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The suspected shooter was fatally wounded successful the instrumentality enforcement effect to the onslaught astatine Robb Elementary School, located astir 83 miles westbound of San Antonio, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Biden spoke to Abbott and offered "any and each assistance helium needs" to respond to the shooting, White House communications manager Kate Bedingfield said successful a tweet.
The simple schoolhouse shooting evoked horrific memories of the 2012 massacre astatine Sandy Hook Elementary successful Newtown, Connecticut. It is the 2nd wide shooting to stone the state successful 10 days pursuing an onslaught astatine a market store successful Buffalo, New York.
Elected officials sent an outpouring of sympathy for the victims of the shooting. Supporters of stricter weapon information measures expressed outrage that a slayer utilized firearms successful yet different schoolhouse massacre.
Vice President Kamala Harris called for governmental action.
"I would usually accidental successful a infinitesimal similar this — we would each accidental people — that our hearts break. But our heats support getting broken," she said. "As a nation, we person to person the courageousness to instrumentality enactment and recognize the nexus betwixt what makes for tenable and sensible nationalist argumentation to guarantee thing similar this ne'er happens again."
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, urged his colleagues successful a Senate level code to instrumentality meaningful enactment to code weapon violence.
"Why bash you walk each this clip moving for the United States Senate, why bash you spell done each the hassle of getting this job, of putting yourself successful presumption of authorization if your reply arsenic the slaughter increases, arsenic our kids tally for their lives, we bash nothing?" asked Murphy, who successful 2012 represented the U.S. House territory wherever a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, astatine Sandy Hook.
"What are we doing? Why are you present if not to lick a occupation arsenic existential arsenic this?" helium added.
"I'm present connected this level to beg, to virtually get down connected my hands and knees and beg my colleagues," Murphy said. "Find a way guardant here. Work with america to find a mode to walk laws that marque this little likely."
The American emblem flies astatine half-staff astatine the White House successful Washington, DC.
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On his mode disconnected the Senate floor, Murphy scoffed astatine the idea, routinely raised by Republican lawmakers aft wide shootings, that the occupation was intelligence illness, not the wide prevalence of firearms successful America.
"We person wide shooting aft wide shooting and, you know, spare maine the bullshit astir intelligence illness," Murphy told reporters. "We don't person immoderate much intelligence unwellness than immoderate different state successful the world."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the shooting, a "cold-blooded massacre."
"For excessively long, immoderate successful Congress person offered hollow words aft these shootings portion opposing each efforts to prevention lives," Pelosi said successful a statement. "It is clip for each successful Congress to heed the volition of the American radical and articulation successful enacting the House-passed bipartisan, commonsense, life-saving authorities into law."
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said that reforming weapon laws is not the solution to what helium called "yet different enactment of evil and wide murder."
"Inevitably erstwhile there's a execution of this kind, you spot politicians effort to politicize it," Cruz said. "You spot Democrats and a batch of folks successful the media whose contiguous solution is to effort to restrict the law rights of instrumentality abiding citizens. That doesn't work. It's not effective."
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