July 6, 2022

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State leaders react to Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooting

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Texas leaders are offering their thoughts and prayers to victims following a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday that left 14 students and one teacher dead. Gov. Greg Abbott confirmed during a press conference in the aftermath of the deadly attack that the shooter was also among the dead.

The Republican leader also shared a statement saying he and his wife, Cecilia, are grieving for the victims of the “senseless crime.”

“Texans across the state are grieving for the victims of this senseless crime and for the community of Uvalde,” Abbott wrote. “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. We thank the courageous first responders who worked to finally secure Robb Elementary School.”

Abbott said he has directed the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to investigate the crime. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is also providing local officials resources to respond to the tragedy, Abbott said. 

Other Texas lawmakers also said they are uplifting victims in prayer at this time, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz tweeted: “Heidi & I are fervently lifting up in prayer the children and families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde. We are in close contact with local officials, but the precise details are still unfolding. Thank you to heroic law enforcement & first responders for acting so swiftly.”

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Locally, Houston leaders are also weighing in on the tragedy, several pointing fingers at a lack of gun control legislation. Mayor Sylvester is among those who issued a statement: “I am heartbroken and troubled to learn about today’s tragic event at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 14 innocent children and one teacher and left dozens of children injured. My deepest condolences go to the families, teachers, and classmates enduring this unspeakable tragedy.”

Turner pointed to the recent mass shooting in Buffalo where 10 people were killed and called on lawmakers to do more to prevent such tragedies. “Congress must act, and governors and state legislators must pass reasonable gun control legislation,” Turner wrote. “The voters must demand it from their representatives. How many more children must lose their lives from senseless gun violence.”

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo tweeted, “In the coming hours, we will begin to see the faces of more children whose lives have been stolen by yet another senseless act of gun violence in Texas. How much longer will we be willing to put the interests of the gun lobby over the lives of innocent people? 

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Texas state Rep. Gene Wu (D-Houston) noted the cycle that has grown all too familiar following similar tragedies. Wu tweeted: “It’s happened again. We’ll call for action. They’ll say it’s too soon. There’s going to be workgroups. But nothing will change. Persistent gun violence IS the new normal.”



 

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