Shooting at Texas Elementary School Claims At Least 15 Lives
At least 14 students and one teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) identified the gunman as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.
“He shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly — 14 students, and killed a teacher,” Abbott said, adding that Ramos “is deceased and is believed that responding officers killed him.”
The ages and names of the victims were not immediately released.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 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.”
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) promptly blamed lawmakers, saying that school shootings are “unfortunately, an American problem that it seems many lawmakers refuse to solve.”
“The problem is that firearm homicides have increased 40 percent for people between the ages of 10 and 24-years-old in America. Those are the stats for 2020. It’s unacceptable and I can’t believe lawmakers refuse to act,” Escobar told CNN.
Several Democrats condemned Congress for its inaction on guns, which Cruz quickly addressed.
“Inevitably, when there’s a murderer of this kind, you see politicians try to politicize it, you see Democrats and a lot of folks in the media whose immediate solution is to try to restrict the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz told reporters. “We know what does prevent crime, which is going after felons and fugitives and those with serious mental illness.”