In the aftermath of a horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday that left 19 elementary-aged students and three adults dead, some — including a father who lost his teenage daughter in a separate school shooting — are calling on the government to ramp up school security.
Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died during a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, issued a plea for enhanced security measures and funding at schools across the country Tuesday evening.
"Armed guard, single point of entry, teacher training," he wrote in a tweet, adding, "We send out $Billions to other countries all the time. Why not fund school safety in America?"
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) made similar remarks during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday.
"Look, we just spent $40 billion on Ukraine to help protect another nation," Paxton said. "It seems like the least we could do is fund a police officer or at least a program because obviously there are thousands and thousands of schools in this country."
"A program that trains people in the school, so that when this does happen, because it will happen again, we know what's going to happen. So if we know what's going to happen, let's do everything we can to prevent it from turning into the situation we just had yesterday," he added.
Others, including conservative political commentator Dana Loesch, lamented the lack of serious investigation following the tragic shooting.
"Not a single politician is asking: 1) How did this murderer get into the school? 2) What security did this school have and how can we protect schools like we protect our concerts, banks, museums? 3) WHERE WERE HIS PARENTS AND THE ADULTS IN HIS LIFE? 4) How did he buy a handgun? 5) Did he pass a background check? 6) No one in his house saw what was going on?" she tweeted.
After shooting and critically wounding his grandmother, troubled 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School late Tuesday morning wearing a tactical vest and brandishing at least one firearm.
According to CNN, Ramos was engaged by police but was able to flee and get inside the school, where he barricaded himself inside a classroom and started shooting. All of the children killed in the attack were inside that classroom.
The Austin American-Statesman added that authorities said Ramos overpowered a school officer on his way into the building, though that claim has not appeared in reports from other outlets.
"The shooter was able to make entry into a classroom, barricaded himself inside that classroom, and again just began shooting numerous children and teachers that were in that classroom, having no regard for human life. Just a completely evil person," Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Department of Public Safety told NBC's TODAY on Wednesday.
"[He] just began shooting anyone that was in his way. At that point we had a tactical law enforcement team arrive — made up of multiple federal officers, local officers, as well as state troopers — that were able to able to make forcible entry into that classroom. They were met with gunfire as well but they were able to shoot and kill that suspect," Olivarez added.