Romney as Senate candidate promises not to ‘sit and wait’ on school shootings

Romney as Senate candidate promises not to ‘sit and wait’ on school shootings
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Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTrump tweets video mocking Dems not cheering during State of the Union For 2020, Democrats are lookin’ for somebody to love Trump religious adviser calls anti-Trump evangelicals 'spineless morons' MORE, after announcing his Republican bid for Senate in Utah, called for “action” following the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead.

Romney called the shooting “senseless, debased evil.”

“I think we can’t just sit and wait and hope for things to get better,” the former GOP presidential candidate said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “It is wrong and unacceptable for children in our schools to fear for their lives.”

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“We must take action to prevent this again,” he said. He suggested he would support improving a federal database for firearms background checks, according to the Tribune.

He said most reform should happen at the state and local level, however, rather than federal. As possible solutions, he named increased law enforcement resources and better facility security, according to the Tribune.

Romney also signaled that as a senator he would not be an automatic vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE’s agenda.

“Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world. Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion,” he said, according to Reuters.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has become a prominent Trump critic over the last year. 

Romney, in an expected move, announced his Senate bid on Friday after delaying one day due to the Wednesday shooting.