Barack Obama paid tribute to the 19 children and two teachers killed in a merciless massacre in Uvalde, Texas, after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.
Obama – who was president of the United States from 2009 to 2017 – shared a poignant note on social media, where he pointed to the chilling echo of the 2012 Sandy Hook shootings that left 26 people dead.
“Across the country, parents are putting their kids to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies – and in the back of their minds they worry about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school or pick them up. taken to a grocery store or any other public space,” Obama tweeted.
“Michelle and I mourn with the families of Uvalde, who are experiencing pain that no one should have to bear. We are also angry for them.
Obama recalled the tragic massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, during which he served as president.
“Nearly ten years after Sandy Hook – and ten days after Buffalo – our country is paralyzed, not by fear, but by a gun lobby and political party that has shown no will to act in a way that could help prevent these tragedies,” he wrote in a follow-up tweet.
“It is high time for action, any type of action. And it’s another tragedy, calmer but no less tragic, for the families who wait one more day.
“May God bless the memory of the victims and, according to the words of scripture, heal the broken hearted and heal their wounds,” he concluded.
In 2013, President Obama accused Republican senators of putting politics before safety after voting against a background check amendment for gun purchases.
Obama, who made gun control central to his administration’s agenda after the Sandy Hook shootings, called Congress’ failure to act “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
Uvalde’s shooter has been identified as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos. He allegedly shot his grandmother before heading to the elementary school with two assault rifles around 11:32 a.m. local time, officials said.
The crime spree came just two days from the end of the school year and sent parents scrambling in a mad search for their children.
New York Post