Leaders in Texas and across the nation are reacting to the deadly elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left at least 18 children and one adult dead on Tuesday. The suspect’s grandmother was also shot, three law enforcement sources told CNN. Video above: President Biden asks for prayers for victims’ families President Joe Biden addressed the nation on Tuesday night, delivering an emotional call for new restrictions on firearms.
“When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?” Biden said at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia that was bookended by tragedy. With first lady Jill Biden standing by his side in the Roosevelt Room, Biden added, “I am sick and tired. We have to act.
” I’m addressing the nation on the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. https://t. co/8WI1nWHu6R Vice President Kamala Harris said earlier that people normally declare in moments like this, “our hearts break — but our hearts keep getting broken .
. . and our broken hearts are nothing compared to the broken hearts of those families.
” “We have to have the courage to take action . . .
to ensure something like this never happens again,” she said. Video above: VP Kamala Harris responds to Texas school shooting Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on Twitter saying, in part, “Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia and I mourn this horrific loss and we urge all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering.
” Texans are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime & for the community of Uvalde. Cecilia & I mourn this horrific loss & urge all Texans to come together. I’ve instructed @TxDPS & Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to fully investigate this crime.
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Ted Cruz took to Twitter saying, in part, “Today is a dark day. We’re all completely sickened and heartbroken. ” Today is a dark day.
We’re all completely sickened and heartbroken. As of now, 15 innocent people are dead. 14 were children.
Others are still in critical condition or otherwise injured, and we are all praying for each of them. 1/x House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted a statement saying, in part, “The hearts of all Americans are broken as we pray for the families left forever shattered & a community left forever scarred. ” Read my full statement on the Elementary School Shooting in Uvalde, Texas here: https://t.
co/ECDRs0Z45S A U. S. senator from Connecticut gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor following the shooting.
Sen. Chris Murphy spoke for more than two minutes. Watch his speech in the video player below.
“What are we doing?” Murphy said. “What are we doing? Just days after a shooter walked into a grocery store to gun down African American patrons, we have another Sandy Hook on our hands. What are we doing?” Hilary Clinton tweeted following the shooting saying “thoughts and prayers are not enough.
” Clinton said “We simply need legislators willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is murdering our children. ” 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. The mayor of Houston, Texas tweeted a statement saying, in part, “How many more children must lose their lives from senseless gun violence?” I am heartbroken and troubled to learn about today’s tragic event at Robb Elementary in Uvalde that took the lives of 14 innocent children and one teacher and left dozens of children injured. How many more children must lose their lives from senseless gun violence? #UvaldeTX pic.
twitter. com/AGvjSUDzhr The mayor of San Antonio, Texas also tweeted a statement, saying, in part, “Pray for the lost, their families, and Uvalde. San Antonio has sent mass casualty resources to the region and will do all we can to help our neighbors heal.
” Uvalde is experiencing the sickening aftermath of a horrific mass shooting. At least 14 children and a teacher are gone. Pray for the lost, their families, and Uvalde.
San Antonio has sent mass casualty resources to the region and will do all we can to help our neighbors heal. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton reacted to the shooting on Twitter, asking people to join him in prayer for fellow Texans impacted by the shooting. I ask you all of you to join me in praying for our fellow Texans impacted by the horrific shooting in Uvalde today.
Lord, our refuge and strength, we pray for the souls of those lost, those who were wounded, their families, and our brave first responders. .