Referesh for updates. Soon after the fatal shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs in Sutherland Springs, Texas, prominent figures in politics and Hollywood took to Twitter to react. Many sent condolences and prayers, while many reiterated that this tragic event is yet another call to action for gun control.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted shortly after the tragedy saying, “Keeping all harmed in Sutherland Springs in our prayers and grateful for our brave first responders on the scene.” Mike Pence, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Paul Ryan followed with their tweets of prayers and condolences.
“God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX,” tweeted Trump. “Our country’s hearts are breaking for the victims & their families. We love & are with you!”
Ryan simply tweeted, “Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
Bernie Sanders tweeted, “My thoughts are with the victims of Sutherland Springs and their loved ones. No community should have to face such a senseless tragedy.”
Chelsea Clinton said Sutherland Springs is in her heart and tweeted, “No one should have to worry about loved ones in a house of worship, a nightclub, a school or at a concert.”
In a thread of tweets, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal not only expressed his condolences but also pushed the need for Congress to act on gun violence. “Heartbroken for victims, loved ones, and all affected by the horrific tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas,” he tweeted. “Horror, heartbreak, shame. Prayers are important but insufficient. After another unspeakable tragedy, Congress must act – or be complicit. Enough is enough. Now is the time for commonsense gun violence prevention steps. Congressional complicity must end.”
In the wake of the event, filmmaker Adam McKay reiterated his thoughts about gun control in the country. “Mass carnage in Sutherland Springs,” he tweeted. “We can do better than this. The idea of zero new gun safety laws isn’t just idiotic it’s murderous.” He continued with a series of tweets and retweets in regards to gun safety.
Unconfirmed reports put the death total of at least two dozen dead, with 30 injured. Some reports have the death total as high as 27 people. The shooter, who has yet to be identified, reportedly died after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Robert Murphy.
Read the tweets below.
Karen & I send prayers to victims & their families in TX.We grieve w/ you & stand w/ resolve against evil. Thank you to the first responders
— Vice President Pence (@VP) November 5, 2017
God bless the people of Sutherland Springs, TX. Our country’s hearts are breaking for the victims & their families. We love & are with you!
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) November 5, 2017
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 5, 2017
My thoughts are with the victims of Sutherland Springs and their loved ones. No community should have to face such a senseless tragedy.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 5, 2017
No one should have to worry about loved ones in a house of worship, a nightclub, a school or at a concert. #SutherlandSprings you’re in my❤️
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 5, 2017
Heartbroken for victims, loved ones, and all affected by the horrific tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) November 5, 2017
The evil perpetrated in Sutherland Springs is indescribable.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 5, 2017
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) November 5, 2017
To all who lost loved ones at Sutherland Springs: the nation grieves with you. We must find moral courage to address these senseless acts.
— Sen. Al Franken (@SenFranken) November 5, 2017
Mass carnage in Sutherland Springs.
We can do better than this.
The idea of zero new gun safety laws isn’t just idiotic it’s murderous.
— Adam McKay (@GhostPanther) November 5, 2017
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
How many more have to die before we enact sane gun control laws?
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) November 5, 2017
No words. My heart is broken for Sutherland Springs, TX and for 2017 America. Please let’s all come together
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 5, 2017
20+ dead in a small town church. 500+ shot in Vegas. If this isn’t a public heath crisis, what is? This sure isn’t freedom.
— Andy Richter (@AndyRichter) November 5, 2017
Just nothing. No words. Numb. Again. May everyone affected in Texas rest in and find peace.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) November 5, 2017
.@nra you are a terrorist organization. you aid, abet, and protect terrorists.
— Timothy Simons (@timothycsimons) November 5, 2017
Where's the next mass shooting gonna be? Any guesses? Should we try to do anything we can to prevent it? No? Ok cool. Good luck out there!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) November 5, 2017