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Here’s How Lawmakers Reacted To The Texas School Shooting

  • Members of Congress released statements about the shooting at an Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that killed 19 students and two teachers. 
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he would seek to force a vote on background-check legislation Tuesday, but reversed course Wednesday.
  • “Heartbroken” Republicans expressed gratitude for first responders and offered sympathy for the families of the victims of an “unimaginable tragedy.”

Members of Congress reacted to Tuesday’s mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school that killed two teachers and 19 students.

“My heart breaks for the city of Uvalde. Pray for our families,” Republican Rep. Tony Gonzales of Texas, who represents Uvalde, said. Gonzales also called for mental health professionals to contact his office to aid the residents of Uvalde.

“If you are a mental health clinician the community of Uvalde needs your help,” Gonzales added. “Please contact my office to coordinate.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced he would seek to force a vote on background-check legislation, The New York Times reported. He then told the Senate not to expect action anytime soon, saying the bills would not have enough Republican support to pass the Senate, The Hill reported.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement calling for the passage of gun-control laws.

“For too long, some in Congress have offered hollow words after these shootings while opposing all efforts to save lives,” she said, “It is time for all in Congress to heed the will of the American people and join in enacting the House-passed bipartisan, commonsense, life-saving legislation into law.”

Texas authorities identified the shooter as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who was killed by a Customs and Border Protection agent. Ramos reportedly entered the school after crashing his vehicle during a police chase and had legally purchased two rifles, reported.

Republicans also reacted to the shooting, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“Horrified and heartbroken by reports of the disgusting violence directed at innocent schoolkids in Uvalde, Texas,” he said. “The entire country is praying for the children, families, teachers, and staff and the first responders on the scene.”

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called Tuesday “a dark day” in a statement.

“Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the entire Uvalde community during this devastating time and we mourn the lives that were taken by this act of evil,” Cruz said.

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona attacked Cruz on Twitter.

“Fuck you @tedcruz  you care about a fetus but you will let our children get slaughtered,” Gallego posted on Twitter. “Just get your ass to Cancun. You are useless.”

“Just to be clear fuck you @tedcruz you fucking baby killer,” Gallego said in a second post.

Gallego also lambasted Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California on the social media site.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with these families,” Issa said in a statement.

“Fuck your prayers,” Gallego responded. “They haven’t worked for the last 20 mass shootings how about passing laws that will stop these killings.”

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  1. Dums are useless when they have to face a tragedy. All they can do is pull out their hair and holler and point fingers at their opposition and blame them for what someone else did. Gallegos is a foulmouthed idiot who has no control of his mouth. Who wants to listen to the likes of him at a time like this? Anger is what caused this. An 18 year old who couldn’t control his anger caused this, no one else. Gallegos acts like an immature 18 year old. His tirade at others didn’t solve a damn thing.

  2. Instead of a real conversation about how to stop such tragedies, Biden gives an angry political speech against the “gun lobby”
    Obama’s chief of staff famously said “never let a good crises go to waste” and Obama just disgustingly tweeted this:

    “As we grieve for the children of Ulvade today, we should take time to recognize that two years have passed since George Floyd was murdered under the knee of a police officer”

    Just like Oz, the curtain has been fully drawn back and the race baiting huckster is revealed. Obama is the one that started us on our path to destruction of civil society and he made tens of millions doing it. Few realize it, but his administration has blood on their hands for the horrific increase in school violence and shootings.
    In 2014, his Dept. of Education and his Attorney General released Federal guidance to schools to stop them from expelling violent students or doing criminal referrals because they said it had a “disparate” impact on black and minority students. Never mind that, just like criminals in general, the facts are that blacks disproportionately commit far more crimes than other races. Go look it up. Now, it’s not only true for juvenile criminals but adult criminals as they are continuously released back onto the streets with “no bail” or light sentences just to commit the violent crime across the U.S. that is now out of control.

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