An officer walks outside of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. (Photo by ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)

Local reaction to the unspeakable carnage at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas reveals the horror over gun violence inflicted upon children, coupled with a weariness that our communities grapple with these atrocities day after day.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan decried the tragedy, and said that he offered the assistance of Maryland emergency management officials.

Another unspeakable tragedy has left families grieving, a community reeling, and a country desperately seeking answers.

My full statement on today’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas:

— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) May 24, 2022

Mayor Brandon Scott noted that Baltimoreans are all-too-familiar with gun violence.

My heart is with the loved ones of those lost in the shooting that took place this afternoon in Texas. We can’t become desensitized to the suffering and loss of life that happened today and earlier this month in Buffalo. Sadly, in Baltimore we are all too familiar with this pain.

— Brandon M. Scott (@MayorBMScott) May 24, 2022

Wes Moore, a leading candidate for Maryland governor, was among those trying to summon the “political courage to act.”

We do not have to live like this. These were young children and school teachers, they should be able to live in a country where they can go to school and be safe. This is heartbreaking, unacceptable, and it is avoidable if we have the political courage to act.

— Wes Moore for Maryland Governor (@iamwesmoore) May 24, 2022

Baltimore Del. Brooke Lierman, who is running for state Comptroller, echoed the words of many in decrying the “thoughts and prayers” that politicians often issue after mass shootings.

Ohmigod… this is horrific…I can’t even…

No one should fear gun violence at school, in grocery stores, at movie theaters or in their communities. This is not how we should have to live. Shame on all those politicians who offer prayers and no actions. Shame shame shame.

— Brooke Lierman (@BrookeELierman) May 24, 2022

Marilyn Mosby, the Baltimore State’s Attorney, said she was tucking in her children extra hard, and would continue the fight against gun violence.

Tucking my girls in extra tight tonight after the devastating loss in TX. As Baltimoreans, we know the tremendous pain gun violence inflicts on the souls in our city. There is nothing more terrifying than the idea of your child not coming home from school.

— Marilyn J. Mosby (@MarilynMosbyEsq) May 25, 2022

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David Nitkin

David Nitkin is the Executive Editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He is an award-winning journalist, having worked as State House Bureau Chief, White House Correspondent, Politics Editor and Metropolitan Editor...