In what was a flood of emotion, anger and consolation, celebrities spoke out in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two adult teachers dead with 17 others still hospitalized—two in critical condition. Their words channelled the grief and outrage most Americans were experiencing upon hearing of the latest mass shooting tragedy whose victims were mostly fourth graders.
“Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space,” Barack Obama tweeted.
“Michelle and I grieve with the families in Uvalde, who are experiencing pain no one should have to bear. We’re also angry for them,” he continued. “Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook—and ten days after Buffalo—our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.
“It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy—a quieter but no less tragic one—for families to wait another day. May God bless the memory of the victims, and in the words of Scripture, heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.”
LeBron James tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough, man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms’ way at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s supposed to be the safest! There simply has to be change! HAS TO BE!! Praying to the heavens above to all with kids these days in schools.”
Halle Berry advocated that more be demanded of our politicians.
“This HAS to stop!,” she posted. “WE must demand that our government DO BETTER!”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton echoed the sentiment: “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. After years of nothing else, we are becoming a nation of anguished screams. We simply need legislators willing to stop the scourge of gun violence in America that is murdering our children.”
Here is what some of your other celeb favorites had to say:
Kerry Washington: “As a mother, this is the tragically unimaginable. School should be a SAFE place. My heart breaks for the pain and suffering of every family member and loved one connected to today’s events in Texas. My prayers are with you.”
Gabrielle Union: “It’s BEEN enough. We’ve been at “enough” for centuries.”
Amanda Gorman: “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing, it isn’t just insanity, its inhumanity.”
“The truth is, one nation under guns”.
Chloe Bailey: “When will this end??????? when will it stop??? How do we just keep letting this happen?? 18 babies gone!
Missy Elliott: “We living in some TRYING TIMES… It’s Heavy…I am praying for everyone that is struggling MENTALLY/FINANCIALLY/PHYSICALLY that some PEACE be RESTORED! So many in the world is dealing with pain & I don’t have the answers but I send you LOVE virtually—
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes: “Has to stop man…… prayers to all the families in Texas.”
Offset: “Prayers for the people in Texas man those are kids that were killed smh this world needs God smh.”
“This Is Us” Co-Star Susan Kelechi Watson: My heart is heavy with news tonight. Sending you all love and light this evening. Holding space in my heart for all those suffering the unimaginable.
Senator Cory Booker: “Children went to school today and were killed in a mass shooting. Another American community shattered by gun violence. Another round of thoughts and prayers. They’re hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, unrelenting, preventable shootings in our county.”
T.D. Jakes—At times like today, when life doesn’t make sense after another senseless school shooting, we turn to God. We pray for those beautiful souls who have been lost, for their grieving families and loved ones, and for all those affected. We pray for peace and we hold them close.