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. 


“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 HarrisLara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' The press has its own border problem Meghan McCain: Harris 'sounded like a moron' discussing immigration MORE tweeted. 

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

Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerTeen who filmed Floyd murder awarded honorary Pulitzer Senate confirms first Muslim American federal judge Police reform negotiations enter crucial stretch 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 Memo: Democratic tensions will only get worse as left loses patience McConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Socially-distanced 'action figure' photo of G7 leaders goes viral MORE (I-Vt.) issued a call for lawmakers to pass “common sense gun legislation.”   


“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 WarrenMcConnell seeks to divide and conquer Democrats Mark Cuban: ProPublica 'not being honest' about taxes on wealthy On The Money: Bipartisan Senate group rules out tax hikes on infrastructure | New report reignites push for wealth tax 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 YangMary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad Ocasio-Cortez endorses Maya Wiley in NYC mayoral race NYC mayoral candidate hit with second allegation of sexual misconduct 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 ButtigiegPete ButtigiegButtigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican 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 KlobucharDemocrats mull overhaul of sweeping election bill House unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants Democrats reintroduce bill to create 'millionaires surtax' 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.



Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetSenate panel advances nominations for key Treasury positions Democrats blast Biden climate adviser over infrastructure remarks Colorado lawmakers invite Harris to tour state's space industry 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 WilliamsonSusan Sarandon and Marianne Williamson call for justice in Steven Donziger case Marianne Williamson: Refusal to hike minimum wage is part of 'rigged economy' Rush Limbaugh dead at 70 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.