Feb 15, 2018, 3:00 AM ET

Elected officials offer outpouring of support for Florida HS shooting victims


At least 17 people were killed and over a dozen more injured in a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida Wednesday, according to law enforcement officials.

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Not long after the news broke, politicians reacted on Twitter as details about the shooting were still unclear. An investigation into the motive had only just begun on Wednesday as the officials, some local and others national, responded.

While many offered their prayers, some, like Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., invoked previous attacks and appealed for change from the Senate floor.

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  • Chuck

    These are who we elected into office. Thinking that it all can be prayed away. Not ONE of them willing to confront the fact that the NRA and the Republican party are solely responsible for there continued voting to allow these weapons to be so easily available. Thanks for the wonderful gift to America. They should all be ashamed.

  • SeattleWashOne

    Wow. Elected officials spoke out. Of course they will not do anything to try and stop these mass killings, since they are paid stooges for the NRA.

  • chris s.

    So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018

    Here are Commander Spray Tan’s policy answers to our gun problem in the US, noting that the NRA has directly given him 21 million dollars since 2015:

    Since Don the Con took office the so-called president has rolled back a rule that would have made it more difficult for the severely mentally ill to obtain firearms; made it easier for fugitives to purchase guns; and proposed $12 million in cuts to America’s background check system. He has also tried to slash $625 million from federal mental health programs, and $1 trillion from Medicaid, one of the top sources of health insurance for the mentally ill in the United States.

    In the 2015-2016 election cycle alone, GOP candidates took $17,385,437 from the NRA

    Independent Expenditures: $52,582,309
    For Democrats: $265
    Against Democrats: $37,010,516
    For Republicans: $17,385,437
    Against Republicans: $2,281
    Electioneering Communications: $0
    About Electioneering Communication Costs: $1,816,249

    $21 million given to President Trump.

    NRA Lifetime achievement awards to:

    Richard Burr

    Roy Blunt

    Thom Tillis

    Cory Gardner

    Marco Rubio

    Joni Ernst

    Rob Portman

    Todd Young

    Bill Cassidy

    Man…that’s a lot of “thoughts and prayers”…

  • PeterFromDuluth

    When NRA has such a strong voice in elections, aren't many of these elected politicians actually NRA's paid gun promoters? They might have been told by NRA to do some consolation efforts.

  • ME_NZ

    As for its too late nothing can be done now but get more guns is total total rubbish.
    Australia a country with a lot of guns and still does had its last mass shooting 22 years ago when 35 people died. But they acted and immediately introduced comprehensive gun control legislation e.g. outlawing assault weapons.
    The results not 1 mass shooting since whereas they had 13 mass shootings in the 18 years before the ban.
    The risk of dying by gunshot in Australia has fallen by more than 50 % gun suicides and robberies down 60%
    The national rate for gun deaths in the US is 30 times that of Australia.
    Anyone who says gun control does not work is a total liar.

  • ME_NZ

    Gun nuts wanna have a go about how we need more guns to defend ourselves from the bad guys. How about this for every 1 time a gun was used in self defense in 2017 there were other 30 shootings.
    without fail the states with the highest ratio of gun deaths are not those high crime states like Illinois, New York etc they are the states with the highest ratio of gun ownership like Alaska, Wyoming, Alabama, Louisiana, etc the states with the lowest ratios of gun death are those with the lowest ratio's of gun ownership New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii etc.
    The differences are huge e.g. Alaska has 10 times the ratio of gun deaths that Hawaii does.
    More guns does not deter crime, they do not make us safer they they make us less safe. Having a gun in your home means that you have a 30 times greater chance that you or someone you know will be killed or shot with a gun.

  • ME_NZ

    Anybody read the 2nd amendment this is a total fraud that has been twisted totally out of what it was ever intended for?
    It only applies to free able-bodied white male citizens between 18 and 45 who are enrolled in a militia.
    It requires them to be equipped with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball: or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch and powder-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder.
    But only when called out to exercise, or into service, except, that when called out on company days to exercise only.
    Nothing about anyone other that those white male citizens enrolled in the militia, nothing about assault rifles hand guns bump stocks etc. Nothing about open carry concealed carry anywhere anytime only when called out to exercise.
    So how come we got to this day after day after day. This is the real terrorist threat in the US US citizens with armed with totally uncontrolled guns.

  • ME_NZ

    Blah blah blah more meaningless thoughts and payers and garbage about now is not the time to talk about gun control now is the time to think about the victims until the next mass shooting probably tomorrow because we are now averaging over 365 mass shootings a year in the US.
    How come we need to clamp down on Muslim refugee's and illegal immigrants when the chances of a US citizen being killed in a by a refugee is 1 in 2.364 billion the chances of being killed by an illegal immigrant 1 in 10.9 billion a year. The chances of being shot by a US citizen about 1 in 30,000 a year and rising year on year. What are the Repugnant's doing hyping up the stupid paranoia about Muslims, refugees, illegal immigrants etc e.g. 2 US citizens killed in a truck attack in New York last year and its hysteria but 50 killed 400 plus wounded in Las Vegas and nothing nada not even a ban on bump stocks.
    15,560 US Citizens shot dead last year increasing year after year after year.

  • xThatxSamexDudex

    Okay, thanks. Now what will you DO about it?

  • loydfair

    NRA RULES .......

  • loydfair

    another gun related tragedy ..... but the second amendment , written by the gods , mind you , must be upheld ...... no ifs and/or buts about it ......nra rules ..... period ....
    politicians , the republicans , will do NOTHING .... NOTHING ...... and .............................
    god help america ......

  • Optimist-2618173

    It's sad to hear phrases like "your worst fears" and "the day you wish would never come" from Republicans. Unfortunately, these are the "unintended consequences" of the proliferation of firearms in America -- and the GOP stands with the NRA in ensuring that this continues. Your "worst fears" will be realized again, and "the day you wish would never come" will come again -- probably sooner rather than later.

  • Denese

    No word from Betsy DeVos?

  • james

    If thoughts and prayers actually accomplished anything the issue of gun violence would have been solved years ago.

  • Eye Candy

    Trump should just shut up. Two deadly shootings since he took office.

  • Bev Guyer

    I hope that each and every politician quoted in this story chokes on all of the money they have accepted from the NRA.

  • sammy r@tional

    Shame on politicians to keep ignoring lives of innocent kids who cannot defend themselves. To date hundreds, if not thousands of innocent kids have lost their lives in mass shootings, be it in school, or in church, or elsewhere. Shame on politicians.

  • QuestionAuth

    SO nice, Russia gave so much money to the NRA.
    Maybe our colluding-azz prez can say something about it.

  • Deirdre Douglas

    Population control: Guns and abortion

  • Chuck U. Farley

    Just exercising his Second Amendment Rights

  • Siestasis42

    Thoughts and prayers are fine but what are our politicians doing to keep our children safe. This is not acceptable. Quit taking money from gun lobbyists and the manufacturers who are getting rich on the backs of our dead children.