THEY HAD THE BODY ARMOR AND THE CAPACITY TO GO IN THERE AND NEUTRALIZE THAT SHOOTER. BUT THEY DIDN'T BECAUSE THEY WERE AFRAID OF GETTING SHOT. I JUST LIKE TO POINT OUT THE IRONY THERE I THINK THERE IS A SONG FROM THE LATE 90S EARLY 2000S BY CANADIAN SINGER. YOU KNOW THAT IS WITH THE POLICE OFFICERS ARE THERE. FOR THAT THEY NEED WHEN THEY SIGNED UP FOR THE JOB THAT THERE IS CHANCE THAT THEY MIGHT GET SHOT. LITTLE SECOND FOURTH GRADERS THAT GO TO SCHOOL, THEY DID NOT SIGN UP TO GET SHOT. NEITHER DID MY DAUGHTER AS A NINTH GRADER. AND SO TO QUOTE MY GOOD FRIENDS IN PARKLAND, I CALL BS ON THAT ENTIRE THING. THEY SHOULD HAVE CHARGED THAT DRAW IMMEDIATELY. >> ABSOLUTELY. RHONDA, HEART THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH. US THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND THE EXAMPLE THAT YOU ARE UP FOR THAT COMMUNITY AND OUR COUNTRY. >> I HOPE I CAN. HELP >> I HOPE SO TOO, YOU HELPED. US THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >> OKAY, BYE. >> BYE-BYE. WE'LL BE ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE WAR IN UKRAINE, HOW ORGANIZATIONS ARE STEPPING UP TO HELP WELCOME BACK, AS THE BRUTAL ROLE IN MORE IN UKRAINE DRAGS ON HOSPITALS IN THE REGION ARE OVERCOME INCREDIBLE OBSTACLES TO COVER PATIENTS EVERY DAY. BUT AS KEVIN MOTEN REPORTS, THEY ARE THANKFULLY GETTING A LITTLE HELP. TAKE A LOOK. MONTHS INTO THIS BRUTAL WAR, HOSPITALS OF THE SIEGE AREAS OF UKRAINE OVERCOMING INCREDIBLE OBSTACLES. DID YOU PATIENCE YOU NEED THEM NOW, MORE THAN EVER. I SERIOUSLY SEE PEOPLE WHO HAVE GREAT FORTITUDE, WHO HAVE A WILLINGNESS TO FIGHT AND WIN. >> THE ISLAND CAMPBELL HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION NEAR -- TEXAS. HAS BEEN SENDING MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT TO THE REGION FOR YEARS, BUT NOW NEW COUNT CONFLICTS A MISSION. THE HEAD OF THE FOUNDATIONAL IN ADDITION, IN STEPPING UP EFFORTS TO HELP. WE >> ASKING GOVERNMENT AND NGOS TO INCREASE THE, EIGHT NOT TO DECREASE. IT ALL >> THE FOUNDATION PARTNERING WITH THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH IN ITS RELIEF COMMITTEE, ENCORE. >> THE GOAL IS TO LIBERATE THE HUMAN SUFFERING. >> THE POWER OF THE GLOBAL MINISTRY, PLACID SMALL DONORS, ADDING UP TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST DONATIONS OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES FOR NONPROFITS DURING THIS WAR. DESPITE THE LOGISTICAL NIGHTMARE, THE ORGANIZATION SAY THEY HAVE DELIVERED 24 TONS WITH NEARLY $1 MILLION. >> WE'RE WORKING WITH SPECIFIC DOCTORS, CIVIC REQUESTS, AND WE ARE MEETING THOSE REQUESTS. SO THAT WE SEE WHERE THE AID GOES. >> IN THE, PAST TWO MONTHS, THREE MASSIVE SHIPMENTS OF GOWNS, GLOVES, SURGICAL KITS, MASKS RESPIRATORS. THE THIRD TRUCK ROAD LOAD ARRIVING JUST DAYS AGO TO THE UKRAINIAN HEALTH MINISTRY, HEART INSTITUTE, AND THE CAPITAL KYIV. >> WE'VE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO GET SUPPLIES -- THAT SOMETHING WE DON'T OFTEN. DO AND SUTURE REALLY SEE THAT HAPPEN, IT'S JUST A SENSE OF, HOPEFULLY THIS REALLY HELPS. PEOPLE >> -- WHEN GRATEFUL UKRAINIAN ISA P AND AT THAT HOSPITAL, CARDIAC THE SURGEON DOCTOR -- . IT IS JUST AS A DIFFICULT TIME, I WOULD. SAY >> THE DOCTOR HAS BEEN LIVING IN THE HOSPITAL SINCE RUSSIA'S INVASION. TREATING VICTIMS OF THE WAR. >> WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN YOUR HOSPITAL? >> -- DESPITE THE HARD TIMES, WE ARE TRYING DAY BY DAY, TO RETURN TO WORK AT FULL CAPACITY. WE ARE DEDICATED TO PROVIDING CARE FOR PATIENTS. >> DOCTOR DEMONSTRATE SAYS HE IS ALSO DISTRIBUTING SOME OF THE JUNE AGING ITEMS TO OTHER FACILITIES, INCLUDING A CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL WHERE UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VOLODYMYR ZELENSKYY RECENTLY HONORED DOCTORS, TAKING CARE OF ORPHANS WHO ESCAPED THE REGARDED CITY OF MARIUPOL. >> THE MEDICAL SUPPLIES YOU'RE GETTING FROM THE U.S., HOW MUCH DOES THAT HELP? WE >> THE EIGHTH PLACE ENORMOUS ROLE IN HELPING US DO OUR JOB, AND DO IT AS EFFECTIVELY AS WE CAN. >> WHILE THE NEGRO LARGER BY THE DAY, THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AND THE AIRLINE CAMPBELL HUMANITARIAN FOUNDATION SAY, SO DOES THEIR SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF UKRAINE. >> KENNETH MOTEN, ABC NEWS, WASHINGTON. WE >> ALL RIGHT, THANKS AGAIN FOR THAT REPORT. >> WELL COMING UP, IT IS A HOLIDAY WEEKEND IN MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE TRAVEL PLANS. IF YOU ARE LEAVING TODAY, EXPERTS SAY, GET READY FOR LIVE, AND FREE ON ALL PLATFORMS. WELCOME BACK. TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, AND TODAY IS PREDICTED TO BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST, AND WORST DAYS TO DO THAT. AAA PREDICTS NEARLY 35 MILLION PEOPLE WILL BE HITTING THE ROAD. ABC'S PICTURE KINDLE WAS IN MIAMI, WITH THE LATEST. WE TERRY, TODAY IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE OF THE BUSIEST UNFORTUNATELY WORST DAYS TO TRAVEL. ACCORDING TO AAA, NEARLY 35 MILLION PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO TRAVEL THIS WEEKEND. BUT THE BUSIEST METRO AREAS WILL BE ATLANTA, BOSTON, AND CHICAGO. THE WORST TIMES TO DRIVER IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING'S, BETWEEN 1 AND 7 PM. DRIVERS IN MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY COULD EXPERIENCE DOUBLE THE TRAVEL TIME, COMPARED TO A NORMAL TRIP. THE BEST TIMES TO DRIVE, THOSE ARE OFF PEAK HOURS. SO EARLY, MORNINGS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, AND THERE IS SOMETHING ELSE TO. CONSIDER THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR GAS'S RECORD HIGH RIGHT NOW. $4.60 A GALLON. TRY USING AN APP LIKE GAS FIND FIND THE BEST PLACES TO. PHILIP JERRY. >> ALL, RIGHT THAT IS IT FOR THIS. OUR THANKS FOR JOINING, US I'M TERRY MORAN. AND THEN AND REMEMBER ABC NEWS LIVE IS AVAILABLE ON ALL YOUR STREAMING DEVICES. PLUS THE ABC NEWS APP, AND ON ABCNEWS.COM. THE NEWS WILL CONTINUE, RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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