The final week of May has been dominated by gun violence yet again with the horrific scenes that unfolded at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. The fallout of the tragic event, which saw 19 children and two teachers killed, has been the subject of political discourse as familiar arguments over gun control legislation played out in familiar ways. The local police, meanwhile, struggled to get their story straight when it came to their response. Here are the quotes of the week.

“That’s the commitment we made.”

  • President Joe Biden sets off a firestorm (and scrambling from his team) saying the United States would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan from a Chinese offensive.

"My analysis revealed there is a 100% certainty that Robert Hunter Biden was the only person responsible for the activity on this hard drive and all of its stored data."

  • Cyber forensics expert Konstantinos "Gus" Dimitrelos on the authenticity of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine but a new war against Russia itself."

"What I don't appreciate, and will never forgive or forget, are a bunch of adults direct messaging my 15-year-old daughter without even trying to reach easy-to-reach parents."

  • Former Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway talks about how her daughter Claudia was contacted because of her TikTok feed, where she would criticize her mother’s boss.

"I wonder about the death penalty, which I'm opposed to. So is the church, but they take no actions against people who may not share their view. ... We just have to be prayerful. We have to be respectful. I come from a largely pro-life, Italian American, Catholic family, so I respect people's views about that. But I don't respect us foisting it on to others."

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), snaps back at her being denied Communion because of her stance on abortion.


“What are we doing?! What are we doing?! ... This only happens in this country and nowhere else. Nowhere else do little kids go to school thinking that they might be shot that day."

“As a nation, we have to ask when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name will we do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

  • Biden calls for gun control after the Uvalde massacre.

“In the last 10 days, we've had elderly black people killed in a supermarket in Buffalo, we've had Asian churchgoers killed in Southern California, & now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something?!”

  • Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr doesn’t want to talk about basketball ahead of his playoff game as he voices his anger at the Uvalde tragedy.

"The Second Amendment's not absolute."

  • Biden speaks a day after the Uvalde massacre while calling on the Senate to confirm his nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. 

"A filibuster should not be needed. It's the one tool that keeps us ... at least talking together"

​​"The powerful gun lobby and their allies did not waste a second after the horrific killing of 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School to call for arming teachers. Bringing more guns into schools makes schools more dangerous and does nothing to shield our students and educators from gun violence. We need fewer guns in schools, not more. Teachers should be teaching, not acting as armed security guards."

  • National Education Association President Becky Pringle on proposals to arm teachers.

"I'm asking you for your vote because this is a fight we must win."

“Have one door into and out of the school, and have that one door — armed police officers at that door.”

  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) focuses on doors in the wake of the shooting.

"The economy isn't out of the woods yet from the inflation threat, but at least the wolf isn't howling at the door, threatening to blow the house down."

“What I’ve asked Sen. Cornyn to do is to meet with the Democrats who are interested in getting a bipartisan solution and come up with a proposal, if possible, that’s crafted to meet this particular problem.”

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) signals a willingness from Senate Republicans to discuss bipartisan gun legislation.

​​"It's time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions. And that's why we, the NRA, will never ever stop fighting for the right of the innocent and the law abiding to defend themselves against the evil criminal element that plagues our society."


"The information that I was given turned out in part to be inaccurate, and I’m absolutely livid about that. My expectation is that the law enforcement leaders that are leading the investigations, which includes the Texas Rangers and the FBI, they get to the bottom of every fact with absolute certainty."

  • Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) said he was "misled" about the police response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.

"The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens — the existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens."

  • Former President Donald Trump tells the NRA that the solution to gun violence is more guns.