Democrats call for action after Texas mass shooting

Numerous Democratic presidential candidates spoke out Saturday after a gunman in West Texas killed five people and wounded more than a dozen others.

Former Texas Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke mum on run for Texas governor Beto O'Rourke, Willie Nelson financially back Texas Democrats in elections bill fight Texans split on whether Abbott deserves reelection: poll MORE (D) called the situation "f---ed up" at a campaign stop in Virginia, and tweeted the same thing afterward.

"We do know that this is f---ed up. We know that this has to stop in our country," O'Rourke told a small crowd of supporters, who cheered loudly in reaction to his remarks.

"I’m heartbroken, sickened, & angry. Weeks after the horror in El Paso, another community in Texas has been terrorized by gun violence. Enough. We must end this epidemic. @DrBiden & I send our thoughts to those affected & thank our law enforcement who responded at great risk," tweeted former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPelosi disputes Biden's power to forgive student loans Warren hits the airwaves for Newsom ahead of recall election Human rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action MORE (D-Mass.) called for congressional action on gun violence in a tweet, writing that she was "heartsick" over the shooting in which as many as 22 people were reported wounded.

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"I'm heartsick for the victims of this latest mass shooting in Odessa and Midland. We shouldn't have to live with this near daily fear and horror. We've already lost far too many to gun violence—Congress must act now," she tweeted.

"I’m sick of this. America is sick of this," added Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris's bad polls trigger Democratic worries Why in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? Want to improve vaccine rates? Ask for this endorsement MORE (D-Calif.) in her own tweet. "We need to act."

Entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Kings launch voting rights effort honoring John Lewis Eric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence MORE tweeted after the shooting that the U.S. is the "only country" facing such a level of gun violence and wrote in a pair of tweets that Americans deserve better than to fear being "struck down at random."

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"We are the only country that struggles with gun violence at this level. Other countries respond to tragedy. We must as well. Our people deserve better than to live in fear and be struck down at random. We are better than this. We will do better for our kids," he wrote.

"Another tragic mass shooting. We have to take action. Universal background checks, banning assault weapons, red flag laws and more. People deserve to be safe driving down the highway, going to church, going to school, everywhere," tweeted former Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyDirect air capture is a crucial bipartisan climate policy Lobbying world Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Rodney Davis MORE (D-Md.).

Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve Bullock65 former governors, mayors back bipartisan infrastructure deal Arkansas, New Jersey governors to head National Governors Association Biden 'allies' painting him into a corner MORE (D), one of the newer additions to the 2020 race, noted in his statement that the Texas shooting came less than 24 hours after a shooter in Alabama injured 10 people at a high school football game.

"Last night, 10 people were shot in Alabama. We are going to learn more about what happened tonight in Midland — but what we do know is that countless lives were changed forever. This is not normal," he wrote.

New Jersey Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines Juan Williams: Biden's child tax credit is a game-changer MORE (D) highlighted a report indicating that one of the Midland victims injured was a 17-month-old infant, whose condition Saturday was unclear following the shooting.