Rhonda Hart’s daughter Kimberly died in the Santa Fe shooting. The tragedy has inspired her to lead a life of activism.
“Nobody’s immune to gun violence, you know? Even Texas, apparently,” she stated. “I mean, it’s painfully obvious that even in a state like this it can happen anywhere, any time, to anyone. It’s not a red or a blue issue anymore, it’s just that people need to stay alive when they’re at school.”
A 17-year-old classmate opened fire in a premeditated attack where seven other students and two teachers were also killed. Both guns used were legally purchased by the gunman’s father.
Hart differs on how to bring about change from the other victims’ families.
“A lot of the family members of the Santa Fe shooting, they see it as only a City of Santa Fe problem, or like a school board problem,” she explained. “And I see it as like, this is a whole failure across the board.”
Since Kimberly’s death, Hart has been focused on national activism. She confronted Trump when he met with Santa Fe families after he described the gunman as “wacky.”
She also hopes to elect gun sense candidates to TX leadership, which are candidates who support common sense solutions to gun violence.