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Clinton calls for ‘gun safety laws’ after Fla. shooting: ‘Mass shootings are not inevitable’

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for gun safety legislation in the wake of the Florida school shooting this week that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured.

In a series of tweets on Friday, Clinton shared statements from survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, writing that “we are failing” these students and others by not acting on gun control.

“Now is the time to listen to the students, teachers, and parents demanding that we end this carnage once and for all with gun safety laws that keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them,” she wrote.

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Clinton ended the thread with a call to voters to support candidates who she said “will protect lives, not gun sellers’ profits.”

“Mass shootings are not inevitable,” she wrote. “The majority of Americans support common sense gun reform. Though we feel angry, heartbroken, even helpless now, we have the power to elect people who will protect lives, not gun sellers’ profits. Remember these feelings in November, and VOTE.”

Clinton’s comments come two days after the deadly mass shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school, which sparked renewed calls for gun control legislation. Nikolas Cruz, 19, has reportedly confessed to the shooting and been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Students from the school, parents of victims, Democratic lawmakers and media figures have made impassioned pleas for Congress to act on gun control in the wake of the shooting. Several students have appeared on television networks to call for gun control, while chants of “no more guns” broke out at a vigil Thursday night in Parkland.

President Trump spoke on Thursday to address the shooting and offer his condolences to the victims and families. He pledged to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health,” but caught flak from critics for not mentioning gun control in his remarks.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that the conversation about the shooting should not be turned into “taking away citizens’ rights” to own guns.

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