At least 19 students and 2 adults lost their lives when a gunman opened fire at a Texas elementary school.
On Monday (May 23), an 18-year-old male who resided in Uvalde, abandoned his vehicle then entered Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas carrying a handgun and possibly a rifle. He opened fire inside classrooms. The shooter is dead.
Immediately after news broke, celebrities and prominent personalities took to social media to express their shock and heartbreak at what happened, and to condemn such a heartless act.
“Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders in Uvalde. Bu Buffalo, Laguna Words and so many others. By the ways in which we, as a nation, have become conditioned to unfathomable and unbearable heartbreak.”
“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!!!,” James tweeted, adding, “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!
There simply has to be change! HAS TO BE!! 😔😔😔😔🥺🥺🥺🥺.. Praying to the heavens above to all with kids these days in schools. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾.”
“Today in my home state of Texas 18 innocent students were killed while simply trying to get an education. A teacher killed doing their job; an invaluable yet sadly under appreciated job. If children aren’t safe at school where are they safe?
It’s so frustrating and I’m not sure what to say anymore. Those in power need to stop giving lip service and actually change the laws to prevent these shootings in the future.”
“It’s BEEN enough. We’ve been at ‘enough’ for centuries.”
“I cannot even fathom the pain the families in Uvalde are feeling…
This sort of tragedy has become far too common, far too acceptable. This shouldn’t have been acceptable 20 years ago, 4 years ago, or one week ago. This SHOULD NOT be acceptable.”
Susan Kelechi Watson:
“My heart is heavy with news tonight. Sending you all love and light this evening.
Holding space in my heart for all those suffering the unimaginable.”
“18. Children. What will it take to prioritize humanity over politics?”
“18 elementary children… a small classroom size.
Imagine you walk down a hall & an entire class… GONE.
I’ve already lost track of which shooting happened even a year ago. The victim’s vamilies haven’t and never will.”
“There is no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders at grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place.
It is an idolatry of violence. And it must end.”
“I didn’t think it was possible to feel more sickened or enraged by school shootings, and then I became a parent.
What an unimaginable nightmare.”
“We need to make some changes now.”
“Anyone saying ‘now isn’t the time to talk about gun control’ doesn’t care that kids got f—king murdered today.”
“What a f—ked up country this is. Take away women’s reproductive rights but give everybody a gun. What could go wrong.”
“There are no words. We must take action.”
“Another school shooting. Devastating. Breaks my heart for these families.”
“My entire heart is with the community of Uvalde. When is enough enough? We must take action.”
“I cannot comprehend today’s tragedy in our country.
How is this happeneing? My heart is breaking. I pray, I hope, I beg, I plead… please, lawmakers, government officials, leaders of our country, do something to protect our children.
It was ‘enough’ ten mass shootings ago. It was ‘enough’ after Sandy Hook. What good is protecting our freedoms when there is no protection of our lives?”
At a pre-game press conference, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr delivered an impassioned speech about gun control and the tragedy:
“Since we left shootaround, 14 children were killed, 400 miles from here. And a teacher.
When are we going to do something?!
I’m tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I am so tired of the, excuse, I am sorry, I am tired of the moments of silence. Enough!”
Matthew McConaughey passionately urged for gun reform following the tragic acts in his hometown of Uvalde:
“As you all are aware there was another mass shooting today, this time in my home town of Uvalde, Texas. Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us.”
The true call to action now is for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, ‘What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?’
We cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo. As Americans, Texans, mothers and fathers, it’s time we re-evaluate, and renegotiate our wants from our needs. We have to rearrange our values and find a common ground above this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s issue.
This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better. We must do better. Action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.
And to those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye , no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”