BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Calling it an “unspeakable tragedy,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pledged the state’s support to Texas in the wake of Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school outside of San Antonio.
Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen were among the chorus of leaders lamenting the shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 19 students and two adults—and the suspect, who was killed by police.READ MORE: Maryland Gas Tax Hikes 7 Cents Friday, Gov. Hogan Calls For Another Tax Holiday
“Schools should never be a place of fear,” Hogan said. “No mom or dad should ever have to worry when they send their kids off to school whether they’ll come home safely.”
Hogan said the Maryland State Police and Maryland Department of Emergency Management have offered their support and resources to their counterparts in Texas. He asked Marylanders to pray for the victims and their families.
Another unspeakable tragedy has left families grieving, a community reeling, and a country desperately seeking answers.
My full statement on today's deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas: pic.twitter.com/AMzYtX4SuT
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 24, 2022
Saying “prayers are not enough,” Scott said stricter legislation was required to head off violence such as that seen in Uvalde, Buffalo and here in Baltimore City.READ MORE: Gun Spotted In Driver's Car Before Baltimore Officer Dragged, Court Documents Say
“We must take action,” Scott said. “We can honor the victims of Uvalde, Buffalo, Baltimore, and every corner of the country touched by gun violence by passing tougher gun laws. We cannot afford to do anything else.”
The mayor’s remarks echoed those conveyed by U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, who said he felt “sick,” noting that the Uvalde shooting ame just days after a mass shooting in Buffalo that killed 10 people.
Prayers are not enough. We must take action. We can honor the victims of Uvalde, Buffalo, Baltimore, and every corner of the country touched by gun violence by passing tougher gun laws. We cannot afford to do anything else.
— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) May 24, 2022
“My heart goes out to all of the parents who lost their child today,’ the senator said. “How many children have to die before enough is enough?”MORE NEWS: Ex-Baltimore Fiscal Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft Charges
Van Hollen described the shooting as “horrific beyond words,” calling it “every parent’s worse nightmare.”
Horrific beyond words.
Every parent’s worst nightmare. We are failing our nation’s children, and their teachers, by acting as though these mass shootings are normal or unavoidable. https://t.co/wLSwCKGbFq
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) May 24, 2022