Pete Buttigieg sums up what America is feeling after Texas school shooting in four words

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Out Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg called out the resistance to passing legislation to prevent school shootings by asking, “How many more lives?”

19 children and two adults were killed yesterday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, west of San Antonio, less than two weeks since another mass shooting in Buffalo left 10 people dead. The shooter was also killed.

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While the carnage continues in the U.S., rightwing politicians refuse to enact gun control regulations to prevent them from happening in the future, going so far as to push removing restrictions on deadly weapons.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), for example, are planning to attend the annual convention of the gun industry lobby group National Rifle Association (NRA) in Houston this weekend, just days after the elementary school shooting.

“How many more lives?” Buttigieg tweeted. “How many more children?”

“And how much longer before we reject the choices that have made ours the one country where this happens routinely? It is not inevitable, it is horrific. It must end.”

Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke called out Abbott for planning to attend the NRA convention.

“Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas,” he wrote.

The attack yesterday was the deadliest mass shooting in an elementary school since the 2012 Sandy Hood Elementary School mass shooting, where 20 students were killed.

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