Texas Shooting: 21 Dead In Primary School Attack | Celebrity Reactions Is 'Enough Is Enough' On Twitter
On 29th May, Tuesday afternoon, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two adults. Governor Greg Abbott said the gunman was also killed, most likely by responding officers, but the events are still being examined. Police shot and killed an 18-year-old shooter in reaction to the incident, according to officials. It's the bloodiest school shooting in the United States since a 20-year-old shooter killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
The online response to Tuesday's heinous act at Robb Elementary School in rural Uvalde, Texas, was fast and visceral. Many people responded to "thoughts and prayers" tweets with calls to action to combat gun violence.
According to Abbott, the attacker, Salvador Ramos, entered the Texas elementary school with a handgun and maybe a rifle. Nearly 600 kids in the second, third, and fourth grades attend Robb Elementary School. At the time of publication, Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Chief of Police Pete Arredondo did not reveal the ages of the shot children. Families were still waiting for information about their children hours after the incident. Screams and sobbing interrupted the calm outside the local civic center.
According to Travis Considine, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident began at 11:30 a.m. The gunman smashed his car outside the school and went into the building. Two local police officers fired gunfire at the gunman after a homeowner heard the crash and contacted 911. Both cops were shot, but it was unclear where on campus the altercation took place or how long it took for other officials to arrive.
According to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it, one Border Patrol agent working close when the shooting started rushed into the school without waiting for backup and shot and killed the gunman was hiding behind a barricade. According to the law enforcement source, the agent was wounded but could walk out of the school.
Owens confirmed that one of the agents was injured but declined to elaborate on the incident. He claimed that some local agents' children attend Robb Elementary. According to Arredondo, Robb Elementary School has just under 600 kids and educates students in grades two, three, and four. He didn't say how old the children who were shot were. The school's final week of sessions before the summer break was this week.
Roughly 16,000 people, Uvalde is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) from the Mexican border. The incident in Uvalde was the deadliest school shooting in Texas history, adding to a tragic record in a state that has seen some of the country's bloodiest shootings in the last five years.
The incident happened ten days after a fatal, racist rampage at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, which contributed to a yearlong string of mass murders at churches, schools, and supermarkets. And the prospects for any reform of the country's gun laws appeared as bleak, if not bleaker, as they had been in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre.
In his address to the nation hours after the attack, President Joe Biden sounded ready for a fight, pushing for additional gun restrictions. "As a country, when in the name of God are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?" When are we going to do what needs to be done in the name of God?"
As a nation we must ask: When in God’s name will we stand up to the gun lobby?
When in God’s name will we do what needs to be done?
I’m sick and tired of it. We have to act. — President Biden (@POTUS) May 25, 2022
Tonight, there are parents who will never see their child again. Parents who will never be the same.
To lose a child is to have a piece of your soul ripped away forever.
I ask the nation to pray for them — to give them strength in the darkness. — President Biden (@POTUS) May 25, 2022
Following the tragic news, several celebrities took to social media to express their displeasure at the country's lack of gun regulation, demand legislative change, and grieve the loss of 15 innocent lives. Below are tweets from Lebron James, Becky G, Hilary Clinton, Chris Evans, and others.
My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! 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! — LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Just last week a targeted mass shooting at a market in Buffalo and now a school shooting in Uvalde. Communities should be safe in their grocery stores, our CHILDREN should be safe in class! This has to end.
Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. We need change. ð — Becky G. (@iambeckyg) May 24, 2022
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. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 24, 2022
WHAT IN GOD'S NAME ARE WE DOING? THIS HAS GOT TO CHANGE! THIS NATION IS FULL OF PEOPLE WHO CANNOT CONTROL THEIR WORST IMPULSES AND THE INNOCENT ALWAYS PAY THE PRICE! DON'T SAVE FETUSES ONLY TO HAVE THEM DIE AT SCHOOL BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR GUNS MORE THAN LIFE! FOR SHAME!! — bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 24, 2022
FUCKING ENOUGH!!!! — Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 24, 2022
Our hearts go out to those in texas at the Robb elementary school and everyone effected. Something has to change in this country. We are the only country where kids go to school and could wind up shot. — THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) May 24, 2022
There simply has to be change! HAS TO BE!! ððððð¥ºð¥ºð¥ºð¥º.. Praying to the heavens above to all with kids these days in schools. ðð¾ðð¾ðð¾ — LeBron James (@KingJames) May 24, 2022
We need to make some changes now— jon batiste (@JonBatiste) May 24, 2022