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Texas school shooting live updates: Biden calls for ‘action’ on gun laws after 19 children, 2 teachers killed

PRESIDENT Joe Biden has called on Americans to turn their “pain into action” after a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, left at least 19 students and two teachers dead.

In an emotional speech from the White House Tuesday, Biden said it was time for “every parent, every citizen of this country” to push for “common sense gun laws.”

The shooter in the deadly attack was fatally shot by law enforcement officers responding to the shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, about 80 miles west of San Antonio.

Tributes and messages of support have poured in from around the world in the wake of the school shooting, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who said “the people of Ukraine share the pain” of those impacted by the shooting.

Actor Matthew McConaughey called on Americans to “re-evaluate” after a mass shooting at an elementary school in his hometown, Uvalde, killed at least 19 children and two teachers.

In a statement published to Twitter Tuesday night, McConaughey wrote: “This is an epidemic we can control, and whichever side of the aisle we may stand on, we all know we can do better.”

The “Dallas Buyers Club” star urged all Americans to “re-evaluate and re-negotiate our wants from our needs” as Texas witnessed its deadliest school shooting since 2012.

“Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedom grant us,” he said.

Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary School, “died a Hero trying to get help for her and her fellow classmates,” her grandmother Berlinda Irene Arreola told The Daily Beast.

Arreola said authorities and survivors told her that the gunman told the students, “you’re going to die.” Amerie Jo grabbed her phone to call police. “And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood,” Arreola said.

Amerie Jo had, earlier in the day, received a certificate for making the honor roll, according to The Daily Beast. Hours later, her stepfather pleaded on social media for help from anyone who might be able to help him find Amerie Jo. Not too long later, he returned to post another update.

“She’s been found. My little love is now flying high with the angels above. Please don’t take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them. I love you Amerie jo. Watch over your baby brother for me,” he wrote.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is facing backlash over his response to the elementary school shooting that killed at least 19 students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas Tueday.

The Republican senator, who said in a tweet he is praying for the victims and afflicted families, faced swift backlash on Twitter over his support for gun rights and for blocking measures on gun reform.

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Cruz, a Republican, over plans to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting set to take place three days after the deadly mass shooting.

“Aren’t you slated to headline a speaking gig for the NRA in three days — in Houston, no less?,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You can do more than pray. Faith without works is dead.”

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