Friday’s Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas left Democrat lawmakers and gun control advocates calling for change.
In response to the event in the Houston suburb that saw a 17-year-old student kill 10 and leave another dozen injured, Democrats in Congress quickly laid the blame for the incident on the spotty success of moving gun control measures forward in Washington.
“This an epidemic of horrifying proportions, and Congress has made a deliberate, conscious choice to facilitate this slaughter,” said U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who then proclaimed on social media, “I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment.”
Murphy went on to clarify that his interpretation of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms “allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only — to kill as many people as fast as possible,” although reports from Sante Fe state that the suspect in the shooting that killed eight students and two faculty used a Remington 870 pump shotgun and a .38-caliber revolver, neither of which would have fallen under the former federal assault weapons ban.
Murphy was joined by Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, who said,”Thoughts & prayers aren’t enough! We need action and legislation,” and New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan who urged, “Congress must act to prevent these senseless acts of gun violence.”
Rhode Island’s U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, sponsor of a current proposal to ban most semi-auto firearms that has 176 fellow Dems signed on, tweeted that, “Every time there’s another mass shooting, I get more pissed off at Republicans in Congress. They are the reason nothing gets done to stop this.”
Among national gun control organizations, the Brady Campaign, Giffords and Everytown all issued statements over the weekend urging action and blaming the gun lobby for Congressional inaction in passing more regulation on guns.
“We need the courage to take on the special interests who say that nothing can be done, that these acts of evil are beyond our ability to control,” said Gabby Giffords. “They are not. The gun lobby and the politicians who receive the NRA’s checks must understand we will not tolerate another vote against our safety.”
Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, compared exposing the NRA’s agenda to squashing cockroaches as her organization posted recruitment calls on social media and sent out mailers urging donations to the group under the banner of Students Demand Action. When called out by a conservative website for being a “vulture” for “dancing on graves to blame NRA for Santa Fe High School shooting,” Watts tweeted that she was “Proud to be a vulture.”