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Democrats rushed to leverage the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday to demand gun control measures and attack Republicans.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott identified the deceased suspect as 18-year-old Salvador Romas, who had a handgun and possibly a rifle when he opened fire at Robb Elementary School, killing 18 students and one teacher, according to Abbott. Two police officers suffered gunshot wounds but were expected to survive, the governor said.
Prominent Democrats immediately blamed Republicans for the shooting, with at least one hurling profanity at several Republicans.
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“F — your prayers. They haven’t worked in the last 20 mass shootings, how about passing laws that will stop these killings,” Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona, tweeted at Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Gallego also tweeted to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas: “Just to be clear f— you @tedcruz you f— baby killer.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., was quick to blame Republicans.
“There’s no such thing as being ‘pro-life’ while supporting laws that allow children to be slaughtered in their schools, elders in grocery stores, worshipers in their homes of faith, survivors of abusers or anyone in a crowded place,” she said. wrote on Twitter. “It’s idolatry of violence. And it has to stop.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a Democrat whose city is known for its high rates of violence, also offered her thoughts on the school shooting.
“As a nation, we simply cannot allow this to continue. Every day, children and young people lose their lives to people who do not value the sanctity of life and take advantage of the uninterrupted presence of firearms in our communities,” Lightfoot said. said in a statement.
“Now more than ever, we must push our legislators to pass tough and effective gun control measures. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., spoke in the Senate to demand action on gun control.
“Why are you spending all this time running for the United States Senate…if your answer is that as the killings increase, while our children run for their lives, we do nothing?” Murphy asked his colleagues.
While Democrats were quick to call for gun control in response to the shooting, Republicans urged Americans to pray for the families of the victims.
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“This is pure and heartbreaking evil – 14 children and 1 teacher were murdered in a senseless act of violence. Please pray for the victims, their families and the community of Uvalde, Texas,” Rep. Rodney Davis wrote. on Twitter.
“Please pray for Uvalde and those poor kids who didn’t deserve this,” tweeted Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas.
Fox News’ Greg Norman and Louis Casiano contributed reporting