2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting

 2020 Democrats demand action on guns after Santa Clarita shooting

Democrats seeking their party's presidential nomination demanded action on gun control Thursday after a shooting at a Santa Clarita high school. 

Authorities said at least one person died and at least five others were injured after the shooting at Saugus High School. A suspect is in custody, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to The Hill. 

Democrats in the presidential primary have been calling for stricter gun control measures, to varying degrees, for months. As information about Thursday’s shooting came out, many took the chance once again to push for action on gun control. 

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“Heartbroken and praying for Santa Clarita. I’m incredibly grateful to the first responders who are on the scene of this active situation. If you are near the area, please listen to law enforcement,” California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Pelosi endorses Christy Smith in bid to replace Katie Hill MORE tweeted. 

“Our children and communities are being terrorized. We can't accept this.”

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' Booker campaign unveils bilingual training program for Nevada caucus MORE (D-N.J.), who has made a progressive gun control platform a key aspect of his 2020 campaign, shared a similar call to action. 

“We don't have to accept our children being terrorized by guns. We demand gun safety. We need to bring a fight to the NRA,” he tweeted.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (I-Vt.) issued a call for lawmakers to pass “common sense gun legislation.”   

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“This must end. Children in America should not live in fear for their lives at school or anywhere else. We have a moral obligation to say: children's lives are more important than gun manufacturers' profits. We must pass common sense gun safety legislation,” Sanders tweeted. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.) said “we must act now.” 

“I'm heartsick for the victims of this horrifying shooting and their families. We shouldn't have to live like this. Students shouldn't live in fear when they go to school, “ she tweeted. "We must act now to end gun violence.”

Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg Saagar Enjeti calls Yang's rise a 'return to the fundamentals of democracy' MORE, a Democrat from California, said as a parent of two school-age boys, a shooting like the Thursday event in Santa Clarita is his “worst nightmare come to life.” 

“Too many young boys and men in particular are falling through the cracks in ways that can become catastrophic. We have to rebuild our capacity to form and educate healthy boys and men,” he tweeted. “The first thing is to make it harder to get access to guns, particularly for young people. We need to take action on federal gun safety legislation that most Americans agree is long overdue. We owe our kids this. They deserve action. They deserve better than this.”

Texas Democrat Julián Castro said “we cannot accept this as normal,” and said “we must act on behalf of our children.”

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 Krystal Ball warns about lagging youth support for Buttigieg MORE said “it is time to hold the NRA and our leaders in Washington accountable.” 

“We don’t yet have all the details of the horrifying events in Santa Clarita. But we do know that in America today, children are scared to go to school. Parents and teachers are terrified. And that can’t stand. It is time to hold the NRA and our leaders in Washington accountable,” he tweeted.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe MORE (D-Minn.) said it’s “another sad example” of why students across the nation “live in fear of gun violence.” 

“Another sad example of a school shooting & why students across the country live in fear of gun violence. We all stand with CA victims and neighbors, students & teachers & law enforcement as they work to track down & stop suspect from shooting more people,” she tweeted.

 

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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Schumer to colleagues running for White House: Impeachment comes first Sanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate MORE (D-Colo.) also stressed the urgency in passing gun reform, tweeting “we must act now.” 

“My heart is with Santa Clarita today. No one should be afraid to go to school. This isn't the America I grew up in, but it’s reality for my three daughters & kids nationwide,” he tweeted. The horrible epidemic of gun violence is an existential threat to their generation.”

Marianne WilliamsonMarianne WilliamsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — GOP, Democrats square off at final impeachment hearing Marianne Williamson roasted for claim Trump pardoned Charles Manson Democrats take in lobbying industry cash despite pledges MORE tweeted calls for blessings for the victims and the country. 

“Active shooter situation now at Santa Clarita, Ca. high school. May all of us who pray now pray - for blessing for the victims of this horror, for forgiveness for our country that we’ve allowed such things to fester & for the strength to be the people who rise up & say ‘No more!’” she tweeted.