2020 Dems react to Virginia shooting: 'We must act'

2020 Dems react to Virginia shooting: 'We must act'
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Several Democrats running for president in 2020 called for action in response to Friday’s shooting in Virginia Beach, which killed 11 people and injured six.

The shooting took place about 4 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Municipal Building when Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervara said a “longtime employee of public utilities” began to “indiscriminately fire upon all the victims.”


Nearly all the presidential contenders repeated calls for Washington to enact stricter gun control measures to prevent future attacks.

"11 innocent lives cut down. 11 more futures denied. When will we finally say enough is enough? It’s long past time to hold our leaders accountable. Jill and I are heartbroken that more American families are suffering tonight in Virginia Beach," former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFauci says school should be open 'full blast' five days a week in the fall Overnight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Immigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart MORE said.

“Jane and I are grieving for the victims in Virginia Beach and their families,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersStudy: Early unemployment cutoff would cost 16M people 0B Machine Gun Kelly reveals how Bernie Sanders aided him in his relationship with Megan Fox Overnight Health Care: CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for adolescents aged 12-15 | House moderates signal concerns with Pelosi drug pricing bill | Panel blasts COVID-19 response MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted."The days of the NRA controlling Congress and writing our gun laws must end. Congress must listen to the American people and pass gun safety legislation. This sickening gun violence must stop."

“Heartbroken for the victims and their families of the Virginia Beach shooting and grateful for the first responders on the scene. This senseless act of violence should not be normal. Too many communities have been shattered by gun violence — we cannot continue to stand idly by,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Carper urges Biden to nominate ambassadors amid influx at border Priest who presided over Biden's inaugural mass resigns from university post after investigation MORE (D-Calif.) said.

“I’m heartsick and praying for the victims and their loved ones. Eleven people should not have been murdered today. How many lives will it take before Congress acts to end this crisis?” Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren says Republican Party 'eating itself and it is discovering that the meal is poisonous' Briahna Joy Gray: Warren not endorsing Sanders in 2020 was 'really frustrating' McConnell hits Democratic critics of Israel MORE (D-Mass.) asked.

“Another horrific shooting shocks the nation, this time in Virginia Beach. We grieve with those impacted even as we await more information. Already, this much is clear: it is unacceptable for America to remain the only developed country where this is routine. We must act,” South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden says he and GOP both 'sincere about' seeking infrastructure compromise The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Colonial pays hackers as service is restored The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden expresses optimism on bipartisanship; Cheney ousted MORE tweeted. 

“11 people dead. My heart breaks for those killed in another senseless act of gun violence & the loved ones of the victims whose lives are now shattered. We have the power to stop this—we can & will pass commonsense gun safety laws to end these tragedies,” Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerPolice reform talks hit familiar stumbling block Almost 20 advocacy groups team up to pressure Congress to pass health care bill for immigrants Biden adds pressure to congressional talks with self-imposed deadlines MORE (D-N.J.) said.

“We heard devastating news out of Virginia Beach today and Trudi and I mourn with the victims’ families. Thoughts and prayers are never enough. State and national leaders must step up to enact reforms that will prevent lives from being lost,” Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington bans open carry of weapons at state capitol, public protests Washington state to provide free menstrual hygiene products in school bathrooms Cuomo signs legislation restoring voting rights to felons upon release from prison MORE (D) tweeted.

“The news out of Virginia Beach is simply devastating. Public servants who just showed up to do their job are not coming home tonight because of gun violence. This story has played out too many times in too many towns. We need to stand up and stop this. #EnoughIsEnough” former Colorado Gov. John HickenlooperJohn HickenlooperDC statehood bill picks up Senate holdout Lobbying world DNC taps veteran campaign hands for communications staff MORE said (D) said.

“As I was with a film crew recording a video on mass shootings we were told another community has suffered a mass shooting. #Virginia, we mourn with you. This can never be normal. It is never too early for us to also say #EnoughIsEnough,” tweeted Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellMcCarthy open to meeting officer injured on Jan. 6 after Swalwell claims he was 'hung up on' McCarthy brushes off questions about GOP lawmakers downplaying Jan. 6 violence GOP struggles to rein in nativism MORE (D-Calif.), who has made gun control the cornerstone of his White House bid. 

“Too many lives cut short. This has to stop. I’m holding Virginia Beach in my heart tonight,” Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockDemocratic Kansas City, Mo., mayor eyes Senate run Overnight Energy: Climate Summit Day 2 — Biden says US will work with other countries on climate innovation Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies MORE (D) said.

"We’re heartbroken. We’re angered. We’re out of patience. It’s within our power to stop these mass murders. Gun control now," New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioYang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' Overnight Health Care: CDC says vaccinated people can take masks off indoors and outdoors | Missouri abandons voter-approved Medicaid expansion | White House unveils B plan to hire public health workers De Blasio eats Shake Shack during briefing to promote vaccine deal: 'Mmm, vaccinations' MORE (D) tweeted.

"Our hearts are with the people of Virginia Beach, especially the victims and their families in this time of grief," former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyLobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis Eurasia Group founder Ian Bremmer says Trump right on China but wrong on WHO; CDC issues new guidance for large gatherings MORE (D-Md.) tweeted. 

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas) said he wants to work with Americans "to meet this crisis with the urgency it demands and finally end this epidemic."

"We can and must pass common sense reforms to end the gun violence epidemic," former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro said.

"I'm heartbroken and furious for the Virginia Beach community, particularly the loved ones of the 11 people murdered today," Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Defense: Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate l First active duty service member arrested over Jan. 6 riot l Israeli troops attack Gaza Strip Military sexual assault reform bill has votes to pass in Senate Army secretary nominee concerned about 'unreasonable or unhelpful demands' on National Guard MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangYang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' HuffPost's Daniel Marans discusses fallout from Yang's comments on Israel Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct MORE called the shooting a "nightmare come true" and said it needed to be "harder for people to get and use guns that can cause such tragedies."

"I’m committed to doing my part to help make this nation a place where these incidents never happen ever," Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE tweeted.

Gun control has become one of the Democratic Party’s most animating issues after a string of high-profile mass shootings sparked calls from the party’s base for tighter gun laws, including universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.

Harris and Booker have both released plans to combat gun violence.