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[ cheers and applause ] >> announcer: this is "nightline." tonight, damning details. >> your schools, they suck. they're not secure. >> the community of uvalde still pressing for accountability after a blistering 77-page report outlined systemic failures. and new body camera footage showing law enforcement's chaotic response to the shooting. plus, gabby giffords. ♪ and i won't back down ♪ she won't back down. her resilience and remarkable recovery. >> gabby, are you frustrated? >> chronicled in a new documentary from the oscar-nominated filmmakers behind "rbg" and "julia." >> gabby's story along with her husband, now senator mark kelly,
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really is a comeback story. >> and her call to action on guns. >> progress is possible. a better world is possible. and jen and ben. the marriage 20 years in the making. >> are you excited? >> j. lo sharing in her newsletter video of her new husband's look on their wedding day. >> and this was my wedding changing area. >> the star explaining why her relationship with ben affleck is even better the second time around. >> announcer: "nightline" will be right back.
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good evening. thank you for joining us. that scathing report laid bare all that went wrong that horrific day at robb elementary school in uvalde, texas. nearly two months ago when a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers. parents and other members of this tight-knit community speaking out venting their anger and frustration at a packed school board meeting tonight. here's abc's mireya villarreal. >> your schools, they suck, they're not secure. and we're not sending our kids back. >> reporter: tonight in uvalde frustrated members of the community publicly confronting the school board, demanding changes to make sure a massacre like this never happens again.
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>> i lost a loved one right here. my only granddaughter. i can hold myself together now because i've done my crying. now it's time to do my fighting. this isn't the end. this is just the beginning of a war that you guys created for our children. >> reporter: tonight the blistering new report and the body camera images that back it up. that report revealing systemic failures in law enforcement's response. nearly 400 officers were on site the day 19 children and two teachers were murdered by an 18-year-old gunman. 11:33 a.m. the shooter, who attended fourth grade at robb elementary, walks inside, focusing on his old classroom, rom 111. easily opening the door because the lock had been broken for months. during the first 2 1/2 minutes he fires over 100 rounds before any first responder even enters the building. >> oh, [ muted ]! shots fired! get inside! go, go, go!
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>> reporter: 11:35, three officers enter the school. two later pulling back after being grazed by bullets. [ gunshots ] >> am i bleeding? am i bleeding? >> reporter: at 11:38 a.m., just five minutes after the shooter first walked in, a sergeant walks outside and tries to rally other officers. >> we need to get in there. he keeps shooting. we've got to get in there. >> reporter: he then relays information that later turned out to be wrong. >> he's on -- inside this building. we have him contained. >> reporter: but the suspect was inside room 111 and 112 and still shooting. the report says alongside local officers there were 149 border patrol agents, 91 dps troopers, and 27 members of the u.s. marshals and dhs responding to the scene. still, the committee points out a command post was never set up, leading to a breakdown in communication between the officers on every level. the report stating they failed
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to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety. school district police chief pete arredondo testifying that they prioritized getting children evacuated over approaching the attacker. "my thought was we're a barrier, get these kids out." arredondo acknowledging their delay nearly an hour into the attack. 77 minutes after making his way inside, border patrol agents breached the classroom, killing the gun marn at 12:52 p.m. committee members also pointing out wi-fi issues and unlocked or broken doors contributed to the breakdown in safety measures at the school. uvalde's mayor saying he's working to get the report translated into spanish and announcing the city is launching their own internal investigation into the police department. >> our thanks to mireya. 11 years ago a bullet to the head nearly ended the life of then congresswoman gabby giffords.
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she emerged after a grueling and painful recovery as a powerful voice for gun reform. her journey and ongoing fight chronicled in a new documentary hitting theaters in the midst of the nation's gun violence epidemic. here's our "nightline" co-anchor juju chang. >> reporter: gabby giffords' mere presence tends to bring people to their feet. the resilience she embodies always on full display. her indomitable optimism bringing smiles to this sold-out crowd. ♪ happy birthday ♪ here to watch her life story on the big screen. >> no way, jose. [ applause ] i don't back down. >> reporter: that's right. like tom petty's 1989 anthem. ♪ any d i won't back down ♪ ♪ hey ♪ ♪ mama ♪ >> reporter: tonight is her night to sing. ♪ stand my ground ♪ ♪ and i won't back down ♪ >> reporter: and celebrate at a special screening in d.c. of the
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aptly titled new documentary "gabby giffords: won't back down." >> my own recovery has taken years. many, many people have helped me along the way, and i learned so much. i learned when people care for each other and work together progress is possible. a better world is possible. >> reporter: the event taking place on the same day president biden celebrated the passage of a bipartisan gun law. >> there's no way we'd be celebrating the passage of the most significant piece of gun violence legislation in 30 years without what gabby has done over the last 10 years. >> reporter: friends and former colleagues from congress there to support giffords. >> this is a culmination of her triumph. >> it's pretty exhilarating to have all of these washingtonians turn out for gabby giffords. >> you know, it felt like a lot of love in this room. >> reporter: betsy west and julie cohen are the dynamic directing duo behind the
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documentary. >> all right, ready? >> reporter: chronicling giffords' remarkable recovery after being shot in the head. and yet her unrelenting fight against gun violence showing she won't back down. >> grateful to survive. i'm alive. >> reporter: this film comes as the nation grapples with the epidemic of guns. from buffalo to uvalde to highland park. the latest mass shooting to capture the nation's attention? a mall in indiana just last night. >> in what way might your film be a call to action? >> i think people could be motivated by the film in all kinds of ways. certainly for those who are pushing for further reforms in our gun laws. also, though, the gabby giffords story is motivating in like just this deeply, deeply personal way. along with her husband, now senator mark kelly, really is a comeback story. >> hello, my fellow arizonans!
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>> gabby approaches her life with so much optimism and so much humor. >> reporter: she was an arizona congresswoman, a rising young star in the democratic party. >> the first amendment. congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion -- >> congresswoman giffords is still alive after being shot in the head. >> reporter: but everything changed on the morning of january 8th, 2011. the 40-year-old congresswoman holding a meet and greet event. >> shot while holding an event outside a supermarket in tucson. >> reporter: a lone gunman with a history of mental illness opens fire, killing six people and injuring 13, including giffords. >> some of the stuff is going to seem kind of silly, gabby. >> reporter: giffords' husband showing rarely seen intimate video diaries of the harrowing early days of her recovery. >> is that hard, gabby? is that hard for you to do? look at that. >> first of all, he was confident she was going to come back. >> amazing. >> and when she does, she's actually going to want to see what this journey was like.
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> reporter: one of the milestones in that journey? a hospital visit from then president obama and the first lady. >> when we heard that gabby had been shot, we were heartbroken and scared. i already knew gabby well, knew mark. >> it's really unlike any footage you are used to seeing of public officials. it's such a deeply human moment. >> a few minutes after we left her room and some of her colleagues from congress were in the room, gabby opened her eyes for the first time. [ cheers and applause ] gabby opens her eyes for the first time. >> it was just the beginnng of gabby's slow comeback. >> reporter: a comeback made with dogged determination. >> baseball. >> hack. >> is it a hack? >> yes. >> or a hat? >> yes. >> try it again.
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>> reporter: giffords suffers from aphasia, which impacts her ability to speak. >> gabby, are you frustrated? can i tell you something? it is going to get better. okay? it's frustrating right now, but it is going to get better. >> for many people with aphasia, gabby included, music is really kind of a pathway back to language. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ ♪ happy birthday dear ♪ >> speaking is a struggle for gabby giffords. and she works very hard at it. i mean, she's a gritty person. >> a former member of congress -- >> reporter: giffords showed that grit two years into her recovery giving an impassioned speech to congress after the sandy hook shooting that left 20 children dead. >> violence is a big problem. too many children are dying.
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too many children. we must do something. >> reporter: after newtown she launched giffords, a non-profit group pushing to raise the dgun buying age to 21, passing red flag laws and universal background checks. >> she is someone who has connections with republicans, has reached across the aisle, and she realized, hey, i'm a gun owner, i'm not against guns, i'm just against gun violence. >> reporter: giffords has continued to use her voice in a way only she can. speaking out as the nation mourns those lost. >> stopping gun violence takes courage. >> reporter: in mass shooting after mass shooting. >> fight, fight, fight! >> reporter: by her side through it all, the astronaut, mark kelly. >> she laughs at my jokes even when they're bad. >> they're funny. they're funny, funny. >> the story of gabby giffords and mark kelly is definitely a
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feminist rom-com. mark kelly stepped up to be gabby's caregiver. and he eventually quit his job as an astronaut and as a navy captain and dedicated himself to helping gabby come back. >> my partner, my rock, mark kelly. >> and then the tables turn again. and there's mark deciding he's going to go into politics. and gabby is encouraging him. >> all right, gabby, what are we doing here today? >> speeches. >> i'm practicing -- >> making speeches. >> reporter: giffords using her political prowess to prep her partner as he began his political career. >> it's a long to-do list, but i'm used to those -- >> oh, posture. straight ahead. >> reporter: offering advice in a way only a wife can. >> slow down. >> gabby is one of the most courageous people i have ever known. >> reporter: giffords' extraordinary public service recently being recognized with the nation's highest civilian
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honor. >> because of her lives will be saved and america will be safer. [ applause ] >> reporter: a presidential medal of freedom. >> change doesn't happen overnight, and we can't do it alone. join me. let's move ahead together. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> our thanks to juju. "gabby giffords: won't back down" is in theaters now. up next, jen and ben tie the knot. why love may truly be better the second time around for this couple. when moderate to severe ulcerative colitis persists... put it in check with rinvoq, a once-daily pill. when uc got unpredictable,... i got rapid symptom relief with rinvoq. check. e .. i got rapid symptom relief with rinvoq. i got lasting, steroid-free remission with rinvoq. check.
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jennifer lopez and ben affleck are finally married. the power couple writing a new chapter in their love story. abc's deborah roberts explains why their wedding was a small and mostly private production. >> reporter: over the weekend, nearly 20 years since the start of their first whirlwind romance, bennifer is trying forever once again. lopez sharing the stunning news with her fans on sunday that she and actor-director ben affleck tied the knot, offering details via her online newsletter "on the j. lo." writing "we did it. love is beautiful. love is kind. and it turns out love is patient. 20 years patient." it was a classic vegas wed nag tiny chapel.
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lopez revealing "we bare ly mad it to the little white wedding chapel by mid-nieft. they graciously waited a few minutes past midnight." telling how they waited with other couples. >> and this was my wedding changing area. >> reporter: the bride wearing a dress from an old movie. the groom wearing a jacket from his closet. lopez gushing that it was the best possible wedding we could have imagined. "one we dreamed of long ago." >> these guys realized that they just wanted to be married and low-key was the way to go. >> reporter: the low-profile las vegas wedding a far cry from the a-list life both superstars are accustomed to. >> you've got a lot of paparazzi wandering around the 110 degree streets of vegas on a saturday afternoon. these two though they're kind of divas and movie stars they're mddle class kids, he's from cambridge, massachusetts she's from the bronx. there's something about vegas that's a continuum and that's more like what they're really like as opposed to the wedding they wanted to have 20 years ago which you know, never happened.
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>> reporter: lopez sharing photos, including this one with the hashtag for if you know you know. the surprise nuptials coming just three months after the singer announced their engagement. >> i'm engaged! >> reporter: the hollywood duo became one of the hottest couples back in 2002 after lopez and actress and pop icon and affleck met on the set of the box office blunder "gigli." >> i'm sorry. do we know each other? >> not yet. >> reporter: lopez telling "people" magazine about it years later. >> we didn't try to have a public relationship. and we were kind of the hot couple at the time. and we may have played into that at the beginning because it was fun. and then it was not fun. then it was like destroying us. but i will say that there was a genuine love there. >> reporter: their lives moved on. affleck later marrying and making a family with actress jennifer garner. and lopez settling down with singer marc anthony and having two children of her own. both marriages ended. but the star says affleck always
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held the key to her heart. last year the two rekindled and made it instagram official as they celebrated lopez's 52nd birthday in the south of france. >> they find themselves single years later, much more mature, much more capable of dealing with fame. >> they're 20 years older. they're wiser. they don't need attention. they don't want this attention. but the tools of social media have allowed them to control this in ways where they don't need paparazzis or magazines or websites. they do it on their own. >> reporter: this past october the two marking atriumphant return to public life. "nightline" co-anchor juju chang sat down with affleck at the time. >> it's part of the experience of my life, since i've been an actor, of tabloid attention and paparazzi and stuff. i'm not sure what it is that i don't find my life merits that kind of interest. >> reporter: and last month j. lo sitting down with abc's john
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quinones. >> i've got to ask about ben. >> okay. >> how's it going? >> i mean, this is the best time of my life. i love my career, but nothing is more fulfilling to me than being able to build a family with someone who i love deeply and who is just as dedicated to family and to each other as we can be. and i'm just -- i'm feeling incredibly blessed. >> our thanks to deborah. up next, a big first for the blue angels. as someone living with type 2 diabetes, i want to keep it real and talk about some risks. with type 2 diabetes you have up to 4 times greater risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. even at your a1c goal, you're still at risk ...which if ignored could bring you here... ...may put you in one of those... ...or even worse. too much? that's the point. get real about your risks and do something about it. talk to your health care provider about ways to lower your risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. learn more at
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announcement from the u.s. navy today. for the first time in its 76-year history a woman is joining the famed blue angels aerial demonstration team. next year lieutenant amanda lee joins one of the world's most prestigious and second oldest aerobatic teams. the elite squad rorn entertains enthusiastic crowds with dazzling displays of their flying skills. lee will take to the skies in one of the squad's classic blue f-18 jets. history. good for her. that's "nightline" for this evening. catch our full episodes on hulu. we'll see you right


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