UVA student knows what its like to be affected by two mass shootings
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- "In my hometown on the Fourth of July, last summer actually, we had a gunman come into our town's parade," said Katie Boron, a first-year at the University of Virginia.
She has been personally affected by two mass shootings: the one on Grounds in November and the one in Highland Park, Illinois in July where a gunman opened fire at a parade.
"Overall it was a very scarring experience," she said.
Boron isn't the only one who has experienced multiple mass shootings. In Nashville on Monday, Ashbey Beasley took over the microphone after a press briefing about the latest mass shooting where a female shooter opened fire at an elementary school, killing three nine-year-olds and three adults.
"Aren't you guys tired of covering this? Aren't you guys tired of being here and having to cover all of these mass shootings," she asked a group of reporters. "How is this still happening?"
Like Boron, Beasley says she's been near the site of two separate mass shootings.
"I'm from Highland Park, Illinois. My son and I survived a mass shooting over the summer. I am in Tennessee on a family vacation with my son," said Beasley.
Beasley was at the same parade as Boron.
"No kid should ever know how to react in a mass shooting," said Boron.
Now, both are using their personal stories to call for change.
"I have been lobbying in D.C. since we survived a mass shooting in July. I have met with over 130 lawmakers," said Beasley.
"Even after that, everyone said, 'let's fight for change.' Now, months later we see change never came," said Boron.
This attack marks the 89th shooting on K-12 school grounds in 2023. The Gun Violence Archive, which defines a mass shooting as an event during which at least four people are injured, says there have been 129 mass shootings in the United States so far this year.