Amid reports that at least 14 people were killed and 14 injured in a shooting today in San Bernardino, California, some presidential candidates offered their prayers and thoughts for victims of the attack. Other Democratic candidates called for action to stop gun violence.
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Democratic hopeful Martin O’Malley was among the first to react to the situation on Twitter.
As the shooting was unfolding, Hillary Clinton was speaking to a crowd in Orlando about gun control.
“I’ll tell you what it also means standing up to the gun lobby. The gun lobby,” Clinton said. “It is time for us to say we are going to have comprehensive background checks, we are going to close the gun show loopholes. We are going to close the online gun loophole, we are going to close the Charleston loophole, and the immunity for the gun makers and sellers.”
The Democratic hopeful then took her reaction to Twitter.
I refuse to accept this as normal. We must take action to stop gun violence now. -H https://t.co/SkKglwQycb— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 2, 2015
California shooting looks very bad. Good luck to law enforcement and God bless. This is when our police are so appreciated!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2015
Mass shootings are becoming an almost-everyday occurrence in this country. This sickening and senseless gun violence must stop.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San Bernardino.— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) December 2, 2015
Praying for the victims, their families & the San Bernardino first responders in the wake of this tragic shooting.— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) December 2, 2015
My thoughts & prayers go out to those impacted by the shooting in San Bernardino, especially the first responders. -John— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 2, 2015
Praying for those impacted by the shooting in California today.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) December 2, 2015
Praying for all those victimized by the shootings in San Bernardino, California today.— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) December 2, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders during this unspeakable tragedy.— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 2, 2015
U.S. Rep. Pete Aguilar, the congressional representative for San Bernardino County, and California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer also responded on Twitter:
My deepest sympathies and prayers for the families affected by this horrific attack and for an end to this violence.— Pete Aguilar (@RepPeteAguilar) December 2, 2015
I’m monitoring the shooting in San Bernardino closely. Absolutely heartbreaking that we’re faced with another mass shooting.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) December 2, 2015
Once again our hearts ache to see a mass shooting. My heart is with the victims, their families and the people of my state.— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) December 2, 2015
Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who served during the fatal Sandy Hook shooting, also reacted to the shooting.
In 30,000 tragic deaths every year — and now #SanBernardino — Congress is effectively complicit for its inaction.— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 2, 2015