At least 19 students and two adults were killed during the mass shooting in elementary school in Uwalde, Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday. In the following hours, many celebrities – from politicians to celebrities – reacted to the tragic shooting on social media.
“God, that’s enough. Young children and their teacher. Stunned. Angry. With a broken heart, ”said First Lady Jill Biden wrote in a tweet.
President Biden said about the shooting Tuesday night and called for action, asking, “Why? Why are we willing to live with this carnage?”
Speaking at the event on Tuesday night, Vice President Kamala Harris called for a change in policy to help prevent such tragedies.
“I would usually say at a time like this – we would all say, naturally, that our hearts break. But our hearts continue to break,” Harris said. “You know, I think – there are so many elected leaders in this room, you know what I’m talking about: every time such a tragedy happens, our hearts are broken – and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of these families. And yet it continues. “
“May God bless the memory of the victims and, in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bandage their wounds,” said former President Barack Obama. wrote in a tweet.
Former President Bill Clinton also shared statement on Twitter said his “heart is broken for families who sent their children and loved ones to school today at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas, whose lives will never be the same.”
“It’s time to act now,” he added.
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 Hillary Clinton wrote in a tweet“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After many years of nothing else, we are becoming a nation of agonizing cries. We just need lawmakers ready to stop the scourge of armed violence in America that is killing our children.”
Texas Gov. Beto O’Rourke, a former U.S. governor who ran for president in 2020, wrote in a tweet: “Our broken hearts from Uwalde.” He also retweeted a University Healthcare post about donating blood to help the victims shooting.
“Today the children went to school and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community has been destroyed by gun violence, ”said Sen. Corey Booker wrote in a tweet. “Another round of thoughts and prayers. These are empty words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, incessant shootings in our county.”
Many called not only for thoughts and prayers, but also for action by the US government.
In a burning speech at the Senate Hall, Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked, “Why? Why are we here? If not to try to make fewer schools and fewer communities go through what Sandy Hook went through. What Uwalde is going through.”
“Grief overwhelms the soul. Children are killed. Life is extinguished. The hearts of parents are torn. It is unclear,” – Senator Mitt Romney wrote in a tweet. “I bring prayer and sympathy, but I know it is very insufficient. We have to find answers. “
“14 children and a teacher were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Texas,” said former RNC chairman Michael Steele. wrote in a tweet. “Again another shooting at school. Again mothers and fathers will lose children. Again politicians will offer their ‘shock’ and their ‘prayers’. We will move on in a week. Again.”
David Hogg, who was a Parkland student Margery Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman opened fire in 2018, killing 17 people, also reacted to Tuesday’s shooting.
“We need to do something. We know what we disagree on, we need to focus on what we can and do it, even if it’s not enough,” he said. wrote in a tweet. “No more debates, thoughts and prayers. We need bipartisan action. “
Many celebrities also reacted to the tragedy.
Actor Matthew McConaughey, who hails from Uwaldewrote on Twitter: “We have once again tragically proved that we are not responsible for the rights that our freedoms give us.”
“This is an epidemic that we can control, and no matter which way we stand, we all know we can do better. We must do better,” he wrote.
Before the 4th game of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr began his press conference with the words that “he was not going to talk about basketball.”
Instead, he focused on gun violence in Texas Shooting at Buffalo supermarkets and a the shooting of the church in Southern California, just the last few days. “If we do anything,” Kerr said, knocking on the table. “I’m so tired of getting up here and expressing my condolences to the devastated families who are there. I’m so sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m tired of the minutes of silence. Enough!”
Kerr called on the Senate to adopt HR8, also called the Bipartisan Audit Act of 2021. passed the House in March last year, but not yet submitted to the Senate for a vote. “We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even put it to the vote,” he said. “Pathetic!”
“My thoughts and prayers are directed to the families of the lost and wounded at Robb Elementary School in Uwald, Texas!” LeBron James wrote in a tweet. “Like, if there are enough men !!! These are children, and we continue to harm them at school. How seriously” IN SCHOOL “is where it is supposed to be safest!”
“Should stop a man … praying to all families in Texas,” wrote in a tweet Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
“Prayers for the people of Texas, these are children who have been killed smh, this world needs God smh,” rapper Offset wrote in a tweet.
President Biden has ordered the US flags to be flown by May 28.