Ohio governor, lawmakers react to deadly mass shooting at Texas elementary school

Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday,...
Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)(Dario Lopez-Mills | AP)
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 5:15 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Several Ohio politicians, including Gov. Mike DeWine, offered statements and condolences following the mass shooting that left at least 19 children and several adults dead at a Texas elementary school.

Gov. DeWine said he is offering any Ohio public safety resources to Texas amid the tragic shooting in Uvalde.

Both U.S. senators from Ohio, Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown, offered messages of support to the school shooting victims in statements on Twitter:

U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who represents several Northeast Ohio communities, offered the following:

“I am sickened by the tragedy that has unfolded in Texas today, and my heart is with the loved ones who should never have to bear such unspeakable pain. More than a dozen beautiful souls have been senselessly taken by a monster who held no regard for human life. Coming mere days after the racist murders carried out in Buffalo, our nation must come to grips with what is so painfully obvious: ignoring this violence and evil is no solution at all. Students, teachers, kids on the sidewalk and on playgrounds, and seniors buying groceries are being callously hunted down with no end in sight. Special interests – vested with colossal power – have been allowed to systematically thwart even the most reasonable measures that are supported by gun owners and non-gun owners alike. We cannot allow those who think the status quo is acceptable to continue to rule the day. Americans are demanding sanity, and Congress must take the commonsense steps that will protect lives and respect civil liberties.”

Cuyahoga County executive Armond Budish issued the following statement:

“I am truly, truly heartbroken after yesterday’s news of the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in an act of senseless violence. School is supposed to be a place where students can learn and grow in a safe environment. This has not been the case for many years now.

“Those in positions of power have the ability to make the legislative change necessary to save lives. Gun control should have come after we lost 26 children in the Sandy Hook massacre. What will be the final straw? Reform needs to happen now.”

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said:

“Last night, a 15-year-old boy here in Akron was shot and killed during an altercation. Last week, 10 people were killed in a mass shooting in a Buffalo grocery store. And yesterday, 19 children and 2 teachers were murdered in a Texas elementary school. Each death due to gun violence is tragic. Each one leaves behind a grieving family and a mourning community. Our hearts break each and every time there is a victim of senseless gun violence and it’s far too often we have to express condolences to those victims and their families.

“This epidemic of gun violence isn’t just an Akron problem, or a Texas problem, or a New York one. It is impacting communities across our nation, and it must be addressed at the highest levels. This country needs to wake the hell up and realize it has a gun problem. This isn’t about politics. This is about protecting our children and our communities. I’m urging every state capital and Congress to take swift action. Everyone deserves to feel safe in their own homes, schools, supermarkets, and cities, and common-sense gun laws would be a long overdue step in the right direction.

As of early Wednesday morning, the death toll included 19 students of Robb Elementary School, as well as two adults. The gunman died after being shot by police who responded to the scene.

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