On Tuesday, May 24, an 18-year-old shot and killed 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, USA. He also killed his grandmother. Soon after the incident, responding officers shot the shooter. The incident shook the country and the world, which re-started the debate on further US gun use sanctions.
Tuesday’s mass shooting is a series of recent incidents and comes just days after a gunman opened fire on passersby in a Chicago area, killing two.
My daughter’s beautiful teacher was the teacher who was killed in Uvalde, TX. Eva (Ms Mireles) taught Gabby in elementary school. She was a beautiful person & dedicated teacher. She believed in Gabby & went above & beyond to teach her as you can see below. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/qMlVoVEUrY
— Audrey (@audreymg0928) May 24, 2022
1. Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old resident of Uvalde, who is believed to be armed with a handgun and rifle, opened fire on children and staff at Rob Elementary School in the US city of Texas on Tuesday morning. At least 19 students and three adults died in the incident.
How was this not a red flag just four days ago! The stupidest things get banned from social media but this psycho SALVADOR RAMOS posts his murder weapons and nobody cares.
He is the Robb Elementary School Shooter in Uvalde Texas. RIP to all accept the killer pic.twitter.com/UXMMBEA38O
— Egypt Thompson (@Egyptthompson) May 24, 2022
2. Salvador Ramos allegedly shot his grandmother before attending Rob Elementary School in Uvalde.
Sad update… Families tell me they’re going one by one inside getting swabbed for DNA to help investigators pic.twitter.com/zTuWr873Gk
— Anayeli Ruiz KHOU (@AnayeliNews) May 25, 2022
3. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he would “fully investigate” the incident. “I have directed the Texas Department of Public Security and the Texas Rangers to work with local law enforcement to investigate this crime thoroughly. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is charged with providing local officials with all the resources they need to respond to this tragedy. Because the state of Texas works to make sure the community has what it needs to heal,” he said.
As a nation we must ask: When in God’s name will we stand up to the gun lobby?
When in God’s name will we do what needs to be done?
I’m sick and tired of it. We have to act.
— President Biden (@POTUS) May 25, 2022
4. Officials reported that Salvador Ramos was shot dead by officers who responded after the tragedy. He said Ramos went to a high school in the same district.
5. Two officers were also injured in a brief exchange of fire with Salvador.
Our nation needs to take a serious look at the state of mental health today.
Sometimes meds can be the problem.
America is failing our youngest generations from decades of rejecting good moral values and teachings.
We don’t need more gun control.
We need to return to God.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) May 24, 2022
6. US President Joe Biden made an emotional call for new restrictions on firearms. “When in the name of God are we going to stand in front of the gun lobby?” Biden said this at the White House shortly after returning from a five-day trip to Asia.
There is no such thing as being “pro-life” while supporting laws that let children be shot in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshippers in their houses of faith, survivors by abusers, or anyone in a crowded place.
It is an idolatry of violence. And it must end.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 24, 2022
7. Congress member Marjorie Taylor Green outrightly rejected the new gun laws. “Our nation needs to consider the state of mental health today seriously,” the Republican tweeted.
Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 25, 2022
8. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Republicans for opposing gun-control despite mass shootings in the US.
9. Former US President Barack Obama issued a statement on Twitter Tuesday night calling for action to stop further gun violence. “Across the country, parents are putting their kids to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies – and in the back of their minds, they worry about what might happen tomorrow when they take their kids to school. Will leave or take them. Grocery store or any other public place. This is a long time for action, for any action,” he said.
10. US Vice President Kamala Harris called for a policy change to ensure this never happens again. “As a nation, we must have the courage to act and understand the nexus between fair and sensible public policy so that this never happens again,” Harris said.