Texas school shooting draws cries of grief and disbelief from world leaders
London — The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has reverberated throughout the world, making headlines and drawing each condolences, and requires change.
At the Vatican, Pope Francis stated the tragedy had left him “heartbroken,” including: “It’s time to say enough to the indiscriminate trafficking of weapons.”
“This is happening in completely peaceful times, when completely innocent children are killed,” lamented Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, talking through distant from Kyiv to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “If you want my opinion, then war is everywhere.”
Speaking on the “Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated she was “so sorry for what has happened,” and defined how her nation adopted harder gun management legal guidelines after a white supremacist shot and killed 51 worshippers at two mosques in 2019.
“When we saw something like that happen, everyone said, ‘Never again… We have legitimate needs for guns in our country, for things like pest control and to protect our biodiversity, but you don’t need a military-style semiautomatic weapon to do that,” she stated. “So, we got rid of that.”
In Australia, the place a 1996 mass shooting left 35 individuals useless, prompting sweeping gun management reforms, nationwide treasurer Jim Chalmers stated he did not perceive why the U.S. has not taken related steps.
“It’s just hard to imagine, hard to fathom, how a great nation like the United States can go on like this, with these mass shootings and all of this gun violence,” he stated.
In France, President Emmanuel Macron despatched in a tweet calling the school shooting in Texas “cowardly,” including: “We share the shock and grief of the American people, and the rage of those who are fighting to end the violence.”