Florida elected officials, candidates respond to Texas church massacre

Investigators at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex.as, on Sunday. Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people.(Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Gov. Rick Scott and other Florida elected officials and candidates responded on Twitter on Sunday to news that a gunman had killed 26 people attending a church service in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

Scott tweeted at 2:19 p.m., about two hours after the rampage began.

“Praying for Texas and all those who were killed in the shooting,” the governor said.

“We pray for the Sutherland Springs community in this difficult time. So incredibly thankful to first responders,” Republican Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted.

“Tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX. My heart goes out to the victims and their families. Continuing to monitor this horrible incident,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.

“My heart aches for Sutherland Springs. When is it time to demand action from Congress on gun violence? Right. Now,” said Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton. In a later tweet, Deutch added: “We know little about this tragedy so far. And of course there is no cure-all to stop gun violence. But can’t we be reasonable to save lives?”

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, tweeted: “Brianna & I are praying for all impacted by horrific carnage in Sutherland Springs. Incredibly thankful to 1st responders for their work.”

A Democrat running for Mast’s seat, Pam Keith, tweeted: “Lets take sober stock of the fact that more than twenty of our brothers & sisters were lost today. I send prayers to the grief-stricken.”

Candidates for governor also weighed in.

“Heartbroken to hear of mass shooting at Sutherland Springs, TX, church. My deepest sympathies & prayers to victims’ families & community,” said Democrat Chris King.

“Praying for those who lost their lives in a safe sanctuary. Praying for our leaders to muster the courage to act,” said Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee. He later added: “Small children and the elderly among the dead today. This cannot be our new normal. We will not be silenced.”

Said former Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham: “No American should be afraid to attend a church, concert or school. Clearly prayers alone can’t stop gun violence. It’s time we take action.”



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