(KRON) — Bay Area lawmakers are reacting to a Texas elementary school shooting that left 14 children and one teacher dead, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
“14 more children have been murdered–their families & communities devastate–because of our nation’s refusal to stop the tidal wave of easy-to-get mass killing machines,” said California State Sen. Scott Wiener in a tweet. “These mass murders aren’t inevitable. It doesn’t have to be this way. We need fewer guns. Congress must act.
“I wish I could look at my 3 small kids & promise I’ll always protect them. That’d be a lie,” wrote Rep. Eric Swallwell, CA-D, on Twitter. “America arms the most dangerous people to the teeth, leaving every child vulnerable to being shot in their class. This is not a policy defect. It is by GOP design.”
“Another day, another mass shooting, and more silence from the gun lobby and Republicans who refuse to allow any gun safety reforms to occur,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a statement. “Uvalde, Texas, is the latest on the heartbreaking list of mass shootings. Reports that 14 elementary school students and a teacher have been murdered are beyond tragic. I’m just speechless at the evil that is running rampant, and behind all of these acts is a firearm.”
“The shooting at Robb Elementary in Texas is a horror. My heart aches for the families devastated by this tragedy and the Uvalde community. Children are dying, and we could do something about it. But the GOP won’t stand up to the gun lobby. Shameful doesn’t begin to cover it,” Rep. Adam Schiff said.
“My thoughts are with the families & community grieving in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. I’m heartbroken and furious that yet another community has been torn apart without nationwide action to prevent gun violence. Kids have the right to be safe at school,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta.
“I refuse to participate in another moment of silence on the House floor. I want a moment of action:
1) no guns for anyone under 21;
2) all guns must have trigger locks that require finger print to be discharged;
3) felony charges for anyone who doesn’t safely lock their gun,” Rep. Jackie Speier said.
“The level of gun violence in America is a shameful stain on our society. These days, we cannot finish mourning victims of a mass shooting before another one happens. It’s insulting that this has become normalized. Enough is enough!” said Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin.
President Biden ordered that United States flags should be flown at half-staff at the White House and other public buildings and grounds until sunset on May 28.
“This is insanity. The reoccurring nightmare of our country struck again today, this time in TX,” tweeted Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “My heart breaks for the parents who lost their beloved children. We must stop this relentless trauma on our communities and limit access to guns right now.”
The shooting, which took place in Uvalde, TX, comes on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Valley Transit Authority rail yard shooting that left nine dead in San Jose last year.
“Our hearts go out to the families of Uvalde, TX and all of the other victims of senseless gun violence in America,” said the VTA in a tweet.