BOSTON – Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka Tweeted “Allowing children to be murdered in our schools is a policy choice. Allowing our neighbors to be murdered in the grocery store is a policy choice. Allowing shootings to occur almost daily in the 10 days in between is a policy choice – and it’s madness,” after the shooting in Texas that killed 18 childden inside an elementary school today, May 24.
Eighteen children and one adult were killed in Tuesday’s mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, according to Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Texas shooting is the deadliest US school shooting since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, in February 2018, when 17 people were killed.
The Uvalde massacre is the second deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school on record, following the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, according to The New York Times
“We’ve made different choices here in Massachusetts, but that is cold comfort today. I grieve for those we have lost to gun violence, but I am also angry that this keeps happening again and again – and again – in America. We must turn that anger into action. We must not lose hope,” said Senate President Spilka.