• The father of a Uvalde massacre victim told the Independent that "assault rifles shouldn't be sold."
  • Jessie Rodriguez's 10-year-old daughter was died during the shooting at Robb Elementary. 
  • Rodriguez's daughter, Annabell, was one of 19 children who were shot and killed during the attack. 

The father of a child who was killed in the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last week said that "assault rifles shouldn't be sold," the Independent reported.

"We understand having an assault rifle for the military, not personal use," Jessie Rodriguez told the outlet. "Not to gun down our children … all the children gunned down like they were animals."

His daughter, 10-year-old Annabell, died in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary that left 19 children and two teachers dead. Annabell was described by family members as an honor roll student.

Rodriguez told the Independent that Annabell wanted to become a veterinarian and "loved music." Her cousin, Jacklyn Cazares, was also killed during the attack. 

The gunman was identified as an 18-year-old, who was fatally shot at the scene. Officials previously said that he purchased a rifle and 375 rounds of ammunition shortly after his birthday earlier this month. In the state of Texas, a person can buy a rifle at the age of 18.

"There's no justice in selling a kid an assault rifle and especially that amount of clips and bullets," Rodriguez told the Independent. "It's unbelievable."

Officials including President Joe Biden, who visited Uvalde over the weekend, called for gun control in wake of the tragedy. 

"To everyone impacted by the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas: We grieve with you," Biden tweeted Sunday. "We pray with you. We stand with you. And we're committed to turning this pain into action."

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