Citizens across the nation took to social media Tuesday to grieve the latest mass shooting, which left at least 14 students and one teacher dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Public figures are using their platforms to once again sound the call for gun control in America and condemn anti-gun control politicians and lobbyists.
Only a week and a half has transpired since 10 people were murdered and three were injured by a white supremacist gunman in Buffalo, New York. The Texas tragedy marks the largest mass shooting at an elementary school after the Sandy Hook in 2012. The Newtown, Connecticut, shooting left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
“Enough is enough,” said Vice President Kamala Harris in a speech on Tuesdsay. “Enough is enough! As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy, to ensure something like this never happens again.”
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy issued an impassioned plea from the floor of the Senate, repeatedly stressing, “What are we doing? Why are we here?”
President Biden, who is currently traveling back to the United States from a trip to Asia, has not yet issued a statement. He is scheduled to give remarks Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Murphy was joined by scores of politicians decrying the tragedy as the result of Republican inaction.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom took to Twitter to call for “nationwide, comprehensive, commonsense gun safety NOW.”
“Another shooting. And the GOP won’t do a damn thing about it,” he wrote. “Who the hell are we if we cannot keep our kids safe. This is preventable. Our inaction is a choice.”
“Just to be clear f–k you @tedcruz you f–ing baby killer,” wrote Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego.
CNN’s Ana Navarro-Càrdenas also directed her reaction toward the Texas senator. “If you are one of the spineless cowards held hostage by the gun-lobby and have been an obstacle to sensible gun reform, just shut the f–k up, right now,” she replied to the senator’s tweet about the shooting.
Former Texas congressman and current gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke gave his condolences to his home state, writing, “Our broken hearts are with Uvalde.”
National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman reacted with a poem. “Schools scared to death. / The truth is, one education under desks, / Stooped low from bullets; / That plunge when we ask / Where our children / Shall live / & how / & if,” she posted on Twitter.
Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor in Georgia, directed her remarks towards the families of Uvalde, writing that “we weep with you in your grief and ask for God’s solace for your unfathomable pain.”
The post continued, “May your angels be lifted up to spite the darkness that took them. And may the light of reason and compassion save the lives of others in their namesake. #Uvalde”
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