Hundreds of mothers surged to the White House with other protesters Saturday evening to demand stricter gun control laws in the wake of the horrific mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that killed at least 22 people.
The powerful, spontaneous “Moms Demand Action” demonstration was one of a series of heartfelt expressions of support and sympathy throughout the nation for the victims of the shootings at a Walmart, in which at least 26 people were injured.
Mothers hoisted signs reading “Coward Congress” and chanted: “Whose house? Our house!”
A representative of the group told The Washington Post that members were meeting nearby for a conference. When the women learned of the massacre, “the tenor and tone of the whole room changed” and participants decided to march, said one of the group’s leaders, Amber Gustafson.
“We’re fed up. It’s past time for change,” she said.
— Ike Ejiochi (@IkeEjiochi) August 4, 2019
— Brenda 🌊 (@BrendaOf6) August 4, 2019
Elsewhere, people flooded social media with expressions of condolence and offers of help. Before a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, a moment of silence was observed.
Moment of silence for El Paso tonight at Yankee Stadium. pic.twitter.com/IAaXVnmCis
— Guerin Austin (@guerinaustin) August 3, 2019
In the El Paso area, hundreds of residents lined up to donate blood for the victims of the shootings after police issued a plea that was picked up and passed along by others. One good Samaritan bought pizza to hand out to the crowds of blood donors waiting outside in the hot sun.
20 people killed and 26 injured, blood donations urgently needed #ElPasoShooting
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 3, 2019
This is what El Paso is all about. Hundreds of people already lined up in 100 degree weather to donate blood. I love this community so much pic.twitter.com/EByQzR3z4G
— Devon Gray (@DevonGrayCA) August 3, 2019
— . (@lexishowards) August 3, 2019
— Ben Ortega (@MECollege_HS) August 3, 2019
This story has been updated after the death toll increased Monday morning.
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