Minnesota lawmakers react to Texas elementary school shooting

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Minnesota lawmakers are weighing in on Tuesday’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers and wounded others, law enforcement said. The shooter is dead as well.

Tuesday evening, Gov. Tim Walz ordered flags be flown at half-staff Wednesday in Minnesota to honor the victims of the shooting.

Scroll through the reactions below.

Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler issued the following statement Wednesday:

“I am horrified by the loss of innocent life in Uvalde, Texas and I am sending my deepest condolences to everyone impacted by this tragedy. I want to thank the law enforcement professionals who responded and prevented further loss of life. The United States is the only nation that allows these kinds of senseless killings to happen over and over again. Too many young lives have been cut short, from Columbine to Virginia Tech, from Sandy Hook to Stoneman Douglas, and now an elementary school in Uvalde. Gun violence is a public health and public safety crisis, and our society should be treating it with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.”

– Minnesota House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler