UPDATED WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump gave comments at the White House in the immediate aftermath of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, saying that is has been going on “for too long in our country.”
“Too many years. Too many decades now,” he said, adding that “we grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack.”
Nine students and one teacher were killed after an assailant opened fire at Santa Fe High School, and 10 others were injured, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who spoke to a reporter at a news conference.
A suspect was in custody, and “one or two other people” were “of interest,” Abbott said. The suspect was identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17. He said that the assailant had a shotgun and .38 revolver, and neither were his but authorities were investigating whether they were owned by his father.
“Texas has seen too many of these,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
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The school was evacuated, and authorities reported finding possible explosive devices at the school site and near campus.
Trump gave the remarks before addressing a prison reform summit at the White House.
“My administration is determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others,” he said. “Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe.”
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a different message to Trump and Congress: You’ve done nothing.
“You were elected to lead — do something. Your first responsibility is to the people of this country, not the NRA — do something,” he said in an open letter that was issued by his office.
“When is enough enough? How many innocent people have to die before you act?” he asked.
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting, tweeted that “this has been my fear since February 14th, that another mass casualty shooting would happen before we did anything. Now, we have 8 more children dead and our leadership in Washington has done nothing. We do not need thoughts and prayers, we need action and we need it now.”
A number of Hollywood figures weighed in with comments, many of them aimed at the National Rifle Association. Julianne Moore tweeted, “Our children have come to expect gun violence in their SCHOOLS. Our leaders should be ashamed.” Moore is the founding chair of the Everytown for Gun Safety Creative Council.
Alyssa Milano wrote, “The politicians are crippled by the gun lobby. This prevents lawmakers from passing sensible gun reform. Damn it! I’m done! The NRA is done. Their puppets are done. The banks that fund them are done. We must rise up and demand change. #NoRA”