The 41-year-old reality star posted a lengthy message on her social media platforms Wednesday, urging political leaders in America to put ‘politics aside and put children first.’
Kim began by highlighting a blog post she had written on gun control five years ago, where she had asked ‘is it more important to protect the second amendment than to protect our own children?’
Asking herself the same question following the senseless tragedy that took place on Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde in Texas, the Kardashians star wrote: ‘I find myself heartbroken, disgusted and furious about how little has been done by law makers to enact gun laws that protect our children.’
Enough: Kim Kardashian is speaking out after the tragic Texas school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead (Pictured above on her Hulu reality show The Kardashians)
Kim is one of many celebrities to react in anger after Salvador Ramos used an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle in the bloodbath at Robb Elementary School this week.
‘There is no excuse and no justification for what happened yesterday,’ Kim continued. ‘the current laws in our country around gun control are not protecting our children.’
She added: ‘We have to push law makers to enact laws that are fitting in today’s world.’
The gunman in yesterday’s shooting legally purchased two AR-15 rifles from a store three miles from his home last week after turning 18.
‘We can’t accept this as normal anymore’: Kim Kardashian speaks out after Texas school shooting in a lengthy social media post on Wednesday
He also bought more than 300 rounds of ammunition to use in the attack.
It is a haul that he picked up, somehow, for around $5,000 despite being made fun of for being poor in school.
Kim continued in her post: ‘There are of course people over 21 who buy guns to cause harm, and other mass shootings in recent years have been carried out by people over 21, but if we increase legal age to purchase, coupled with a ban on assault weapons, we can without a doubt reduce the number of senseless tragedies and save children’s lives.’
She added: ‘We can’t accept this as normal anymore. It’s not normal for a teenager to kill children. It’s not normal for our kids to be practicing active shooter drills in schools.’
Speaking out: Kim highlighting a blog post she had written on gun control five years ago, where she asked ‘is it more important to protect the second amendment than to protect our own children?’
‘It’s not normal to be shot while shopping for groceries. I’m not numbed by it. I will never be numbed by it.’
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday said that there were no known signs that he had mental problems, and that he did not have a criminal record. It remains unclear if he may have had a juvenile record.
Before opening fire at Robb Elementary, the gunman shot his grandmother at their home.
He wounded her in the face but she survived and fled to a neighbor’s house where she called police.
Been here before: Kim re-shared a blog post she had written five years ago, highlighting how little has changed
Stunned: Kim’s sister Khloe Kardashian pointed out past mass shootings in making an appeal for laws to change
At the same time, the shooter stole his grandmother’s car and drove it towards the elementary school.
He has no driving experience and crashed into a ditch near the school.
Gunman Salvador Ramos bought two AR-15 rifles last week after turning 18 on May 16. He used them in the attack to kill 19 kids and two teachers before being shot dead himself
Police started shooting him as he got to the school. He managed to make it inside and kill the 19 kids and two teachers who were in a single classroom before he was shot dead himself by a border patrol agent.
Before he shot his grandmother, he posted on Facebook that he planned to kill her.
Yesterday, celebrities including Kim’s siblings Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner reacted in horror to the news.
Like Kim, Khloe urged people in power to ‘do something’ to help protect young lives.
‘I can not comprehend today’s tragedy in our country. 14 children dead. How is this happening. My heart is breaking. I pray, I hope, I beg, I plead.. please law makers, government officials, leads of our country, do something to protect our children,’ she wrote.
Meanwhile Kylie said she was left ‘devastated’ by the tragedy, writing on Instagram: ‘Another school shooting. Devastating. Breaks my heart for these families.’
Taylor Swift shared a clip of a vivid statement made by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, questioning political efforts toward gun control in the wake of the latest massacre.
‘When are we going to do something?’ Kerr said. I am tired. I am so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families out there. I’m tired of the moments of silence. Enough.
‘So I ask you, Mitch McConnell and all of you senators who refuse to do anything about the violence and the school shootings and the supermarkets shootings – I ask you, are you going to put your own desire for power ahead of the lives of our children and our elderly and our church-goers?
‘Because that’s what it looks like. That’s what we do every week. I’m fed up. I’ve had enough. We can’t get numb to this. We can’t sit here and just read about it and say let’s have a moment of silence.’
In response to Kerr, the Grammy-winning songstress wrote on Twitter, ‘Filled with rage and grief, and so broken by the murders in Uvalde. By Buffalo, Laguna Woods and so many others. By the ways in which we, as a nation, have become conditioned to unfathomable and unbearable heartbreak. Steve’s words ring so true and cut so deep.’
Details: Taylor Swift shared a clip of a vivid statement made by Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, questioning political efforts toward gun control in the wake of the latest massacre
Emotional: Uvalde-born actor Matthew McConaughey said that Americans ‘cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo’ following the mass shooting in his hometown
Uvalde-born actor Matthew McConaughey said that Americans ‘cannot exhale once again, make excuses, and accept these tragic realities as the status quo’ following the mass shooting in his hometown.
‘Once again, we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us,’ the Oscar-winning actor said in a statement on Instagram. ‘The true call to action is now for every American to take a longer and deeper look in the mirror, and ask ourselves, “What is it that we truly value? How do we repeat the problem?
‘What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to pressure a healthier and safer nation, state, and neighborhood tomorrow?”‘
He added that ‘action must be taken so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured. And to those who dropped their loved ones today not knowing it was goodbye, no words can comprehend or heal your loss, but if prayers can provide comfort, we will keep them coming.’
Point of view: Selena Gomez said that people in power need to make changes to avoid future instances, directing fans to the anti-gun violence organization Everytown
Upset: Britney Spears said she was praying for victims and their families, and called for change
Selena Gomez, another native Texan, asked, ‘If children aren’t safe at school where are they safe? Today in my home state of Texas 18 innocent students were killed while simply trying to get an education. A teacher killed doing her job; an invaluable yet sadly under appreciated job.’
Gomez said that people in power need to make changes to avoid future instances, directing fans to the anti-gun violence organization Everytown.
Britney Spears said in an Instagram post, ‘My heart is shattered. I’m lost for words. My prayers are with the victims of Robb Elementary and their families. Our sympathies and condolences are just not enough.’
Spears added, ‘We have to take action. We need change. Enough is enough. We will keep our prayers coming even if it’s not enough to heal the loss.’
America’s worst school shootings
There have been dozens of shootings and other attacks in U.S. schools and colleges over the years, but until the massacre at Colorado’s Columbine High School in 1999, the number of dead tended to be in the single digits. Since then, the number of shootings that included schools and killed 10 or more people has mounted. The most recent two were both in Texas.
ROBB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, May 2022
An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 14 children, one teacher and injuring others, Gov. Greg Abbott said. The shooter died.
SANTA FE HIGH SCHOOL, May 2018
A 17-year-old opened fire at a Houston-area high school, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. The suspect has been charged with murder.
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, February 2018
An attack left 14 students and three staff members dead at the school in Parkland, Florida, and injured many others. The 20-year-old suspect was charged with murder.
UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, October 2015
A man killed nine people at the school in Roseburg, Oregon, and wounded nine others, then killed himself.
SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, December 2012
A 19-year-old man killed his mother at their home in Newtown, Connecticut, then went to the nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School and killed 20 first graders and six educators. He took his own life.
VIRGINIA TECH, April 2007
A 23-year-old student killed 32 people on the campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, in April 2007; more than two dozen others were wounded. The gunman then killed himself.
RED LAKE HIGH SCHOOL, March 2005
A 16-year-old student killed his grandfather and the man’s companion at their Minnesota home, then went to nearby Red Lake High School, where he killed five students, a teacher and a security guard before shooting himself.
COLUMBINE HIGH SCHOOL, April 1999
Two students killed 12 of their peers and one teacher at the school in Littleton, Colorado, and injured many others before killing themselves.