Conversations have sparked on social media about America’s gun laws in the wake of a Texas shooting that resulted in the deaths of 14 students and one teacher at an elementary school.
On Tuesday, an 18-year-old high school student reportedly shot and killed 15 people before being killed himself.
Celebrities, politicians, and concerned citizens are making their voices heard about mass shootings in the States and the lack of action being taken to prevent future shootings.
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One politician that has generated a lot of conversation is Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.
He asked two simple questions: “Why are we here?” and “What are we doing?”
At one point, an emotional Murphy literally begged his political colleagues to find a solution to this ongoing problem that seems to have no end.
“These kids weren’t unlucky. This only happens in this country. Nowhere else.”
The Texas tragedy caused people from all walks of life to chime in.
Jimmy Kimmel jumped in on the conversation quoting Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, a group whose mission is to solve gun violence in America.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 24, 2022
Watts also tweeted some numbers, suggesting that Texans own the most guns per capita of any American State.
Texans own among the most guns per capita of any state. If more guns and fewer laws made Texas safer, it would be the safest state with declining rates of gun violence, but it has high rates of gun suicide and homicide, and is home to four of the 10 deadliest mass shootings. pic.twitter.com/ueJz2qwBHA
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 24, 2022
Others shared general condemnation of the US government’s lack of action and condolences for the victims.
What do you say when 14 children and a teacher have been murdered at school? Language is inadequate to the task of explaining the callousness of a country that does absolutely nothing to address rampant gun violence. There is no culture of life here. It is a culture of control.
— roxane gay (@rgay) May 24, 2022
14 children and 1 teacher. There are no words. And there are no actions ever taken.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 24, 2022
14 children. Fucking hell, America.
— Rahul Kohli (@RahulKohli13) May 24, 2022
The Texas elementary school shooting comes just 10 days after another shooting that resulted in the death of 10 people at a grocery store.
May 14, 2022 – 10 people shot and killed at a grocery store.
May 24, 2022 – 14 children, and a teacher, shot and killed in school.
Put your political parties and arguments aside and realize that our country HAS to do something.
— Josiah Williams is Black. (@JDeanWilliams) May 24, 2022