Today, on the 144th day of 2022, the 212th mass shooting occurred in the United States.
This time, it was at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The death toll is between 18 and 21 people. Most of the victims are small children who will not reach the age of ten.
311,000 children have experienced gun violence since Columbine in 1999.
According to reporting from NPR, firearms were the leading cause of death for children from 2019 to 2020.
How many of readers of the Blog for Arizona knew that?
This is the United States of America.
Schools should not be a potential daily death trap for children and educators.
President Biden Reacts to Today’s Horrific Shooting.
The reaction to today’s horrific shooting unfortunately followed a familiar pattern. This includes:
- Grieving for the victims.
- Why and how could this horrific event occur…again?
- When will it ever end? When will these mass shootings decrease? When will children and educators be safer in schools?
- When will elected officials (mainly Republicans) act and enact common sense gun laws?
Coming back from Asia, President Biden spoke to the American People about today’s horrific school shooting in Texas.
Accompanied by the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, the President, speaking from personal experience, offered prayers and comfort to the parents and families of today’s fallen, saying:
“To lose a child is like having a piece of your soul ripped away. There’s a hollowness in your chest. You feel like you’re being sucked into it, suffocating, and it’s never quite the same…”
The President then reminded people of some of the mass shootings that have taken place since Sandy Hook in 2012, including the supermarket shooting ten days ago in Buffalo.
He called for action to stem the growing tide of mass shootings, stating:
“As a nation, we have got to ask. When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do we all know in our gut needs to be done?…I am sick and tired of it. We have to act. And don’t tell me we can’t have an impact on this carnage…We can’t and won’t prevent every tragedy…When we passed the assault weapons ban, mass shootings went down. When the law expired, mass shootings tripled. The idea that an 18 year old kid could just go into a gun store and buy two assault weapons is just wrong. What in God’s name do you need an assault weapon for except to kill someone. Deer aren’t running through the forest with Kevlar Vests for God’s sake. It’s just sick…Most Americans support common sense laws. Common sense gun laws.”
President Biden also compared our rash of mass shootings to the mostly lack of them in other countries, offering:
“I just got off a trip from Asia…What struck me was that these kind of mass shootings rarely happen anywhere else in the world. Why? They have mental health problems. They have domestic disputes in other countries. They have people who are lost. But these kind of mass shootings never happened with the kind of frequency that happen in America. Why? Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone to have the courage to stand up to the lobbyists? It’s time to turn this pain into action...For every elected official in this country, it’s time to act. It’s time for those who obstruct or delay or block the common sense gun laws, we need to let you know, we will not forget...”
Reaction from Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden.
Before the President spoke, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden offered their reactions to today’s school shooting in Texas.
Vice President Harris relayed:
“Enough is enough…As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to entrust something like this never happens again.”
Dr. Biden posted:
Little children and their teacher.
Stunned. Angry. Heartbroken.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) May 24, 2022
Reaction from some of Arizona’s Leading Figures.
Below is reaction from a bipartisan group of leading Arizonans condemning today’s actions and offering comfort and prayers to the family’s of the victims.
While bipartisan sympathy is welcome, bipartisan action that result in the decrease in the number of mass shootings and times articles like these are written would be better.
This is heartbreaking and soul wrenching. Our prayers are with the parents, families, students and staff of Robb Elementary in Uvalde, TX at this unimaginable time. Thankful for the heroic efforts of medical pros, law enforcement and community members who responded so quickly.
— Doug Ducey (@DougDucey) May 24, 2022
My heart is broken for the families in Uvalde. One mass shooting after another – thoughts & prayers are not enough. Our children should never go to school in fear they will be next, and no parent should ever have to experience this tragedy. We need common-sense gun reform NOW.
— Katie Hobbs (@katiehobbs) May 24, 2022
Our prayers are with the victims and their families of the despicable act of violence in Texas this afternoon. We must all stand together against evil and those who target our most vulnerable.
— Mark Brnovich (@GeneralBrnovich) May 24, 2022
My heart goes out to the families, students, and entire Uvalde community.
It’s been 10 years since Sandy Hook and kids are still being killed in schools. Have we really learned nothing or have our lawmakers given up on protecting our kids from senseless gun violence? https://t.co/CMgTQrMQyE
— Kathy Hoffman (@kathyhoffman_az) May 24, 2022
It infuriates me that Americans have come to expect that their federal government will once again react to the murder of schoolchildren by doing nothing.
— Senator Mark Kelly (@SenMarkKelly) May 24, 2022
There are commonsense reforms we can pass to reduce gun violence that align with our rights and are supported across the political spectrum. After witnessing yet another tragedy, Arizonans are right to expect action from Washington.
They should demand it.
I know I will.
— Senator Mark Kelly (@SenMarkKelly) May 24, 2022
14 children. And a teacher. Heartbreak on top of so much loss already this month. After so many of these incidents, this must be the one that causes change. #EnoughIsEnough
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) May 24, 2022
My heart breaks for the children, families, teachers and the entire community of Uvalde, Texas. As a mom, no parent should ever endure the loss of a child to such a horrific mass shooting.
— Regina Romero (@TucsonRomero) May 24, 2022
When will enough be enough? Our Country has failed on taking action on gun violence and innocent people pay the price. From Buffalo NY to a TX elementary school – we have a responsibility to act. I send my prayers to all families impacted. It's horrific. https://t.co/ho1IczL8Gd
— Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (@RepKirkpatrick) May 24, 2022
Tragic events in Uvalde, Texas today. Please join me in praying for the victims, the injured, and their families.
— Debbie Lesko (@DebbieLesko) May 24, 2022
Ten days after a hateful mass shooting in Buffalo, 14 school children and a teacher are killed in Uvalde.
We have surrendered our communities and our children to an endless parade of tragedy. Enough with the thoughts and prayers: we must take action and confront gun violence.
— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 24, 2022
My heart breaks for the children, families, and parents in Uvalde.
We've seen this too often and know it's not enough to send thoughts and prayers.
We must enact policy and change. https://t.co/TBLE4g6h8a
— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) May 24, 2022
To the entire Uvalde community, I offer my deepest and most sincere condolences, though I know no words can ease your pain. We need action. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/Yi8Ais0FA8
— Rep. Tom O'Halleran (@RepOHalleran) May 25, 2022
We can't go on like this, waiting for tragedy to strike. It will, again and again, if we don't act.
Words alone won’t stop these tragedies.
Congress must have the courage to protect our children and pass common sense gun safety laws. And we must do it right now.
— Rep. Greg Stanton (@RepGregStanton) May 24, 2022
The time for gun reform is past due. Thinking of the families and the anguish this horrific attack has caused. We need to be asking every political candidate and politician what they will do regarding the gun violence epidemic. When is enough enough? #TimeisNow #GunReform https://t.co/6BxJxAGs9v
— Consuelo Hernandez (@Hernandez4pima) May 24, 2022
THE QUESTION REMAINS. WHEN WILL IT EVER END?