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.”

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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 BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment MORE said.

“Jane and I are grieving for the victims in Virginia Beach and their families,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' The generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 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 Devi HarrisThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 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 Ann WarrenJulián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' O'Rourke unveils plan to support women, minority-owned businesses 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 ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' 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 Anthony BookerThe generational divide of Joe Biden and the Democratic Party Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina Booker, O'Rourke, Buttigieg rally with striking McDonald's workers in South Carolina 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 Inslee2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement 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 Wright HickenlooperDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate 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 SwalwellDems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Dems eye repeal of Justice rule barring presidential indictments Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement 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 BullockIt's about the delegates, stupid 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 22 presidential candidates to attend Clyburn's South Carolina fish fry 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 BlasioDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate 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 Kevin DelaneyFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement MORE (D-Md.) tweeted. 

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDemocratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement Teachers union to host 2020 Democratic presidential forum focused on education 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 Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA 2020 Democrats mark 7th anniversary of DACA Julián Castro defends going on Fox: I'm focused on 'the people out there watching' MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted.

Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangFive takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Five takeaways from first Democratic debate lineup Democratic presidential hopefuls react to debate placement 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 MessamThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg to debate; Warren on separate night 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.