A mass shooting that killed five and injured at least 21 people in Odessa, Texas, Saturday left stunned Americans reeling — again. It was the second deadly mass shooting in the state in less than a month, and the fourth in the nation in 35 days.
Politicians and the public reacted with horror, sorrow — and frustration and fury.
Texan Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke declared at a campaign event in Virginia what we know about the shooting: “This is fucked up.”
Parkland High School shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg tweeted that he doesn’t want to live in a society where “guns are worth more than children.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called on Congress to finally do something. “I’m heartsick for the victims,” she tweeted. “We shouldn’t have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We’ve already lost far too many to gun violence — Congress must act now.”
The House Judiciary Committee had scheduled a debate on gun control for next week, but it was postponed because of Hurricane Dorian.
South Bend Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigeig said simply: “Enough. Texas, my heart is with you. America, we must act.”
Joe Biden also chimed in with “enough.”
San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg tweeted: “Texas families deserve more than thoughts and prayers. Our hearts are with you, Odessa.”
Vice President Mike Pence told reporters: “Our heart goes out to all the victims.” He said the president was “closely monitoring the developments in the investigation in the mass shooting in Odessa,” and is “fully engaged.”
One politician who didn’t get great feedback on Twitter was Donald Trump. He spent several hours at his golf resort in Virginia — after canceling his trip to Poland — before heading to Camp David. He tweeted that he had been “briefed” about the shooting. There was no further tweet ten hours later.
Thousands of others took to Twitter to express their sadness and frustrations about the latest shooting.