Lawmakers Respond to Florida High School Shooting

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By Ian Sloan 2/15/2018

Political responses are coming in after a shooting at a Florida high school left over a dozen people dead. Thoughts and prayers came from Republican lawmakers, while calls for gun control and increased gun safety came from Democrats. In every response, there was a unified sense of tragedy and sorrow, both thanking first responders and sending prayers to the victims.

President Donald Trump offered his condolences and said he spoke with Florida Governor Rick Scott. In a tweet, President Trump stated that “no child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

Members of both parties joined Trump in offering their thoughts to victims of gun violence, and some Democrats renewed their calls for legislation they claim might affect the frequency and deadliness of the incidents.

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat who was shot in the head during a deadly shooting in 2011, said in a statement that people “must find the courage to imagine a country where these massacres do not occur.” Giffords criticized the lack of action coming out of Congress in regard to gun safety that may prevent future mass shootings.

“Every day we fail to take action, we choose this fate,” Giffords said. “We tolerate politicians who fail to acknowledge this crisis and vote against our safety.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also responded to the shooting in his state. Rubio tweeted that the school shooting on Wednesday is a “terrible day you pray never comes.” The Republican senator is being criticized by Democrats, citing the amount of money donated to his campaigns from the National Rifle Association.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi turned her thoughts to the victims into a call to action for Congress to address gun violence in America. After praising first responders, Congresswoman Pelosi tweeted that “Congress has a moral responsibility to take common-sense action to prevent the daily tragedy of gun violence in communities across America.” She finished by using the hashtag #EnoughIsEnough