Taylor Swift, Amy Schumer and Chris Evans are among famous faces expressing “rage and grief” following a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas.
celebrities called for an end to the violence and criticized the US government for the lax gun laws that allowed the tragic incident to happen.
At least 19 children and a teacher have been reported dead after an armed teenager opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders at Uvalde. By Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many more. By the way we as a nation have become conditioned to unfathomable and unbearable grief. Steve’s words ring so true and are so profound. https://t.co/Rb5uwSTxty
—Taylorswift (@taylorswift13) May 25, 2022
The incident is the deadliest to occur at a US elementary school since the infamous Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed nearly a decade ago.
Pop megastar Swift has shared a video of Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr delivering an emotional message during a press conference ahead of the NBA Western Conference Finals.
“Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders in Uvalde,” she wrote in a tweet.
“By Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others. By the way we as a nation have become conditioned to unfathomable and unbearable grief.
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) May 24, 2022
“Steve’s words ring so true and are so profound.”
Oscar co-host Schumer said: “We mourn with the community of Uvalde, a predominantly Latin community, and all others affected by another senseless act of violence in our schools.
“This is another tragic example of the magnitude of this public health crisis in our country.”
Captain America star Evans wrote in all caps, “F****** enough!”
Fellow Marvel superhero Simu Liu also called for “accountability” for the incident.
“Heartbroken for the families, friends and classmates of Robb Elementary School,” he said.
“My deepest condolences go out to those affected and my mind yearns for responsibility.
“A system that allows for so many mass shootings just has to change. It’s time to demand action.
Heartbroken for Robb Elementary School families, friends and classmates. My deepest condolences go out to those affected and my spirit yearns for accountability.
A system that allows for so many mass shootings just has to change. It’s time to demand action.
— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) May 25, 2022
British actor Jason Isaacs asked: “When will the right to bear arms be weighed against the right to live free from fear of being shot?”
Oscar-winning producer Finneas also expressed his anger at the situation, writing: ‘Anyone who says ‘now is not the time to talk about gun control’ doesn’t care that kids got murdered today .”
Other celebrities expressing their shock and horror at the situation include Kylie Jenner, George Takei and Jake Paul.
Posting to her Instagram Story, reality star Kylie Jenner, who recently gave birth to her second child with rapper Travis Scott, said, “Another school shooting. Devastating.
If we want things to change, we must demand it from our leaders.
—George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) May 24, 2022
“It breaks my heart for these families.
Veteran Star Trek actor Takei added: “There are no words. And no action was ever taken.
“If we want things to change, we have to demand it from our leaders.”
Poet Amanda Gorman, who rose to fame after a reading at US President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in January 2021, wrote a poem after the shooting in Texas and posted it on social media.
He said: “The schools are scared to death.
“The truth is that an education under the desks, Down under the bullets; This dive when you ask.
“Where our children will live and how and if.”
Sharing a link to gun violence charity Everytown, Gorman captioned his post: “Americans, you know enough is enough.
“If you do something today, don’t just cry, but act.”