Idaho elected officials are reacting to the Texas school shooting, which has left 19 children and two adults dead.
Mayor Lauren McLean, the mayor of Boise, called for “common sense gun laws” to be implemented. McLean posted the following statement,
I just spent time with some local high school students, hearing their pleas for action on common sense gun laws, and marking moments of silence for each of the 21 people killed in Texas. Nineteen young children were killed in their classroom. I cannon imagine the horror and pain their families are going through right now though as a mom I can feel in my gun the depths of trauma that they will forever feel.Advertisement
ON my son’s 9th birthday, shortly after learning that children younger than him had been violently killed at Sandy Hook, I walked into Longfellow School to celebrate his birthday and hear his class sing Christmas songs; I remember vividly the sense of horror I felt imagining the same happening there, at that moment. Yesterday as we prepared for his graduation party, I learned that this had happened again. In the intervening decade we’ve owed their parents – and our kids – significant action, comment sense gun laws. Yet as my child and his peers graduate from high school, still nothing has been done. The list of victims to whom we owe action continues to grow.
If anyone can take comfort in my prayers, know that I am offering them. But these parents in Uvalde, and every community in this country, are owed action. The vast majority of Boiseans and Americans want reform that would encourage responsible gun ownership and keep weapons of war out of the hands of people who would walk into an elementary school and murder almost two dozen children.
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McLean has been a supporter of Moms Demand Action for years. Moms Demand Action is a nationwide organization that promotes “common-sense gun laws.”
Gov. Brad Little asked for prayers from Idahoans to support those impacted by the tragedy.
Little posted on Twitter,
Our country is grieving the victims of today’s horrific school shooting in Texas. As a grandpa of school aged children, this news is heartbreaking. The families and all those affected will be strengthened by our prayers as they cope with this awful tragedy.
Congressman Mike Simpson also weighed in on the shooting.
Simpson posted his statement yesterday stating,
The massacre in Texas has once again rocked our nation to its core. This is not an acceptable status quo and we must do better for our children. Kathy and I are praying for our country and especially for the families who are living the unimaginable.
Hate and division are too present in our country, and elected leaders must set an example by coming together to find meaningful solutions that addresses the clear mental health crisis in this country.
Congressman Russ Fulcher posted a statement on Facebook that says, in total,
Yesterday’s shooting in Texas is a shocking tragedy-our sincere thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families. After such events, our natural response is to look for policy solutions. While hate-the primary motive in many of these mass shootings-simply cannot be legislated away, I have worked to address root causes.
As part of the Education and Labor Committee, I supported legislation to help our school districts address the mental health crisis with counseling and further resources.
While there are legislative concepts worthy of discussion, I do not believe adding restrictions to the constitutionally protected rights of law-abiding citizens is the appropriate answer.
Idaho Dispatch did not see any public statements posted by Senator Jim Risch or Senator Mike Crapo. We sent messages to both senators to ask if they had a statement forthcoming.
Risch’s staff told Idaho Dispatch he did not have a statement at this time, and Crapo’s staff has not yet responded to our request for a statement/comment.
Rep. Brooke Green (D-Boise) said her heart was broken after the Texas school shooting. Green posted the following on Twitter,
Years ago, I sat next to women at a dinner in another country. I asked her, would she consider sending her daughter to America for an exchange. Her response “No, I am afraid she’ll die in a school shooter.” Unfortunately, that’s a reality all too familiar. My heart is broken!
Rep. Linda Wright Hartgen (R-Twin Falls) said the following on a Facebook post,
I am sad today and have said prayers for those families who lost their loved ones yesterday. Our children should not have to be afraid to go to school. Fire drills are one thing, but school active shooter drills are something else. The terrible incident in Uvalde yesterday has left us all very heavy hearted. We must provide more mental health care to our state and work together for a plan to stop these shootings. Our schools must be a safe place. I have school age grandchildren and that is all I could think about yesterday, and I can’t even imagine the heartbreak and outrage that is happening in Uvalde right now.
This article will be updated if elected officials Idaho Dispatch contacted eventually respond.
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