At least 18 students and one adult were killedin Uvalde, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday. Several high-profile figures — from politicians to celebrities — have reacted to the tragic shooting on social media.
“Lord, enough. Little children and their teacher. Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken,” first lady Jill Biden tweeted.
Speaking Tuesday night at an event, Vice President Kamala Harrisand called for policy changes to ensure it never happens again.
“I would normally say in a moment like this — we would all say, naturally, that our hearts break. But our hearts keep getting broken,” Harris said. “You know, I think — there are so many elected leaders in this room, you know what I’m talking about: Every time a tragedy like this happens, our hearts break — and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families. And yet it keeps happening.”
“May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds,” former President Barack Obama tweeted.
Former President Bill Clinton also shared a statement on Twitter saying his “heart breaks for the families who sent their children and loved ones off to school today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, whose lives will never be the same.”
“The time to act is now,” he added.
Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After years of nothing else, we are becoming a nation of anguished screams. We simply need legislators willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is murdering our children.”
Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke, who previously served as a U.S. representative and ran for president in 2020, tweeted: “Our broken hearts are with Uvalde.” He also retweeted University Healthcare’s message about of the shooting.
“Children went to school today and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community shattered by gun violence,” Sen. Cory Booker tweeted. “Another round of thoughts and prayers. They’re hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, unrelenting, preventable shootings in our county.”
Many called for more than thoughts and prayers — asking instead for action from the U.S. government.
“Grief overwhelms the soul. Children slaughtered. Lives extinguished. Parents’ hearts wrenched. Incomprehensible,” Sen. Mitt Romney tweeted. “I offer prayer and condolence but know that it is grossly inadequate. We must find answers.”
“14 children and a teacher have been killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Texas,” former RNC chair Michael Steele tweeted. “Again, another school shooting. Again, mothers and fathers will have lost a child. Again, politicians will offer their ‘shock’ and their ‘prayers’. We will move on in a week. Again.”
David Hogg, who was a student at Parkland’swhen a gunman opened fire in 2018, killing 17, also reacted to the shooting Tuesday.
“We need to do something. We know what we disagree on we need to focus on what we can and do it even if small,” he tweeted. “No more debate or thoughts and prayers. We need bipartisan action.”
Many celebrities also reacted to the tragedy.
Before game 4 of the NBA Western Conference finals Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr started his press conference by saying he “wasn’t going to talk about basketball.”
He instead focused on gun violence, referencing the shooting in Texas, the recentand a church shooting in Southern California. “When are we going to do something,” Kerr said, banging on the table. “I’m so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there, I’m so sorry, excuse me, I’m sorry, I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”
Kerr called on the Senate to pass H.R.8, which is also called the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021. Itlast March but has not yet been brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
“My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX!” LeBron James tweeted. “Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s suppose to be the safest!”
“Has to stop man…… prayers to all the families in Texas,” tweeted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“Prayers for the people in Texas man those are kids that were killed smh this world needs God smh,” rapper Offset tweeted.
The shooter is also dead, according to Abbott, who ordered the state’s flag to be flown at half-staff.
President Biden also ordered the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff through May 28. He is expected toabout the shooting later Tuesday night.