Politicians react to mass shooting,
PARKLAND, Fla. — After a school shooting Wednesday in his district, U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., described the outreach from fellow lawmakers — in his words — as both “heartwarming and obscene.”
Seventeen people died in the attack in Parkland, and the suspect, a 19-year-old former student, is in custody.
Mr. Deutch said he uses the word “obscene” because school shootings have become so commonplace that lawmakers were offering him guidance on what to expect in the coming days as constituents grapple with the tragedy.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived after being shot in the head in 2011, said the shooting in Florida should “strike fear into all Americans.”
Ms. Giffords, a Democrat, said in a statement Wednesday that her heart goes out to the victims and survivors. She called the shooting the latest attack in an epidemic of gun violence that continues “day after deadly day.”
She also said in the statement that the latest in a series of shootings should stir fresh resolve in Congress to “find the courage to pass the laws we need to protect our children.”
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, RFla., said he is “devastated and saddened” by the shooting.
The senator said he remains ready to assist state and local officials and “anyone impacted by this horrible tragedy.” He also said in his statement Wednesday that he hopes authorities can find out in coming hours and days more about why and how the killer “carried out this carnage.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Fla., also issued condolences. She called the attack “another senseless school shooting ... this time in our community.”
Mr. Deutch said it’s time to find ways to save lives. He said he wants President Donald Trump to call those concerned to the White House to “do something” about gun violence.
The White House canceled its daily press briefing after the shooting that sent students rushing into the streets.
Mr. Trump spoke with Florida’s governor, Republican Rick Scott, about the shooting. The president said in a tweet that the White House is “working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”
He earlier tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims.
“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “We are working closely with law enforcement on the terrible Florida school shooting.”