May 24, 2022 - Politics & Policy

"Enough is enough": Kamala Harris urges gun control after Texas shooting

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris.

Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks on the steps the administration is taking to address mental health and wellness during a visit to Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., on May 23. Photo: Brendan Smialowski /AFP via Getty Images

Vice President Kamala Harris urged lawmakers to "take action" on gun control after at least 18 students and an adult were killed in a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.

What she's saying: "We would all say naturally that our hearts break, but our hearts keep getting broken," Harris said during a speech at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 20th Annual Awards Gala, CNN reported.

  • "Enough is enough," Harris added. "As a nation, we have to have the courage to take action and understand the nexus between what makes for reasonable and sensible public policy to entrust something like this never happens again."
  • "People of Uvalde, please know that this is a room full of leaders who grieve with you and we are praying for you and we stand with you."

The latest: The gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, roughly 85 miles west of San Antonio on Tuesday afternoon, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

  • The governor said the shooter, an 18-year-old male who was local to Uvalde, was dead.
  • State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-Texas) said that in addition to those who died, three others were wounded in the attack and are currently hospitalized in serious condition, AP reports.

Driving the news: President Biden, was briefed on the shooting, will deliver remarks regarding the shooting Tuesday evening, Harris said, per CNN.

  • "His prayers are with the families impacted by this awful event, and he will speak this evening when he arrives back at the White House," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.
  • U.S. flags will be flown at half-staff in honor of the victims at the White House, public buildings and all military posts, Biden said in a proclamation issued Tuesday.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show at least 1 adult was killed in the shooting. The shooter was also killed.

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