Reactions To The Massacre In Uvalde, Texas

What we know about the Uvalde, Texas elementary school massacre 6:59

(WABNEWS Spanish) — Following the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, in which at least 19 children and 2 adults died, many have raised their voices to call for legislation to ban firearms in the United States.

This is the second shooting in two weeks in which 18-year-old men have perpetrated massacres that have the country in mourning.

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Here are some reactions to the shooting.

Joe Biden: “I’m sick and tired of it”

US President Joe Biden spoke about the Texas school shooting during an emotional speech from the White House, saying, “I was hoping that when I became president I wouldn’t have to do this again.”

Biden gives message after shooting in Texas: I’m fed up 7:41

“I’m sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage,” the president said, asking, “Why do we keep letting this happen?”

“Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to stand up and stand up to lobbyists?” he said.

On the subject of gun control legislation, Biden implored lawmakers to “turn this pain into action” as he surveyed some of the mass shootings since the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, when he was vice president.

Kamala Harris: “Enough is enough”

Vice President Kamala Harris made comments about the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, during an event in Washington.

“Enough is enough. As a nation, we must have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes reasonable and sensible public policy to ensure nothing like this happens again,” Harris said.

Greg Abbott: “It’s a terrible tragedy”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in the city of Uvalde a “horrible tragedy.”

“What happened in Uvalde is a horrible tragedy that cannot be tolerated in the state of Texas. Local law enforcement is taking swift action,” he told reporters.

He’s dead, Uvalde authorities say about school attacker 1:00 Barack Obama: “Our country is paralyzed… by an arms lobby”

Former President Barack Obama said the United States “is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that has shown no willingness to act in any way that can help prevent these tragedies.”

LeBron James: “When is enough enough?”

NBA star LeBron James sent his condolences to the families of the victims of the Uvalde shooting.

“When is enough enough?” James asked. “These are children and we continue to put them at risk in schools. Seriously, in schools, which are supposed to be the safest place.”

James added in another tweet: “There just has to be a change,” referring to the country’s gun laws.

LeBron James weighs in on Texas school shooting 1:11 Sen. Chris Murphy: “What are we doing?”

Democratic Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy raged in the Senate after the deadly shooting that left at least 21 dead.

“What are we doing?!” Murphy said in some heartfelt words in front of senators on Tuesday.

“Our kids live in fear every time they step foot in the classroom because they think they will be next. What are we doing? Why are they spending all this time running for the United States Senate? Why are they taking all the hassle of getting this job, of putting yourself in a position of authority, if your answer is that as the massacres escalate, as our children run for their lives, we do nothing?”

Steve Kerr: “They are holding us hostage”

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr brushed aside basketball comments Tuesday and took time before the media to deliver a fiery speech calling for gun control.

“When are we going to do something?” Kerr said angrily as he banged on the table he was sitting on. “50 senators in Washington are going to take us hostage… It’s pathetic, I’ve had enough,” he added.

Kerr said he was “fed up” and told listeners to think of their own family members and ask, “how would you feel if this happened to you today?”

“We can’t become numb to this,” the coach said before leaving the room.

Steve Kerr on today’s tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas. pic.twitter.com/lsJ8RzPcmC

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) May 24, 2022

Matthew McConaughey: “We must do better”

The actor, who was born in Uvalde, described armed violence as an “epidemic that we can control.”

“Once again we have tragically shown that we are not responsible for the rights that our freedoms give us,” the 52-year-old actor said in a statement.

“This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we are on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what parents in Uvalde and others before them have endured,” McConaughey said.

Mitch McConnell: It’s an act of “disgusting violence”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reacted to the deadly Texas school shooting, calling it “disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolchildren.”

“Appalled and heartbroken by reports of sickening violence directed at innocent children in Uvalde, Texas. The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, staff and first responders on the scene.” the Republican senator tweeted.

World leaders send their condolences after the Uvalde massacre

Leaders from several Latin American countries, as well as Spain and Germany, sent their condolences after the massacre in Uvalde, Texas.

Marcelo Ebrard, Foreign Minister of Mexico

Mexico expresses deep sadness for the victims and those affected by this tragedy. The barbarism again.

– Marcelo Ebrard C. (@m_ebrard) May 24, 2022

Alexandra Hill Tinoco, Foreign Minister of El Salvador

We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible shooting that occurred in Texas, which has left more than twenty fatalities.

We condemn any type of violence and extend our solidarity to the American people.

— Alexandra Hill Tinoco (@ChancellorAleHT) May 25, 2022

Bruno Rodriguez, President of Cuba

Heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas. May these extend to the people of the United States.

– Bruno Rodríguez P (@BrunoRguezP) May 24, 2022

Pedro Sánchez, President of the Spanish Government

Shocked at this new massacre in a Texas school. I share this heartbreaking speech by Steve Kerr, coach of the @warriors. We must stop this daily horror in the US.

Our solidarity and affection for the families and friends of the victims.

– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) May 25, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sent his condolences for the Texas school shooting and his solidarity with the families of the victims.

“Our thoughts are with those injured and grieving the victims of this unconscionable massacre for which words can hardly be found,” Scholz said in a tweet.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has expressed his condolences to the relatives and relatives of the children who died in the “terrible” shooting in Texas.

“I would like to express my condolences to all the families and relatives of the children who died in a terrible shooting in Texas,” Zelensky said, speaking through a translator, via video conference at a breakfast moderated by Fareed Zakaria in Davos.

Zelensky further acknowledged that 21 people have been killed, including 19 children, adding that “it is terrible to have victims of armed attackers in times of peace.”

Ivan Duque, President of Colombia

We regret the events that occurred in Texas, United States, which ended the lives of several minors. All our solidarity with the families of this sister nation.

– Ivan Duke 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) May 25, 2022



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