Local politicians react to mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Texas School-Shooting
Posted at 6:02 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-24 22:42:46-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Ninteen students and two adults were tragically killed during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school Tuesday.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the gunman, an 18-year-old man, was killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, which is about 85 miles west of San Antonio. Abbott said the Uvalde High School student shot his grandmother before going into the school.

As the country mourns more lives lost to senseless gun violence, politicians and other authorities throughout Virginia, Hampton Roads and North Carolina are reacting to the tragedy. You can read what they had to say about the shooting below:

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Suzanne and I are devastated at the incomprehensible and tragic news out of Texas. We are praying for the community of Uvalde and the families who lost their children and loved ones to this senseless attack.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin

Gov. Youngkin has ordered that starting Tuesday and until sunset on May 28, all U.S. flags and Virginia flags are to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state and federal buildings and grounds in the state of Virginia out of respect for and in memory of the victims.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper

Virginia Beach City Councilman Aaron Rouse

Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney Ramin Fatehi

Norfolk Police Department

Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Preparedness & Response for the City of Norfolk

Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.)

My heart is broken for the entire Uvalde community. Parents send their children to school with the basic expectation that they will come home safe at the end of the day. The Uvalde community sadly joins an unfortunately long list of other communities across our country to face such unspeakable atrocities — and less than two weeks since the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo. Yet not one new federal law has been enacted in response to any of those tragedies in order to prevent another.

Too many politicians will offer up thoughts and prayers but will take no meaningful action. I refuse to accept this as the status quo. Look at the evidence. The United States is not an outlier for individuals suffering from mental illness. We are an outlier for mass shootings. Still we refuse to address the common denominator in all of these tragedies — guns.

Since Democrats retook the majority in 2019, the House of Representatives has passed meaningful gun safety reforms. Sadly, there remain too many in the Senate who still refuse to pass legislation to address this national crisis. This latest tragedy must be the last. I remain committed to enacting comprehensive gun safety reform and I hope my colleagues will finally do something to help end this senseless violence.
Rep. Bobby Scott

This story will continue to be updated as more reactions come in.