‘Sadness overwhelms the soul’: Politicians and celebrities react to mass shooting at Texas elementary school

At least 19 students and two adults were killed during a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott said Tuesday. In the hours that followed, many high-profile figures — from politicians to celebrities — reacted to the tragic social media shooting.

“Lord, enough. Little children and their teacher. Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken,” first lady Jill Biden tweeted

President Biden spoke about the shooting Tuesday night and called for action, asking, “Why? Why do we want to live with this carnage?”

Speaking at an event Tuesday night, Vice President Kamala Harris called for policy changes to prevent such tragedies.

“Normally I’d say at a time like this — we’d all say, of course, our hearts are breaking. But our hearts keep getting broken,” Harris said. “You know, I guess – 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 broken-hearted 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 to school today at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, whose lives will never be the same.”

“Now is the time to act,” he added.

Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted“Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After years of nothing else, we are becoming a nation of tormented screams. We just need lawmakers who are willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is killing our children.”

Texas governor candidate Beto O’Rourke, who previously served as a US representative and ran for president in 2020, tweeted: “Our broken hearts are with Uvalde.” He also retweeted University Healthcare’s post about: donate blood to help the victims of the shooting.

“Children went to school today and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community was shattered by gun violence,” Senator Cory Booker tweeted† “Another round of thoughts and prayers. It will be empty words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, relentless, preventable shootings in our province.”

Many asked for more than thoughts and prayers – instead, they asked for action from the US government.

In a blazing speech on the Senate floor, Connecticut sen. Chris Murphy pleaded, “Why? Why are we here? If we don’t try to make sure that fewer schools and fewer communities are going through what Sandy Hook went through. What Uvalde is going through.”

“Sorrow overwhelms the soul. Children slaughtered. Lives extinguished. Hearts of parents torn. Incomprehensible,” Senator Mitt Romney tweeted† “I offer my prayers and condolences, but know that it is absolutely inadequate. We must find answers.”

14 children and a teacher killed in Texas elementary school shooting, former RNC chairman 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’. In a week we will move on. Again.”

David Hogg, who was a student at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a gunman opened fire in 2018, killing 17, also reacted to the shooting on Tuesday.

“We have to do something. We know what we don’t agree on, we have to focus on what we can do and do it, even if it’s small,” he said. tweeted† “No more debate or thoughts and prayers. We need two-pronged action.”

Many celebrities also reacted to the tragedy.

For Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr began his press conference by saying he “didn’t intend to talk about basketball.”

Instead, he focused on gun violence – the Texas shooting, the… Buffalo supermarket shooting and a church shooting in Southern California, just in the last few days. “When are we going to do something,” Kerr said, patting the table. “I’m so tired of coming here and expressing my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m so sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”

Kerr called on the Senate to pass HR8, also known as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021. passed the house last March, but has not yet been brought to the Senate floor for a vote. “We are being held hostage by 50 senators in Washington who refuse to even vote on it,” he raged. “It is pathetic!”

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the loss and injured of loved ones at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX!” LeBron James tweeted† “If enough is enough man!!! These are children and we continue to endanger them at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s supposed to be safest!”

“Must stop man…prayers for all the families in Texas,” tweeted Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“Prayers for the people of Texas man, that’s children who were murdered, this world needs God,” said rapper Offset. tweeted

President Biden has ordered US flags to be flown at half-mast until May 28.

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