Elected leaders react to school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Washington governor Jay Inslee
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Many elected officials responded to the school shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Eighteen students were killed along with three adults in the mass shooting.

Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy spoke to his colleagues, demanding answers from other senators after the incident.

Washington leaders also gave statements on the school shooting, many pleading for action from Congress to establish greater gun control.

Governor Jay Inslee:

Statement from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell:

“Today 14 children and a teacher tragically lost their lives in yet another preventable mass shooting. Far too many Americans have experienced the pain of losing a loved one to gun violence. It’s long past time for action. The majority of Americans support common sense measures to combat gun violence such as background checks and red flag laws. I call on my colleagues to finally come together to pass legislation that will save lives.”

Statement from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

“Anxiously waiting for more information on the school shooting in TX. My heart is with the families & entire community. As a mom, I think about dropping my own kids off at school. Schools must be safe places for learning, for our children to reach their full potential, & thrive. We should all be asking the difficult questions of what puts someone in a place where they’re taking this kind of violent and horrific action against innocent young lives. We need to go to the root of what is tearing our communities apart and why so many are in despair.”

Statement from Senator Patty Murray:

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with the parents and loved ones of those lost today in Texas. No one should have to endure the pain of losing a child like this. That’s what we’re talking about here. Children. Children gunned down in their classrooms, lives cut short and families shattered. How many more lives have to be lost and how much more heartbreak must we suffer before my Republican colleagues wake up to what the majority of Americans have known for years? Gun safety laws save lives. Every time my Democratic colleagues and I have come to the Senate floor with common-sense, popular legislation to help prevent gun violence, our Republican colleagues block us from even debating the bills—let alone voting on them. Think about that. They won’t even allow a debate on legislation that would save lives. In the coming days and weeks, Republicans will not be able to hide from the questions that parents around the country are asking: what are you doing to prevent the next school shooting? What are you doing to protect our children so they can go to school without fear? I am ready to work with any one of my Senate colleagues to take immediate action to protect our kids and end the gun violence crisis in our country.”

READ: Texas school shooting kills 18 children, 3 adults