Train astronaut Mark Kelly calls for gun control action after Texas school shooting

Arizona Senator and former NASA astronaut Mark Kelly said he and his wife are heartbroken over the tragic school shooting in Texas.

At least 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday (May 24), according to The New York Times. (will open in a new tab) Wednesday (May 25). The Robb Elementary School incident became the deadliest such event in the United States since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

“I know how helpless a person can feel when their family is exposed to this. I know that every parent whose child came home from school today hugs him tighter,” Kelly (Arizona) tweeted on Tuesday. (will open in a new tab).

Kelly and his wife Gabrielle Giffords are staunch gun control advocates. Giffords, a former congresswoman from Arizona, was shot in the head while meeting with voters outside a supermarket in Tucson on Jan. 21. 8, 2011.

Giffords recovered and was even able to attend Kelly’s last STS-134 launch three months later on April 19, 2011. But she later retired from politics to focus on her health and rehabilitation.

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In a tweet, Kelly said Americans expect their federal government to “do nothing” after seeing similar mass shooting deaths over the years.

“Politicians in Washington spend countless hours fighting about nothing, but when it comes time to act on an issue that is unique to the United States and needs a response, they find a million reasons not to,” Kelly said.

While promising to spur “action from Washington,” Kelly said “sound reforms” could be made to address gun violence that are respected “across the political spectrum.”

Sen. The participation of Ted Cruz (Texas) is expected. (will open in a new tab) the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association on Friday (May 27) at a speech planned long before the fatal shooting. In an interview aired on NBC (will open in a new tab) Cruz called the shooting “another unspeakable crime” late Tuesday night.

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