“Another rough morning for us here … so many parents in this room, myself included, another mass shooting at a school,” Ripa said to open Wednesday’s show.
Although Ripa and Seacrest agreed they wouldn’t say anything that hadn’t already been said, they wanted to say what was on their minds.
Ripa said the marks were left in the community in Uvalde, Texas.
“This is unrecoverable,” Ripa said.
The day before the shooting, the FBI released its Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2021 report.
According to the FBI, the number of active shooter incidents identified in 2021 represents a 52.5% increase from 2020 and a 96.8% increase from 2017.
The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals who are actively involved in killing or killing people in a populated area.
According to Education Week, there have been 27 school shootings this year, resulting in injuries or deaths.
Ripa noted that students across the country have active marksmanship practice every day.
“I’m a parent of kids who have this active target practice. I can tell you it fundamentally changes who your kids are and it makes them afraid of everything and everywhere because every place is potentially dangerous,” Ripa said.
Ripa said she didn’t sleep because she was angry about another school shooting.
Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told CNN that all of the victims were in the same fourth grade at Robb Elementary.
It was the deadliest US school shooting since December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing 20 children and six adults.
“What are we doing? And who are we as a society?” asked Ripa.
“Before you tell me to stay on my lane – this is my lane. This is my lead.”
Seacrest said he spoke to his sister, who has a 3-year-old child, after hearing the news. The American Idol host said his sister and mom both felt the same way Ripa did.
Seacrest was referring to Golden State Warrior head coach Steve Kerr’s impassioned speech Tuesday night urging senators to take action.
Kerr was speaking in Dallas, about 400 miles from Uvalde, before the Warriors played the Mavericks.
“When do we do what?” Kerr asked. “I am tired. I’m so tired of standing up here and offering my condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m so sick of the apology, but I’m sorry, I’m sick of the moments of silence. Enough.”
Echoing Kerr’s request, Seacrest said common ground must be found to bring about real change.
“Of course thoughts, of course prayers, of course moments of silence, but that’s no use,” Seacrest said. “And something must be done.”
Ripa said it’s up to citizens to call lawmakers to see things change.
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