Saturday evening in Odessa, Texas, a shooter killed five people and wounded another 21, less than a month after a mass shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, left 22 people dead and 24 wounded, CNN reports:
A gunman in West Texas who killed five people while firing from his vehicle and then from a hijacked mail truck was shot and killed by police in a gun battle in a movie theater parking lot, authorities said Saturday.
At least 21 people were injured, including some who were wounded by the shooter, Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke said at a news conference.
Minutes after the news spread across cable news, Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, demanded action from the U.S. Senate, which is currently in recess:
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 31, 2019
Then others on Twitter joined the call for something to be done, and he directed his remarks at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY):
So, two terrorists are driving around Texas shooting people, AND a category 4 storm is headed for the east coast.
— (((evan shapīro))) (@eshap) August 31, 2019
@senatemajldr hey #MassacreMitch why don’t you get in your car and go for a drive around Odessa East Texas. Get off your ass and out of the pockets and #dosomething Get your ass back from vacation and vote of gun reform. Blood is on your hands with life lost to gun violence
— Mark Hilton Buckman (@markhiltonbuck) August 31, 2019
Another weekend in AmeriKKKa. Another Mass Shooting…’Ho-hum.’ Maybe @TomiLahren will put on her drumpf, camel-toe gun pants, and save the day! OR perhaps @SenMajLdr #MassacreMitch can get his Turtle head out of his ASS and DO something! Oh yea, he only cares about Donor Money. pic.twitter.com/B2Krjr9hKJ
— Andee Morantti-END the NRA (@andee_morante) August 31, 2019
— sarcasm_maybe (@LBauscher) August 31, 2019
Dear NRA, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, and all other zombie gun nuts. Fuck you. SERIOUSLY! ? https://t.co/Tz5VvPfL5e
— Lory Lory Bo Bory (@lorylorybb) August 31, 2019
Two are repeorted dead. Random shots from two different drivers in Texas. America, land of guns, thoughts and prayers. America, where the NRA calls the shots. Literally. Where Mitch McConnell blocks gun reform. Where Donald Trump doesn’t do a damn thing. https://t.co/vrpjZdnoEO
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) August 31, 2019
Mitch McConnell was banking on everyone forgetting about the need for gun control at the end of the August recess… It’s pretty safe to say that plan has failed https://t.co/Z8dDwRcKQH
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 31, 2019
It’s probably wise advice to suggest that no one hold their breath waiting for McConnell, Trump, or any other Republican to do anything about gun violence, even after they return from their extended recess.
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