Barack Obama On Texas School Shooting: “Our Country Is Paralyzed”; Other Media Figures React

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Former President Barack Obama Jessica Christian/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

UPDATED: Among the chorus of well-known voices in media, politics and showbusiness expressing outrage at Tuesday’s school massacre was former President Barack Obama.

In a long string of thoughts posted to Twitter, Obama said he and wife Michelle were angry for the families of the victims. The former First Lady later retweeted his post.

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“Nearly 10 years after Sandy Hook — and 10 days after Buffalo — our country is paralyzed,” he wrote, “not by fear, but by a gun lobby and a political party that have shown no willingness to act in any way that might help prevent these tragedies.”

He continued, “It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy — a quieter but no less tragic one — for families to wait another day.”

For many more reactions, read below.

PREVIOUSLY at 4 p.m.: A teenage gunman in Texas killed 18 students and a teacher Tuesday at an elementary school near San Antonio in what would be one of the deadliest mass shootings at a school in U.S. history.

Officials said an 18-year-old gunman was killed by police in response to the shooting and acted alone. It is the deadliest school gun massacre in the U.S. since 2012, when a 20-year-old shooter killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

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The reaction to today’s evil act at Robb Elementary School in rural Uvalde, Texas, was swift and visceral, with many online snapping back at “thoughts and prayers” tweets in exchange for calls to action to address gun violence in the country.

Here’s a sample of reactions from media and Hollywood circles:

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