2020 Democrats renew calls for gun reform after Gilroy shooting

2020 Democrats renew calls for gun reform after Gilroy shooting
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Democratic White House hopefuls are renewing their calls for gun control following Sunday's shooting in Gilroy, Calif., that left at least three dead.

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSocial Security and Medicare are on the ballot this November Harris honors Ginsburg, visits Supreme Court The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump and Biden vie for Minnesota | Early voting begins in four states | Blue state GOP governors back Susan Collins MORE (D-Calif.), who has pledged executive action on gun control if she is elected president, called the shooting at the yearly garlic festival "simply horrific."

"Our country has a gun violence epidemic that we cannot tolerate," she tweeted.


Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerBipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death DHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-N.J.), who has proposed a national licensing program for guns, called gun violence "out of control."

"We’re still waiting on all the details from Gilroy, but my heart is already breaking for the victims and their families and the survivors," he tweeted. "The gun violence epidemic in this country is out of control. Please be safe and take care of one another." 

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro criticized people who lament attacks but don't defend gun reform.

"Heartbreaking news out of Gilroy, California as another community copes with a mass shooting," the former San Antonio mayor tweeted. "Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough—we must do more to prevent these tragic attacks." 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll GOP set to release controversial Biden report Can Donald Trump maintain new momentum until this November? MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNYT editorial board remembers Ginsburg: She 'will forever have two legacies' Two GOP governors urge Republicans to hold off on Supreme Court nominee Sanders knocks McConnell: He's going against Ginsburg's 'dying wishes' MORE (I-Vt.), Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMourners gather outside Supreme Court after passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lincoln Project hits Trump for criticizing Goodyear, 'an American company' Biden defends Goodyear after Trump urges boycott MORE (D-Ohio), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockMcConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency Pence seeks to boost Daines in critical Montana Senate race MORE, who have all called for restricting assault weapons, also joined calls for reform following the shooting.

As many as 15 people were injured in Sunday's shooting.

Gilroy Police Chief Scott Smithee said that gun shots were heard at 5:41 p.m. and officers engaged a shooter, who was killed, in less than a minute.

Police are looking for a possible second suspect, who Smithee said may have been “involved in some way, we just don’t know in what way.”

The tragedy is the worst active-shooter incident since May, when 12 people were killed in Virginia Beach.