Celebrities including Chris Evans, Taylor Swift, Andy Cohen, James Corden and Elizabeth Banks have spoken out after 19 students and two adults were killed in a school shooting in Texas.
On Tuesday (May 24), an 18-year-old gunman named Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which serves 90 percent of Hispanic students in grades two through four.
Officials said Ramos entered the school with a handgun and possibly a rifle before opening fire.
Shortly after the incident, a number of US celebrities reacted to the shooting, with many condemning the government for failing to enact proper gun control laws.
“F***ING ENOUGH!!!” wrote Marvel star Chris Evans on Twitter.
Late night host Andy Cohen added: “What a shitty country this is. Take away women’s reproductive rights, but give everyone a gun. What could go wrong?”
The Late Late Show Moderator James Corden also spoke out against gun laws in the United States in a monologue after the recording of his show on Tuesday.
He said: “I am so deeply saddened for the families of these children, the trauma of the survivors and for the future these children will never see. It doesn’t make any sense to me. It doesn’t reflect the country I think America is, the America I’ve always admired.
“You have a problem, you solve it.”
In a lengthy Instagram post, Matthew McConaughey, who spent the first 12 years of his life in Uvalde, wrote: “We must realign our values and find common ground about this devastating American reality that has tragically become our children’s problem.
“This is an epidemic that we can control and whichever side of the aisle we’re on, we all know we can do better. We have to do better.”
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Singer John Batiste agreed with McConaughey’s statement, writing, “We need to make some changes now.”
A few hours after the incident, Amanda Gorman also shared a poem about gun violence on Twitter.
“Schools scared to death. The truth is, an education under desks bowed low by bullets; That leap when we ask where our children should live and how and if,” wrote the 23-year-old poet.
“It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters keep killing children and doing nothing isn’t just insanity — it’s inhumanity,” Gorman wrote.
“The truth is, one nation under arms.
“What could we be if we only tried. What could we become if we just listened.”
Singer Finneas, brother of pop star Billie Eilish, added: “Anyone who says ‘now is not the time to talk about gun control’ doesn’t give a fuck that kids got murdered today.”
American actor Dylan O’Brien condemned Republicans, writing, “Republicans will force you to have your child, but they will do absolutely nothing to protect them.”
Charlie’s Angel Star Banks added: “Vote like your kids’ lives depend on it because they fucking do. How many more? DO SOMETHING.”
Taylor Swift also broke her months-long Twitter hiatus to share a video of grieving Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, whose team was scheduled to play a game 400 miles from where the fatal shooting took place.
“Filled with anger and sadness and so broken by the murders in Uvalde. From Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others,” she wrote.
“By the way we have been conditioned as a nation to unfathomable and unbearable heartbreak. Steve’s words ring so true and hit so deep.”
The Kardashians also shared “heartbreaking” messages about the fatal shooting.
In a lengthy post, Kourtney Kardashian wrote, “Schools should be places where our children learn, make friends, laugh, grow, discover themselves. A safe place where they can imagine their future. No place where their future will be taken from them. How did we get to a point where it is acceptable for our children to be murdered in their schools?
“This breaks my heart. I’m asking lawmakers to take responsibility. We need a plan to protect our babies.”
Khloe Kardashian added: “My heart is breaking. I pray, I hope, I ask, I plead… Please, legislators, government officials, leaders of our country, do something to protect our children.”
Kylie and Kris Jenner also shared their grief on their respective social media profiles.
Taking to social media to express their condolences, the duo The Chainsmokers wrote, “Our hearts go out to those in Texas at Robb Elementary School and all those affected. Something has to change in this country. We are the only country where children could go to school and be shot.”
Becky G added: “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Just last week a targeted mass shooting at a market in Buffalo and now a school shooting in Uvalde. Communities should be safe in their grocery stores, our KIDS should be safe in the classroom! That must have an end.”
The Uvalde school shooting is the deadliest shooting in Texas history.
Authorities have not revealed a motivation behind the incident but say the suspect acted alone.
“Texans across the state are mourning the victims of this senseless crime and the community of Uvalde,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.
“Cecilia and I mourn this terrible loss and we call on all Texans to come together to show our unwavering support to all who are suffering.”
The country’s latest mass shooting comes just over a week after 10 people, all black, were shot dead in Buffalo in what officials described as a racist attack.
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