As the nation continues to reel from yet another deadly day at a school in the U.S., people are mourning together on social media.
Uvalde, Texas, native Matthew McConaughey took to Twitter asking, “What is it that we truly value? How do we repair the problem? What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?”
While he had the same questions that many people are posing the day after 19 children and two teachers were killed, he ended his statement with thoughts for the families who dropped off their children at school for the final time.
“And to those who dropped off their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.”
McConaughey wasn’t the only celebrity to speak out about the violence at Robb Elementary School.
Texas native Selena Gomez also posed the question, “If children aren’t safe at school where are they safe?” She also called for laws that could stop future mass shootings.
LeBron James asked the same question as Gomez.
“These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously ‘AT SCHOOL’ where it’s supposed to be the safest!”
Country singer Maren Morris put it in perspective, saying that the number of children killed on Tuesday was the same as a small classroom of students, posting before the death toll rose later Tuesday evening.
“Imagine you walk down a hall & an entire class... GONE.”
Golden State Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, whose father was a victim of gun violence, spoke about the rash of gun violence plaguing the United States.
Kerr’s father was the president of the American University of Beirut when he was shot and killed by two men outside his office in 1984, according to Esquire.
“In the last 10 days, we’ve had elderly Black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo. We’ve had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California. Now, we have children murdered at school,” Kerr said during a time when he would traditionally be talking about an upcoming basketball game, CNN reported.
Taylor Swift shared Kerr’s statement, saying that she is “Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders in Uvalde.”
Mandy Moore shared similar thoughts that many people dealt with when hearing the news, “There are no words,” the “Today” show shared.
Chris Evans, the actor who portrayed Captain America, showed his downright anger over another mass shooting on Twitter: “(expletive) enough.”
Jon Favreau called the shooting “an unimaginable nightmare.”
Hollywood elite were not the only ones who took to social media to share their thoughts after the rampage.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said that prayer and condolences are “grossly inadequate.”
Former RNC chairperson Michael Steele said “politicians will offer their ‘shock’ and their ‘prayers’. We will move on in a week. Again.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “Heidi & I are fervently living up in prayer the children and the families in the horrific shooting in Uvalde.”
Later he told NBC News that he “and the entire country, are grieving horrifically at yet another unspeakable crime.”
Cruz is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association meeting scheduled to be held as planned in Houston this week, the Houston Chronicle reported. Former President Donald Trump and Gov. Gregg Abbott are also expected to speak, the newspaper reported.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said “Another round of thoughts and prayers. They’re hollow words if we continue to do nothing to end the violent, unrelenting, preventable shootings in our country.”
Sen Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) took the Senate floor shortly after the shooting. “I am here on this floor, to beg...find a way to pass laws that make this less likely.”
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