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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.”

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