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jobina: love you, amy. reggie: baby, you're a firework. [laughter] tefor our viewers in the west, teacher who survived the texas school massacre tells us what happened in his classroom as we start this tuesday. fourth grade teacher arnulfo reyes shot twice, now tells his story about that horrific day for the first time. what he witnessed. the students calling 911. hearing police just outside the door. >> did you feel abandoned in that moment by police, by the people who are supposed to protect you? >> his words for law enforcement. >> i get more angry because you had a bulletproof vest. i had nothing. >> this morning the latest on the investigation. could officers face charges as congress races to reach a deal
on gun reform? where things stand right now. as the new white house press secretary karine jean-pierre joins us live for an exclusive interview. gas prices skyrocketing. and it's not just prices going up. how to spot shrinkflation. which products are getting smaller and what you can do to make sure you have the best deal. punishing putin. taking aim at the russian leader's inner circle. the u.s. putting pressure on billionaires with kremlin connections. how russia is responding this morning. great white warning. with shark sightings on the rise, how one town is now protecting swimmers as millions start flocking to the beach. ♪ highway to the danger zone ♪ trouble on top. is tom cruise's blockbuster in the danger zone? the new lawsuit aimed at the highly popular sequel. could maverick be grounded? and we certainly do say good morning, america.
it's good to be back with george and michael here at the desk. >> what a trip you've been on. >> oh, my goodness, it was something else. it is a special day because starting this morning, all day long, abc news is going to be taking a closer look at gun violence here in america. >> up first, a schoolteacher who was inside robb elementary school in uvalde, texas, is telling his story for the first time about the day that 19 children and 2 teachers lost their lives. >> he spoke to amy about what happened when the gunman entered his classroom and now, as law enforcement's response faces scrutiny, he's demanding answers and action. good morning, amy. >> michael, good morning to you. arnulfo reyes says he and his fourth grade class were enjoying end of school year celebrations when the unthinkable happened. that gunman entered his classroom and we want to warn everyone watching that what mr. reyes says, describing what those children went through as they called for help, is extremely difficult to hear.
>> i said, if i die, don't let it be in vain. >> reporter: this morning, arnulfo reyes, the fourth grade teacher in room 111 at robb elementary telling his story for the first time as he recovers in the hospital from two gunshot wounds hit during the horrific massacre that took 19 students and 2 teachers' lives. >> it was our typical morning and, you know, we ate breakfast together. it was going to be a good day because it was going to be our day of awards and some kids in my class hadn't gotten an award, you know, all year. we're going to get an award that day. >> reporter: reyes says the chldren were enjoying the end of the year celebration and while some students went home after the ceremony, 11 from his class stayed behind. they were watching a movie when all of a sudden gunfire rang out. >> the kids started asking out loud, mr. reyes, what is going on? and i said, i don't know what's
going on. but let's go ahead and get under the table, get under the table and act like you're asleep. as they were doing that and i was gathering them under the table and told them to act like they were going to sleep is about the time when i turned around and saw him standing there. >> reporter: the gunman entered classroom 112 at 11:33 a.m. and then making his way into 111 through a connecting door opening fire. reyes shot twice, a bullet hitting him in the arm and lung, and a separate one striking his back. the 17-year teaching veteran hitting the ground. >> i told myself, i told my kids to act like they're asleep so i'm going to act like i'm asleep also. and i prayed and prayed that i would not hear none of my students -- >> you thought you were going to die. >> yes, ma'am. >> reporter: then, while the gunman was still in the classroom reyes hearing police nearby, according to law
enforcement, seven officers were in the building by 11:35 a.m. they took gunfire and retreated. reyes says a child in the connecting classroom, 112, called out for help. >> one of the students from the next-door classroom was saying, officer, we're in here, we're in here. and then -- but they had already left and then he got up from behind my desk and he walked over there and he shot again. >> reporter: the gunman going back into room 112 and firing more shots. at 11:58 a.m. children from other classrooms seen evacuating the school. at 12:03 p.m. a child from room 112 calling 911 telling dispatch where she was. by this point, 19 officers were inside the building but no one went in. at 12:10, 12:13 and 12:16, more 911 calls.
>> is there anybody inside the building? he is advising he's in a room full of victims. >> reporter: parents outside begging for police to save the children. >> you know that there are kids, right? they are little kids. they don't know how to defend themselves. >> you say you were praying. do you remember what you were praying for, what you were saying in your prayers? >> i prayed the lord's prayer. i prayed my hail mary. >> reporter: reyes said he eventually heard officers come back telling the gunman they want him to come out and talk, that they don't want to hurt anybody. then silence again. more 911 calls including from reyes' classroom, but it isn't until 12:50 p.m., 1 hour and 17 minutes after the gunman entered the classroom that border patrol busts in killing the shooter. >> after that it was just bullets everywhere and then i just remember border patrol saying, get up, get up and i couldn't get up.
>> did you feel abandoned in that moment by police, by the people who are supposed to protect you? >> absolutely. after everything, i get more angry because you have a bulletproof vest. i had nothing. i had nothing. you're supposed to protect and serve. there is no excuse for their actions and i will never forgive them. i will never forgive them. >> how many students were in your classroom when the shooter came in? >> 11 students. >> so the shooter killed every single student in your classroom. >> yes, ma'am. that's when i got to thinking, you know, this family lost one. this family lost one. i lost 11 that day.
and i want to say to the parents, i'm sorry. i tried my best with what i was told to do. please don't be angry with me. >> reporter: reyes says no training could have prepared them for this. even though the school had extensive protocols he says laws have to change. >> it all happened too fast. training, no training, all kinds of training, nothing gets you ready for this. we trained our kids to sit under the table and that's what i thought at the time, but we set them up to be like ducks. you can give us all the training you want but it's -- laws have to change. that will never change unless they change the laws. >> reporter: reyes says he doesn't think he can ever return to a classroom, but he's making
it his mission to honor the lives of his students and two o. >> the only thing that i know that i will not let these children and my co-workers die in vain. absolutely. i will not -- i will go anywhere to the end of the world to not let my students die in vain. they didn't deserve this. nobody in this world deserves this kind of pain. no matter, nobody deserves this. i will go to the end of the world to make sure things get changed. >> and it was also really important for mr. reyes for all of you to know that those two teachers who lost their lives, his friends, his co-workers, eva mireles and irma garcia, he said they were awesome, amazing educators. he wants the parents of their students to know that they too
tried to do everything they could to protect him. he wants to see change and wants to see the legal age to buy a gun raised. he thinks that will go a long way. also, i just want to send out my love and thoughts and prayers to him because he's going back into surgery today. he's had multiple surgeries. he has a very long road to physical recovery, mentally. i don't know that -- >> he kept saying over and over again please let the parents know i did everything he could. he did not have a bulletproof vest. the others did. and there's so much more to the interview that we could not share because it was so -- >> there was not a dry eye in the room where we were shooting that because there's no way you can't hear what mr. reyes has to say, what he lived through and not feel and hopefully want to take some sort of action. if not now, when? we've said it so many times. >> just heartbreaking. >> if you can't hear that and want to make a change i don't
know what's wrong with you. but the horror doesn't stop for the families and doesn't stop for mr. reyes and the parents. i mean, it's just unimaginable. >> thank you for bringing that to us. >> thank you. >> i know it was hard to do. >> thank you. texas state police officials are examining the law enforcement response as part of their investigation into the shooting and the justice department will soon launch a review to determine what went wrong. let's bring in our chief justice correspondent pierre thomas there in washington. and, pierre, many people are wondering, could there possibly be charges for officers on the scene that day? good morning. >> reporter: robin, good morning. one of the things that's remarkable is that two weeks after this tragedy, the police chief has not given a full briefing about what did or did not happen. it's unheard of. the essential question is why. why did those officers not do what law enforcement has been taught to do in active shooter scenarios, engage with and fight the suspect no matter the cost? that's been the thinking since the columbine school massacre 23 years ago. as far as criminal charges, it's unclear what those charges could be.
perhaps some sort of criminal negligence depending on the facts. some say civil litigation may be a way of holding police and city officials accountable. we have word a law firm representing four families of students injured in uvalde will launch its own investigations. but until investigators can answer some of the most basic questions of who did what and why, it's difficult to say. will everybody involved tell the truth when interviewed? is anyone obstructing the investigation? those could potentially lead to criminal charges as well. everyone's job right now is to make sure all the tough questions are answered. the families in that community are owed that much at the very least. george? >> boy, they certainly are, pierre. let's see what congress is doing right now if anything on this and go to our congressional correspondent rachel scott. >> reporter: george, good morning. well, senators met late into the night. democrats do not want to let these talks drag out. they want to reach a bipartisan deal on gun reform by the end of the week. but several republicans have signaled raising the age to
purchase a semiautomatic rifle, the type of weapon that was used by the suspects in uvalde and buffalo, is likely off the table. many republicans are just against this. they believe that the age is appropriate or they say that it should be left up to the states to decide. so senators are considering ways to strengthen background checks by possibly allowing juvenile records to be screened if the gun buyer is under the age of 21. also on the table, incentives for states to enact red flag laws which would temporarily take guns away from people considered to be dangerous as well as funding for mental health and school security. congress is under immense pressure to do something. actor matthew mcconaughey was from uvalde and was up here on capitol hill pressing lawmakers about gun reform and in just a few hours, the son of the 86-year-old woman who was gunned down while grocery shopping in buffalo will be testifying before congress. george? >> okay, rachel, thanks very much. and abc news is devoting the entire day to a closer look at guns in america across all our programs. coming up in our next hour,
robin will talk to white house press secretary karine jean-pierre about this crisis. michael? >> thank you, george. we're going to turn now to inflation. with the high-stakes primaries across the country, the latest abc news/ipsos poll finds inflation is extremely or very important to 80% of voters. the price of gas is certainly waning on americans. it's at another new high this morning. alex perez is in chicago where gas saw a huge jump over the past week. good morning, alex. >> reporter: hey, good morning, michael. frustration rising along with gas prices here at this station. we're well over 5 bucks. in fact, jumping overnight 40 cents to $5.95 a gallon and increases at this point show no sign of slowing down. now, right now across the country the national average for a gallon of gas, a record high $4.91. 13 states now have an average gas price above $5 a gallon, including right here in illinois. that's more than a quarter of the country and nearly double the seven states last week.
another six states are about to hit that 5 buck threshold. the most painful week-to-week increase right here in the midwest, michigan, illinois and indiana, all seeing increases of more than 45 cents a gallon in just the last week. the sky-high prices fresh on the minds of many americans as we prepare for midterm elections later this year. those up for re-election may have to face the wrath of their constituents. average household will spend an additional $450 on gas this year than last year. george? >> it hits so close to home for so many. alex, thanks very much. we're going to get the latest now on the war in ukraine. the u.s. is pressuring billionaires with kremlin connections and now targeting the planes of a russian oligarch as street battles rage in key eastern city. foreign correspondent james longman is on the scene in ukraine. good morning, james. >> reporter: yeah, good morning, george. ukraine is holding on in the east, even though russia has made some important territorial gains.
but overnight, ukraine says it's launched a successful counterattack in a key strategic city there. this is as the u.s. continues to pile on the financial pressure on vladimir putin and his allies. tightening its grip on vladimir putin's inner circle. federal prosecutors are moving to seize these two planes they say are owned by russian oligarch roman abramovich who allegedly moved them to moscow in march violating sanctions put in place by the u.s. in response to the american sanctions, russia is issuing travel bans to 61 u.s. citizens including high-ranking government officials and top business leaders. ruialoade oforts walkoutt u.n. security ow aas unhappy of being accused of weaponizing global food supplies. >> you may leave the room. maybe it's easier not to listen to the truth, ambassador. >> reporter: in the east, ukrainian forces are still locked in a grueling effort to fend off russia's onslaught. putin's forces have taken huge swaths of territory, but in severodonetsk the ukrainians say they have mounted a successful counteroffensive and pushed back the russians to the eastern part
of the city. but the secretary of the national security council has told abc news that it will be difficult for ukraine to win this war without speeding up the supply of modern weapons. the country is ready for long-term resistance, he says, because we're fighting for our freedom. new long-range weaponry from the u.s. and now the united kingdom to ukraine is intended to defend against this, russia's relentless bombardment of residential areas. russian state television is reporting the death of yet another russian general. he could be the fourth russian general killed since this invasion began. robin? >> all right, james, thank you. now to the vigil in support of wnba star brittney griner jailed in russia for more than 100 days now. leaders and members of the community in her hometown of houston coming out to support griner last night. whwas eefromiswn ptivity in rus th p reed said every day that you're in prison there is like you're
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>> reporter: but this morning, a major lawsuit slamming paramount pictures. the son and widow of the author of the magazine article which inspired the original 1986 "top gun" claiming paramount failed to acquire the rights to the article about an elite navy fighter squadron before releasing what they call the derivative sequel. according to court documents paramount bought the exclusive motion picture rights to it just after it was published in 1983 and credited the author in the 1986 film. but that copyright expired in 2020, which the suit claims was well before the second film was completed. paramount fighting back over the charges telling abc news, these claims are without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously. the civil lawsuit now demanding a jury trial seeking an unspecified amount in damages and an injunction to stop distribution of "maverick" and any future movies in the franchise. 36 years after tom cruise's
first high-flying adventure captivated fans -- >> i feel the need, the need for speed. >> reporter: -- the bona fide hit sequel already raking in more than $500 million and counting at the global box office, a big boon to theaters and paramount. >> it's actually pretty unprecedented how well this movie is doing. this is definitely at least theatrically paramount's giant play for the year. it's a movie that could be tom cruise's first billion-dollar movie worldwide. >> reporter: and with all of "top gun: maverick's" success so many fans are buzzing with excitement in hopes for a third installment. producers have said there is nothing immediately in the works but hope to ride this wave. that was the feeling at least until this lawsuit threatened to ground that effort. guys? >> we hope it isn't grounded. kaylee, thank you. let's bring in abc news chief
legal analyst, dan abrams, to discuss this lawsuit. dan, what's at the heart of this case against paramount? >> basically they're saying there's this law in place that after 35 years, the rights revert back to in this case the authors of the magazine article and their heirs. they're saying that that 35-year period has now expired. that the film was specifically a derivative work of that magazine article, that the rights have come back to them and that no one followed up with them to try to renew those rights for the second film. >> so what's paramount's defense? >> there are a lot of defenses here. first of all, they're saying that the first movie wasn't actually even a derivative, we think they're going to argue, of the actual article. furthermore they'll say even if it was, the second movie certainly wasn't a derivative of that original article. remember, facts aren't copyrightable. and the other thing they're likely going to argue is that they finished substantially completed the movie within the 35-year period. rmember, there were a lot of
delays in the film and they're going to say we substantially completed the film before the rights reverted back. >> so which side has the better argument? >> you know, look, it's always going to be tough when you're the plaintiff in a case like this. they have some serious legal firepower behind them here. this is not a frivolous argument but it's also not going to be an easy argument to win in particular because paramount has so many different arguments they can make. if they win any one of them, they win the case. so they can just say, okay, you don't accept that argument, you don't accept that argument, but if you accept the third one we still win. >> they did buy the original rights, correct? >> again, whether they -- they paid for it, whether it was actually for the rights to use it in the film is a question, right, because the credit in the original film was as suggested by. >> not inspired by? >> and as we know the language as to credits can be very, very so thas y ngthis ese kinds of f. is complicated. there are a lot of different layers to the defense's argument
and we haven't seen the response. >> usually these cases end in a settlement, but, you know, this is something that's happening in hollywood a lot now. this is important stuff to hollywood about this 35-year -- a lot of people are suing major hollywood studios saying, look, these are our rights now. remember that old thing you produced, 35 years are gone, you guys never renewed it with us. you can't make another new one. it's a huge issue in hollywood, so i wouldn't immediately say it will definitely settle. >> a lot of people will be watching. >> absolutely. >> all right, dan, thank you. now to inflation at a four-decade high. consumerworld.org released a new report on how some companies are avoiding sticker shock, reducing the amount of product in the package while keeping the price the same. chief business correspondent rebecca jarvis all over this breaking it down. shrinkflation is what we're calling it, rebecca? >> yes, it is, robin. it is great to see you and good morning. experts are warning it's starting to show up in more places. for example, some of you watching right now may be enjoying a bowl of cereal.
consumer world finds that honey bunches of oats now has 17% less in a package. their 14 1/2-ounce boxes are down to 12 ounces and anyone sipping coffee right now, consumer world reports folgers has reduced their canister by 7 1/2 ounces bringing the amount down to 43 1/2 ounces from 51 ounces. so is that shrinkflation? well, folgers says not so fast. in a statement the company says this is due to a new roasting technology that makes the most out of every bean, resulting in lighter-weight coffee grounds saying, quote, the total weight of our coffee products will be reduced but the amount of coffee you receive by way of total servings will remain the exact same. and finally, you should also keep an eye on household goods like toilet paper. consumer world says angel soft toilet paper has reduced the number of sheets per roll, going from 425 sheets per roll to 320. we reached out to both post and
angel soft for a comment, did not hear back. and these are just a few examples, robin, but this is happening with a lot of brands right now. >> honey bunches of oats? that's my go to. that's my jam. i'm going to look at that box. >> you're worried about that. i'm worried about counting sheets. >> rebecca, what exactly do consumers need to -- i just heard what you said. [ laughter ] >> yes. >> -- pay attention to? >> you don't have to go through and count every single sheet of toilet paper. savvy shoppers know that you can look at the net weight and you can look at the unit price. that's typically the amount in parentheses next to the sticker price, how much you're paying per ounce or pound listed online and in stores.psticker price ca be on sale, but you may be purchasing more per unit. if you're in a position to purchase the family size they are usually have more units at a lower price. michael, you don't have to do the math on every single sheet. >> i mean, i'm happy to give you guys a loan. [ laughter ]
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you take a look at our drone and officials in beach towns need to stay vigilant as sharks get attracted to that warmer water. millions are planning to hit the beach, but lurking beneath the water's surface in the warmer months are other visitors drawn toward the coastline, sharks. this long island town is already on the lookout, hempstead officials launching a shark patrol. lifeguards on jet skis helping to keep beachgoers safe. >> we invested in a crew that will now hit the waters, go on the shoreline, up and down this area of the coast, and see if they can spot any sharks in the region. >> reporter: hempstead taking these steps after this ten-foot mako shark was found thrashing on the beach. >> it's a little scary because we're here every weekend and we do go in the water. so to see something like that is scary. >> reporter: this shows a bird's-eye view of shark infested waters off the coast of florida and recently onlookers off nantucket filmed one of their first great white
sightings of the season. look here at the great white feeding on a seal just offshore. horrified onlookers capturing the scene from a nearby boat. >> i would say over the last decade we have seen an increase in the number of white sharks coming to cape cod. the number fluctuates from year to year. we don't have exact numbers, but they're shifting their distribution in response to a growing seal population which they feed on. >> reporter: meanwhile, another great white spotted saturday. this time near the new jersey coast. >> look at this monster. get him. >> reporter: this shark estimated to be 12 feet long. >> oh, my god. >> reporter: swimming less than a mile off the south jersey shore. experts say sharks are appearing right on cue. >> memorial day weekend is a time when sharks begin to trickle in and that's when this video was shot. >> reporter: in addition to deploying humans on jet skis like the town of hempstead technology is also a tool that can be used to keep people safe from and aware of sharks.
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good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. good morning, america. it's 8:00 a.m. uvalde, texas, fourth grade teacher arnulfo reyes tells us what happened inside his classroom for the first time. what he witnessed, his students calling 911, hearing police just outside the door. >> did you feel abandoned in that moment by police, by the people who are supposed to protect you? >> his words for law enforcement and his mission to honor the victims. >> i will go anywhere, to the end of the world to not let my students die in vain. >> with gun violence in the u.s. on the rise, young survivors of these mass shootings, the long-term trauma that develops in the aftermath and how kids grapple with the effects. medical breakthrough. the breast cancer treatment that can help some patients live longer.
dr. ashton is going to break it down. an abc news exclusive, new white house press secretary karine jean-pierre joins us live on the challenges facing president biden, from gun safety to inflation to abortion rights and making history in a new role. ♪ let the good times roll ♪ plus, we're heading to the ranch with stars of "yellowstone." oscar winner kevin costner and kelly reilly. what is the secret to the hit show's success? ♪ no tears left to cry ♪ "scream" queen moves on. >> what do you want? >> i want you. it's showtime. >> why neve campbell is not coming back to the popular franchise and fighting for what she deserves. as we say, good morning, america. good morning, america. starting this morning, all day long abc news is going to be taking a closer look at gun
violence in america. >> that's why we want to take a live look now at the new national gun violence memorial in washington, d.c. the public memorial features more than 45,000 vases with flowers representing the american lives lost each year to gun violence. >> one of those recent shootings, of course, two weeks ago at robb elementary in uvalde, texas. we begin right now with the heart breaking interview of the fourth grade teacher who survived the massacre trying to protect his students. he spoke to amy. good morning, again, amy. >> good morning, george. arnulfo reyes told me it happened too fast. no training, he said, nothing gets you ready for this and we want to warn our viewers that what he has to say as he describes what his children went through as they were calling for help, it's extremely difficult to hear. >> i said if i die, don't let it be in vain. >> reporter: this morning arnulfo reyes, the fourth grade teacher in room 111 at robb
elementary school telling his story for the first time as he recovers in the hospital. >> it was our typical morning and, you know, we ate breakfast together. >> reporter: reyes said may 24th started like any other day, except the students were celebrating. >> it was going to be a good day because it was going to be our day of awards. >> reporter: while some students went home after the ceremony 11 from his class stayed behind. they were watching a movie, when all of a sudden gunfire rang out. >> the kids started asking out loud, mr. reyes, what is going on, and i said, i don't know what's going on, but let's go ahead and get under the table, get under the table and act like you're asleep. as they were doing that and i was gathering them under the table and told them to act like they were going to sleep is about the time when i turned around and saw him standing there.
>> reporter: reyes shot twice, a bullet hitting him in the arm and lung and a separate one striking his back. the 17-year teaching veteran hitting the ground. >> i told myself, i told my kids to act like they're asleep so i'm going to act like i'm asleep also. >> reporter: while the horror was unfolding parents outside begging for police to save their children. >> you know they're kids, right? they are little kids. they don't know how to defend themselves. >> did you feel abandoned in that moment by police, by the people that are supposed to protect you? >> absolutely. after everything, i get more angry because you have a bulletproof vest. i had nothing. i had nothing. >> reporter: none of reyes' 11 students survived the shooting. he also lost two of his co-workers and friends, but he's making it his mission to honor the lives lost. >> the only thing that i know that i will not let these
children and my co-workers die in vain. >> you know, mr. reyes was conducting that interview with me from his hospital bed. he's back in surgery today. he's already had multiple surgeries. but the emotional pain is neve going to leave him and he talks about how he desperately wants the parents of the children who were in his classroom to know he did everything he could. he did everything that was in hs power and still felt so helpless in those moments and they were long moments. you're talking -- >> 77 minutes. >> exactly and he said it felt like an eternity waiting for the police to help. >> i thought it was telling saying no amount of training can help you in that kind of situation. >> yeah. >> that's not the issue. >> that's right, george. right about that. thank you, again, amy. really appreciate that. we turn now to inflation. the price of gas is weighing on americans. it's at yet another new record high this morning. let's go back to alex perez in chicago. good morning, again, alex.
>> reporter: hey, good morning, once again, michael. prices right here at this gas station jumping a whopping 40 cents overnight to $5.95 a gallon. the pain at the pump is being felt across the country. the national average right now, a record high $4.91 a gallon, 13 states now with average gas prices above $5. michigan, illinois and indiana seeing the biggest week-to-week increases jumping 45 cents in just the last week. now, at this rate, the average household will spend $450 more this year on gas than last year. guys? coming up in our "gma morning menu," new white house press secretary karine jean-pierre joins us live to talk about the president's plans for gun control, inflation and abortion rights and her breaking barriers in her new role. also this morning, as young survivors of school shootings share their experiences of life after trauma. how it changed them forever.
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especially today because with gun violence rising to the top of the nation's agenda, so much pressure is on the administration to take action. that's why all abc news platforms today, we're taking on the issue of guns in america. so if i could ask you about how you began this job, extraordinarily tragic circumstances, the day after you took over, the mass shooting in buffalo, then uvalde. president biden is calling for action but there's been no major federal gun control in nearly 30 years so what is the president doing to change that? what can he do? >> well, robin, first of all, thank you so much for having me on and it has been a tragic three weeks with uvalde and then buffalo and i traveled -- i traveled with the president to buffalo to talk to the grieving families of the ten who were doing what many of us do on the weekends, go to the grocery store and sadly their lives were
taken by this public health epidemic we're seeing of gun violence. then we traveled sadly to less than two weeks later to uvalde and there meeting the -- the president meeting the parents and grieving with them and their families. and i was there when they cried out to the president to do something, to take action, and, you know, i had time with the president afterwards and he is just as committed as he was when he was a senator. he talked about 30 years ago, there was the assault ban weapon in 1994 that expired ten years later that the president led on when he was then senator. as vice president he played a role with dealing with gun violence when he was in office with president obama and now as president himself, he has taken on or he has signed most executive actions than any other president at this time in their
term and so this is a priority for him. this is a very serious issue for this president, but right now we're watching what congress is doing, because we can't do this alone. he cannot do this alone and we're very encouraged. he's very encouraged with what the senate is trying to do, the bipartisan negotiations that we're seeing now because we haven't seen to your point, robin, we haven't seen real legislation really move forward in 30 years. so this is significant. this moment is significant and so we want to see the congress continue to move forward. >> is he personally, personally lobbying these politicians, these congressmen? >> so i'll say this, the president has been very clear, you know, he made his speech on thursday. he spoke directly to the american public, continued to lay out the importance of dealing with gun violence, how this is destroying schools, clearly and communities and how we have to act now and we cannot wait any longer. but he wants to give the senate and congress on the hill some space to have that conversation.
it sounds like as you know, senator chris murphy and others have been leading this effort. it sounds very promising. we are encouraged by it. our staff, our office of leg affairs have had direct communications with negotiators on the hill since uvalde and have spoken to them dozens of times and so that is how we have been really dealing with this, making sure that we can do whatever it is that we can do at our end and getting updates from them as well. >> we will move on -- thank you for that -- inflation. according to our latest abc news poll, 80% of americans say that inflation is an extremely or very important factor in how they are going to vote and just 28% approve of president biden's handling of inflation. so what does the administration have to do? i don't have to tell you a lot of people, a lot of people struggling to make ends meet.
>> yeah, we understand that, especially when it comes to food and gas prices, the president understands this. he grew up in a family when prices went up just a little bit, how much it impacted their lives. what we're dealing with right now, robin, is global challenges. we have -- we're in a pandemic which actually caused some issues clearly as we talk about the supply chain. when the president walked into this office, the economy was in a crisis and he moved forward, put a plan forward. the american rescue plan that democrats, only democrats, voted for and it's put us in a place where we are in a stronger economic position to deal with inflation, to go into this transition period where we can jobs numbers that ca understd, a feel gng, ul coinue laying t he did an op-ed last week laying out the three, four things he's planning to do giving the federal reserve some space, some independence because they have the most -- they have the most
impactful tools, if you will to, really deal with inflation. and he's done some other things as we talk about gas prices, i know you all were talking about the increase of gas prices, he's done a couple of things like make sure the historical release of the strategic petroleum reserve, a million barrels a month for six months, that is a big, big deal to be able to do. the homegrown biofields, e-15 that will help families in the midwest. we understand there's more work to be done but we're continuing to take steps and are encouraged because of where we are economically. we're going to do everything we can to attack inflation. >> the other big issue, abortion rights. seems possible the supreme court will overturn roe versus wade so what can the president offer if it's all going to be in the hands of the individual states? >> yeah, look, what we're seeing leslation t individual ese states as you ju called them out at every turn
that we see something that has popped up that is signed into law. so the president and the vice president are committed to continuing to fight for people's -- for americans' constitutional rights as it is afforded to them with roe v. wade. this is something that all americans feel is extreme when yu look at the polling. americans feel like what they're seeing across the country, how the attack on the women's right to choose and the woman's right to decide how to build their family and they disagree with these extreme legislations. so the president has continued to tap into his -- the different agencies like hhs to make hour that we fortify title x and we're going to continue to talk to groups and figure out what else we can do. but really, we have to get congress to act on this so we
can codify roe v. wade and, you know, this is something that we're continuing to talk about, again, talk against and make sure our voices are out there and folks know that the president has their support for americans. >> can we talk about you as a trail blazer, the first black, the first immigrant, the first openly gay person to hold the job of white house press secretary. what does that representation mean to you? i know when i see your parents they're beaming, their young daughter. what does representation mean to you? >> you know, robin, it means so much. it means so much because what i hope and what i didn't have when i was growing up is that any young girl or young boy when they look up they see me, that they know they can dream big and even dream bigger and how important it is to have that representation. and the reason that i'm here is because we have a president who believes and understands what it means to have representation and understands that representation does, indeed, matter. we have an administration that is historically diverse. that is because of the leadership of this president. you know, i think about my
daughter, i think about her friends and i hope that when she sees me on tv, she thinks to herself, i can do this and i can do more when i'm older. and so it matters so much. the last thing i do want to say is i'm here because i am standing on so many shoulders. i'm standing here on people who have really sacrificed so much and i'm learning from their brilliance. i'm learning from their sacrifices because i would not be standing here, i would not be at that podium being a spokesperson for the president of the united states which is truly an honor and a privilege without the people who came before me. >> very kind of you to say. well, karine, thank you so much. i know you have busy, busy days and means a lot you spent time with us this morning. all the best to you. >> thank you, robin. i appreciate it. >> george. >> just the beginning of her day right now. thank you, robin. we'll go to more on our examination of guns in america. lara is here with a look at how the children survivors of mass shootings live with the trauma
and learn to move forward. lara, you and i were on the seen nearly ten years ago at sandy hook. >> that's right, george. the aftermath of a mass sh shooting, the attention is understandable, mostly focussed on the physical injuries suffered in such a traumatic attack. there is also psychological trauma that comes with witnessing an event like this. that will stay with survivors forever. this morning, the world is still reeling after that fatal elementary school shooting in uvalde, texas, which left 19 young students and 2 teachers killed. according to "the washington post" since the columbine massacre in 1999, at least 185 children, teachers and others have been killed and 369 injured in school shootings. and more than 300,000 children in more than 330 schools have been exposed to gun violence during school hours. >> i open my phone and open twitter or instagram and the first thing i see is a shooting here, a shooting here. it's just like every single day.
>> reporter: alayah eastman was 16 when gunshots filled the halls of marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, florida where 14 students and 3 staff members were murdered. >> we were the third classroom shot into from the perpetrator. six of my classmates were shot and two died in my class. >> in 2019, november, i was shot in a school shooting. >> reporter: mia tretta was just 15 years old in 2019 when a gunman charged her school in santa clarita, california, killing two classmates and wounding three others. her best friend dying next to her during the attack. >> every time i see another shooting happen, it just brings it all back. >> reporter: mia and alayah are just two of the lives changed forever in the blink of an eye. >> every time you walk into a crowded area you'll still feel it. you can still do your best to get a little better. even if it's just a tiny bit each day.
>> reporter: melissa brymor is a doctor who specializes in childhood traumatic stress and acted as the head adviser to the newtown public school's recovery program following the massacre at sandy hook elementary in newtown, connecticut, back in 2012. she says the healing process is different for everyone. >> there are proper trauma-approved treatments that can help kids with trauma reactions and grief reactions. we also know that these events change kids. we really do want to foster their strengths as they go through this journey of healing. >> mia dedicated her life to activism long ago. she wanted to be a trauma surgeon before the school shooting. now, though, she's switching to politics so she can help pass meaningful gun safety legislation. george? >> good luck to her. >> yep. >> thank you, lara. let's go to ginger. >> thank you, george. you know, texas heat is making
history again. san antonio should go well over 100 today and it's been 74 years since they've had three plus days of 100 plus this early in the season. the heat is on through the end of the week. let's get a check a little drew: i am here with your accuweather forecast, warm sunshine, 68 in the city today, 73 in oakland, 81 that josé, 86 in santa rosa. not excessively hot today. overnight, partly cloudy. generally in the 50's. seven-day forecast, comfortable today and tomorrow. then temperatures take off the hottest day is friday, with a heat risk. start the week and warm, calling off f f f f f f now to neve campbell making headlines announcing she will not be returning for any future "scream" movies after a pay dispute led to what she's calling a very difficult decision. zohreen shah has the details. >> hello. >> hello, sidney. remember me?
>> reporter: this morning, one of the biggest stars of the "scream" movies killing off hopes of her return for the sixth installment over a pay dispute. >> what do you want? >> i want you. it's showtime. >> reporter: actress neve campbell telling "variety" magazine as a woman, i have had to work extremely hard in my career to establish my value, especially when it comes to "scream." i felt the offer that was presented to me did not equate to the value i have brought to the franchise. campbell has appeared in all five previous films and that franchise has exploded at the box office. according to "variety," the latest "scream" grossed 140 million worldwide earlier this year and costs just 25 million to make. >> we forgot the first rule. >> reporter: campbell and jamie lee curtis talked about slashing the gender pay gap in 2020 for "variety."
>> i didn't legitimately make some money from horror movies until much, much, much later. what about you? >> i didn't make a huge amount. on three i did all right but no back end. i have not had a piece of the pie, per se. >> reporter: we reached out to the producer and studio for a statement. we have not received a response yet. but campbell joins a long list of women to leave a project or speak out over a pay dispute. one of the most infamous examples, michelle williams revealing she made less than a thousand dollars compared to the $1.5 million salary of co-star mark wahlberg for reshoots of the movie, "all the money in the world." michael? >> makes you shake your head, zohreen. good for them for standing up for themselves. the stars of "kim possible" together again. we'll be right back with that. k.
checking with jobina and k. traffic. jobina: new sink other in richmond on westbound580 before harbor freeway. feeds around nine mph before the san rafael bridge. second alert in san francisco. westbound lanes of 80 have finally reopened. eastbound lanes of 80 still closed. kumasi: drew: temperatures warmig
coastline. kumasi: another update in about 30 minutes. you can always find the latest ♪ kim possible ♪ oh, that brings me back. my girls were 6 and 8 when that was playing. so many of our viewers love "kim possible." >> this morning we're going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the animated series with the voices of "kim possible," christy carlson romano and will friedle. good morning. i can't believe you're going to see my neighbor later. >> yes, we're going to see your neighbor. >> i knew you had some kind of connection. >> yes, we have a connection. >> but we digress. [ laughter ] >> we share a neighbor. >> what comes to mind when you
hear the theme song and see the reaction from folks? >> that first, doo, doo, doo, everybody, every age whether a parent when their kids were watching it or they're grown up now, it's an iconic moment. it really is. >> i think somebody was texting you. everybody has that as their text ring. you would hear it in an airport and be like what is going on? >> because it says, call me, beep me. when is the last time you got beeped? >> it's been a while. [ laughter ] >> 20 years. >> battery low, battery low, i had no fr